Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Video resource in Exeter ahead of BETT

This post is a sort of reminder, maybe should be called sometime after BETT. But some things worth repeating as video and radio are moving along. there are several ways to create sound clips and informal video using mobile devices. Facebook is doing more and LinkedIn has new options in the UK soon.

In Exeter there are courses in Abobe Creative Cloud at the Phoenix. Tubers Academy seems more open to adult support and business as well as younger people. The university library has a multi media suite with Premiere and After Effects. There are different policies on updating software. The Phoenix has an educational licence for Creative Cloud so is updated. the university library has stayed with a version before the Adobe switch to subscriptions. Still a good resource for effective video edits.

Meanwhile there are online options and cheap or free software for video edit. Sound clips even easier. The Radio 1 Academy suggested "visual radio" when they visited Exeter last year. Their Live Lounge has a reasonable production level but "visual radio" may be just a sound file and some well edited stills.

Next year Adobe may be at BETT again or they may just be lurking online. Spark is a set of free software to create quick video, web pages, graphics. They may develop other features, seems to be a way to remain visible when the main software requires a subscription. BETT was noted for new cloud services on video and sound support.

So not too soon to check out what has happened since and get prepare some questions for next time.

Friday, August 11, 2017

More on Critique and #mtwr

Now finished Radical Technologies by Adam Greenfield. (Verso) It helps me understand the views of people in the Guardian books review. I have not found much from Critical Management Studies links on the topics such as AI and machine learning. So this book helps prepare for a techno discussion as walk on Lancaster campus with a focus on voice interface to robots. Once the Spine is complete the location should work for any tech topic, this one more urgent as linked to radio.

For new readers I contribute to two shows a week on Phonic FM, Tuesday and Thursday. Limited visibility is an issue so voice on phones has been regarded as a benefit. Started with Siri on Apple. Also helps us understand the tech in developments such as Alexa from Amazon.

In the book Alexa turns up with the Dash button in the Internet of Things. The AI and machine learning are much later though I think they will develop rapidly with such devices. We are interested as it is hard to see a future for FM radio as such.

The scenarios towards the end include some resistance within an expanded power for the Stacks- Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook. (Microsoft is seen as trailing, mention for Samsung but not for Sony) Another scenario - Green Plenty - is linked to Fully Automated Luxury Communism and may be just a fantasy. The Stacks scenario is closest to what we have but the resistance could have more energy than implied in the tone of most of the book.

I have this week become aware of Anchor, a new radio app. Could be quite corporate, can be found through Alexa. Plays tracks from Spotify so no rights issues in putting a show together. Anyone can upload speech, no apparent limits on what can be said. So there is some wide scope in this to be tried out.

Adam Greenfield has objection to data used for control, most of what he observes. This fits with the critique take on Quality Management, mostly negative. I still think there could be some benefit in looking at quality theory as well as learning companies when there is concern with what is produced by a system. More on this another time.

If I had started a walk on Lancaster campus at InfoLab 21 with a techutopia vision and then found the Radical Technologies book at the Management School I would still be on my way towards the Learning Zone.

I notice the book has almost nothing about education or research in universities. "disruption" is dismissed when facing power structures. Maybe there is more to come. The Stacks have not yet approached education directly on any scale. Universities might adopt new forms.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Critique and #mtwr

Some notes on critique as #mtwr continues slightly. August may well be a "dark time" for theatre but I am still trying out some aspects of Management theory at Work in Radio. Some feedback but also trying out ideas that may repeat later.

Recently the main area where critique would be welcome has been the voice interface robots such as Alexa. They have advantages but also potential for harm if there turns out to be a monopoly for global sales / advertising organisations. I have been reading "Radical Technologies" by Adam Greenfield, only half way through. The AI and machine learning chapters yet to come.

Previously I have sometimes found critique blocks some practical conclusions, see previous posts on the Cloud as part of Experimentality. But with the voice robots I think some perspective is required.

Looks too late for the Critical Management Studies conference, July at Edge Hill . But there is a Lancaster one on Cultural Political Economy, including a topic on the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This may include voice interfaces to global information systems. They sound attractive but there is much to check out.

I will try to follow this on Twitter etc and see what turns up. There is some of a relevant book online.

(Meanwhile still thinking about a walk on Lancaster campus when the Spine update is finished. InfoLab 21 at one end where tech confidence quite high, lower with critique later. Where is the Cultural Political Economy located? )

Saturday, August 05, 2017

#mtwr repeat of Creative Commons video on Phonic FM

I sat in for the Storyteller on Thursday. He is stuck in France so I did one show extra. Ran out of radio plays to borrow so spoke about social media etc. Drama not so well promoted as music I think. More on this another time.

I realised that Creative Commons is important so these two from a while ago. Like Minds is back in Exeter this September.

These also show that casual video is ok on the edges of an event. We could do more.

I notice YouTube will drop the video edit feature so much more difficult to work with Creative commons remix. They suggest you contact the source and ask for a copy. No direct download option. This may be part of a move to competing with Netflix or whatever they have in mind. see previous post. Long ago it was suggested that Web2 had to do with read / write, social media etc. I have nothing against broadcast, am in slump mode from about 8 most evenings, but cannot help thinking there may be a space for something other than YouTube if things carry on as they seem to be going.

Also, sound clip from previous talk with Storyteller. #mtwr continues with a bit of a pause next week.

#mtwr continued - YouTube RED means UK is wrong place, though this may be right time

Management Theory at Work in Radio continues, not as a regular conference but a series of repeats maybe.

YouTube seems to be concentrating on becoming a cable channel. They have expanded the number of places inside the USA where you get RED as part of a bundle with other major brands. Now they have bid for content - series based on Karate Kid ( see Hollywood Reporter)

Meanwhile RED not available in UK. The idea for the first #mtwr was that subscriptions would make YouTube accepted by a professional audience with no adverts. So conference presentations could have some sort of budget. Not much needed. But not possible in UK. However the situation we observe is probably the same in many other places-

  • large audience for video, social media as promotion for journals, books, courses, certificates  etc.
  • more devices with some capability for recording sound, video
  • digital disruption for radio as part of music industry, similar not much delayed for news, weather etc
So probably somewhere there is a conference / production resource to mix an academic conference about learning companies / disruption / visual radio / podcasts.

Best bet for #mtwr is to carry on as chat and link to whatever happens. Seems an approach for the moment, may change, comment welcome. Original channel - Will Pollard / Rougement Global Broadcasting continues with variable production standards.

btw my gmail includes the claim that the TV Advertising summit is "peer to peer learning at highest level" , can be found as #MPTVIS  , maybe something will turn up.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Management Theory At Work In Radio During August #mtwr

Reviving this topic as it was attempted previous two summers. Started as part of Dark Times, gifted space at Bike Shed in Exeter. Then with rented lighting as Bike Shed Bar unsuitable for video. This year may involve a trip to the Boat Shed cocktail bar in natural light. But more likely sound only, some from Phonic FM studio.

