News

VocalEyes Platform Updates: March 2017 posted on 26 Mar 2017
- VocalEyes is now showing a map of users who rated an idea (see new 'Map' tab at the bottom of idea blocks) - this will only show the locations of those who have registered a home postcode in their personal profile. - links in comments and replies are now activated and will open the url into a new window. - we've made some formatting changes to the daily email notifications - so you immediately see what's important. - daily email notifications will now also go out for all content (so you will receive email notifications of actions too!) - daily email notifications will no longer be triggered for content updates (ie if someone edits the content) - so a little less in your mailbox. - line breaks (paragraphs) are now respected in all description boxes to ensure your content looks neat. - 'back to top' link is now present on any page that you scroll down. - in Projects: to add resources, we've made the button selection clearer and easier to create or update. GROUP ADMINS: - Admin alerts are now live - Group Admins if you wish to receive these go to the admin section and toggle Admin Alerts On (IMPORTANT NOTE: this will activate immediate notification for all content posted in your group).
Test News - 26th March 2017 posted on 26 Mar 2017
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Stow Hill - a breakdown of the Ward posted on 11 Feb 2017
In December 2015 Newport City Council produced a 'Ward profile' for each of the Newport Ward. This is the link for the Stow Hill Ward demographic breakdown http://www.newport.gov.uk/documents/NewportAtlas/WardProfiles/2015/STOW-HILL.pdf
Fantastic Effort From Bristol Students posted on 12 Dec 2016
Thanks to all students who have made an effort to 'have your say' by rating and debating each other's ideas and also adding your own. There's been a wealth of ideas added this term (2016) which makes a great contribution to ensuring that our college progresses and improves by taking your priorities on board. This is the impact (so far): Total Interactions: 42830 1785 students are actively participating on VocalEyes; contributing 380 ideas with 39,656 ratings, 357 replies and 2437 comments. We've trailed 3 Projects (including sorting out Yoga sessions and a Mental Health drop-in event) that required a total of 5 resources with 107 pledges made to help. So far we have generated 69 actions with 31 learning and 34 tangible outcomes.
2 levels of Group Administration are now available posted on 7 Nov 2016
1. Group Editors Users who have access to the Group Administration section and who can manage the group and edit its content. Group Editors DO NOT have access to any users details including their username. 2. Group Administrators Users who have access to the Group Administration section including the User section and have access to users profile information. More info here: http://tinyurl.com/vocaleyes-group-roles
You can now embed videos in ideas posted on 6 Nov 2016
Simply paste the YouTube or Vimeo link into the idea description and the video will appear.
Debit/Credit Card Facility posted on 28 Sep 2016

The facility to use your debit/credit card in the canteen and snack cafe has now been implemented.

During a Class Representative Meeting held at the Gorseinon Campus at the start of the year, students were given the chance to speak directly to Management from a variety of areas regarding the issues that had been raised within their tutorial classes by their peers.  The main focus was the need for a debit/credit card facility to pay for refreshments at the Canteen and Snack Bar.  Following the meeting, a very high level of requests and comments were posted on VocalEyes through the single sign in on Moodle.

Thanks to all the students who actively became members of VocalEyes to push this idea forward, the Management Team have provided this facility.  Staff and students now have the option to use their debit/credit card to buy refreshments in the Canteen and Snack Bar at Gorseinon and the Canteen in Tycoch.

 

 

 

New "Engaged Users" graph now live posted on 24 May 2016
This graph in Group Admin shows administrators both the number of "registered" members and the number of "engaged/active" members. This is very useful when trying to determine how effective engagement strategies have been.
Steering group goes digital! posted on 19 May 2016
The Mid and West Wales Arts and Education Network has made a sterling start to engaging as a network and totalled 970 interactions during the meeting alone! they have contributed 98 ideas with 775 ratings, 8 replies and 89 comments.There is 1 Project that requires a total of 1 resource with 5 pledges made so far.
So far they have generated 6 actions with 3 learning and 0 tangible outcomes.
There are also 2 news entries.
The Mid and West Wales Arts and Education Network steering group launched posted on 19 May 2016
Powered by VocalEyes and facilitated by Matt Little from Rio (Real Ideas Organisation) the Mid and west Wales Arts and Education Network steering group met today at UWTSD to kickstart this project to invigorate the inclusion of art and creativity in learning and teaching. 
VocalEyes Tech Development Updates: April 2016 posted on 25 Apr 2016

It's been quite a short milestone this month as we wanted to update and release various tweaks and fixes as quickly as possible. 
Here is a summary:
For users:
- When you rate, the screen will automatically scroll to the comment box.
- Email address can now be changed before it getting activated (ie. to correct typos).
- Topic shortcodes sneaked in to the code before this release, we now made them look better.
- Better navigation in Group News and Global News (Ideas Into Action).
- Fixed various mobile and desktop layout issues.

For admins
- Group Admin content lists now sorted by date descending.
- Edit button will now show on Global News (Ideas Into Action) entries for admins.

...and many bug fixes!

Please keep your feedback coming...

A4D present vision at Cardiff Bay event posted on 23 Mar 2016

Four members of Swansea's A4D planning group travelled on Saturday 19th March to Cardiff's Senedd – the home of the National Assembly for Wales. They'd been invited to take part in a special day of events celebrating the end of the first phase of the National Theatre of Wales' 3-year long Big Democracy Project.

In a programme including performances by theatre groups, poets and musicians, A4D's invitation to a half-hour slot attracted around 60 people: ‘Democracy, if ever alive is now 'more dead' than living; its semblance just a sham. The little life left in it is being stealthily stifled by the greed and manipulative grip of the corporations controlling people's freedom and gravely endangering this planet. So join us in designing, building and operating a richer, deeper form of direct democracy.


