WikiVLE open sourced!

WikiVLE is a Virtual Learning Environment that I built for my Web Client & Server coursework in Winter/Spring 2012


It's a VLE based around the concept of a wiki - all users can work together to create awesome notes about a particular topic that they're learning about. It's kind of a focussed Wikipedia (but nowhere near as good!). Users can upload files such as Powerpoint slides, PDFs and images; edit notes using Markdown syntax and log in using the built in account system or via the University of Portsmouth's LDAP server.

I've decided to open source it, mainly because I'm a big proponent of open source and I want to practice what I preach, but also because I wanted you guys to help me out! Hopefully we can work together (using the magic of Git) to make it awesome :)

The source is available now on Github, and I'm planning to put up a live demo sometime soon. If you're interested get in touch (see or fork the repo and submit a pull request.

Scoble interviews Blackboard mobile


This is a pretty good interview from Scoble (yeah, I find him quite annoying too but he does give a good interview).

The app itself is a definite WANT for me, having been at Portsmouth Uni for just over a week now and definitely needing a better way to find buildings, rooms and other information. The UX looks really neat too, especially the 'windows' concept shown on the iPad app.

We use Blackboard software at Portsmouth and unfortunately it's shockingly bad - doesn't work in anything but IE, hides things in odd places, has terrible UX, looks ugly. But I think we must be using an old version as I had a look at the website and it shows a much nicer UI. It also sound like the app maker is more of an acquisition than an original Blackboard product.

It's good to know that there's some innovation in the education space of new tech.