Thank you to those who have started to use VocalEyes so far! Over 250 of you. Please spread the word and get your friends to use it.

In response to your comments so far, we are taking the canteen issues to the canteen meeting this Wednesday (10th December) and we are going to meet with Estates about the seating issue. We will let you know the results as soon as possible.

 In the meantime, please keep your issues and ideas coming, and please vote on all the other ideas, as we will have more power to do something with them if we get at least 100 votes for them.

We will also have completed the forums this week for Class Reps for this term, and the minutes of the meetings and the key issues in the meetings will be published on here as a blog. As soon as we’ve had any actions resulting from your feedback we will let you know.

 If anyone would like to help to administrate VocalEyes, we are looking for student volunteers. Please let me know (  Have a good Christmas break everyone!

posted on 8 Dec 2014

Dashboard Changes:

We've made a few changes to the dashboard, in an attempt to improve usability. Users will now have a much cleaner interface to navigate through, dominated by the tabs- "My Groups""Notifications" and "Recent Activity"

My Groups grants an overview of all your groups, including any content which you are yet to interact with, also known as “calls to action”. In addition to this, the tab allows you to check your membership status and group member counts, as well as create/search for new groups. 

Notifications tab displays much of the same content as My Groups, however it does so in a list format. 

Recent Activity, on the other hand, shows both your last 10 idea ratings, and most recent comments.  

Changes to Ideas

Ideas have undergone a substantial visual upgrade, which is aimed at reducing page bloat and streamlining the rating process. To achieve this, most of the content previously associated with an idea has been moved into one of the four tabs- “Comments”, “Projects”, “Actions” and “Admin”. Furthermore, these tabs will be hidden initially, and will only present themselves upon rating an idea.

Additionally, we have enhanced the navigation process within the single ideas view, via the implementation of next/previous buttons. The buttons allow the single ideas page to act as a “carousel for ideas”, with the previous button showing ideas you have rated, and next presenting you with a new ideas to rate.

Actions Improvements

In an effort to make actions more explicit in their meaning, they have now been split into actions (assigned to staff, under review, etc…) and outcomes (tangible/learning). Moreover, you are now able to archive ideas from within the action creation page.

Quality of life improvements

You are now able to edit/action archived content, such as ideas and topics without making them active, as well as search via post code to find geographical groups.  

posted on 24 Nov 2014

Diolch am eich syniadau i gynnal gweithgareddau dros y Nadolig.

Gwahoddir staff a myfyrwyr i wisgo siwmper Nadolig ar ddydd Gwener 19 Rhagfyr, 2014 er budd Ambiwlans Awyr Cymru.

Awgrymir cyfraniad o £1 (i dalu gyda'r dderbynfa).

Thank you for your ideas for activities over Christmas.

Staff and students are invited to wear a Christmas jumper on Friday 19th December 2014 in aid of the Wales Air Ambulance.

Suggested donation £1 (please pay at reception).

Nadolig Llawen / Merry Christmas

posted on 21 Nov 2014

Come to the main Atrium to check it out

posted on 12 Nov 2014

Surfs up!
Over recent weeks, many students have taken to VocalEyes to contribute their ideas towards activities for "What's on Wednesday"!

In case you're unaware, "What's on Wednesday" is a range of enrichment activities offered to students independent of their studies. It permits you opportunities to learn new skills, enhance your fitness, or even prepare you for life. 

With the topic recently being archived, it makes sense to discuss one of the most promising pitches- a surf school. Pembrokeshire itself is a key surfing spot within Wales, with four of the nine beaches listed on VisitWales (top Welsh surfing spots) being here!

After reviewing the feasibility of a surf school, we've identified it as being highly promising and plan on producing a project via VocalEyes, whereby student can pledge resources in aid of its implementation. As such, you should keep an eye on the projects tab over the next few days!

Just in case you wanted to check out the popularity of Pemrbrokeshire's beaches amidst surfers:

posted on 12 Nov 2014

VocalEyes is being used by many students to voice their opinions on college life. 

One idea that appears to crop up often is the wish for a smoking shelter.  This idea has been posted a few times, attracting 300 ratings and averaging a score of 3.1. Despite the persuasive arguments made both for and against a shelter, the college have stated they simply cannot justify the costs associated with its construction. 

Students have also suggested building their own shelter. This raises numerous health and safety as well as insurance issues. With the emphasis on avoiding promoting smoking, due to the undoubted health hazards for those smoking, those sharing the air and the great mess that is created around the smoking area, the college is not currently planning to build a shelter, though comments concerning the need for suitable bins and facilities are being considered to help users of the smoking area to keep it clean and tidy.

Smoke-free legislation came into force in Wales on 2nd April 2007, ending smoking in' enclosed and substantially enclosed public places'. Compliance with this law has been high. Public support for the legislation has continued to grow. 

If you are new to VocalEyes - it is a good idea to check out all the 'unrated ideas' (shown in red) before adding your own, to ensure you are not just creating a duplicate idea.

Happy posting - the ideas and comments are assisting in making sure policies support students and staff whilst also taking into account legal, health, safety an financial implications.

posted on 24 Oct 2014

You can now see the impact a group you are in has made via an impact statement. This can be located under the new Impact button in groups, replacing the Blog button.

posted on 20 Oct 2014

Old topics can now be archived, so no new ideas can be posted on them, and the active ideas inside cannot be rated.

posted on 20 Oct 2014

We have entered the digital age and are using a system for digital democracy called VocalEyes.

posted on 15 Oct 2014

Scary Guy
On Friday 10th October Pembrokeshire College welcomed back Scary Guy to talk to over 400 students in the Merlin Theatre.

