VIRTUAL TEACHERS: UK university to trial ‘hologram’ lecturers

London – VIJAY SHAH via LEO KELION and BBC News A university in the United Kingdom will become the first in the world to introduce ‘holographic’ teaching staff for its students, according to a report by national broadcaster BBC News.  Imperial College London is bringing in 3D projection technology that will emit ‘holograms’ of lecturers who are unable to attend their lectures in person. While the teacher will not be physically present, the futuristic technology will carry across their voice and body movements. Similar technology was used for a Tupac Shakur music concert at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival … Continue reading VIRTUAL TEACHERS: UK university to trial ‘hologram’ lecturers

UNIVERSITY DOODLES: Scribbling my way through a degree

From the years 2003 to 2006, I was an undergraduate at the University of Westminster here in London, where I was on a standard three-year Bachelor of Arts degree reading journalism and media studies. Virtually all my lectures and seminars took place at the university’s Northwick Park campus in Harrow, which shared an open-plan site with the expansive Northwick Park Hospital, an NHS run medical facility. I studied under numerous lecturers at the School of Media, Art and Design, or ‘MAD’ for short and very much enjoyed my time there. Even now I still reminisce about those golden days, with my … Continue reading UNIVERSITY DOODLES: Scribbling my way through a degree

A TWITTER BOOST FOR TRAINEE HACKS: 100 useful follows for future journalists

Since its founding on the 21st March 2006, the micro-blogging site Twitter has become an important vehicle for both journalists and news organisations to express themselves, both personally and through their news agendas and lead stories. While the major news networks generally rely on Twitter for self-promotion, increasingly, both journalists and highly-literate people outside the media industries, the daily act of typing up 140-character ‘tweets’ has helped democratise journalism in a way, that older print-based media were less able to do. Twitter has helped the popularity of grassroots journalism, and reinforced the voice of freelancers as well as alternative/niche media … Continue reading A TWITTER BOOST FOR TRAINEE HACKS: 100 useful follows for future journalists

FROM 4-4-2 TO 1.1: Fabrice Muamba recieves honorary degree from Bolton University

  Fabrice Muamba, the 24-year-old football star who survived a cardiac arrest during a live match, has been awarded an honorary degree by the University of Bolton. The Bolton Wanderers midfielder collected his certificate on Friday this past week dressed in a formal suit and colourful graduate’s robes. Muamba dedicated the degree to the medics who saved his life when he suffered a potentially fatal heart attack in March during the Wanderers’ face-off with Tottenham Hotspurs, also known simply as Spurs. During the first half of the FA Cup quarter-final match, Muamba, who was previously of very good health, suddenly … Continue reading FROM 4-4-2 TO 1.1: Fabrice Muamba recieves honorary degree from Bolton University