This half-hour introductory session shares a snapshot of what has already begun. We'll be using all the means available to explore a fairer future based on people powered free expression and collaborative actions for sustainable living.’

Helen Johns, from the teachers union NASUWT, gave a passionate account of the battle with Swansea Council to prevent the termination, without any consultation of parents and children, of an Education Service in Trehafod clinic, for some of Swansea's most vulnerable children - Child and Adolescent Mental Health pupils, that led her to A4D after she realised that local democracy is broken.

A4D convenor Gerry Gold widened the focus from the local to the national and global explaining that we were re-imagining democracy in response to the rapid growth of inequality, showing how the system of corporations had merged with parliamentary democracy transferring wealth from the 99% to the 1%.

With the majority of the audience waving mobile phones in the air, Peter Anderson invited them to sign-on there and then to the Wales country group on digital democracy platform Vocaleyes and respond to the question 'How can we bring democracy to life in Wales? First up was a seven year-old, showing everyone the way, with a proposal for a free Legoland in Cardiff!!

A4D's performance evoked a lively participation – vocally, digitally and on paper, with the local Women's Equality Party candidate Ruth Williams sharing a photo-opportunity on facebook and twitter.

Swansea A4D presents vision at Cardiff Bay Event posted on 23 Mar 2016

Four members of Swansea's A4D planning group travelled on Saturday 19th March to Cardiff's Senedd – the home of the National Assembly for Wales. They'd been invited to take part in a special day of events celebrating the end of the first phase of the National Theatre of Wales' 3-year long Big Democracy Project.

In a programme including performances by theatre groups, poets and musicians, A4D's invitation to a half-hour slot attracted around 60 people: ‘Democracy, if ever alive is now 'more dead' than living; its semblance just a sham. The little life left in it is being stealthily stifled by the greed and manipulative grip of the corporations controlling people's freedom and gravely endangering this planet. So join us in designing, building and operating a richer, deeper form of direct democracy.


This half-hour introductory session shares a snapshot of what has already begun. We'll be using all the means available to explore a fairer future based on people powered free expression and collaborative actions for sustainable living.’

Helen Johns, from the teachers union NASUWT, gave a passionate account of the battle with Swansea Council to prevent the termination, without any consultation of parents and children, of an Education Service in Trehafod clinic, for some of Swansea's most vulnerable children - Child and Adolescent Mental Health pupils, that led her to A4D after she realised that local democracy is broken.

A4D convenor Gerry Gold widened the focus from the local to the national and global explaining that we were re-imagining democracy in response to the rapid growth of inequality, showing how the system of corporations had merged with parliamentary democracy transferring wealth from the 99% to the 1%.

With the majority of the audience waving mobile phones in the air, Peter Anderson invited them to sign-on there and then to the Wales country group on digital democracy platform Vocaleyes and respond to the question 'How can we bring democracy to life in Wales? First up was a seven year-old, showing everyone the way, with a proposal for a free Legoland in Cardiff!!

A4D's performance evoked a lively participation – vocally, digitally and on paper, with the local Women's Equality Party candidate Ruth Williams sharing a photo-opportunity on facebook and twitter.


Cardiff University Students Are Go! posted on 23 Mar 2016

International students studying at Cardiff University utilised VocalEyes as part of their course recently using VE to agree ideas to improve the Urban Design course. They also posted ideas for improving community engagement.

Within an hour, all the students had used their mobile phones, tablets and laptops with their ideas appearing on the wall via the projector. Over 30 ideas were suggested, debated and rated in this short session designed to trial the use of VocalEyes in the classroom.


Dog Fouling posted on 17 Mar 2016
successful campaign recieved positive press coverage
Fun day launch success posted on 10 Mar 2016
VocalEyes was successfully launched at the Coastal Housing Tenant Fun Day where a luck winner was handed a new tablet device (to beer use VocalEyes) and about 50 tenants signed up and used the system for the first time. 
VocalEyes Development Updates: March 2016 posted on 8 Mar 2016
Thank you for all your feedback recently. We've made good progress with mobile development in this Milestone as well as some nice user interface updates. Here is a summary;

For users:
- Simplified the Add New button
- Layout changes to make things simple, and a little more visual
- Mobile site also got a little lighter
- Tour Mode added, if you still didn't find your way
- Pie Chart graphs to show the average rating, the voting profile of an idea and the number of users engaged.

For admins
- All groups have a default logo and header image, make sure you upload one that's more personal to your group
- Modules can be turned off / on, so they aren't in the way if not used; we programatically removed modules your group doesn't use, but you can easily reactivate them in Group Admin

...and many bug fixes!
Additional No Smoking signs posted on 25 Feb 2016

In response to your reports of people smoking outside of the smoking area, additional signs will be displayed around campus asking that smoking be limited to the designated smoking area only.

Thank you for your feedback.

These are the Welsh Govt 40 National Indicators (re Future Generations Bill) posted on 9 Feb 2016

This is what the 40 National Indicators look like as a whole.

Each goal has a colour. So, for example the more prosperous Wales is yellow.

Each indicator is colour coded according to the goals it is mainly illustrating. So, for example, the first indicator – ‘babies born at a healthy weight’ – is an indicator of a healthier Wales – the red – and a more equal Wales – the dark red.

What this slide also shows is how the 40 indicators work as a set. You can see the spread of colours working across the chart to reflect indications of all seven goals.

There are four main questions:

•Do the proposed indicators work as a set?
•Are there any that could be improved?
•Are there any that should be included or excluded?
•How can we communicate these to the people and communities of Wales?

In other words, are these the right measures of the Wales We Want?

These are the 7 'wellbeing' goals posted on 9 Feb 2016
These are the 7 Welsh 'wellbeing' goals as identified by the 'Wales We Want' Future Generations Bill.