Open Access PC availability – one of the ILW Data Hack API Web Services, created by Paul Johnson, last modified by Hristo Meshinski. This feed provides real time data about the use of PCs across the University of Edinburgh campus. While designed to convey PC availability, we are using this data to trigger a generate when a PC is ‘in use’. Thus, whenever a University of Edinburgh student logs in to an open access PC, a pulse is triggered. At present, this is intended to convey a sense of ‘when’ and ‘where’ (on campus) some kind of learning activity is taking place.
Corridor traffic sensor – this infrared sensor, developed with a Raspberry PI, is able to detect passing motion, and thus provide data about when a particular university space is being accessed. The pilot phase will situate this sensor in the Centre for Research in Digital Education on the 4th floor of St John’s Land at the Moray House School of Education. It will be arranged to trigger a pulse when (anonymous) individuals walk through the space, indicating it is in use.
Twitter course hashtags – Twitter is often used as a backchannel to particular courses or learner groups. For the initial stage of the pilot, we’re using the MSc in Digital Education programme hashtag (#mscde), a vibrant course space for this fully online postgraduate programme. Any time students or staff tweet to this hashtag will trigger a pulse, thus indicating some kind of social media engagement with this particular programme of study, or the community that surrounds it.
Minecraft IDEL world – to be developed. This feed will trigger a pulse every time a participant on An Introduction to Digital Environments for Learning (part of the MSc in Digital Education) logs in to the dedicated Minecaft world for this course. Thus, the resulting pulse will indicate virtual world attendance, and an alternative notion of presence within the space(s) of the University.