Mr Niall Barr

  • System Developer (IT Services)

telephone: 01413308179
email: Niall.Barr@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

Areas of Interest

My main area of interest is the use of IT in education and, in particular, interoperability specifications for educational material and systems. I have been involved with the development of a number of IMS interoperability specifications, in particular the Question and Test Interoperability (QTI) version 2 specification. I am also interested in the use of formative assessment and other interactive activities to enhance and re-enforce learning.

I am the developer of YACRS (Yet another classroom response system), an open source system that allows students to use their mobile phones or other internet devices to answer questions during lectures. YACRS has recently been adopted as the centrally supported replacement to 'clickers' by the University.

My other main area of interest is the development and use of generative programming tools (and related small domain specific languages) as a means of enhancing both productivity and quality in the software development process. 

Current and Recent Development Activities:

  • Principle Investigator for the JISC funded QTI-PET, QTI-DI and QTI-IPS projects. Our project blog gives further details of these and the associated Uniqurate project.
  • A set of lightweight implementations of IMS LTI 1.1 that will allow Java, PHP and C# developers to quickly add LTI functionality to their web applications.
  • CCPlayr, a simple desktop player for IMS Common Cartridge packages.
  • An XSLT viewer and validator for Leap2a e-portfolio interoperability files as part of the JISC funded PIOP3 program.

Grants

Over the last few years I've been Principle Investigator on a number of JISC funded projects.

  • A development of Leap2a import and export facilities for Mahara (in collaboration with ULCC and with the work being carried out by Catalyst IT, the developers of Mahara.) (C £10000)
  • Development of a Leap2a validation and rendering tool that helps developers of import and export features of e-portfolio software. (C £4900)
  • The QTI-IPS project which is supporting uptake of QTI 2.1 to provide improved formative assessment and sharing of material across the sector. (C £39000)
  • The QTI Delivery & Integration Project (QTI-DI) starting in September 2011 which will increase the use of QTI to support maths skills at the University, and share our experience with several other institutions. (C £40000)
  • The QTI-PET project, a continuation of QTI-IPS. (C £40000)

Additional information

Publications

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Number of items: 9.

2016

Milne, S., Barr, N., McVey, M., Morrison-Love, D., and Trinder, J. (2016) Exploring Question-Feedback Models in Online Assessment Resources. In: Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference: Making Connections and Sharing Pedagogy, Leicester, England, 30 Jun - 1 Jul 2016, (Unpublished)

2013

Gray, N., Labrosse, N., Honeychurch, S., Draper, S., Given, M., and Barr, N. (2013) Tagging and linking lecture audio recordings: goals and practice. In: Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education Conference, Glasgow, UK, 11-13 Jun 2013, pp. 452-458.

Honeychurch, S., and Barr, N. (2013) Scoping the future: a model for integrating learning environments. In: Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education Conference, Glasgow UK, 11-13 Jun 2013, 616`-623.

Milne, S., Honeychurch, S., and Barr, N. (2013) Module facelift: engaging student technology teachers with maths. In: 2013 International Computer Assisted Assessment (CAA) Conference, Southampton, 9-10 Jul 2013, pp. 1-8.

Milne, S., Barr, N., Davis, M., Mason, J., Greenhalgh, R., Barnes, S., Durkacz, K., and Fletcher, L. (2013) Sharing assessment across institutions and VLEs. In: CETL-MSOR Conference 2013, Coventry, UK, 10-11 Sep 2013,

2012

Milne, S., Barr, N., and Neve, P. (2012) Contextualizing formative assessment in mathematics and statistics. In: STEM Annual Conference 2012, London, UK, 12-13 Apr 2012,

Honeychurch, S., Barr, N., Brown, C., and Hamer, J. (2012) Peer assessment assisted by technology. International Journal of E-Assessment, 3(1),

2011

Honeychurch, S., and Barr, N. (2011) A model of blended teaching which encourages collaborative learning. In: ALT-C 2011 Thriving in a Colder and More Challenging Climate, Leeds, UK, 6-8 Sep 2011, p. 42.

2010

Honeychurch, S., and Barr, N. (2010) Why the Daleks will never beat us. In: Lewis, C. and Smithka, P. (eds.) Doctor Who and Philosophy: Bigger on the Inside. Series: Popular culture and philosophy. Open Court: Chicago, IL, USA, pp. 189-198. ISBN 9780812696882

This list was generated on Sun Mar 26 07:31:43 2017 BST.
Number of items: 9.

Articles

Honeychurch, S., Barr, N., Brown, C., and Hamer, J. (2012) Peer assessment assisted by technology. International Journal of E-Assessment, 3(1),

Book Sections

Honeychurch, S., and Barr, N. (2010) Why the Daleks will never beat us. In: Lewis, C. and Smithka, P. (eds.) Doctor Who and Philosophy: Bigger on the Inside. Series: Popular culture and philosophy. Open Court: Chicago, IL, USA, pp. 189-198. ISBN 9780812696882

Conference Proceedings

Milne, S., Barr, N., McVey, M., Morrison-Love, D., and Trinder, J. (2016) Exploring Question-Feedback Models in Online Assessment Resources. In: Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference: Making Connections and Sharing Pedagogy, Leicester, England, 30 Jun - 1 Jul 2016, (Unpublished)

Gray, N., Labrosse, N., Honeychurch, S., Draper, S., Given, M., and Barr, N. (2013) Tagging and linking lecture audio recordings: goals and practice. In: Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education Conference, Glasgow, UK, 11-13 Jun 2013, pp. 452-458.

Honeychurch, S., and Barr, N. (2013) Scoping the future: a model for integrating learning environments. In: Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education Conference, Glasgow UK, 11-13 Jun 2013, 616`-623.

Milne, S., Honeychurch, S., and Barr, N. (2013) Module facelift: engaging student technology teachers with maths. In: 2013 International Computer Assisted Assessment (CAA) Conference, Southampton, 9-10 Jul 2013, pp. 1-8.

Milne, S., Barr, N., Davis, M., Mason, J., Greenhalgh, R., Barnes, S., Durkacz, K., and Fletcher, L. (2013) Sharing assessment across institutions and VLEs. In: CETL-MSOR Conference 2013, Coventry, UK, 10-11 Sep 2013,

Milne, S., Barr, N., and Neve, P. (2012) Contextualizing formative assessment in mathematics and statistics. In: STEM Annual Conference 2012, London, UK, 12-13 Apr 2012,

Honeychurch, S., and Barr, N. (2011) A model of blended teaching which encourages collaborative learning. In: ALT-C 2011 Thriving in a Colder and More Challenging Climate, Leeds, UK, 6-8 Sep 2011, p. 42.

This list was generated on Sun Mar 26 07:31:43 2017 BST.