Making our Social Justice Hub Public

As I mentioned at the start of the year, Duncan and I are working to take the Social Justice Hub public. There are benefits and drawbacks for making parts of the Hub public. For my purposes as programme director, this Hub is a fantastic marketing and student recruitment tool for the programme. Potential students will be able to take a look around this learning environment and be able to make a more informed decision as to whether they wish to register for the programme. However, opening up this space means that we have to be a bit more circumspect in some of our interactions as the space will no longer be password protected. In addition, Duncan will have to work extra hard to ensure that the Hub isn’t hacked or spammed once we go public.

To be clear, not all of the Hub will be public. Your blogs, the courses on Moodle and the student cafe will remain private. The public spaces will be this front page, the hub archive, the handbooks and the events calendar. For potential students or nosy neighbours, that’s really all the information they need.

The University is having a big digital education open day for potential online students on 29th April and I’m setting that date as the deadline of taking parts of the Hub public. Before this time, however, can you let me know in the comments what you think about our plan?

Best wishes

Akwugo

p.s. Are you listening to Ibeyi? Do so, now, you won’t regret it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHRAPIwsS5I

 on  March 4th, 2015

  6 comments for “Making our Social Justice Hub Public

  1. NICOLE WEST-HAYLES
    NICOLE WEST-HAYLES
    March 9, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    New music for me. Never heard of Ibeyi but it’s a ‘good difference’. Where going public with some aspects of the hub, I certainly have no concerns there. So no objections from me at all.

  2. Akwugo Emejulu
    Akwugo Emejulu
    March 9, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Thanks for your feedback, Nicole, it’s really useful.
    I love Ibeyi! They are my new musical obsession at the moment…

  3. SAMANTHA WOOD
    SAMANTHA WOOD
    March 10, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Yep, I’m with Nicole. Full speed ahead. The more on our social justice team the better 😉
    Ibeyi on repeat all day. also just randomly stumbled on hozier today when steaming Ibeyi related stuff on youtube shuffle (I know, I’m way behind the hip kids) but man, I’m so moved by Take Me to Church. So good. Video is great and probably should be blocked here but I got it anyway. check it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYSVMgRr6pw // His explanation of why he wrote this song is great (Lyrical interpretation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Take_Me_to_Church) Ireland is oh so interesting!

    • Akwugo Emejulu
      Akwugo Emejulu
      March 13, 2015 at 9:51 am

      Thanks for your feedback on this, Sam, it’s very helpful.

      I’ve been resisting listening to Hozier for no good reason so I will check them out. Thanks for the tip! ☺️

  4. Ruth Glasgow
    Ruth Glasgow
    March 15, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    No problems with Hub going public at all! Can only be a good thing I think.

    • Akwugo Emejulu
      Akwugo Emejulu
      March 16, 2015 at 9:49 am

      That’s great, thanks for your input, Ruth!

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