2013 In Review

Merry Christmas from the OpenUOW Team!

 It’s been a busy year! For the first time we’ve been able to collate detailed statistics across all our blogging sites and the data has been better than we anticipated.

Across all our sites we had a view count of 53 021, with 40 494 being unique visitors to the sites.  Beyond that there was a total of 101 799 page views with
79 208 of those being unique visitors.

A big congratulations goes to the team at the Student Life Blog who took out the number one place for page views with 16 627 unique views. We had a wide variety of blogs within our top viewed; it’s great to see that both the social and academic side garnering support.

We were also able to see just how our visitors were reaching our blogging sites. Of the 53 021 visitors, just under half (24 158) came directly to the site using the url. Another 15 025 visitors were referred to our sites through Google.

On the social media front, 80% of our traffic from social media came through Facebook. It’s great to see that the bloggers are pushing the blogs out through social media channels, and that these are getting a good response from readers.

On our OpenUOW YouTube Channel, since its launch in June we have had 4028 views on our videos and gained 52 subscribers.  Our top ten videos so far are:

 This year also saw the implementation of UOWs first ever MOOC. In partnership with Open2Study Dr Kylie Mansfield and Associate Professor Lyndal Parker-Newlyn from the Graduate School of Medicine launched ‘Understanding Common Diseases’ with 1502 students completing the course. A huge success for UOWs first ever MOOC!

It’s been a fantastic year for our Open Education initiatives and 2014 is shaping up to be even bigger. From all of us at OpenUOW, have a safe and happy holidays!

Creative Commons and Copyright-free images

We’ve been looking in to sourcing images that can be used by our bloggers in their blogs, and have found a wealth of images that fit the bill. It’s all part of the Flickr image sharing website.

Firstly, there is a historical archive of photographs with no known copyright restrictions developed by over 50 contributing organisation called The Commons. It includes photos from 6 major Australian libraries/museums. And you can explore creative commons licenced images ie search through contemporary photos contributed by people all over the world, who are happy to share their work via a creative commons attribution/share alike license.

The license agreement allows a person to share (copy, distribute and transmit the work) and adapt the work, so long as the work is attributed in the specified manner of the author, and that any adaption made to the work is also distributed under the same licence conditions.

More info on the specifics of the licence agreement can be found here

Looking for Some blogs to read? Try these….

BiologyHub – Open access blog network of courses focused on the population biology of bacteria and viruses

Sydney Uni Parralax – Parallax records the experiences of final year students of the B.A.(Media & Communications) degree who have won competitive overseas internships to work in Asian media organisations.

VC Macquarie – Blog of Professor Steven Schwartz, Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie University (Sydney).

Cornell wine & research – Cornell University, news and events from the Viticulture and Enology Major

IdeaPaint in teaching space at VicUni

Dave Cummings at Victoria University is blogging about his Teaching Space project. They’ve just finished doing the walls and floor in IdeaPaint. They have to wait til friday for it to dry/cure before then can use it. But then…. it’ll be cool. Here’s a YouTube about IdeaPaint:

Oui oui! Le Skype is working!

After months of planning and testing, the Skype pilot kicked off today. With slick new high definition web cams, and the help of the “how to” login sheet, the french language students connected with other students in Noumea. And the French conversations began to flow.

While many staff members have had Skype installed and working fine in their offices on their individual managed desktop machines (ie supported centrally by ITS), up until know it has been impossible to intall and use them “en masse” for use by students in an ITS managed teaching computer lab. But, thanks to the hard work of everybody involved (especially Krstan Risteski, ITS Labs Manager and Liz Burns, ITS System team) a special ‘software package’ was developed, tested, tweaked, and re-tested. Now Skype can be remotely installed in labs by ITS Support staff, with the correct network and software settings so that it actually works within the confines of a teaching lab. The only last minute hitch was that each new web-cam purchased by Arts (they are for use in the new Bld 19 Language labs) needed to have the software drivers manually installed, but thanks to Krstan, this was achieved in time also.