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,... >>

College students with tablets
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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

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... >>

Teaching in a university media studio
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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

Emerging trends in augmented reality

They are marketed with promises of providing truly personalised experiences, delivering contextual information partnered with personal metrics in a visually engaging way. I recently attended Augmented World Expo in Silicon Valley, California, one of the largest augmented reality (AR) conferences in the world. It features applications of AR technology from the cutting edge of industry and research. Put simply, augmented... >>

Matt Ramirez tests Google Glass
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Matt Ramirez

Enhancing exhibitions with digital resources

Over the past three years researchers, librarians, archivists, curators and technicians have been working in close partnership to explore the story of Longitude, and also to find ways in which to tell that story to as broad an audience as possible. The Ships, Clocks and Stars: The Quest for Longitude exhibition at the National Maritime Museum and the Board of... >>

Lieutenant William Chevasse’s design for a marine chair for observing Jupiter’s satellites, 1813
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Peter Findlay

Let’s get serious about Wikipedia

Over the last year, I have been working on behalf of Jisc and Wikimedia UK , a charity that supports and promotes Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia projects, to explore how academia and Wikimedia can work more closely together. From an office in the University of Bristol , I’ve reached out to lecturers, librarians and other staff across the country,... >>

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Martin Poulter

Towards a new-look customer service function for Jisc

It’s all about seeing things from their perspective, talking customers’ language and striving to meet their needs and concerns, and it’s absolutely crucial to us at Jisc too. We have been working hard to make customers our priority and to ensure that every single college, university and skills provider in the UK can be confident that they are getting the... >>

Tweeting to your full potential

Our @Jisc Twitter account began life at 11:33 on 12 January 2009 as a relatively automated service that fired out the latest news and event information from Jisc as and when it was uploaded to the website. There was little in the way of actual interaction and it wasn’t used to its full potential as an engagement tool. Over the... >>

Twitter HQ: logo artwork
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