Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Jisc Takes Noticeboard and Other Student Plans: News

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Jisc Takes Noticeboard and Other Student Plans: News

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An online platform that helps students to work together on extracurricular projects is to be developed at the University of Edinburgh thanks to a Pounds 5,000 grant.

PitchPatch, the idea of five students at the institution, works like an online noticeboard, connecting students with different skills across campus.

For example, students who need to produce a flyer can get in touch with budding graphic designers, while those hoping to produce a video can make contact with would-be film-makers.

"We noticed that a lot of students wanted to put together material for student societies, or were putting on events, and they needed other students to help them out. It was difficult for them to make contact with the right people," explained Caroline Nguyen, a fourth-year social anthropology student who is part of the PitchPatch team.

"We definitely took inspiration from the traditional noticeboard - I went around taking photos of them to find out what students were looking for. However, although there have been attempts to do something similar online, using pages on Facebook ... nothing has really worked so far."

The project has been awarded the grant by Jisc, the higher education technology consortium. …

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