Stuff what we’re doing at Edge Hill University

IWMWA few months ago, the call for submissions for IWMW went out and at the last minute I sent off my idea for a parallel workshop session, “Stuff what we’re doing at Edge Hill University”. I must admit I didn’t really have much idea at the time what I thought I’d talk about other than looking at a few of the sites we’ve developed over the last year and shamelessly use it as a way of finding out what other people are doing in those areas.

I covered applicant communications with Hi, the GO portal and ranted a little about the adoption or otherwise of Content Management Systems. I had about 20 participants in the session and I’m pretty happy with how it went. It was particularly interesting to hear about some of the different ways that Universities are doing applicant communications – information was coming from a range of sources and it’s being integrated into sites in a variety of ways.

My slides are online on SlideShare and embedded below. The last part of the presentation “10ish five-minute ways to improve your website” was repeated for my BarCamp session but I’ll cover that in another post.

Update: a few people have mentioned my session:

  • Matthew Bull: “They seem to be doing a lot of good healthy web 2.0 stuff there, and seem to have been given a lot of freedom in what they do.”
  • Jeremy Speller: “An interactive session – it’s buzzword bingo!!” – my slides are effectively just headings so Jeremy’s notes may fill in some of the gaps for you!

Pecha Kucha

Ever heard of Pecha Kucha? Me neither until last Friday when I read an article in the January (2008, no I don’t understand it either) issue of PC Pro! It’s Japanese for “chit chat” and it’s all the rage amongst those crazy designer types. It aims to put an end to “Death by PowerPoint” by giving a rigid structure to presentations to help keep the flow moving and get through more in one session.

The concept is simple. 20 slides; 20 seconds per slide; GO! You don’t have time to bore the audience and this is why it’s gaining popularity in the business world. Seth Godin puts it quite succinctly:

Tell me a problem that can’t be outlined in six minutes and I’ll show you a problem it’s probably not worth having a meeting about.

I’d be up for giving this a go at Edge Hill! Anyone else fancy picking a topic that might be of interest to colleagues (or even something people might not be interested in – it only lasts 6m 40s!) and doing a turn?