There is a dedicated Twitter account but I am starting this on my own blog and as #will789gb . Twitter page has a MTWR background as this is my main project. So far not working that well, zero subscribers as YouTube channel. ( same for RGB2 intended as local ) Previously I did some social media ahead of a third Management Theory at Work conference but this has yet to happen. First two were in Lancaster. So other links may well be revived if this gets any momentum.

Meanwhile the background of theory still seems to me to be relevant for current situation. I work on two radio shows and try to develop social media as the FM signal may fade away. Topics below are around a case study approach in the middle. Could be a day conference or a series of podcasts but starts as bits of text.

Critique / Philosophy

Critical Management Studies sometimes blocks the way to any practical proposals so best to start with the question if any form of radio is to be supported. Standup Philosopher can be briefed on issues to become a drama. Clip here is from May discussion.


Bronwen Rees spoke at the earlier conferences. Not sure this page is current for East West Centre.

I will check out related shows on Phonic FM.

Meditation takes longer than a radio show. there are MOOC versions that allow flexible timing.

Sociology Paradigms

Not sure how to do this in limited space. Something to come back to depending on cases.

Keynote - Learning Company

This first Management Theory at Work conference started with a keynote by John Burgoyne. Video versions still reasonably up to date. How to update? see below

Design Science ( DJ )

Design Science has been a topic for management theory and for teaching/learning. But so far not both together. Meanwhile my friend JD has been slightly more convinced that radio presentation could be designed, even be a science rather than an art. Chat uploaded to YouTube makes us a top result for search on "Design Science DJ" even though we are confused as to what this means.started just as working with clips about design science. ( try a search on Rise of the Science DJ )

Digital Disruption as in FM / Music

FM radio seems to be in decline, business models around music promotion also in flux. How to adjust a model of local music support? Phonic FM concentrates on FM signal but recently improved bandwidth in studio and now works with RadioPlayer to reach more devices. When Radio 1 Academy visited the Phoenix in 2016 there was talk of "visual radio" as in video this is not part of Phonic as such. Several shows have video as part of social media and the artists for Phonic benefits have video from which sound can be played.

This could relate to a Burrell and Morgan diagram ( see paradigms above ) with OFCOM and FM as near regulation and social media / video near change / subjective.

Universities are also part of digital disruption with the MOOC etc. This could be part of a later discussion maybe back to #mtw3 rather than radio. But there is some sort of similarity if every venue has a studio for social media. Arts organisations similar to a campus in most cases. Relevance of this from a MOOC a couple of years ago. Not sure if a repeat is scheduled but a group could form to be ready if one turns up

Forms of publishing

conclusion phase includes working out what to do with the content.

Can include a look at script ideas for a walk on the Lancaster Spine when completed early in 2018. This may relate to a conference on Networked Learning. Two of these have been at Lancaster and there is some video already. ( Tests around Exeter have shown locations could work as context for interviews etc.)

Extract from first video shows route of Lancaster walk

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Topics around video for next week

The Storyteller is still on tour so I continue with the Drama Hour before the Wild Show on  Thursday. I now have a digital copy of one of the plays from the radio evening at Boat Shed. So can link around this to talk about content marketing, clips and promo.

I may use an extract on Tuesday for @wenotno show. Previously we played a lot of Laurence Jones from video recorded when he supported Vintage Trouble. Maybe worked as promo for his own headline performance. No stats available. But fits as a topic for show. Theatre not so much content marketing though there are trailers.

Tuesday evening is Tubers / Digital Exeter so I will check out what they say. The scope is video for business in general but music is an area where video has been tried out for a while.

There may be some places still available meetup.com/Digital-Exeter/events/241716277/

Radio 1 Academy last year was about "visual radio" - low level video by TV standards. Still not sure how this works. As promo in some sort of loop with events. Continues as "Management Theory At Work In Radio" during August, including question of why buildings are needed.

Futurelearn / OU case Study in Disruption?

Radio clearly is in a disruption situation. Streaming now viable for music distribution and FM only part of a marketing mix.

Education could appear as obvious a case over time. Recently I have found it difficult to raise the question. But in the autumn I will try a draft article in the way I worked on for OhmyNews a while ago. They require a news event at the beginning but I found that bits of blog could be copied in once the event was established. My guess is that BETT in January will have something announced or discussed that shows things are moving with UK universities. This year Futurelearn concentrated on how their resources could be used in schools but universities are now attending in larger numbers. Students now have expectations about technology so universities are closer to where schools are at.

One question is when the budgets will change so that education spends relatively more on tech and less on buildings. On the Exeter campus it seems that iconic architecture is still a priority. Could be the same for the arts in general. Boat Shed in Exeter has plans for the building but I am not sure about a video studio or support for social media content.

Not sure if the Goethe Institut MOOC will be repeated this summer on managing the arts. This clip is from 2015, still relevant but not sure if his claim is accurate about what is happening. I am linking this to any building that might be partly a gallery or studio.

By chance the Observer today has story about the offices that tech companies are building. No evidence there that online is enough.

Also I am looking forward to the Lancaster Spine as a location. Just not sure that all these buildings are the best use of funds.

Anyway back on topic the OU is making major moves. So far most reporting has been on the loss of jobs, closure of sites. But the digital direction is definite. Futurelearn is in the top five of global platforms. ( Later story will have more on whether this matters. Should academics worry about this sort of thing / language? Valuation of the top two may be another crash about to happen. Still works as a case study)

There are now some examples of courses that are charged for, full online degrees. Futurelearn is well placed to encourage students to consider this progression. OU as much as others.

More later.  Confidence level of some verifiable facts ahead of BETT? Quite high.

Low Level Video Production Continues

So far not much happening with mtwr or RGB2. See previous posts for the idea that the current YouTube channel is too limited to low budget methods. RGB2 is intended for improved video local to near Exeter, mtwr for Management Theory at Work in Radio. But both assumed that YouTube RED would be available in the UK. Advertising gets more annoying so the subscription option has to be there, especially for a professional / academic situation. Meanwhile options such as Adobe Spark allow some reasonable content in the mix. Also I am able to get good sound from the Phonic FM studio. Lighting still an issue so making use of daylight over the summer.

Management Theory at Work in Radio is an idea that could well be happening somewhere else. It came out of an attempt to do a social media advance on another face to face conference in the series Management Theory at Work. There have been two so far in Lancaster, a mix of theory and practice. see previously for more on the Spine, currently being updated. Video playlists could link content in a context based on a walk. But the Spine is a building site until early next year. Production budget depends on available tech at that time. Linking video better with a tripod, steadycam, edit budget etc but possible with a few stills.

