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Digital Discovery Week

5th - 9th November 2018

A week of workshops, seminars and online opportunities to enable students and staff to experiment with new technologies, showcase examples of innovations in teaching and research at Sussex, and horizon-scan for emerging technologies which will impact our sector.

Monday

Sussex Digital Futures

12.00-13.30, Jane Attenborough Studio, ACCA

Join our Digital Discovery Week plenary roundtable to explore the University’s digital future. This launch event brings together leaders from across the university to discuss their vision of what the digital future may hold for the university, and the possibilities and challenges that lie ahead.

The roundtable foreshadows the launch of the Smart Sussex strategy, an ambitious vision designed to position the University as a globally recognised leader in the use of digital technologies. Its purpose is to break down barriers to engagement within and beyond our community, support transformative learning experiences, enable world-leading research, and provide students with the skills necessary to succeed in the world and workplace of the future.

The roundtable will be chaired by Rorden Wilkinson, Professor of Global Political Economy and Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education & Innovation.

 

Joining the discussion will be:

Caroline Bassett, Professor of Media & Communications and Director of the Sussex Humanities Lab

Jason Oliver, the University’s newly-appointed Director of Information Technology

Kate O’Riordan, Professor of Digital Culture and Head of the School of Media, Film and Music

David Weir, Professor of Computer Science and Co-Director, Sussex Humanities Lab.

 

A sandwich lunch will be provided.

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Show & TEL

14.00-15.30, Quiet Room, Meeting House

‘Show & TEL’ is a collaborative forum for colleagues across the university who have an interest in the use of technology to support teaching and enrich student learning.  Facilitated by colleagues in Technology Enhanced Learning, ‘Show & TEL’ is an opportunity to get involved in conversations around the use of learning technologies at Sussex, network with colleagues and share ideas and practice. During this term's event we will be joined by Dr Lorraine Smith, Senior Teaching Fellow (Biochemistry), other speakers TBA.

Tea, coffee and pastries will be provided.

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Tuesday

Create your own augmented reality experience

10.00-12.00, Library Open Learning Space

This practical workshop will share a range of ideas and practical techniques for creating augmented reality posters, which can be used to enrich research presentations, teaching practice or an engaging way to promote a recent project or piece of work. No previous experience or knowledge required. Working in small groups, we will guide you through the process of using basic tools and techniques for creating digitally augmented posters.

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Digital tools for health and fitness

12.00-13.00, Library Open Learning Space 

The Jisc digital capability framework describes the skills needed by staff and students to thrive in a digital environment. This includes the capacity to look after personal health and work-life balance in digital settings. This session will show how you can use digital tools in pursuit of personal goals and how you can participate in social and community activities with SussexSport.

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Adobe Creative Suite Training Session

13.00-15.00, Library Training Room

A hands on taster session covering Adobe Creative Cloud: we will take a brief look at Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Premiere. Find out what these industry standard pieces of software can do and how you can learn to be a proficient user.

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GoBags: 360° & Immersive tech workshop

15.00-16.00, Library Open Learning Space

This session will give you an opportunity to not only experience Virtual & Augmented reality but also create your own 36o° experiences. You'll be introduced to a brand new resource for the University, the GoBag. We'll show you how to use the equipment before you head out to give it a go. Finally we'll wrap up by looking at what you've recorded and how you can use this in your work or studies. This session is for anyone interested in 360° cameras and immersive technologies. Experniced or not, all welcome. 

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Wednesday

Mindfulness

9.30-10.30, Meeting House Chapel

Why not take a break from your tech?
Mindfulness is a simple form of guided meditation which helps you become more aware of the present moment. Though it has roots in Buddhist meditation, mindfulness is all inclusive and not tied in to any religion. Mindfulness can help us stand back from our thoughts and learn to recognise when they are taking over. Because of this, it’s recommended by medical professionals as a way to improve mental health.

Drop-in session, no need to book a place.