Learners were profoundly affected by Scary's message and delivery as he encouraged a more positive world view and a way for humans to treat eachother.

This is what Scary Guy is all about:

The Scary Guy is quite possibly The Most Powerful Agent For Change on the Planet Today!

His sole mission is “The Total Elimination of Hate, Violence and Prejudice Worldwide.”  These were the first words that Scary spoke when he began his mission in 1998. Since that day, Scary has worked with over 10 million people through Television, film, radio, social media and live shows around the world promoting peace through the teaching of Love and Acceptance of all people. His audience consists of both youth and adults on an individual, community and society level, unaware of how they are using negative energy to meet their needs.

The Scary Guy contends that prejudice of any ilk undermines the very strength of every person’s right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness by all citizens, regardless of their race, religion, or country of origin. His core, underlying message is that prejudice and its ill effects on the World’s Community must be combated by every means possible – without becoming negative in the process of achieving this, either on an individual, community or global level.

Scary’s work identifies an enormous cultural and educational void in the upbringing of the World’s children. For years, nations have experienced the relentless growth of  ”The World’s Number One Social Disease; Hate, Violence and Prejudice,” which Scary describes as an insidious disease, polarizing our youth and societies and precluding us from achieving the true potential of our common humanity.

The Scary Guy is a unique entity! He is a real force the “Live” person that a sizeable and growing segment of our youth today hunger for – someone to provide them with believable guidance in this current era of social polarization, brought on by hate, prejudice and spiraling “non-responsibility-accepting, no-accountability” conduct. His presence shocks people into an awed state of attention. His message is then delivered to a rapt and receptive audience.

posted on 13 Oct 2014

Thank you to all tutors who participated in the tutor day workshops. During the VocalEyes training we were able to register 108 members within the teaching staff group. This in turn generated 22 ideas and 416 ratings.

This first submission of ideas was presented as a report to managers at a meeting held in Wrexham on Tuesday 7th October 2014. Each idea was discussed and actions were assigned in order to progress ideas. Where an idea could not be progressed, an explanation has been provided.

This is a valuable way for managers to gain an understanding of issues that affect tutors, so please continue to submit your ideas and rate the ideas of your peers.

posted on 9 Oct 2014

Milford Haven Secondary School are making history today with the first digitally-captured live suggesting of ideas, rating, debating and commenting to give the head teacher a clear sense of priorities and what is important to pupils today. Year 8 pupils have broken the new ground for the school and shown great maturity, conducting themselves in a polite and tactful manner whilst sharing their ideas for improving the school and improving opportunities outside school.

posted on 9 Oct 2014

We are the official pioneers - year 8 pupils have been tasked today with learning how to operate VocalEyes Digital Democracy to better communicate their ideas for improving things in school - and in our community.

Year 8 pupils are the first to contribute their unique ideas. All the ideas and comments will be used to help the school make decisions going forward. Well done!

posted on 7 Oct 2014

South & City College Birmingham is the first urban college in the UK to adopt a new digital system, VocalEyes Digital Democracy, to better capture learner voice and encourage students to participate in generating ideas to improve your college.

Please respond to topics posted here with your good ideas - and also respectfully rate and debate each other's ideas here using the star rating and comments functions. All ideas will be carefully considered and many popular, practical ideas will be turned into tangible action.

posted on 6 Oct 2014

On Friday 3rd October, Stephen Crabb - Secretary of State for Wales visited Pembrokeshire College to talk to Welsh Baccalaureate students.

Mr Crabb spoke at length about many issues facing young people in Wales today and, having risen from a local MP to a place in the Cabinet he was able to demonstrate that young people in Pembrokeshire can achieve their ambitions.

posted on 6 Oct 2014

The Pembs Parents Have Your Say group has 500 members - a sign of how much interest there is in being involved in decisions that effect us and our families. Please take a look at the Pembs Parents Topic - designed to capture the ideas of parents about the thorny issue of unauthorised absence and school fines. VocalEyes allows us all to rate and debate each other's ideas. The information is anonymous on the front page and is designed to allow large groups of people to generate, rate and debate ideas to help decision-makers make more informed decisions. Please participate! We will be sending a report to the county council as part of its promised consultation process.

posted on 3 Oct 2014

Some ideas require the commitment of a number of people to turn them into action. Perhaps you need enough interest to run a course, volunteers to help at an event, or donations to fund solar panels.

With projects you can ask people to pledge their support and find out if you've got enough backing to make it happen.

This is a new feature and we'll be improving it over the coming months. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

posted on 18 Sep 2014

Finding things in your group just got a lot easier. In addition to searching ideas, you can now search for comments, topics, projects and actions.

The add new button now sits alongside the search box, with a drop-down menu to allow you add anything from any page.

posted on 15 Sep 2014

We've been doing a bit of cosmetic surgery to give your VocalEyes group a boost. This is not just about making the page look a bit nicer, it's about making VocalEyes easier to use.

For starters, we've moved the group name top left and you can see whether you're a member of the group right there. This is followed directly by the main menu and submenu, so users know exactly where they are and how to get where they're going.

We have shifted things about a bit so you don't have to scroll to get to your content and your topics, ideas and actions now stand out more on the page.

All in all there are dozens of tiny tweaks that add up to a more intuitive experience for your users.

posted on 15 Sep 2014

You can now upload images directly to VocalEyes when you create blog posts.

posted on 11 Sep 2014