What do you think good cyber security services look like?

For example, April’s Heartbleed vulnerability was arguably one of the biggest security threats the internet has ever seen, affecting some of the world’s most popular websites and tens of millions of users indirectly. The fast response and guidance of organisations’ incident and response teams helped to minimise the potential damage, but Heartbleed’s headline-grabbing nature has thrust cyber security firmly in... >>

John Chapman

ac.uk domain name consultation - the results are in

Thank you to the 225 people who took the time to take part in our consultation into the change of eligibility criteria for an ac.uk domain. Your responses were very helpful in giving a clear sense of overall support for our approach, while also identifying a number of areas where we needed to draft more carefully or think harder. Consultation... >>

Phil Gummett

Shared data centre offers rich benefits for research-led institutions

The theme this year is ‘strength in diversity’ and at Jisc, we’ve got our own big news on the same theme this month with the launch of our new shared data centre for academic and medical research. So I’m pleased to be one of a team giving a break-out presentation about it at the conference on day two. We’ve got... >>

Phil Richards

A winning formula for Welsh education

According to the revised Strategy for Enhancing Learning and Teaching through Technology (pdf) or ELTT, universities and colleges are making better use of digital technology to interact with students effectively outside the lecture theatre. We hear, too, that students in Wales are increasingly satisfied with their academic experience: according to the National Student Survey , students’ satisfaction has either increased... >>

Laura Pachkowski

What do students entering HE expect from digital technologies?

In the digital student project we have been investigating incoming students’ expectations of the digital environment in HE . Institutions will be working to meet or manage expectations as hundreds of thousands of new students arrive in September but it’s no small task to build a picture of students’ hopes and aspirations when there are modules to rewrite and technology... >>

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Dave White

Sector unites behind £1m learning technologies programme

In many cases the biggest inhibitor is not a lack of appetite from the workforce; if anything, our experiences at Jisc have shown that teaching staff at all levels are eager to take advantage of new tools and platforms – such as the many possibilities that wearable devices can offer. Rather, the issue is one of resource, with limited time,... >>

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Nigel Ecclesfield

Why aren't we all learning online? Tell us what you think

With continued improvements in home bandwidth, greater public exposure to technology and all kinds of exciting start-ups promising to use the power of the network to help people learn, you might expect that we’d be experiencing a boom in fully online degrees and courses offered by higher education and further education. A small survey we conducted jointly with the Association... >>

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Heather Price

Universities and the 2015 election: gulf between big parties widens

First published in the Guardian Higher Education Network blog. In higher education, 2014 feels a bit like 2009. Back in August 2009, everyone knew that the dream of limitless economic growth was over. But it wasn’t at all clear what this would mean for universities, and for students (although, of course, the Lib Dems had pledged not to increase fees... >>

Martin Hall

How to make technology a successful partner in teaching

Put in the hands of a learner, a smart device might help to open the Connected Learning door, but on its own the device isn’t (yet) intuitive enough to perform two of the most meaningful activities carried out by digitally-literate educators - facilitating and guiding the individual through their learning journey. To optimise its potential, it's vital that educators understand... >>

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Allen Crawford Thomas

Collaborative approach to sector-wide challenges

During the course of two workshops in April, we talked to a group of our core customers from higher and further education to define the issues that digital technologies could help them to address. Co-design challenge areas From an initial list of more than 140 ideas, participants were able to bring many of these together into 24 overarching themes. They... >>

Andrew McGregor