Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
As the project has now finished, I will be moving onto my next project, which means I will be leaving the Bloomsbury Colleges. I would like to thank everybody involved in the project and a huge thank you to the APT STAIRS team for being such a great team to work for. It has been a successful project that I was proud to be a part of and hope to stay in contact with you all.
Wishing you all the best and a great new year ahead with the next APT projects.
Caroline (APT STAIRS Project Officer)
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Mobile technologies are now increasingly being used across Africa for everything from phone to SMS texting. This is associated with widespread access to affordable mobile networks and handsets. In many cases this technology has overtaken the use of landline phones, radio and internet for communication in rural communities. Innovative examples of the potential of these mobile devices including the ability to make small SMS payments, receiving text alerts of market prices or receiving medication reminders for TB treatment.
The recent development and access to second generation mobile devices offers significant new opportunities for disease surveillance and prevention. The handsets now have accurate geo spatial sensing which enables accurate tracking of location and linking to text, image and data. The potential to insert memory cards means that not only can the devices temporarily capture data off line where a network is poor. This additional memory means that the handsets can be populated with appropriate disease extensions and support material in video, audio and textual format which the operator can refer to in the field.
There are already Open Source tools available for the Android platform which can be relatively simply be engineered to enable disease data collection. Data entry can be using a pen device, a keypad or touch screen and GPS settings are captured automatically. This data can then be transmitted through a GPRS or low bandwidth network to a central server where it can be analyses, mapped and modelled almost immediately after the data has been collected. The field worker can then be referred to information on the handset memory in the local language for example with advice on suitable biosecurity measure to adopt.
This initiative therefore aims to explore the opportunities provided by these mobile technologies to enhance disease surveillance in the human and animal health sectors, reporting and feedback in Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya/Uganda. It will draw on the extensive experience of its partners working in the field in South-east Asia and Southern/Eastern Africa, university based research and development expertise and the insight and experience provided by Google and other technology providers.
The project has been generously funded by the Rockefeller Foundation through the Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance (http://www.sacids.org/) with an initial Tanzanian planning workshop in January 2010.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
In the interim, here is a video we shot earlier - the first video on the web of a calf with East Coast Fever filmed in Zanzibar by Andrew Hagner and the RVC Undergraduate Research Team.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The APT Team will be presenting their findings and sharing their experiences followed by a workshop on the future of online collaborative technologies, plus guest speakers from JISC and Bloomsbury.
To reserve a place at the event please register here.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
The team was also delighted to have been awarded best poster at the conference. To view the poster, click on the image on the left to zoom in. Special thanks to Caroline Bell, the poster's designer.
Chris Trace, from the Royal Veterinary College, gave a ten minute presentation to a packed room. He then answered questions from the delegates for a further five minutes. The project was well-received by the medics there present, and seemed to spark some interest!
The presentation that Chris gave and a summary sheet on the e-Cases project can be found by clicking here
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
They presented on the approach taken in Bloomsbury to introduce online collaboration amongst users, along with providing examples of how online tools were utilised to reach the needs for staff and students.
The presentation concluded with a discussion on the future opportunities offered by working in the 'cloud' together, mentioning the potential project APT for Africa.
To view the presentation in Google Docs, click here.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Google 'show options'
Google Advanced (search by file type)
For more explanation on these tools, click here
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The seminar involved an introduction to the Bloomsbury consortium, shared experiences from the APT project on applying social tools in educational contexts, followed by an interactive workshop in Google Docs.
The event attracted learning technologists, managers, teachers, directors, advisers from across a wide range of university's in London, where discussions were held about how collaborative tools might be used to enhance learning, teaching and working in their institutions.
For more information about APT Extension, and other projects that have emerged from the APT Project, please visit our APT Continuation Projects web page.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
The article explains one of our demonstrator projects in detail and the benefits of using collaborative tools in the classroom. To read the 'Teach the Teachers' article please click here.
Friday, March 27, 2009
This diagram illustrates the technological gap - observed in Bloomsbury - between students and staff (represented in this cartoon as Lecturers). Simple technology, such as GoogleDocs, can be used to bridge the gap at level (1). As users develop their abilities and advance the staircase, they can try out more challenging tools.
Read more about the JISC Conference 2009 here.