News

Pennard Has a Voice! posted on 8 Sep 2017
Well it's been a whirlwind couple of months but we are up and running with our Community Voice project! We have started in Pennard and have our first list of priorities for the ward. We have so much support for the project it's really fantastic to be a part of it. Rebecca Evans AM and MP Tonia Antionazzi are thrilled to be involved in such an innovative and exciting project and have committed to help us out in any way they can. Cllr. Lynda James, for Pennard, is also keen to engage with the community and will soon be adding her community budget to the process so we can all see where this funding is being prioritized in line with the community's needs. We have a new Twitter account with frequent tweets about progress and groups we’re working with. Follow us @swanseavoice to keep up to date with developments. We are working in partnership with Friends of Pennard Library (FoPL) in Pennard and Gower Access Path (GAP) in Bishopston – where we’re heading to next with the project. We are also about to start discussions with AFC Pennard about their aspirations for women/girls sports teams in the ward and a fit-for-purpose Pavilion on the Playing Field. You can make a difference to the community without leaving your armchair but if you're inspired by the project and want to be involved, we are recruiting teams of Community Organisers in all 8 wards. We need diverse teams of people with many different skill sets so don't be shy or sit at home thinking there wouldn't be a place for you; contact me now at susan.r@vocaleyes.org and help bring positive changes to your community! There are very exciting times ahead - more and more people are registering with www.vocaleyes.org and having their say on what they want in their communities. Coming soon is our first "Coffee, Cake and Communicate" event with plenty more to follow. We are also about to launch a very exciting competition for the younger members of the community with a fantastic £50 prize! I’ll be back soon with more news on our progress – keep communicating! Susan x PS Here are Pennard's priorities for August: http://vocaleyes.org/vocaleyes/group/idea-report/grp/3502/token/8a1c7347af8ff51ef7b4b2f2b78e6658
Pennard Has a Voice! posted on 8 Sep 2017
Well it's been a whirlwind couple of months but we are up and running with our Community Voice project! We have started in Pennard and have our first list of priorities for the ward. We have so much support for the project it's really fantastic to be a part of it. Rebecca Evans AM and MP Tonia Antionazzi are thrilled to be involved in such an innovative and exciting project and have committed to help us out in any way they can. Cllr. Lynda James, for Pennard, is also keen to engage with the community and will soon be adding her community budget to the process so we can all see where this funding is being prioritized in line with the community's needs. We have a new Twitter account with frequent tweets about progress and groups we’re working with. Follow us @swanseavoice to keep up to date with developments. We are working in partnership with Friends of Pennard Library (FoPL) in Pennard and Gower Access Path (GAP) in Bishopston – where we’re heading to next with the project. We are also about to start discussions with AFC Pennard about their aspirations for women/girls sports teams in the ward and a fit-for-purpose Pavilion on the Playing Field. You can make a difference to the community without leaving your armchair but if you're inspired by the project and want to be involved, we are recruiting teams of Community Organisers in all 8 wards. We need diverse teams of people with many different skill sets so don't be shy or sit at home thinking there wouldn't be a place for you; contact me now at susan.r@vocaleyes.org and help bring positive changes to your community! There are very exciting times ahead - more and more people are registering with www.vocaleyes.org and having their say on what they want in their communities. Coming soon is our first "Coffee, Cake and Communicate" event with plenty more to follow. We are also about to launch a very exciting competition for the younger members of the community with a fantastic £50 prize! I’ll be back soon with more news on our progress – keep communicating! Susan x PS Here's a link to Pennard's priorities for August: http://vocaleyes.org/vocaleyes/group/idea-report/grp/3502/token/8a1c7347af8ff51ef7b4b2f2b78e6658
Weekly email notifications posted on 4 Sep 2017
If daily email notifications on some of your groups are getting too much, you now have the option to receive them weekly instead. Email notifications are sent out for each VocalEyes group so you have the choice to adjust the setting for each one depending on how important the updates are to you.
Flag Inappropriate Content function has arrived posted on 4 Sep 2017
We hope you never have to use it, but just in case, you can now flag any offensive posts for Group Administrators to review.
Sharing Ideas Over Social Media posted on 4 Sep 2017
The "share" feature has arrived enabling you to do just that. We're looking forward to liking and tweeting a lot more VocalEyes content in the near future. NB. You'll only see this function on public content
Garden Furniture posted on 22 Aug 2017
The College have now installed garden benches in the Courtyard at City Campus! External seating has also been ordered for Level 7 Roof Garden. Due to arrive at the end of September 2017!
Sanitary Dispenser Machines posted on 21 Aug 2017
The College has sanitary dispenser machines on level 0 and level 2. They will be installing a new machine on level 7 in the female toilets. The Students' Association has FREE sanitary towels and tampons, as well as condoms. The Students' Association is based on the second floor (next to the bright orange SA Cafe) and on the ground floor at Riverside Campus.
