Archive for June, 2010

My first task as project officer was to examine the current provision of research seminars in an online format.  This includes courses (such as the Open University’s Open Learn website) as well as seminar podcasts on iTunes U, The History Faculty and by other universities both in the UK and abroad. This report also contains recommendations for the IHR’s final distribution of their research seminars. 

See here for the final report:

Research Seminar provision scoping report (May 2010)

In other news we had a fantastic response to our survey (301 replies).  I am currently shifting through the masses of data to write up a report which we shall post in due course.  This is a job that I am enjoying very much.  There are a variety of views and opinions expressed in the results but overall there is an overwhelming positive response to the IHR podcasting the research seminars.

More updates soon!


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Today is the final day for our survey about the online delivery of seminars and in particular podcasting at the IHR.  We have had a fantastic response and I would like to thank everyone who has taken part. 

The results of the draw to win a 1 year subscription to the Historical Research journal will be ‘pulled out of a hat’ early next week and some preliminary results noted on this blog will be forthcoming about the same time. 

In the meantime if there is anyone that would like to take part who has not yet done so please click on the following link.  We would very much welcome your views – http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DBMYY3V

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One element of online seminar provision the IHR are looking into is live streamed events.  This is not something that happens often in academia at present but does offer the potential for interaction with the seminar in real time – something that pre-recorded podcasts can not achieve.  The preliminary results from our survey (see previous posts) has suggested cautious interest in the idea (although the yes to no ratio is very much 50/50). 

It is therefore interesting that the rumour mill is suggesting that YouTube might soon be entering the live stream market.  See http://techcrunch.com/2010/06/03/youtube-live-stream/ for more details.

At present there are various services including UStream, TV-U, Justin TV and LiveStream.net that seem to be doing relatively well.  All of which provide free (and pro versions) of their players.  The introduction of the popular YouTube site into this market could well have repercussions for the popularity of live streaming in general.  Something certainly worth keeping an eye on.

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Hi all. Just a gentle reminder that our survey about podcasts and the online delivery of seminars will finish this coming Wednesday (9 June 2010).
Remember, by filling in this survey you can be put into a draw to win a one year subscription to the Historical Research Journal as well as help the IHR with its online digital projects.
We have already received a brilliant response, so I would also like to thank everyone who has so far taken part.


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