Meanwhile "Having A Wonderful Time" is working out ok. I am sitting in for the Storyteller in the slot before my usual time for the Wild Show. A radio play based on a short story can also be a situation / outside broadcast. Content needs development but we have got to a location and back within scheduled time for the show. So same approach could well work with a Spine walk. I have realised the script / design needs to be vague enough to be able to work anywhere. "Vague" is wrong word maybe, outline better. Details can change if the audience already knows the plot from previous info. Also things turn up that can be linked to.

YouTube seems to be turning out more like a mainstream broadcaster than social media as I have understood it. They are dropping the online video editor in September and now suggest that the Creative Commons approach can work if you direct message to ask for a copy of the file. So no download option or way to just edit a version online. In the USA they expand the number of urban areas with cable that includes YouTube RED. So the better funded content is probably going to come from those same sort of locations. I will be looking out for clips to put in a playlist. We can add some comment and links in the UK but the delay on YouTube RED is a definite problem.

Management Theory at Work in Radio has been a low level event as face to face. Part of Dark Times in 2015, space donated by Bike Shed Theatre in August pause. YouTube RED then a rumour but the potential was indicated. 2016 we rented some lighting and tested the bar. Worked ok but still no Youtube RED in UK. This year the base is just sound, some clips possible as part of Wild Show or @wenotno on @PhonicFM . Some issues relate to arts centres or education, see next post.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

The "Not Making Of" Option

Thinking about video situations for the next month or so. July / August is a holiday phase so mostly notes mode and as basis for future versions. There may be actual news in September or soon after as people return to offices. Only time pressure is that the Storyteller is away on tour. Most weeks he is in the Phonic FM time slot before the Wild Show so I have got to know his situation quite well. I will be trying to get in an hour early for the next three weeks. This started at a time of a Phonicon event linked to News From The Sun as visual art. I found a radio version on the internet archive. Then the continuity announcer stated that next week it would be Having A Wonderful Time. So I played that and thought it could be the basis for another set of events. Holiday culture days out or holidays as containment for social pressures. So I return to this to explore.

Should be week two but it turns out JD is on holiday soon so we will make the trip to the Canal Basin / Boat Shed this next week. And fit in the News From the Sun from the archive. In the short story the holiday makers never come back from the package. Equivalent could be a basement for creative activities from which nobody returns. Details yet to be worked out but there may be an escape route assuming people then spend the rest of the day away from the Phoenix. Boat Shed one option so that bit may be recorded next week.

Recorded as in bits of sound or video and some stills. Sound can be mixed in studio later. Backgrounds maybe for video mix when we work out the script a bit better. The Phonic FM studio is definitely ok for sound, not sure about the rest of it. So it may turn out to be a "making of" sort of collection or a "not making of" if there is never a final edit.

All Creative Commons as the radio plays are such from the Internet Archive and it should make things easier. If someone would try a similar idea then it could go in the mix. Starting with text in this blog. The basis is the location that becomes a sort of set. I am also working on a Walk along the spine on Lancaster university campus. This will be for next year when the spine is completed. The idea is to use the route as continuity for discussion on digital disruption and education. Spots for tech vision, critique and business planning, library and bookshop response, views from humanities and social science.

Meanwhile there will be an update on Management Theory at Work in Radio. This has been tried out the last couple of summers. The Bike Shed Theatre was available for Dark Times, then we tried out rented lighting. Should be easier in daylight at Boat Shed or nearby. Earlier Management Theory at Work was the title for two conferences at Lancaster. There was also a social media version of a third one that morphed into a sound version. The content could be the basis for another conference if this makes more sense at a future time.

On YouTube the videos will be part of playlists. There are some already that may change in scope. The Exeter campus could be used for tests of discussions for the Spine Walk. There is news of online courses to be launched next year so some real base for discussion. No change in the campus so far butb this may be a question to ask.

The Storyteller informs me that the Bad Blood performance will be repeated at Exeter Visual Art in the autumn. This is located at the end of the Alphin Brook  so could connect with a walk along the river and canal. Not sure how this fits but the sequences will need some definition on occasions. The "not making of" approach can only go so far and needs links to somewhere else.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Laurence Jones in Exeter - Case Study in Content Marketing

Laurence Jones returns to Exeter Phoenix next Sunday as headline following support for Vintage Trouble in May. There were about 80 tickets available yesterday. Plus some extra if the top balcony is opened. I contribute to the We Don't Know show on Phonic FM today 12 -2 and also the Wild show on Thursday 10 -12. Video from the May performance is now on YouTube.

So the plan is to promote the event through the radio and the associated video. Last year Radio 1 Academy was at the Phoenix and told us about "visual radio", the Live Lounge etc. Phonic FM has not even got a webcam but mentions of YouTube etc. are possible and also @wenotno on Twitter, Facebook page for Wild Show.

Phonic FM is a fairly small community radio station, aerial is on top of the Phoenix building and reaches an area around it. Views on YouTube may be under 100 in the time available. But we need to reach the right 80 or 100 people. ( opening up the balcony may also help future video as a possible camera angle )

More about content marketing later. Simply put, one theory is that there has to be content.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Trade issue reported but not much

Twitter has a clip from Today on Brexit but they have not chosen the bit where Angela Rayner mentions priority for tariff free access to the market. John Humphries queries how this can happen but there is no background on how EU may see free movement of goods and people as connected. EU speaker cut off yesterday because of the weather but surely the Today planners could find time to explain?

On Sky / Channel4  last night Jeremy Corbyn said " the priority is tariff free trade access". I cannot find this today in the print Guardian although they do report him at length. My guess is that the Guardian has been supporting LibDems as a way to contest Brexit but this has had a mixed response. Looking at what Labour would actually negotiate could have more potential. They might say more if they thought they would be fairly reported. So far Andrew Neil and Jeremy Paxman have concentrated on immigration in their questions.

Humphries shares a concern that the electorate is being "infantilised" by the absence of information on what Brexit negotiations are about. My guess is that this will be remembered or discovered if the consequences turn out to be difficult. So far the UK media has missed a lot as far as I can tell. Contrary evidence welcome. there are still a few days.

Monday, May 29, 2017

word cloud as three sound clips

Previous versions of Hello spiders had a graphic of a word cloud. Something like quality, learning, communication. The three things fir together. I started on this working on ISO9000 in print industry, then wanted to know why learning failed to happen. or at least quite slow.

Since this is linked to a  pinned  tweet you may wonder why there are so many tweets on #Corbyn and #Brexit. This may be a temp thing but has continued since the referendum. I have found the media take on #Corbyn to be shocking, still is. Recently I notice that social media are a large part of the election, especially with younger people. Could link to the main themes of the blog, too early to know but something is going on, not sure of scale or timing.

Recently I work mostly with radio, more advanced in streaming and breaking content into clips. Text publishing could be similar sometime soon. Three recent clips are a base for future links, some as sound, some as text.