FREE Hot Water! posted on 21 Aug 2017
If you use a keepcup then you can have access to FREE hot water at any of the food outlets at City of Glasgow College! This is ideal for pot noodles and hot drinks to save a bit of money!
Giving Pennard a Voice posted on 20 Jul 2017
Here's our first video, catching up with some members of the community and hearing what they want and need! Come and join in, register with vocaleyes.org, rate the ideas, add some of your own and create some noise!
Loyalty Card Scheme posted on 6 Jul 2017
Your Student President Megan Cartwright met with Baxter Storey to discuss the ideas you have put forward on My Voice. One of your fantastic ideas was "A free tea or coffee if you buy a certain amount" within the topic of "How can we improve City of Glasgow College?". Baxter Storey have recently launched such a thing! Look out for the Loyalty Cards and Keep Cups! Please speak with the catering staff to find out more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMlWyIhFNZE
Choccy Biscuit at Students' Association Handover Event posted on 6 Jul 2017
Hello and welcome to CitySA's My Voice news page! Our first tangible action from My Voice goes to the idea of a "Choccy Biscuit" for the topic "How could we celebrate student success?". This was highly rated by the students of City of Glasgow College! CitySA held their annual Student Handover Event at City Campus. The students nominated for awards have all been integral in advancing the work of the Students’ Association. All the successes that have been enjoyed this year can be put down to their passion, hard work and positivity! We gave them all a choccy biscuit to say thank you! Go to our CitySA Facebook page to view photos of the event! www.facebook.com/cogcsa Read more about the event through our City Voice Magazine http://tiny.cc/CitySAhandover
Community Organising in Swansea posted on 21 Jun 2017
Hi there! I'm Susan Rodaway, the newest member of the VocalEyes team. I'm really excited to have been appointed as the Community Organising Team Leader. This position has been created to support the Swansea Local Action Groups for the Rural Development Partnership to become more representative of the community, provide evidence of community needs, facilitate project development, and assist communities to turn ideas into action. So what does that mean in terms of my role and what I hope to achieve? I will be working with eight different rural communities across Swansea: Gower, Mawr, Pontardulais,Bishopston, Pennard, Fairwood, Llangyfelach and Penclawdd. I'll be recruiting, training and supporting a Community Organising Team (COT) in each ward. Each team will be made up of volunteers from the community with a passion for improving the place they live in and a drive to make positive change. What will the Community Organising Teams be doing? The COTs will help local people to debate and rate existing ideas for the ward and make suggestions of their own. This engagement is primarily online but where appropriate, face-to-face and larger meetings will also take place. As more people engage with the process (and the more the better!), the most popular ideas will float to the top; then it gets really interesting! The ideas with the most support will be progressed into action with the assistance of the COTs. They will arrange projects for local people to pledge their support to online, and at meetings. Where required, they will present results to groups or individuals for extra support to ensure the ideas become reality. The outcome of this process will be better connected communities, able to work together to improve their lives for themselves and ultimately more facilities and activities for the ward. I'm really pleased and proud to be a part of this project and I'm looking forward to helping people make a positive change. Keep checking in for progress updates - the journey starts in Pennard! If the idea of Community Organising appeals to you and you’d like to explore it further, drop us an email to community-organising@vocaleyes.org
VocalEyes Platform Updates: June 2017 posted on 12 Jun 2017
We pushed the newest version (MS53) live yesterday late evening, and here are the most notable changes: - Comment Submit button be gone! Your submit will now immediately be submitted once you click an opinion button. - The idea list has a new Filters & Sort options that update the list immediately once an option is selected / clicked. - The My Groups dropdown that will show once you click the name of your group now has a feature to search the name of the groups you're connected with. - Group name will be frozen on top when scrolling longer lists, so you always know where you are. - All links (URL's) you add to any content type will automatically "linkify" (become clickable links). ... and many-many more other tweaks and fixes... For admins: - Detailed Idea Report has arrived! Check it out in Stats & Reports under Idea Reports. It makes use of the new Filters & Sort options in the ideas view. - Ever wanted to see all the activity of one user? Now you can. Click on the name of any user under the admin pages, and you will be redirected automatically to a page that will show you everything related to that one user. - The All Content page is now removed as all there was here was already available on the other content pages. - Map: a map of raters' location can now be seen underneath the idea (click the Map tab). For now this is an admin-only function.
Fantastic Effort From Bristol Students posted on 4 Apr 2017
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 shared which makes a great contribution to ensuring that the college progresses and improves by taking student priorities on board. Bristol College is showing new sudents VocalEyes as part of induction. Many moodle-users are accessing VocalEyes and were given time during tutorial to interact with the platform which saw a dramatic increase in interactions in the student group.
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).
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.
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