Promoting Student Web 2.0 Contributions with Lightweight Enterprise RSS

TWOLER [two-ler] is investigating the climate under which the open, collaborative and participatory environment found on the “Web 2.0” can be used to achieve university goals.

Student interest in Web 2.0 and consumer technology (e.g. YouTube, Facebook) is a given, what we are exploring is where and how this interest, energy and imagination can deliver elements of value to the university. TWOLER relies on the newly introduced Google Apps environment at Westminster which provides the technology, tools and access for student contributions.

The project comprises two substantial activities:

  • an exploration of the extent of valuable student contributions in a web 2.0 environment and
  • the development and enabling of the 'brownfield' university infrastructure.

    Come and explore  with us ways of making the university applications (e.g. Black Board, Library and your student record) more accessible in the Web2.0 world. If you have an idea that  would make a difference for student life at Westminster -  cool, innovative or just plain useful -  we would love to hear from you.

    There are a number of ways for students (& staff) to join the project:

    Paid Summer Studentships
    Gadgets & Mashups Competition
    Mixing & Mashing Day
    Submit an idea for development


    For more information or to apply to particpate on the project, please contact:

    Iqbal Hussain (Project Manager)

    Sara Mei  (Project Analyst)

    The TWOLER project is being funded by the JISC Institutional Innovation    Programme.  JISC supports UK further & higher education and research by providing leadership in the use of Information and Communications Technology in support of learning, teaching, research and administration. JISC receives funding from all the UK further and higher education funding councils.

    The Institutional Innovation Programme represents a £13.08m investment aimed at supporting existing institutional strategies by providing solutions to institution-wide problems, based upon proven practices, technologies, standards and services. The solutions will act as exemplars to other institutions by demonstrating innovation and good practice, and building knowledge and experience, which can be shared across institutions.


    Student video on what motivated them to join the project