The IWMW Blog

The IWMW blog has been set up to support providers of institutional web and other digital services across the UK’s higher and further education sectors. The initial focus of the blog is the history of the IWMW event.

Contributions to the blog are invited from all members of the institutional web management community – please read the guidelines if interested, which also has a list of recent guest posts.

IWMW 2017

IWMW 2017, the 21st annual Institutional Web Management Workshop, will take place at the University of Kent on 11-13th July 2017. The IWMW blog was established for the 20th anniversary event to provide a record of memories of the event and the development and growth of the UK Web management / digital community. The blog will continue to be published.

I Blame Brian!

Iain Middleton attended IWMW events when he worked at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen – and his career path was influenced when he attended a Netskills workshop in 1996, as Iain describes …

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Looking Back at Web Accessibility Sessions

Kriss Fearon has attended 14 IWMW events. Looking back she feels that two things remain with her: “The first is the friendships that came out of IWMW … And secondly, I feel even more strongly about the importance of web accessibility: it has grown, rather than diminished”.

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Getting Inspired by IWMW

IWMW events have always aimed to provide opportunities for active participation. As Martin Hawksey described in this guest post discussions about event amplification at IWMW events led to ‘inspiring’ development work based on capturing, visualising and reusing event tweets.

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A Brief Look Back Down the Road

The IWMW event is 20 years old this year. But – clearly – the event for university web managers was reliant on the existence of the web! In this guest blog post George Munroe revisits the early days of the web and concludes by reminding us of the value of the ‘webmaster’: the need for “web managers to think things through properly” and “the risk they must face is not embracing change but ignoring or missing it!”

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Beyond Your VLE: Strategic Challenges

In 2003 Professor Mark Stiles gave a talk on “Beyond Your VLE: Strategic Challenges”. In this post he looks back at the talk and concludes that, 13 years after delivering the talk, interoperability is still a major issue in technology-enhance learning.

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IWMW – More Than Just a Community

In 2006 Ian St John had no idea what the ‘IWMW’ was. Ten years later Ian feels that “IWMW is about the people you meet and network with on the social nights and who you become friends with” – friends who, in Ian’s case, helped him through a personal tragedy.

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An Update on IWMW 2016 – Additional workshops Now Available!

This post provides updates on plans for the IWMW 2016 event which will be held at Liverpool John Moores University on 21-23 June 2016. In brief a number of additional parallel sessions are available – and the event dinner will be held at the Merseyside Maritime Museum. As can be seen this is an amazing location!

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Core and Chore, or Me and More Disruptive Thinking

David Harrison revisits his talk at IWMW 2009 on “Servicing ‘Core’ and ‘Chore'” which explored challenges institutions were beginning to face in making use of new ‘Cloud’ services. David concludes with a plea for institutional web managers: remember the individual in your service offering!

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It’s About People!

Neil Allison is a plenary speaker and facilitator at a master class at the forthcoming IWMW 2016 event. Neil is also a great supporter of IWMW events, for the reasons he describes below.

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IWMW 2016 Now Open For Bookings!

Bookings for the IWMW 2016 event are now open. This year’s event, the 20th in the series, will be held at Liverpool John Moores University on 21-23 June. Read on for further details …

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