Top 100 Tools for Learning

Posted by Mally Mclane | Filed under news

The Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies (C4LPT), one of the world’s most visited learning sites on the Web, recently compiled a list of the Top 100 Tools for Learning from answers given by over 500 learning professionals and I’m pleased to note that the Google tools that we provide to both staff and students feature very highly in the list:


Across 2014 we will continue to develop the Google offering we have in the University – showing you new ways of working with tools like Google+, Google Hangouts and others.

Watch this space!


Google Services and Encryption

Posted by Mally Mclane | Filed under interesting feature, news

Over the past 6 months, there has been a lot of publicity over what the Intelligence Services of the UK and the USA have access to. When the story first broke, the University issued a news item on it’s thoughts around the issue and you can find that here: http://www.bris.ac.uk/it-services/news/2013/datasecurity19june.html

Since then, the various big technology companies have been investing time/effort into making their networks/services even more secure and resilient to attack/interception. The EFF (a long time advocate of privacy on the internet) has this week published a simple table on which companies are making the most effort and we’re pleased to see that Google is at the top, with 5 out of 5:


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It’s not important to know what the 5 column headings mean, just that they show Google are taking every step they can to prevent your information being read by anyone other than you. This includes criminals, governments, competitors – anyone who shouldn’t have access to your data without the appropiate legal document.

You can read more on the story at the EFF’s website: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/11/encrypt-web-report-whos-doing-what



Google ends suport for Internet Explorer 9

Posted by Mally Mclane | Filed under news

internet-explorer-_1207664cGoogle aim to ensure all their products (Gmail, Calendar, Drive etc) work in the current and prior major release of Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari on a rolling basis. Each time a new version of one of these browsers is released, they begin supporting the update and stop supporting the third-oldest version. Google also support the latest version of Chrome as this self updates every-time it detects there is a new version.

In October, Microsoft released a preview of Internet Explorer 11 which means that Google no longer supporting Internet Explorer 9. Unfortunately, IE9 is installed on the majority of Windows machines in the University and using this to access Google products will likely result in a compatibility error.

IT Services advise that you use Chrome (which should be installed on all Windows machines) to access Google products. You can find this in your start menu, or launch it by clicking the ‘UoB Staff Email’ shortcut.