Design Science DJ

My colleague JD continues to doubt my proposals but we still score well if you search for Design Science DJ on YouTube

MOCC pronounced MOK

I hope to do a draft report / story about this, maybe a finished up one in time for BETT 2018

Studio in cloud run by robots

Going more with speculation / imagination. Actual studio to follow later.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Improvement Circle meeting promo as an improvement loop

Blog post to collect some things together. I am trying out video and hashtags as promo for a meeting on June 1 at the CQI in London. I have an interest in social media and video. So far mixed results on getting resources for video production.

Should any meetings space also have the basics for a studio? Tripods hard to carry if going to London for the day. Sound mixing can help, at least a feed from a desk. Soforth.

So I have started with a quick video via Adobe Spark. Much more complex presenytations are possible. the download can be edited with other clips. Also a playlist on YouTube

Also a #hashtag for Twitter - #improvementcircle

Guess is there will be more video found with the same tag during May and June. Suggestions are welcome.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Video production as a learning loop

Title just seems best available for update on my situation.

There is a day event coming up at the CQI in London. Organised by two special interest groups - Edwards Deming and the Next Generation. There is still power in face to face but I want to explore how online relates to this, for example as promotion ahead of one event or as a draft of the next one.

Previously I have tried to do video from quality meetings, some at the CQI, and found that there are several issues. Some people are not relaxed with casual recording. The production standards are supposed to be better than most YouTube style ( this is a bit outdated now, there are many well produced clips that are still casual conversation) although there is a limited budget.

So my current idea is to look for existing video that relates to the event, then take at least one camera. No tripod as harder to carry. Maybe the CQI could invest in a tripod ot there is one not far away.

I am also thinking about #BadBlood , tag for a performance mixing myth and Taylor Swift. Started on Valentines evening with one repeat so far. My YouTube playlist can mix in full tracks from Taylor Swift without any copyright issues. Analytics show views now dropping off but the view time is over 30 min. I have done several video clips of the Cartwheels Collective in various guises, never getting the sound and camera quite as I hope for it to be another time. But maybe getting closer and the teepee will soon be looked out for the summer so at least the lighting may be sorted.

#BadBlood also exists as radio, in the slot before the Wild Show on @PhonicFM. So I get to meet the Storyteller and may take over the slot when he is on tour. Not sure of the dates yet or how much of the Wild Show I can take for chat. should be mostly music.

Suggest #improvementcycle as a tag for this event. Just done a search on Twitter, nothing since March and what turns up is relevant.

Suggestions welcome for video to include in a playlist.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Reference content on Lancaster campus as a location for video chat

This post is to link to some photos following visit to Lancaster last week. The main news is that the Making Time Garden has been demolished. Part of the project to upgrade the Spine. This  has destroyed the site as a real place in my head. I can no longer imagine my next visit to the garden. It has to be working on text or mixing photos. Also the people working on the site confirmed that the complete date is sometime next year not the end of this. So I am getting ready for quite a long time to prepare a script or related clips before a chat show / set of interviews / presentations as a walk along the spine.

Meanwhile, the video as uploaded at the time

A map based on panorama from photos ( scale may wobble a bit but shows the walk )

A graphic that could be a printed page with extra detail. For new readers, start with tech vision, critique at business school, check in public space ( near Costa for example ) This first part is still possible during Spine work. Sites towards InfoLab21 and near tree outside Management School with space for recording in daylight. The problem now is the South Spine to discuss the implications. Apparently the Making time Garden will be replaced so more on this later.

Photos of each space

Near InfoLab 21

Tree near Management School

Demolish Making Time Garden

Pods near Arts building

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Draft ahead of next Wild Show / some chat on @wenotno

Chris Norton is away on jury service so me and JD are extending our talk on a Thursday to last beyond 10.30 and towards 12. Last week we repeated a clip from guest Joseph Parsons as he is on another UK tour. This coming week we hope to persuade the Storyteller to stay maybe 15 minutes after the Drama Hour show.

Previously he did an evening performance as part of Management Theory at Work in Radio, a day conference at the Bike Shed Theatre two summers ago. This covered critique and how academics relate to management projects, digital disruption for example. What I want to discuss is how much has changed meanwhile and whether the positioning of the performance should also change.

I think about various sequences:-

  •  The layout of the book about the Learning Company , 
  •  the programme for the first two conferences Management Theory at Work 
  •  the social media version to relaunch another conference ( nothing so far) - #mtw3
  •  versions of Management Theory at Work in Radio - #mtwr

going into reverse,  #mtwr is now a collection of sound clips that could take a day, could be explained in 30 minutes with brief extracts. Central case study actual problem of how FM radio adjusts to social media, starting with music and including news / chat shows. ( Radio 1 Academy in Hull soon, continues from Devon in 2016)

The Standup Philosopher performance at #mtwr covered issues from the Critical Management Studies aspect of the first actual conference. Chris Grey concluding keynote challenged why academics would get involved in practice anyway, let alone check out technology and the learning company. This should be at the beginning so people can choose to go home or go to another meeting.

The Learning Company book has not been revised to relate to recent social learning developments. There could be playlists on YouTube and other platforms exploring developments from previous versions until a new print version appears.

As video ( or visual radio as Radio 1 call it ) the Lancaster campus is the basis of a straight line with variation in set. Can start with  tech vision at Info Lab 21 , then to critique at Management School, then to Alexanderplatz to check bookshop / library / cafe wi-fi actual situation. The towards arts and humanities for further comment. As of 2017 it seems there has already been substantial change in this central space ( recording will wait anyway till later in the year when the spine is renovated, currently a building site ). So the focus of the drama may have moved into the social science / humanities space towards the arts.

I have done the basis of a sequence around voice computer interfaces and AI. This has links at different locations. Will be updated, mostly the critique phase.

There is a garden ( generating time as first intended) with a balcony that could work as a stage. The sound from the Bike shed Theatre was not too good but the lighting was ok. Recently Bad Blood was ok from the Workshop space in the Phoenix. May try something out and / or use a green screen to transfer to Lancaster later. Not sure. Depends on what any of this would fit with.

At a recent writing workshop in Cumbria I was shown how chance can be worked into a plot. Stock elements of story can be mixed by throwing dice. So if there is a tech vision at the InfoLab 21 end, say a 50% chance it gets past the management school in a form still recognised. But only 25% chance of welcome in the Arts / Soc Sci end even though it may seem to have already happened in the central space. Move the drama along as best fits on any occasion.

Meanwhile in Exeter the Wild Show / @wenotno also considers the urban space around the Phonic FM studio. seems to be like a pizza slice , quarter of a circle starting from North Street and High Street with the Museum nad related buildings in the middle. This is another set, background for chat. but also the reality can be reported. Recently Tubers ( just outside the space across a car park) offers a Youtube Academy. Aimed at young future stars so the business model cannot yet be fully tested. The studio can be hired on a day rate so open to productions as well as being a significant development. Interviews could just ask about how people respond and think differently about online video.

