Today marks Random Twist's first birthday. Random Twist (RT) is a collaboration network developed by and for the staff and students of the following programmes at the School of Creative Arts and Technologies at Ulster University:
Long frustrated with the inflexibility of Virtual Learning Environments (VLE) and/or Learning Management Systems (LMS) and their unsuitability for content-rich subjects, yet firmly invested in the potential of the Web, RT brings together social technologies and contemporary media-rich content management which in turn forms the software home for three subject partners.
One years in and the platform is–as hoped–realising exciting collaboration and knowledge sharing opportunities between staff and students from all courses, and all years. I'll publish more details of our findings in the future.
Random Twist has been built using open-source software including: Linux, Nginx, WordPress and BuddyPress. All analytics are captured utilising Piwik which is again open-source with all data owned by the School of Creative Arts and Technologies.