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