Getting back to next week, my guess is that Jon on @wenotno may think that things have already changed a lot, he prefers the phone to the CD as a source of music tracks. JD on thursday may prefer the reality of Pizza Slice Exeter to forms of fiction or speculation. Comment welcome ahead of the shows and updates later to this blog.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Quick Note on Joseph Parsons / Doghouse Roses Tour and BBC Radio cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall still playing , may be Claire Rowley sitting in, not sure. Joseph Parsons Duo about half an hour in. Link about here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04yh5hg - should be available for about a month.  Two live songs and a short version of story as we heard on Wild Show last year in Exeter - Phonic FM.

So they did not need any of the clips loaded on Youtube. JD explained to me this morning on wild Show that most shows usually recreate such content in their own style. so we did use one clip again but other shows will do something else. Clips still there for more info if people want to find them. search on Joseph Parsons and Wild Show.

Meanwhile news is the new CD is called The Field - The Forest , recently released for UK. Sample tracks on Soundcloud, link on site.

So not sure which sounds will reach local radio for the rest of the tour. Hope they still include the Bridge Topsham if they get lots more bookings next time.

Monday, April 17, 2017

YouTube Right Time, UK Wrong Place

Note form as busy tomorrow, this will be expanded later.

Not only has YouTube RED not been launched in UK, the cable version of YouTube makes it even more difficult. According to the official blog Youtube TV is now available in "the nation’s largest metro areas—New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and Philadelphia—with more U.S. markets coming soon." The "nation" meaning the USA of course.

  • YouTube Red Originals. With a YouTube TV membership, you can watch all of our YouTube Red Original series and movies right in the new YouTube TV app.

So it looks like the sub includes RED. Even stronger base for those production facilities in those locations.

Advertising is still horrible. I still think there is no point in launching #mtwr - sort of conference on management theory around radio - without a sub option to skip the ads. But this won't happen in the UK. So probably best to stick to playlists and links and check these metro areas as a start.

Same thing for music and performance. Seems to be some connection between media resource and music styles. So the YouTube mix of education and entertainment still making sense. Just with a limited role for the UK.

Notes on Joseph Parsons tour 2017, can radio swap stations?

This is to expand on a recent tweet which may be too cryptic. Coming out of a long weekend some things from last week may make sense this next week.

Last year on the Wild Show, Phonic FM in Exeter, we did an interview with Joseph Parsons and promoters of the Topsham / Launceston events. I recently noticed a 2017 tour, seems to find stops along the way to Scotland and the Doghouse Roses, mentioned in interview.

Also on tour booked for BBC Radio Cornwall. ( shows I relate to are on Tue and Thur so no fit this time with tour schedule)

Since last year I have thought more about radio / YouTube , clips and reuse. So have divided the 2016 interview into six clips. Creative Commons on YouTube. Added to playlist of samples from last year.

BBC and other local media very welcome to use any of this. Should this be a general approach to a tour?

Could we use an extract later from BBC Cornwall for review and comment? Repeat some info anyway?

to be continued, more next week, this just because i realised the first tweet made little sense.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

#mtwr, RGB2 as channels for YouTube

See previous posts on how the channels started as developments from Rougemont Global Broadcasting / my own basic Will Pollard channel. Problem is how to get more definition and raise production standards. So far the scope has been very wide. The idea is for Management theory at Work in Radio to relate to radio as an example of organisation in flux. The Management Theory at Work conferences showed a basis of theory for such situations and a more academic version could be revived for a more general model. RGB2 could cover performance near Exeter but starts with topics around this, production and arrangements. There are now many YouTube channels that can be supported. So far some of the same ideas turn up that are also part of the #mtwr discussion. Possibly this will be more as chat than tending towards academic terms. Not quite sure but there will be a bit more focus for both channels.

Meanwhile the Will Pollard / Rougemont Global Broadcasting channel will continue with much the same scope, though including source material that may be edited later for the other channels. For example stock shots of a walk through Lancaster campus that will only make sense when the talks are part of the edit.

In Exeter the concentration will be on Albert Space West, the area close to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. Possibly more near the river and canal over the summer. But some locations will just be ides in a blog as text, not so much full video till some sort of funding is arranged.

YouTube RED is still not launched in the UK. Advertising is not going to fit with an academic / professional audience though subscriptions should be ok comparing to conference fees. Somewhere on the planet there is probably already an online conference about management theory and radio. Or how sound content marketing relates to education sites. We will keep looking. For local social media YouTube has also launched a cable service in some USA urban areas. Presumably this encourages more content in YouTube itself that can be found for local interest. Exeter or other UK areas could work just as well but presumably with less funding opportunities.

I will do a lot more looking at playlists. Still hoping to develop channels longterm but seems more likely that content or models already exist and often best to link anyway.

Tubers supports better use of green screens

Tubers is a new academy in Exeter, the courses are intended for young people. Anyone can rent space though and with friends from Phonic FM I have tried out the VR space that doubles as a green screen. The first edit attempts did not work all that well. On Adobe Premiere Elements I just said yes when it offered to remove the solid background on loading. I should have waited till I found the green key, hidden away in the tools menu. This works much better though.

This has also encouraged me to look again at previous attempts. Using a blue wall in the high street works better with a still from the park.

Expect more of this approach. We will probably be outside more over the summer but return to Tubers when there is less light.

Both of these are on RGB2, the start of a channel to raise production standards from the level so far. Not quite right yet, but the intention is there to understand green screens and work out how to be able to record all times of the year.

AI expands scope of post FM radio playlist / voice interfaces

The YouTube playlist on voice interfaces has been expanded to include AI. This follows a clip borrowed from the Today program on BBC Radio 4. Yuval Noah Harari spoke about the dangers in AI. On the Wild Show and @wenotno we made a connection with radio as in social media clips. This may have gone further than Today is yet aware of. Actual broadcasts are made up of clips and also the audience is able to switch to a choice of other sources. The voice assistants and/or search engines are part of this in ways we cannot fully control.

The playlist is currently suitable for radio, could be used as part of future shows, but also could relate to an academic or professional conference. At experimentality there was critique of the cloud.(Rob Coley and Dean Lockwood). Harari on AI is the closest yet to a similar take on voice interfaces that I can find. Suggestions welcome on other links.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Adobe Spark, Creative Hub Social , looking for connections Tech Exeter

Sorry for short notice but I only recently realised the Creative Hub Social is coming up at the Phoenix on Thursday. I am still trying to find connections around what we discovered about Adobe Spark at BETT. there was a lot else but this was the best free offer. How to link to other Adobe products? Phoenix seems a good base as they have licences on Creative Cloud. Still not sure about the video edit suite at University Library.