Canine Concerns

Meeting House Quiet Room 

Take a break from your tech and come along to a dog filled session run by the charity Canine Concerns who will be bringing along a number of their wonderful therapy dogs. There are 3 session times, each will last 30 minutes, the available slots are:

10:30 - 11:00

11:30 - 11:30

11:30 - 12:00 

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Is technology your useful servant or your tyrant master?

This workshop is for all staff who want to explore and improve their relationship with technology. it will provide strategies and techniques that will help you have a positive relationship to technology at work and beyond. It will help you understand what your tech stress triggers are and how to develop goals and habits that will help you have more balance with technology.

There are two workshops: 9.30am-12.30pm or 1.30-4.30pm - Book your place

Automatic Writing for Creativity

10.30-11.00, Meeting House Quiet Room

Why not take a break from your tech?
Automatic writing is a 10 minute, generative writing exercise that challenges you to write first and edit later. Share your creations to #sussexspark

Drop-in session, no need to book a place.

Cleaning data with Open Refine 

12.00-13.30, Library Training Room

As data sets get bigger it can become harder to analyse. This session addresses some common issues using OpenRefine (formerly Google Refine), an open source piece of software that can help to remove some of the errors and inconsistencies in datasets, in a timely manner, without expert knowledge being required.

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Take your tech for a walk

13.00-14.00, Meeting House Quiet Room

Explore campus with writer Zoe Ranson and share your creations to #sussexspark

Drop-in session, no need to book a place.

Fake news, separating Fact from Fiction

14.00-15.00, Library Open Learning Space

What is “Fake News”? Where does it originate from? How do you identify the credible from the questionable news sources? In this practical workshop we will answer these key questions, and learn the skills needed to identify “fake news” so you can be confident in the quality and credibility of the information you use for your research and assignments.

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Grapheel IRIS Workshop

14.00-15.00, Library Training Room

A workshop for social sciences and STEM students, researchers and staff - learn how to describe diagrams using words, and about Grapheel IRIS, an application which connects blind and visually impaired students to a network of volunteers who provide subject-specific, fully accessible descriptions of images. Lead by Daniel Hajas, co-founder and CEO of Grapheel Ltd.

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Wikipedia: the good, the bad, and the useful

15.00-15.30, Library Training Room

This short 30 minute workshop will introduce you to Wikipedia, show you how to recognise a good or bad entry and discuss how this can be applied to your own writing. The workshop will also demonstrate how to find the materials that have been cited in Wikipedia and how to reference them appropriately.

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Thursday

Makerspace: Build a Robotic Arm

10.00-12.00, Library Open Learning Space

If you like making, collaborating, learning and sharing, then this is the workshop for you! Learn how to combine low-fi mock-ups with an open source digital microcontroller (Arduino) to Prototype and build a Robotic arm! This workshop aims to introduce how multidisciplinary makers and creative practitioners use a range of technologies to explore ideas and bring them to life. No previous prototyping or coding knowledge is required - please bring a laptop with you and a sense of fun!

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Grapheel IRIS Workshop

12.00-13.00, Library Training Room

A workshop for social sciences and STEM students, researchers and staff - learn how to describe diagrams using words, and about Grapheel IRIS, an application which connects blind and visually impaired students to a network of volunteers who provide subject-specific, fully accessible descriptions of images. Lead by Daniel Hajas, co-founder and CEO of Grapheel Ltd.

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How to get LinkedIn

13.00-14.00, Library Training Room

Power up your job search with LinkedIn. Many leading employers advertise their vacancies increasingly on LinkedIn, and even headhunt candidates directly from LinkedIn - so having the right profile and making the right connections can make all the difference to your career. Get hands-on and develop your profile on the spot at this practical training workshop.

