Looking forward to the UK Academic Briefing

There’s just one week to go until the UK Academic Briefing at the University of Central Lancashire. I’ve just finished arranging my travel, and I’m looking forward to meeting everyone there.

As many of you will already know, I worked for many years in the UK academic community working on computer based learning projects.

One project I was often asked about when I was working at the University of Cambridge was my work on the educational applications of the Digital Desk, as reported in ALT-J way back 1997. The Digital Desk used an overhead camera to automatically recognize paper documents placed on it, enabling interaction with them. The system used a sort of printed bar-code and required a seriously expensive camera to function. In that paper I cautiously warned that “it will be some time before computer-augmented environments make their way onto the average laboratory desktop.”

But 15 years later and this technology is embedded in most mobile phones and devices. The bar-code technology has improved and is now the recognizable QR codes you’ll see printed in magazines and on posters. I’m pleased to see that the future has now arrived: using QR codes to launch Questionmark assessments is just one of the topics we’ll be covering at the briefing.

I’ll be there to answer any questions you have for the Product Management team in addition to taking you through what’s new in the latest Blackboard Connector and giving you an update on what we’re currently working on.

I’ll be keeping an eye on the back channel so feel free to post your questions and feedback to #qmcon.

If you haven’t already registered for this free learning event that will take place on November 25 at the University of Central Lancashire, click here for details and online registration.

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