Spark is actually in the cloud, started on tablets, can create short video presentations, graphics including txt, web pages.

Turns out Tech Exeter will also be in Phoenix, later time. Any legal hacks on Adobe? long shot but could be interesting.

Adobe has moved on to marketing and analytics. Big conference in London coming up. Looks expensive but maybe Digital Exeter knows someone attending? ( My focus still making sense of what we found at BETT, continues on Wild Show and @wenotno on @PhonicFM )

So if this is of interest please come to the Creative Hub Social, Phoenix Bar 6 -7

If not, any info welcome.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Drifting towards Success, maybe later

Exeter seems to have reached a new level in success. Not sure what to make of it as I am still in muddle mode though moving forward slowly. Last week I went to Digital Exeter and heard about Tubers, new video academy and studio for Youtube. Courses for young people fully booked. There are plans to expand to Plymouth and Bristol, later Cardiff and Taunton. I did try out the green screen there and now more or less know how to edit it, the first two attempts a bit messy. ( Don't accept the robot offer to fix the solid background when you load the clip, find the proper green key option hidden deep in the menu.)

Meanwhile I am still waiting for YouTube RED to launch in the UK so I can monetise new channels. I still don't like the adverts so continue with low level production values. Apparently the new Tubers audience have stopped watching TV and many Vloggers have vast numbers of views. So there is still potential and something continues.

The summer should allow better light outside so zero studio costs. I plan to visit Lancaster campus when they finish their walkway. The site could fit with a sequence for discussion. Topics may include voice recognition for computers, acceptance or not of the MOOC, priority for university investment in buildings or web resource. This last topic may be hardest to raise. Iconic architecture is a good backdrop to ask the question though. Is it possible that disruption will even reach the Business School? I cannot find much about this so far, maybe it is part of the style in which events are part of a success story.

Futurelearn may have got past the stage of loss making and doubt. ( Not sure about the finances but they have started some charges) The OU closures of regional buildings were reported with regret, rarely seen as having any benefit. Recently some courses are on offer connected to Deakin Cloud Campus and this seems a possible route to a viable system. I notice that IBM Watson is in the background. Not sure if this works through voice but it could compare with Alexa from Amazon and others. So during the year I may find a story about this, probably borrowing a clip for a playlist.

A solid story of something working could get a comment from academics on a UK campus, more possible than discussing a messy problem situation. The next Tech Exeter conference is in September so could be a target date even if conversation is informal.

Management Theory at Work in Radio can probably work well as a playlist on YouTube even if a channel is delayed. YouTube RED is available in South Korea and other places where an annual sub compares with cost of a day conference. So content possible without adverts, academics and professionals may well accept.

RGB2 still aims to raise production standards for Rougemont Global Broadcasting ( formal name for my YouTube channel aka user Will Pollard ) but in near future will probably look at the "making of" or "not making of" aspects of other channels. Creatives tend to have their own approach but some comment can turn up round the edges. ( includes bits of sound for Wild Show and @wenotno on @PhonicFM )

The LikeMinds event will return to Exeter later in the year, located at the castle so potentially a good fit for Rougemont Global Broadcasting. Topics are around breakout brands though. #mtwr and #RGB2 may not be at a suitable stage. Still some sort of connection should be possible, even if just messing about with radio as a sketch.

Next event is Hustings at the Boat Shed for Devon County Council elections. I am assuming video is ok but not sure how it will turn out. Suggest Creative Commons and plenty of options and mixing. #mtwr has benefited from the Bike Shed as a venue. The river and canal should work as a location with free lighting but some sort of support always welcome.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Brexit, British Empire, #Futurelearn, @DavidOlusoga

I was fascinated to read David Olusoga in the Observer on Sunday. The headline states that "Empire 2.0" is "dangerous nostalgia". The text concludes with mention of "delusion". Previously Empire 2.0 has turned up for me while watching an interview with Liam Fox on Sky News. He told Sophie Ridge that the term came from mostly from civil servants. But he seems to support the associated ideas.

Empire 2.0 about 7 minutes in but best to watch all of it for context.

I recently did a MOOC for Futurelearn from Exeter University on the British Empire. My homework was a short text on where the Empire was now or something like that. I chose to concentrate on attitudes around Brexit. Text below, not time yet to cut and paste this together. Just notes so far.

David Olusoga mentions Hugh Gaitskell in 1962 for a take on the Commonwealth. The Conservative Party could be much more interesting. The book "Continental Drift" by Benjamin Grob-Fitzgibbon (CUP 2016) covers policy on Empire and Europe from Churchill to Major.

Possible muddle here between history, journalism and social media / gossip. I shall carry on with a blog anyway. May tidy this up, meanwhile cut and paste from Google doc where I kept my notes so far


Legacy of British Empire

The present situation is part of European history and empires, the Dutch and Portuguese included. The financial aspect of the British Empire is now part of the USA dollar situation. So there is a wider context than first appears.

Public opinion is influenced by empire, notions of jingoism (UK) and exceptionalism (USA) for example. These seem to be less rational than could be shown as related to anything specific. Hitchcock remade the 39 Steps as North by North West , there is not much need to describe the external threat.

History as a subject can cross over with journalism or just speculation. The book Continental Drift by Benjamin Grob-Fitzgibbon describes UK policy on Europe up to the time of John Major. It shows how attitudes to Empire led to expectations of a role in Europe that turned out to be quite different to reality. The move towards leaving Europe has been based on an idea of “post-Geography” .

How much sense this makes remains to be seen. It is possible that the British government is deluded, as are most of the newspapers and the public. Will a global market be less of a threat for the “just about managing”? It is not yet possible to discuss this as history but whatever happens will be explained as part of a longer story.

First some links to clarify what was in my original text

"post-Geography" is a term used by Liam Fox. It might be futurist but I think it looks back to a previous time for UK options.


Hitchcock continued Buchan themes in film from novels. The course included the adventure stories in print. Hitchcock developed repeated ideas in USA from UK and they fit with Empire and Cold War.

More about Continental Drift

Intro as free PDF

Full info

You have to fill in the gaps towards the end. But it is clear enough about the Empire expectations post WW2 and the early approach to Europe from Heath and Wilson.


Google doc now public

So comment please. Empire 2.0 and "delusion" both hard to back up with facts but continues as tweets until history.

Course site for Empire    starts again 27th March

#FLEmpire  on Twitter

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Expanded Vagueness

This post will itself be expanded soon. I am just running out of time this weekend so need a quick version to explain how other posts might still fit together.

Previously "Intended Vagueness" posted on LinkedIn claimed that vagueness could be positive as a way to make connections. Ideas about the Learning Company or Organization had been criticised as too vague to make sense for academics.

My interest in learning and quality came from the print industry, then I became more interested in digital and all forms of communication. The words and search tags I use are ways to connect mostly these three areas.