This session will cover how to:

  • build an effective LinkedIn profile
  • network successfully on LinkedIn
  • use LinkedIn for job searching and career development

Open to: all students

8th November workshop: https://careerhub.sussex.ac.uk/students/events/Detail/1082963/how-to-get-linkedin

7th December workshop: https://careerhub.sussex.ac.uk/students/events/Detail/1082964/how-to-get-linkedin

GoBags: 360° & Immersive tech workshop

15.00-16.00, Library Open Learning Space

This session will give you an opportunity to not only experience Virtual & Augmented reality but also create your own 36o° experiences. You'll be introduced to a brand new resource for the University, the GoBag. We'll show you how to use the equipment before you head out to give it a go. Finally we'll wrap up by looking at what you've recorded and how you can use this in your work or studies. This session is for anyone interested in 360° cameras and immersive technologies. Experienced or not, all welcome. 

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Friday

The Blockchain: creating trusted sources of information

12.00-13.00, Library Open Learning Space

Using Blockchain to Engender Trust in Public Digital Archives

Alex Green, The National Archives

Blockchain is at the peak of the hype cycle – but it has the potential to transform the exchange and stewardship of information. The National Archives ARCHANGEL project is exploring how tamper-resistant and decentralised blockchain technology might be used to ensure that digital records are verifiable, and can be trusted as authentic -- so that no individual institution could attempt to rewrite history.

Fake News - a Technological Approach to Proving Provenance Using Blockchains

Steve Huckle, University of Sussex

In an era of fake news, when someone shows us a video or picture of some event, how can we trust its authenticity? It seems the public no longer believe that traditional media is a reliable reference of fact, perhaps due, in part, to the onset of many diverse sources of conflicting information, via social media. Indeed, the issue of 'fake' reached a crescendo during the 2016 US Presidential Election, when the winner, Donald Trump, claimed that the New York Times was trying to discredit him by pushing disinformation. Current research into overcoming the problem of fake news does not focus on establishing the ownership of media resources used in such stories - the blockchain-based application introduced in the article is technology that is capable of indicating the authenticity of digital media. Put simply; by using the trust mechanisms of blockchain technology, the tool can show, beyond doubt, the provenance of any source of digital media, including images used out of context in attempts to mislead. 

In my paper Fake News - a Technological Approach to Proving Provenance Using Blockchains, I introduce a prototype of an innovative technology for proving the origins of captured digital media. In this talk, I will give a brief overview of that prototype.

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Active Learning Network event: The use of visual media in learning 

12.00-13.00, Meeting House

Why use visual media in teaching?

Visual media can improve the quality of our learning. We have entered the most visual epoch and the digital era is requiring us to be more creative with our use of teaching and learning tools. 

Did you know that students experience cognitive overload when presented with too much text? Visual media can provide a solution. Image allows us to make connections that text can fail to do as it stimulates under-used visual processing capabilities. Introducing visual media to our teaching encourages the "dual processing" of two channels of information: text and images, helping students learn better and be more mentally active.

Come to our relaxed session to be introduced to and discuss these issues.

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Mindfulness

13.00-13.30, Meeting House Chapel

Why not take a break from your tech?
Mindfulness is a simple form of guided meditation which helps you become more aware of the present moment. Though it has roots in Buddhist meditation, mindfulness is all inclusive and not tied in to any religion. Mindfulness can help us stand back from our thoughts and learn to recognise when they are taking over. Because of this, it’s recommended by medical professionals as a way to improve mental health.

Drop-in session, no need to book a place.

Saturday and Sunday

HackSussex2018

10.00 Saturday - 17.00 Sunday, Chichester 1

A relaxed, creative event for first-time and experienced hackers alike.

Come along to the biggest Hackathon Sussex University has seen, on November 10th & 11th. With 150 tickets going, get your applications in. With help from our friends at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, the BCS and many more, we are excited to throw an unforgettable event.

For more information please see our website: https://hacksussex.co.uk

#HackSussex

Online throughout the week

Digital Writer in Residence

Throughout the week writer Zoë Ranson will be posting flash fiction tweets in repsonse to Digital Discovery Week events - starting with Sussex Digital Futures on Monday at 12.00.

Digital Storytelling

Unlock the joy of spontaneous storytelling using Twitter - follow #sussexspark on Twitter and Instagram for a guided journey into your creativity. Using archive material from the Keep to inspire creative opportunities on social media and beyond.