Grovetrek is an interactive game to educate primary school students on tree fossils and life on Earth 330 million years ago. Grovetrek is designed to engage and prepare student pre- and post- visit to the Fossil Grove.
Our goal is to enhance user engagement and retention in the MetPsy mobile application through an innovative gamification system including achievements, points, micro-modules, modern UI
design, and personalised content.
Treasure Hunterian is an app aimed at 11 to 14 year olds featuring a character named Ms Monocle. Ms Monocle takes teenagers on an adventure with educational challenges and interactive storylines, learning the history behind the
artefacts of the Hunterian Museum.
Team 4A: Engaging the public to architect Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson
We provide the public with unrestricted access to Alexander Thomson's works. We display his drawings along with Google Maps location and street view. We added a plan for a sightseeing tour around Glasgow and ability to see Thomson related stories on social media.
The Annexe Communities have an
issue with publishing their archived documents, due to
rigid outsourced platforms, we have solved this with a
simple and inclusive website that caters to those that are
not as tech savvy but still attracts the youths to the
rich history of the community.
Barclay’s Impact revolutionizes
charitable donation by aligning it with your lifestyle and preferences. We've transformed donations
into a personalized, seamless, and impactful journey.
Discover our groundbreaking,
user-centric experience that redefines philanthropy.
CharitAble is our innovative donation web application,
powered by Barclays, that utilises user data to suggest
personalised donation amounts and interests, making it
effortless for users to support a wide range of verified
charities and make a meaningful impact on the causes
they care about.
Introducing 'SmartSave' - Your Personal Money Magician!
Putting an end to financial confusion and bringing you
savings, seamlessly. Explore the best interest
rates from top banks, transfer funds between accounts
with ease, and even open a new account in seconds!
RateChaser helps students, aged
18-26, maximize their savings with ease and confidence. Through a cross-platform application, we present personalized recommendations and simplify the
comparison of savings accounts through in-depth financial analysis, fostering financial literacy.
This project aims to innovate a tool that enhances engagement between 'Zoomies' and 'Roomies' in hybrid
learning spaces. By creatively merging features of
existing tools, our solution promotes interactive
collaboration, ensuring both virtual and physical
participants feel engaged and heard.
Team 8B: The Golden Combination for effective hybrid classes
How can we best keep zoomies (virtual participants) and
roomies (in-person participants) engaged and interactive
during the session? Our solution boosts engagement and
interaction amongst participants. Check out our website
to discover our standard for hybrid training.
Team 9A: Designing computing science activities using
A quiz system using Curio robots allowing students to
engage in an interactive learning experience regarding
computing science. Two teams compete in a battle activity.
Correct answers make the robot move towards the goal,
while incorrect answers make it move backward.
Team 9B: CurioDraw: Unleashing Creativity with Curio and
Harnessing the Curio platform, an innovative web-based education
tool, we enable students to code in Python directly from their browser. Our final protype teaches students math and programming concepts by asking them to draw geometric figures with the robot.
While Curio aims for low cost to be
affordable by schools and students alike, it can be
limiting at times and people regularly comment on the
robot speed, or are confused by its design. Curiov2 aims
to address these issues and enhance students engagement.
Team 11: Project Nexus - Empowering 127 Computing Science
Students to Share their OIP Journey
We created a website for the 127 students who participated in
the course to share their collective journey,
experiences, and innovative solutions with the world in
a unique and remarkable way. We added the ability to naviagte the website with a smarpthone as a remote controller.
Jonathan was one of the most passionate teachers that I met who cares
about his students and what he teaches. His lessons were interesting, clear and easy to
Teo Shun Yao
Prof Jonathan has gone out of his way to make this module fun and
interactive for all. He has a unique teaching style which attracts and accommodates to the masses
Prof Jonathan has been an engaging professor by his daily emails, and has
helped students learn the course better by sharing resources. He also initiates
conversations with his students to seek feedback for future course improvements as well as caring for
Chang Kai Wen
Teaching style was incredibly friendly and active, fostering a welcoming
environment where questions are encouraged.
Malcolm wong chi kit
Professor Jonathan Grizou's is really something phenomenal. His style of
teaching is really unique, and he professionally shares his opinions and suggestions for the
betterment of our project. I really enjoyed my experience in this OIP, and I couldn't ask
for a better module that is as well prepared and managed like this.
Lee Jun Hao Jeff
Professor Jonathan’s style of teaching is original and refreshing,
incorporating elements of discussion, hands on work, and encourages reflection, which not
only equips students for the course but enables them to be better thinkers.
Esther Tan Su Wee
Prof Jonathan provided a fresh breath in terms of teaching and I found it
extremely engaging and thoroughly enjoyed his lessons! He is also concerned about our
progress and ensures that we are always on the right track!
Oliver Choy Chen Fung
The engaging and dynamic interactive sessions created a vibrant learning
environment, resulting in consistently high attendance for classes which is not typical for
our cohort. Even though the project deliverables were a little heavy for a 3-week project, I
thought the different project briefs gave students a wide variety of work to showcase.
Professor Jonathan was really engaging and had devised a well thought out
lesson plan to ensure active engagement amongst teams. The course was effective in its
delivery and I learned the importance of design and innovation through the interactive lesson plan
Kahbelan Kalisalvam Kelaver
Professor Grizou is an exceptional teacher who enhances our understanding
through his lesson by using effective teaching methods to improve design thinking. Under his
guidance, working with the clients was easier and his guidance has broadened my world view.
