Universities and the Web use Google Cardboard for the first time

1. VR-tainment Virtual Reality looks set to become mainstream in 2016, reaching a projected 10.6 million consumers. VR headsets are decreasing in value, such as the $99 Samsung Gear, whilst cheap alternatives are being offered by Google Cardboard, including instructions…

Liverpool

There’s two interesting calls for speakers at the moment, offering a choice of speaking formats. First up is the 20th year of the Institutional Web Management Workshop, the most important UK conference for our sector. The organisers have chosen Liverpool as the…

Virtual tour platform for University of Birmingham

Generation Z is starting to grow up and apply for Higher Education. This tech-savvy generation has already forced us to change our undergraduate marketing methods and we will need to adapt further over the next decade. All good student recruitment…

Downloading a .srt file from YouTube

I’ve written previously about why we transcribe our videos for YouTube. I got the opportunity this week to look at how to get captions on to our Facebook videos. Less options than YouTube With YouTube we can upload a plain…

ios versus android

After a lengthy time away on extended paternity leave, I feel now is the time to start back with UATW. I have always been interested in how different audiences respond and view content and have always held the belief that…

Setting review dates for video content

As our video content has proliferated, we’ve taken an ad hoc approach to reviewing/updating it. With a couple of exceptions (for example, our open day lectures are always replaced after two years) we’ve not had formal guidelines in place. It’s felt possible…

Digital lessons from Harvard

Dr Miao He is Digital Editor for Internationalisation at the University of Bath and has recently published a series of blog posts about a week-long visit to Harvard University. We asked Miao about her role at Bath, how she organised…

University of Birmingham instameet

A recent instameet at the University of Birmingham was a big success. We took the chance to ask the organisers Beth Astington and Annabell Lamba why they did it and how you could do the same at your university. UatW: Who are…

Periscope

Periscope offers universities the opportunity to take their Open Days to a wider audience. The Periscope app allows users to share live-streaming video content through their smartphone, like a one-way Skype conversation only the content is public. This means students…

Coventry's clearing landing page

As in 2014, I’ve taken a snapshot of every UK university homepage on A-Level results day. It’s a good chance to compare approaches to a similar task.  You can see all the homepages here (to go further back, Mike Nolan recently tweeted…