"Social learning" seems to work well on Twitter and relates to Futurelearn and most MOOCs. It may not be clearly defined for academics but there is some support in practice. I have lost trackof Mode ! and 2 knowledge. Design Science is not being updated as far as I can tell. "Design Thinking" crops up more often. Communication is probably whatever the London College of Communication covers. Not sure they have fully worked out where print fits in but some statement will arrive with the new building.

This vagueness could include Management Learning, the Learning Company, Edwards Deming, various words used in previous versions of the Hello Spiders blog. So the current stage is to afford some connections. Forms of clarity may follow but the word cloud will get more crowded.

YouTube channels sorting out soonish

Some progress on a leap forward, but meanwhile quite confusing. I have been presenting my YouTube channel as Rougemont Global Broadcasting. this started as a joke way to test possibility of Exeter TV. Meanwhile the online video aspect has gained strength. I still think a local cable channel is worth continuing with but back to topic.

Subscriptions seem to offer an alternative to advertising. Mostly relevant for the conference style content. How to demonstrate production levels ahead of subscriptions and income? A new channel - mtwr - was started for Management Theory at Work in Radio but only one video was in it.

This just shows the extent of the problem. Sound ok in Phonic FM studio but lighting is terrible. Recently I went to the Lancaster campus and recorded some clips about voice interface that also showed how locations could be used in a sequence. More on this later. You should get an idea from the videos on YouTube.

Some topics continue as sound in Exeter. The Spine walk in Lancaster is being updated so a walk between spots is best left till later in the year. There can be tests meanwhile including links to other spots.

In Exeter there is now a Tubers studio, mostly intended for teenagers. There may be hours of the day when it can be used but not sure this will suit the guests. Definitely a good sign for how things are moving.

Production may get easier with software to compensate for lack of equipment. Adobe Spark improved this clip from original. Broken into two as Spark seems to get impatient after 15 seconds.

Variety continues, playlists offer the options for a mix.

RGB2 also exists as a subscription possibility for music and performance in and around Exeter. Plans for later this month assume better weather.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Digital Disruption and Business Schools

( Based on an earlier draft in Read G put by mistake. feedback ok on using the pictures)

 For a while I have been interested in how media organisations transition with digital technology. It sometimes seems to me that academics and business schools comment about this as if they are not part of it. Somehow the buildings and campus will continue as a base even if FM radio for example disappears in the cloud.

Learning Technologies has some involvement from HE so there will be comment on this later.  At  BETT there were a couple of events that might make a lead news item.

Futurelearn won the BETT Award for Free Digital Content/Open Educational Resources for Schools. I don't think they are yet much recognised at HE level. The Open University has cut back on regional support centres in the UK though they continue to invest in Futurelearn. I don't know of other examples where this sort of switch has already happened.

The Department for International Trade had a theatre where one presentation was from the Online Business School. I did do a video but the background noise is a problem Here are some stills to show the gist of it. BETT is a solid tech show and I guess there will be more HE over time, including some more examples of digital plans, maybe with some disruption in the background.

Any links or content most welcome. I will try to do an expanded post in the next week or two.

notes ahead of campus visit, Lancaster then Exeter

Probable visit to Lancaster the week after next. Hope to check the campus even if just for currant backgrounds. Notes below also on Exeter when I get back. the topics and links are all over the place. There will be a bit more focus later.

Mostly the same as before. Campus as location, even if the clips come from somewhere else. InfoLab21 as tech inspiration, business school as critique, library/ bookshop as check on current situation. The walk continues north but has less focus, more art and speculation.

Repeat, any site could be an arts centre, including a campus. One clip from Goethe MOOC still on Youtube and worth a look. Actually iconic buildings still continue, but the online aspect is an issue.

So one question is how to find a studio or something like it. Phones may be ok depending on post production. 

Question also about voice as a computer interface. (In Exeter the Phonic FM studio is ok for sound but terrible lighting so not much video there)

See also playlist for critiqe and Management Theory at Work

When back in Exeter I will follow up on Adobe software. At BETT there was news about Spark and Chromebooks. Not sure how this fits with the full Creative Cloud. There are licences at the Phoenix Arts Centre but not sure about the suite in the campus library. 

In general there are resources around enough for an edit once the locations are sorted and a better script outline is available. Question continues as to how disruption will reach the campus.

For "management theory at work in radio" search YouTube on #mtwr

#mtw3 for Management Theory at Work online version

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

University as a business continued, skills and research

After previous post on business schools I found an article in print Guardian yesterday suggesting some UK universities may close because of financial issues around reduced numbers of students. Link HERE , Apparently the "lower tariff" unis are losing out to the "research-intensive".

What strikes me is that there is no mention of online competition. Presumably the "research-intensive" are not offering skills that can be on offer from forms of MOOC with a certificate. LinkedIn Learning for example now work closely with several software providers.

Maybe I should use "research" and "skills" rather than modes one and two. Probably easier for most people to follow.

Nothing yet to suggest that business schools face any problems. But I gathered at Learning Technologies that ITPRO.TV might offer business course as well as technology. Not sure what the time scale is on this. But there could be some comment on possible disruption. Business school shifts resource online?

Maybe in a blog post or in a journal. Links please.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Mode One Knowledge as an Imaginary

My impression is that there has not been much recently about knowledge as Mode One and Mode Two. I usually try to find something when wondering why Peter Scott writes so little about the MOOC and associated technology. This note is just to check for some response. I plan to do some more study since the Xmas break when I noticed a new paper uploaded to Academia but the detail may have to wait.

Bob Jessop has another version on a website, could be easier to find. My first take is that anything could be assumed to be an Imaginary, for example forms of knowledge. The paper looks at learning in some sort of crisis. I am going to take the crisis to be some sort of digital transformation. See previous posts on if universities need to be on a campus or could be blended with online.

Crisis-management and learning
Learning has a critical role in crises (including crises of crisis-management), affecting the capacity to formulate imagined recoveries. It has the same selectivities (semiotic, structural, technological, and agential) as semiosis more generally and also undergoes variation, selection, and retention. A crisis does not automatically lead to learning: cognitive capacities may be lacking or the situation may be too unstructured (chaotic); or, again, lessons learnt are irrelevant because the situation is too turbulent to apply them. Learning depends on a dialectics of Erlebnis and Erfahrung that has its own temporalities, shaped by crisis dynamics. Erlebnis refers to immediate experience in the face of disorientation and associated attempts to make sense of disorienting events/processes. Erfahrung refers to the lessons learnt from this disorientation and sense-making. Importantly, it typically includes an element of the objective dimensions of the crisis – lessons must be adequate to the crisis, not just idiosyncratic reactions.
More to look at later but this relate to academics as much as anyone. Knowledge continues to be developed in some form outside the formal universities, whether or not there is a crisis yet. Probably things appear to continue much the same, like book publishing. "Mode Two" still makes sense but "Mode One" is so far away I will try to study it as imaginary, possibly evolving the crisis.
Meanwhile I am coming across "design thinking" more than "design science". This is based on Twitter, I tend to click on the tags that show up. I will discuss this more with JD . Search on YouTube still shows us as a result for DJ and Design Science. We are just trying to work out what is going on with radio but theory is in background somehow.
Of course still following the Guardian and reporting on the MOOC etc. Objections seem to be that the energy is coming from commercial interests. Could not find any reporting on BETT or Learning Technologies. My suggestion is that YouTube should have been at BETT if only to show the scope of where learning now happens.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Hello Exeter Uni Library / Digital Suite and Adobe Software

This is a sort of extended tweet. Trying to find out who to contact about the workstations in the library and software in general.

