I have heard that Inspiration mind mapping software has been bought by another company and will be continued.
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SUBJECT: Inspiration Software, Inc. Closure Notice
For over 36 years Inspiration Software, Inc has been in the business of creating,supporting and selling software tools to advance thinking and learning skills for learners of all ages.
Over the last few years, the market and technologies needed to serve our
customers have shifted tremendously.
After extensive consideration and with regret, we have decided to stop selling our products and close Inspiration Software. Therefore, as of 25th November, we will no longer be fulfilling orders.
We have notified Student Finance England of our plans to close Inspiration Software and are working with them to ensure there is an orderly exit from the DSA sector for Inspiration 9.
We do have some good news for our customers as our DSA products will continue to be supported and sold by other companies.
• Inspiration® Maps and Kidspiration® Maps will now be a part of
Diagramming Apps, LLC. Inspiration Maps is now a DSA approved product.
• Inspiration 9 IE customers can continue to find curriculum, customer service and tech support through TechEd Marketing at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01672 560387.
A dedicated Inspiration 9 support website for users will be launched in November.
For the foreseeable future, existing users of Inspiration 9 for Windows will be able to continue to use it as normal in their studies.
Inspiration 9 for Mac users are likely to face issues if they choose to upgrade their current operating system to Catalina, which doesn’t support 32-bit applications.
If you have any further questions on this matter, please do not hesitate to reach out to Reeza Awoodun (email@example.com).
We thank you all for your support in recommending Inspiration 9 over these past years.
President & Co-founder
Over the summer there will be a number of outages and changes to the Moodle service. These are needed to deliver:
- A Moodle version upgrade
- Yearly Moodle Shapshot and consolidation of previous Snapshots to ensure GDPR compliance
- URL changes will also be made
A summary of the outages, changes and timelines is provided in the table below:
Moodle Summer Upgrade Overview
|DATE||WHAT IS HAPPENING||DETAILS|
|25 June 2019 – 11 July 2019||Moodle Snapshot service at risk||
|6 – 7 July 2019||Legacy Moodle to become the 17/18 Snapshot||
|8 July 2019||Link to Legacy Moodle (Moodle 17/18) will be removed from the UCL Moodle front page
|26 – 27 July 2019||Moodle service outage||
|28 July 2019||URL changes||
|27 – 29 July 2019||Moodle service at risk||
|20 September 2019||https://moodle.ucl.ac.uk will take you directly to live Moodle||
Moodle Summer Upgrade Timeline
We apologise for any inconvenience the outages and changes cause.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The issue is that in previous versions of Windows, you were able to get into the settings to change the colour of the window background, so that when you opened a Microsoft Word or Excel file, the background colour on your screen was your chosen shade.
The window option allowed a colour chart to open up, where you could move the cursor around to find the exact shade you were looking for (alla Win 98, 2000, XP, 2007, etc.). In Microsoft 10, there is no simple option.
The current accessibility options provided by MS for Win 10 are pretty awful.
I have been in touch with Microsoft and they say that due to complaints that they will be bringing this facility back, but we do not know when.
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In the meantime UCL users can access a ‘Screenmasking’ option from a networked piece of software called TextHelp Read and Write. This software is either found on the Desktop@UCL, or from the Software Centre or Database.
Digital content is increasingly being used in learning, teaching and research across the Higher Education sector. This has led to a significant change in research practices across disciplines, which include knowledge creation and dissemination through social media and repositories. Complex software tools are being used for data analysis in Arts and Humanities as well as Sciences, and large data sets are being made available to the research community, leading to a blurring of the organisational and support responsibilities of academic stakeholders. This timely event takes a look at digital scholarship at large, and considers new initiatives and opportunities within UCL to address the challenges associated with this disruptive shift.
Developing Digital Scholarship: Emerging Practices in Academic Libraries – Alison MacKenzie, Dean of Learning Services at Edge Hill University and Lindsay Martin Assistant Head of Learning Services at Edge Hill University.
The impact of digital on libraries has extended far beyond its transformation of content, to the development of services, the extension and enhancement of access to research and to teaching and learning systems.As a result,the fluidity of the digital environment can often be at odds with the more systematic approaches to development traditionally taken by academic libraries, which has also led to a new generation of roles and shifting responsibilities with staff training and development often playing ‘catch-up’. One of the key challenges to emerge is how best to demonstrate expertise in digital scholarship which draws on the specialist technical knowledge of the profession and maintains and grows its relevance for staff, students and researchers.
From digital scholarship to digital scholar – Alison Hicks, Lecturer UCL Department of Information Studies.
Drawing on her experience working as an academic librarian in the United States, Alison’s presentation centres on the capacities that are needed to participate in practices of digital scholarship, as well as the inherent risks and challenges of engaging in open and networked spaces.
Introduction to Digital Scholarship and Open Research – Daniel van Strien, Research Data Support Officer UCL Library Services.
Daniel will be presenting on a session which aims to help participants make a practical start in practicing open science and digital scholarship he is a Research Data Support Officer within UCL Library Services with an interest in digital scholarship and new approaches to research.
Where’s your digital at? – Moira Wright, Digital Literacy Officer, UCL Digital Education.
With an interest in student digital and information literacy skills for employability. Moira will be talking about the Jisc Digital Capability Discovery Tool and how to get involved in the UCL beta pilot.
Research IT Services – Tom Couch, UCL Research IT Services (RITS).
Whilst many of the existing users of Research IT Services are pushing for more of the same but better, the broadening base of digitally engaged researchers from different disciplines requires more experimentation with new technologies and services. Tom Couch reports on some recent projects that have helped RITS to engage and support new groups of researchers.
We’re using the Jisc definition of digital literacy: ‘the capabilities which fit someone for living, learning and working in a digital society’.
The UCL DL SIG was created for UCL staff to promote the use of technology in learning, provide a platform to ask questions, exchange ideas and also to get support from colleagues beyond UCL Digital Education.
Discover your digital capabilities! The Digital discovery tool helps you to reflect on your digital expertise and confidence. Find out how to make digital technologies work for you – and get noticed for the skills you have already.
The tool is a self-administered quiz about professional digital practices in education. Workshop participants will receive a personalised report based on their responses with links to resources and guidance. The tool is designed to be reflective, informative and developmental – it’s not an objective measure of an individual’s digital performance.
UCL staff are invited to participate in one of three workshops of the beta pilot with an opportunity to use the tool and provide your feedback to JISC.
Places are limited for these sessions and a sandwich lunch will be provided.
A version for students is planned for March 2018 and we’re keen to give students at UCL an opportunity to participate in the pilot. If you would like to discuss running departmental workshops (either staff or student) please contact Moira Wright.
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