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  • 3/12/12 Moodle 2.4 Now Available from LUNS

    LUNS are now providing the latest Moodle  2.4 version to  our customers. Read more about the latest release here. As usual LUNS have been amongst the contributors to the latest release – see full list of contributors here.

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  • 17/01/12 A busy BETT 2012 for LUNS!

    As usual the annual BETT show at London’s Olympia was an amazing event. The LUNS exhibition team were all kept extremely busy on our usual stand waxing lyrical about our Moodle and Mahara hosting as well as the other services offered by LUNS. It was great making lots of new friends as well as catching up with the old ones, we were blown away by the nice things you all had to say about us.

    This year we were delighted to be joined on our stand by Mary Cooch, the one and only moodlefairy! Mary, a secondary school teacher and author of a number of Moodle books was run off her feet demonstrating the LUNS e-Learning solutions as well as evangelising all things Moodle. If you are interested in any training with Mary at your institution please get in touch. Also with us on the LUNS stand was Ian from SchoolsICT. LUNS have been working with Ian to bring MIS integration to our Hosted Moodle platform using ZiLink which, when coupled with Moodle 2.0, ensures your school MIS and Moodle are completely synchronised. You can download some details on our hosted Moodle packages here.

    LUNS at the centre of Moodle development

    As you may already know the development team at LUNS are keenly involved in the Moodle open source project and we have a real passion for developing and progressing the global Moodle and Mahara projects. It was great talking to lots of people about the future of Moodle and especially the ways we can help drive Moodle forward for you. Rest assured you’ll see more and more LUNS contributions to Moodle over 2012 and beyond. We’d love to hear from you about your own Moodle projects and weather our unique team of Moodle and Mahara developers can help in any way.

    LUNS Stand P26

    Miles and the LUNS team with clients at this year's BETT Show.

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  • 7/11/11 LUNS proves to have the X-Factor to assist radical twitter project!

    When a university research group needed a high bandwidth hosting environment at short notice for their research project into Twitter usage they came straight to LUNS. The Mobile Radicals are a group of researchers based in the School of Computing & Communications at Lancaster University. They have been carrying out research into the use of Twitter as a form of interaction with the highly popular X-Factor TV show. The latest project involves analysing thousands of tweets per second which clearly requires robust hosting infrastructure.

    Having carried out analysis of tweets  relating to the UK X-Factor show in 2010, Mark Lochrie of the group tells us they are now looking to further the research globally to look for international variations in usage. This requires analysing a significantly higher amount of data: at peak times the estimated tweets per second related to the US show is an incredible 3,000. In order to achieve the results they are seeking the group needed a more robust hosting infrastructure with greater bandwidth and lower latency. LUNS were able to respond quickly when the request came in last week and now it’s full steam ahead for the project, Mark tells us ‘we are looking forward to achieving greater results by utilising the infrastructure in place at LUNS.’
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  • 7/11/11 Visit LUNS at BETT 2012 in London’s Olympia!

    LUNS will be exhibiting at BETT 2012 in London’s Olympia from 11th – 14th January 2012. BETT is the world’s leading event for technology in education and attracts around 30,000 visitors each year. The event fills the National and Grand Halls at London’s Olympia Exhibition Centre and plays host to the world’s leading technology companies.

    The LUNS stand will be in the same location as last year, Stand P26 on the Grand Hall gallery – see floor plan here. Members of staff from our e-Learning and network design teams will be on hand to discuss our products and services including:

    • Bespoke Moodle & Mahara development and integration
    • Complete managed, hosted VLE services
    • MIS/Moodle Integration
    • Moodle Training
    • High-speed Internet connectivity
    • Inter-site links

    If you would like to learn more about the services offered by LUNS please come along to Stand P26 and meet the team.

    LUNS stand at BETT 2011

    LUNS stand at BETT 2011

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  • 27/10/11 LUNS Developer Gets Moodle HQ Post

    After  six years working at LUNS, Dan Poltawski has accepted a position at Moodle HQ in Australia. During his time with LUNS, our commitment to Open Source Software has helped put Dan at the forefront of the open source e-Learning community. Dan is now a core Moodle developer and through his significant contributions to the project over the years he has earned an enviable reputation worldwide which has led to the offer of this position at the company’s headquarters in Perth, Western Australia. It represents an exciting opportunity for Dan, both professionally and personally, and he is relishing the challenges of a new position and a move down under.

    Over recent years Dan has overseen the progress of other key members of the LUNS development team: Andrew Nicols and Ruslan Kabalin have followed Dan’s lead in forging notable reputations in both the Moodle and Mahara communities, achieving us Partner status, and are now amongst the most significant worldwide contributors to these projects. Between them Ruslan and Andrew have been in the top 5 of contributors to the source of the latest versions of Moodle and Mahara. It is testament to both LUNS’ commitment to staff development and our focus on Open Source Software that has provided an environment for our development team to thrive. Having developers on staff with such experience enables LUNS to provide bespoke integration and development to a number of high profile institutions including the Open University, University College London and Lancaster University. Along with bespoke integration and development, LUNS also provide managed Moodle/Mahara hosting services across the education, charitable and commercial sectors.

    Everyone at LUNS has a deep sense of pride in the position that the company now has in the e-Learning community and recognise Dan’s contribution to this over the years. We wish Dan all the very best in his endeavours at Moodle HQ and look forward to continuing to work together in the development of Moodle and the delivery of quality e-Learning services.

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