I recently went to BETT and found out a bit about Spark and Chromebook options. I made some outline contacts but have not been able to get email replies since. Not sure I have the best info.

So who would know about the workstations on the lowest floor of the library?  Creative Suite is included but seems not to be on a subscription for latest versions. Room is also used for meetings and study.

Spark is online free software for social media content. Chromebooks coming soon that accept Android apps, reduced versions of Creative Cloud.

I am still checking out details but would like to know who and how to contact.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Big Fibs, printing in Exeter before William of Orange

In an age of alternative facts I can hold no strong opinions. But I was surprised when the BBC allowed Lucy Worsley to claim that William of Orange arrived in Exeter to make propaganda and brought his own printing press with him. An alternative view is that he headed for Exeter as there was already a printing press in production.

Extract from Exeter Working Papers in British Book Trade History Ian Maxted

"So far as we know at present the first resident printer does not appear in the city until 1683 and we do not know his name. ... Since 1683 the city has never lacked a resident printer ..." Thus W.G.Hoskins in Two thousand years in Exeter. He goes on to say that the first whose name is known for certain is Samuel Darker in 1698, noting that a printer with the initials J.B. printed for William of Orange in 1688 and that he is thought to be one John Baker. His statement has been widely accepted.

So this possibility is at least worth a mention.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Green screen can be white, more tests

Trying things out. I think we may not need a green screen as in the portable versions I saw at BETT. They may be worth investing in later but it seems from Adobe at Learning Technologies that software may cope with any block of colour so can be set up fairly easily. So here are some examples.

Here is a dark shirt on a dark background, not easy to work with.

Here is a result based on a source from earlier, looked easy in the demo

Here is the white screen round the corner and a source photo.

So now it should be possible to move the Background to BETT at ExCel

OK, now for a bit more study on what else is possible. I have Elements versions of Photoshop and Premiere, estimated knowledge about 20%.  Will try out Spark first then the versions for learning.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Adobe at BETT version one

Quick notes as too much to do ahead of Learning Technologies. Update later on both, see final para below.

As expected there was a thorough demo of Spark. Graphics to post with tweets, headings for social media sites, any shape or size for design around type. Also a quick video presentation based on voice ( Voice was a previous name for this) . I don't think I yet understand this. You can talk for more than 30 sec with another slide but I am still rambling too much. Also a web page creation tool that also creates a graphic for your tweet. It is all free so far but with Adobe branding at the end. You can remove it if you subscribe to the Creative Cloud.

However I asked about other links to the Creative Cloud and they don't seem to be there, No skills pathway that is obvious. If you want to learn actual type control you would have to start again. And the levels are not available if you load a Spark graphic into Photoshop. My guess anyway, someone should check.

There is much more training potential in the apps announced for Chromebooks. ( Spark I think is still Apple only but there is a web version). Google at BETT showed how a new range of Chromebooks could work better with graphics. The Adobe apps are reduced power versions of most of the Creative Cloud. More work to learn them than with Spark but they are still free and the Chromebooks will be cheap compared to a Mac Pro or whatever you think Photoshop deserves.

Meanwhile I continue with Photoshop / Premiere Elements on windows 10. I probably understand about a quarter of what is possible. Bits and pieces from Spark as well, sometimes fitted in.

I expect Adobe at Learning Technologies to be showing another approach to video - Adobe Presenter. This creates video from Powerpoint slides. When to use this rather than Spark? Can you edit in bits from one to the other?

to be continued...

Saturday, January 21, 2017

#not(BETT2017) some things not at BETT 2017

These are quick notes for future reports and to seek responses. Even a show as large as BETT is interesting for the companies that choose not to be there or other things going on in background.

Voice as interface

Amazon devices seem to have got most attention at CES. Google and Microsoft will be at BETT but no advance promo so they may not have info on their offers. Apple officially not there but fans may have something to say. On the @wenotno show we have so far found that Apple is way ahead for access but this may change. Start at SEN and see where it leads to. ( Pearson are working with IBM on AI / machine learning but no obvious voice aspect. Not much at BETT anyway. Pearson still interested in education transformation but not much info on current vision)

The aim of these notes is to find out more, so if very wrong please add comments

Not sure what is behind these voices. Call it Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning but what is learning at BETT? User experience?


Only Futurelearn are there apparently. But Guardian today has a section on Postgrad Study that includes some news (page 13) Futurelearn will this year offer a full postgrad degree with Deakin. Liverpool has 10,000 postgrads online. Oxford will launch a MOOC with edX in Feb. No Guardian mentions for MOOCs outside UK but this is a start. ( see also ReadG, post soon on how they cover MOOC news)

BBC Learning

When Radio 1 came to Exeter for their Academy in 2016 it turned out that BBC Learning was much involved. Not sure how it fitted together. They were not interested in normal telly, how the main event ended up on BBC4. Only the Live Lounge, BBC iPlayer and YouTube channels. Just my take, could be wrong. BBC stopped going to BETT after pressure from other suppliers including the Guardian and Channel 4. Seems a shame as Guardain and Channel 4 have stopped going anyway as far as I know. BBC now may be there with the Micro:bit and other organisations involved. All will become clear as far as BETT event next week. But what is happening with educational use of old clips from telly? ITN was there last year but not sure what is happening this time.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Are radio and video skills part of education?

Thinking about how to map BETT with Exeter and the campus. So far it might work ok. The Phoenix has training courses in Adobe Creative Suite so we can report back on how Spark could fit with this. Also the university library has a Multimedia Suite with Adobe software. But I am not sure what the interest level is compared to the books and the journals. Based on a couple of visits it was not as busy or booked out as I would expect. Maybe the media studies is more part of the student guild. Not sure. Meanwhile Adobe put more energy into video and images. they still turnover Postscript and PDF for flat pages with text. Something not really fitting together though. This post will be expanded and/or altered if I have missed something. Continues as chat on @wenotno 12 -2 today on @phonicfm so this post to keep the blog more or less in sync.