Discovering archives: from the smallest repository to the European stage

Whilst published works are known entities, with declared titles and authors; archives are very often rather elusive to categorisation, commonly encompassing a whole range of diverse materials. 'archive' for me denotes a collection of materials that have been brought together in the course of someone’s life or work, or as part of a business or other activity The word ‘archive’... >>

Jane Stevenson

Networkshop42 marks 30 years of collaboration and connectivity

Exactly 30 years later, on 1 April 2014, we kicked off our Networkshop42 conference exploring national and international collaborations and the sheer range of research activities that the latest version of the network is helping to support. it’s clear that the social aspects of the event are just as important as the technical ones As always, there was a real... >>

Frances Burton

Open and online: Wales, higher education and emerging modes of learning

Following the publication of the first draft of the Scottish Open Education Declaration in March, last week saw the publication of the Welsh Government’s report ‘Open and Online’ , which represents another landmark in the development of policy on open education. The report is the work of the Online Digital Learning Working Group : made up of senior and influential... >>

Paul Richardson

Understanding the value of digital assets

Oscar Wilde’s epigram still strikes a chord more than a century after it was written, but for those of us in the business of managing digital objects over time (let’s call it digital curation) it needs a bit of an update. In its place I’d offer: “nowadays, people are beginning to know the price of stuff but they struggle a... >>

Neil Grindley

How to make HEFCE's Research Excellence Framework open access policy into great news for universities

This is because open access increases the impact of the biomedical and health research that Wellcome funds, which can only be a good thing. From the next Research Excellence Framework ( REF ) onwards, the same link between open access and research funding will be cemented throughout UK higher education, for pretty much the same reason. Research funders across the... >>

Neil Jacobs

Sustaining digital collections: finding future funding

Part of this debate raises concerns whether future generations will have access to and use of digital collections: those from galleries, libraries, archives and museums within and outside our universities. The focus has mostly been on digital curation and preservation but now is also the time to consider how revenue generation, beyond host institution support, can be achieved. we’ve been... >>

Stuart Dempster

Should adult learning embrace the MOOC?

I was delighted to be invited to take part and used the opportunity to advocate the development of a new model of facilitated online learning at scale which would meet the access and support needs of our adult learners. I argued that the changing digital landscape offers new opportunities for adult learning providers. Here is a summary of the points... >>

Adult learning
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Shri Footring

Evaluating digital services: a visitors and residents approach

Online motivations Alison Le Cornu and I proposed that we start to think about internet users as having ‘visitor’ or ‘resident’ motivations to engage online depending on context - dipping in and out of the web without leaving a social trace or going online to be present with other people. We’re interested in how students and staff fit into this... >>

David White

Four tips to help learners achieve the best student experience

As a taster for the upcoming annual Jisc Regional Support Centres (RSC) Higher Education Conference 2014 , four of this year’s speakers have shared their top tips on how to engage and stimulate learners using online technologies and resources. 1. Involve learners as co-creators of learning resources Rather than keeping the virtual learning environment ( VLE ) as the exclusive... >>

Christine Comrie

Why open access should be a key issue for university leaders

First published in the Guardian Higher Education Network blog. Universities are digital machines these days. But many of the decisions that have to be made as a result are not technical at all. They are about the nature of research and its public benefits, about how learning and teaching takes place, and how we confront difficult ethical issues. Strategic choices... >>

Martin Hall