Monthly Archives: September 2014

Launch of new and improved Co-Tutor!

We are pleased to announce that the new Co-Tutor version 3.0 is now live, after a year long Phase I Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) commercialisation project. Loughborough staff can log in here http://co-tutor.lboro.ac.uk. There are training events and an official launch event planned (see details below) too. Please come along to find out about the new Co-Tutor and our plans for the Phase II project.

Launch
24th September, 12 – 1pm, CEDE, Keith Green Building (sign up here – http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/co-tutor-launch-event-tickets-5255206464 )
From 12 noon – 12:30 pm
• Prof Morag Bell (PVC-T) – Welcome
• Prof Steve Rothberg (PVC-E) – How do Enterprise activities feed in to teaching and learning?
• Commercialisation and the new Co-Tutor (Melanie King)
• Co-Tutor’s new features and how Loughborough staff have helped to shape it (Paul Newman)
• Support and training (Charles Shields)
• Thanks and Q & As, followed by buffet lunch.

Hands-on training for Co-Tutor Department Admins or Monitoring roles
Thursday 18th September (West Park) 13:30 – 15:30 (W1.15)
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hands-on-training-for-co-tutor-department-admins-or-monitoring-roles-tickets-12473493555
Thursday 23th September (West Park) 10:00 – 12:00 (W1.15)
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hands-on-training-for-co-tutor-department-admins-or-monitoring-roles-tickets-12718195465
Thursday 25th September (East Park) 10:00 – 12:00 (LDS003)
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hands-on-training-for-co-tutor-department-admins-or-monitoring-roles-tickets-12473521639

Credits
Development team
Code base created by: Paul Newman and Melanie King
Front-end development: Matt Mould
Server technologies: Ray Chung

Code contributors
Middleware connections: Gary Brewerton, Matt Cook and Richard Goodman
Email code components: Garry Booth and Jason Cooper

R & D
Analytics and NLP: Jon Knight
Student portal: Beth Cox
VLE data: Dan Towns
Market analysis: SERO Consultants (Seb Schmoller, David Kay and Dick Moore).

Marketing, resources and branding
Kate Everest, Glenda McMahon and Jonathan Attenborough

Acknowledgements
We would like to thank the funders, both the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) and JISC, for supporting the ongoing commercialisation of Co-Tutor. In particular, many thanks to Jo Whitaker from the Enterprise Office, for all of her support and encouragement with the many legal and licensing hurdles. Also a big thank you to Claire Jones, Professor Steve Rothberg (PVC-E) and the Enterprise Project Group (EPG) panel for nurturing the enterprise activity and supporting the Phase II project into 2015.

Of course, a huge thank you goes to our many expert Co-Tutor users and critical friends over the years. There are too many to name but we would like to acknowledge the contribution made by the following staff to focus groups, case studies and significant feature developments this year. These colleagues are: Derek Stephens, Sue Simmons, Jo Higham, Malcolm King, Ann Cage, Pat Griffin, Sue Harrison, Tom Carslake, Rebecca Higginson, Bill Gabb, Stijn van Kessel, Keith Pond, Bruce Wright, Jacqui Glass, Murray Thomson, Dave Coates , Maurice FitzGerald, Judith Burton, Ann Hall, Cathy Turner, Jo Mason, Phil Kokoszka, Karen Coopman, Julie Bouazza-Marouf, Joe Pirie-Scott and Murray Thomson.

Co-Tutor has evolved over the past 10 years from many, many contributions from a wide range of Loughborough’s academic and administrative community. We would like to especially thank the CEDE Schools, who have contributed to the ongoing developments through their financial support and staff contribution to Co-Tutor related projects. In particular, the AACME placement’s team in 2012 – Tom Carslake, Ann Cage, Pat Griffin, Sue Harrison and Vaidhy Vaidhyanathan. The result of their hard work has been the recognition by the Times Higher THE Leadership and Management Awards this year for ‘Department ICT Initiative of the Year’.

Finally, a special acknowledgement goes to Dr Bill Forsythe (Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering) whose 1998 Engineering Education Centre (EEC) project, the ‘Tutorial Record System’, was the forebear to the Co-Tutor system today.

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