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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtual Academy: Investing in your Future

    With so much buzz around cloud services and architecting your business for the cloud, it’s easy to feel left behind. Don’t fret; there are plenty of ways to keep up with the latest and greatest news, information and training. If you’ve not heard about the Microsoft Virtual Academy before then you’re...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Bootcamp - Powered by Tech.Days, Edinburgh 11th November 2011

    If you are a developer looking to take advantage of cloud computing, but you haven’t yet taken the plunge, this free day of training is the quickest way to get up-to-speed with Microsoft’s offering; Windows Azure. We’ll take you from knowing nothing about the cloud to actually having written some code...
  • Blog Post: Tech·Ed 2010 - Download the presentation videos free

    If you've ever been lucky enough to get to Tech·Ed, you'll know that some of the best technical presenters are there, presenting some of the most useful technical content for IT managers. Each year over 100 people from UK educational institutions travel out to it (this year, it was in Berlin), but I...
  • Blog Post: Academic discount code for Tech∙Ed Europe in Berlin

    There are normally over 50 UK Education attendees at Tech∙Ed Europe , which is in Berlin this November 8 – 12. It’s a full week of deep technical education, hands-on-learning and opportunities to connect with Microsoft and Community experts one-on-one.  The main reason that people attend is to get...
  • Blog Post: Are you ready to deploy Windows 7? Need a bit more help?

    Thanks to Rich from Bechtle , I know where you can get some help. Rich has just blogged about the Windows 7 Deployment Learning Portal on his Software Ruminations blog . Windows 7 Deployment – the Learning Portal We spend almost $10 billion a year on research and development, and so each time we release...
  • Blog Post: First Look at Office 2010 – free e-book

    Every day is a day closer to the Office 2010 release (due on 12th May for volume licence customers , and June for consumers ). And I know of quite a few UK education institutions that are widely using the free Office 2010 beta in teaching already. If you’re preparing for a rapid roll out of Office 2010...
  • Blog Post: Ribbon Hero – combining games and learning

    It seems that one of the trendy topics discussed at education conferences these days is the combination of gaming and learning. Most of the time, it’s discussed in the context of the classroom or of students, but I’ve just learnt that we’ve now applied it to product training, in one of our experimental...
  • Blog Post: Another take on qualifications – have you thought about the Microsoft IT Academy?

    If you’re running the ICT systems in your university, you may recognise that one of the gaps in using technology well (especially for students) is lack of IT skills to help them to make the most of the technology sitting on their lap. So although you may want to forward this onto somebody in the curriculum...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed – a week of developers and IT support teams in Berlin

    This year Tech Ed is moving from Barcelona to Berlin. It’s also been squeezed into a single week – 7,000 developers and IT professionals descending on Berlin to enjoy a packed week full of technology. My first Tech Ed was only a few years ago, and I couldn’t believe the size of the event (and that was...
  • Blog Post: How will Windows 7 help universities – Part Five – Learning Resources

    Over the last few days, I’ve published quite a few separate articles on Windows 7. One of my aims was to try and help identify the wood from the trees – finding the things in Windows 7 which will make a real difference in a university to make your life easier or your IT systems more secure. But there...
  • Blog Post: How will Windows 7 help universities – Part Four – Getting new computers onto campus quickly

    Oh, joy. A new batch of computers has arrived in the office, ready to be put out in a range of public spaces on the campus. There’s anti-theft marking to do, security screws to add, mice to clamp and that’s all before all of the actual deployment has to be done – getting them out to the right classroom...
  • Blog Post: How will Windows 7 help universities – Part Three – Staff laptops

    Continuing my thread of half-term learning snacks, this one’s is shorter (only 7 minutes long), but talks about a feature which you may want to think about to help your academic staff. Here’s a scenario that may well have happened in your college: You allocate a member of academic staff a laptop...
  • Blog Post: How will Windows 7 help universities – Part Two – Stop people doing silly stuff

    We both know that although our users are very sensible people, sometimes they do incredibly dumb things with their computers. It can be caused by ignorance, or it can be because they are so keen to get on with their jobs, that they throw caution to the wind. Here’s a quick Vox Pop Quiz – see how many...
  • Blog Post: How will Windows 7 help universities – Part One – The Overview

    Exams have just finished ( well, they have at Oxford, because it was on my local TV news station, who can’t resist shots of people in gowns with beaming smiles) . The wind down for the summer has hopefully started for some. But for many IT people in universities, it marks the beginning of planning for...
  • Blog Post: How Microsoft does IT: Managing Network Access Protection

    The people that run our internal IT systems – Microsoft IT – regularly run workshops (both virtual and face-to-face events) when they share how Microsoft implements aspects of our IT systems, and especially the things we have learnt along the way. Next Tuesday afternoon , they are running a webcast on...
  • Blog Post: Campus Agreement – eLearning benefit

    Something that has come up several times recently, especially since a recent UCISA event in Oxford is what education/learning material customers entitled to under the Campus Agreement.  The good news is, quite a lot actually and there is no bad news. There are two areas to explore: E-Learning as...
  • Blog Post: Tech Ed arrives again - 3rd to 7th November

    Time to start being nice to the people that sign off your professional development budget? (I know, you always are…) Tech Ed (also previously known as IT Forum) is in Barcelona again this year on the 3rd to the 7th November, and the agenda and registration information has just been released. ...
  • Blog Post: Partners in Learning programme relaunched

    Although this information is predominantly about work we are doing with schools, I thought that it is worth publishing on the HE blog, as many universities have links to teacher training and are actively engaged with schools and their development programmes. For the last 5 years we have been running...
  • Blog Post: Future Education Team online briefings

    Over the next few months, we are going to running a series of briefings on specific aspects of ICT in education, relating to some of our newer technologies and their use in education. They are all running as Live Meetings, where you are able to watch the PowerPoint presentation on your screen, and hear...
  • Blog Post: MSDN - The Microsoft Developer Network - Free Events

    If you have developers within your university, busily coding applications and systems for your intranet, then you may want to let them know about the free MSDN events coming up over the next few months. They're aimed at mainstream development engineers, and given that many universities have teams developing...
  • Blog Post: Getting students and staff started with Office 2007 - some handy help

    Even amongst those universities who are moving to Office 2007 this summer, one common fear is whether students/staff will be able to quickly transition to the new Fluent interface in Office 2007 . If you want more help, then I've just come across these brilliant add-ins for Office 2007. Basically, it...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Live Meeting - Microsoft's Enterprise Client Licence

    If you've not had a chance to join a Live Meeting before, then this would be a good opportunity to find out how it works. Basically, it's just like a real meeting, but without the travel! Dominic Watts will be presenting this one, and once you've logged on you'll see his presentation on your screen and...
  • Blog Post: Network Access Protection - defending yourself against you users!

    We were recently doing some research with students, and found that most of them are arriving at university with their own laptops and computers. Once there, they seem to have two modes of using them. Once method is to leave them in their room, and carry all of their data around on memory keys, which...
  • Blog Post: Basic Digital Literacy Skills for Staff and Students

    As you start planning for next year's arrival of new students and staff, you may also be thinking of the rush of "How do I do this..." IT questions. Well, if any of your service users need help getting started with computers then you might find the Digital Literacy Curriculum will be useful for you....
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 - Free online training courses

    Helping your users get up to speed with Microsoft Word and the Office 2007 System When you first open Word 2007, it looks very different to what you may have become used to, because it has been designed to make your life a whole lot easier. So here's a training course, where you will learn the best ways...
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