Lau Jun Xiang
The lectures were very informative and interesting. It was a different
style compared to what we have back in Singapore and it was very engaging.
Ng Jun Heng
"Interacting with the highly capable Singaporean students was a smooth and enjoyable experience. They took time to understand the brief and clearly spent a lot of time and effort creatively producing work to meet it.
I learned that working with talented undergraduates is a viable way to complete technical digital projects.
Jonathan was a brilliant facilitator of such a complex and ambitious project. The students and myself knew what to do and where to be, and were inspired to get the best from each other. This is thanks to Jonathan's enthusiasm and skill in organising.
I would participate again without question."
"Working with Jonathan continues to be a pleasure and helping build the
between the University of Glasgow and Barclays is definitely an important relationship for
that we would love to nurture.
The students were all very enthused and both ourselves at Barclays and hopefully the
came out of this feeling like we learned something.
Personally, it was a really good experience to explore a technical avenue with students from
Singapore and get to workshop ideas with them in-person. It made me value the importance of
being in-person and what can be achieved when you are in a closed room with others.
I would do it again and it would be a great yearly activity for us at Barclays. Hopefully
inspires future activities with the university."
"My interaction with the students was always very interesting, engaging
enlightening. They worked very hard and I was very impressed with their final outcome. I
happily be involved again and Jonathan has been first class in his communication and
availability while the course has run. Great experience all round."
"The project was very straightforward and we had a clear understanding of
much contact we would have with the students. It was clear that the students received a lot
support from the Glasgow University team, so they were well prepared on their first visit to
We were impressed with what they had achieved at each meeting and was happy with their
presentations - they were very good at updating us. Overall, we were impressed by their
communication and final products.
The communication with Jonathan was great, we received quick responses and clarification
needed. Having a sample project brief to work with really helped to clarify the kind of
we could propose as a partner.
We would take part in the project again, there is a lot of scope to come up with different
to work on.
"The teams that I worked with were professional, and really took the time
understand the problem and the sorts of solutions that would be useful to me and the other
stakeholders. They used the advice and suggestions I gave them effectively, but they also
weren't afraid to come up with their own ideas, or challenge any ideas I gave them if they
seem infeasible. This was my first time doing any sort of "management" like this - I had
similar team project as an undergraduate, and it was enlightening for me to see things from
other side of the table. In particular, it can be really hard to say what you actually want!
Jonathan was very helpful throughout the course, and gave me a good understanding of the
I'd be playing in the course. Overall, I was very pleasantly surprised by what both teams
up with, especially within a very tight timeframe - I'd be happy to build on both products
consider integrating them into the summer school, and hopefully I'll get another chance to
involved with the course next year."
"Interaction with the students was great, they were friendly and
they got their work done quickly and took on feedback and changes with no problems at all.
Jonathan was pleasant also, I didn’t need to interact with him much until the presentation
we were all in a happy mood that it went well and that it was over. However we did step in
the emails to correct the students if needed so that was appreciated. I would do the course
This course was developed by Jonathan Grizou with the help of many colleagues.
Thank you to all 127 students for embracing the experimental format of this course and engaging with their partners to find the best solution to their problems. It is amazing what they achieved in three short weeks while adapting to a new country and a new culture.
Thank you to all local partners for mentoring the students and providing them with real problems to solve. Thanks to Ruth Fletcher at The Hunterian Museum; David Webster at Fossil Grove; Stuart Boyd at Scotstoun primary school; Sooz Young at Technology Coaching; Ally Houston at MetPsy; Ross Kelly, Gregory Peters, Fraser Dempster, Derek Shanks at Barclays; Jane Cowie at The Annexe Communities; Ellen Sykes, Iain Riley at the Special Collections; Jeremy Singer, Lewis Dyer from the summer widening participation program at the University of Glasgow.
Thank you to our teaching assistants, Yuxin Qin, Talha Ayranci, and Jie Wang, for helping the students refine their ideas and feedback on their weekly updates.
The course could not have been a success without Karina Lee that helped with all the logistics, making sure we had the space and the materials to teach. Sani Sanifah formed the teams based on students’ preferences, a complex and multi-constraints problem which she achieved to perfection. Sandra Hynes, and her team, did all the work to welcome the students in Glasgow, finding their accommodation, ensuring their onboarding, and planned cultural activities for the entire cohort.
I would like to thank Joemon Jose, Iadh Ounis, and Simon Gay for entrusting me with the responsibility in designing and delivering this course in this new format. Simon even joined our group photo to the pleasure of all students.
None of this would have been possible without the vision and drive from our Singapore Campus and SIT (Singapore Institute of Technology). Thanks to Cindy Goh for organising the entire program and to Chee Kiat Seow for overseeing the Computing Science cohort and helping me navigate the Singapore cultural and administrative specificities. Thanks to Qi Cao for helping us find a path for students to find internship in the UK.
I am also thankful to John Shackleton, which was patient enough to work with me on the previous iterations of this course, and from who I have learned a lot.
Working within an established institution like the University of Glasgow, allowed me to focus on the student experience without financial or marketing worries. I knew that exactly 127 students will turn up at the University to attend my course for three weeks. This safety in predictability allowed me to take risks in the course design and ideate a course with local partners. I am fully aware that running this course outside the context of the University would have been a very different challenge, I am grateful for the opportunity I was given.