We have been very busy with DEVELOP this January, presenting at Durham Blackboard Users Coneference, working on the scope of the widgets, finalising ASSET widget for Bb v.8 and liaising with pilots.
We are working on producing short documents to describe the widgets that will be very useful for our pilot leads. We will circulate them to the technical stakeholder and to our Steering group for information and comments (by the middle of Feb).
We had three meetings to track progress and today we saw a demonstration of the ASSET widget which has been completed with the help of ITS. The widget is now going to be tested by Guy and Karsten so that it can be refined further. We have also identified an academic who would like to pilot it by the end of February.
The ASSET widget has also been developed in a beta format for Bb v.9 but what is now needed is for Blackboard Service Pack 4 to be applied to our test server for Karsten to access the functionality needed to develop the widget further. I have asked ITS to apply the pack by 18 February 2011.
Finally, we are looking forward to our next Steering group meeting on 7 March, to enagage the members in useful discussions and feedback.