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University of Reading: culture hacks

Keen to change perceptions and raise the profile of his team across the organisation, Stuart Brown, director of digital technology services at the University of Reading, shares his experiences of using technology to make cultural changes. >>

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University of Derby: institutional-wide framework

“The pandemic has changed the nature of learning in universities to be more future-focused, fit for purpose, and to really reflect the society that we live in” says Fiona Shelton, University of Derby. >>

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Welcome to campus, virtually

How virtual reality has enabled Lakes College to showcase their campus and facilities when physical attendance hasn’t been possible. >>

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Rapidly up-skilling staff in lockdown

“The sheer number of staff who are now completely skilled up in a number of critical digital platforms has been an absolute godsend for me as the CIO of the university,” says Gavin McLachlan, vice-principal chief information officer, and librarian to the University of Edinburgh. >>

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Student voice is guiding light for the future of teaching, learning, and assessment

By the time the UK’s lockdown restrictions were enforced, AECC University College had already been busy. As well as producing guidelines on teaching continuity while working remotely, they had also run a focus group with students and IT to identify technology solutions for remote learning, and surveyed students still on campus to understand why they hadn’t left yet (crucially, it was because many had no wifi at home). >>

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Challenge-based learning: rethinking student engagement

When Falmouth University had to postpone the Workshops Festival, its annual event where students can take part in a range of workshops across campus from lino cutting to silver soldering, a virtual alternative was needed to feed the creative appetite of its students.  >>

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Seamless e-book discovery for students switching between physical and online

After ten years of nudging and gentle encouragement, lockdown was an unexpected shot in the arm for e-resources librarian Chris Skerrow’s mission to get digital resources more widely adopted across Hull College. >>

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“Learning analytics is about hearts and minds, as well as technology” - James Hodgkin, University of Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire's associate director of library technology and information (LTI) and university librarian asks “if you’re responsible for teaching or mentoring students, how do you know if they’re embracing student life, living well and staying on track with their learning? Is it enough to simply ask them? What if they just say ‘I’m fine’?” >>

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Delivering college IT services remotely

When lockdown kicked in, Luminate Education Group provided a quick, seamless transition for its large group of colleges and schools around the Leeds area so that staff and students could continue to work and study from home. Graham Eland, group IT director, explains how. >>

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Cloud thinking

With learning and collaborating at a distance on everyone’s agenda, a new Institutes of Technology project is using cloud solutions to keep learners collaborating, wherever they are. >>

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Learners shaping their own digital experience

Imagine you’re a level one plumbing student re-taking GCSE English. Wouldn’t it improve your experience if you had English GSCE learning resources focused around plumbing? Even better if those resources were 360-degree films that immersed you in the world of a plumbing workshop all while preparing for your English GSCE assessment. >>

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Bridging the gap

It’s late November 2019 and Dale Clancy, electrical installation lecturer from Borders College, is attending the annual College Development Network award ceremony in Glasgow. >>

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How big data could vaccinate the world

A team at the University of Bristol is revolutionising the way vaccines are developed, paving the way for faster and more effective vaccines against diseases for which there is currently no means of prevention. >>

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Supporting students to stick with university

Abertay University and Jisc share an ambition: to make higher education flexible, accessible and welcoming for everyone – no matter who they are and where they come from. >>

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Delivering a digital education

University of Sunderland has an ambition to become a truly digital first university. They’re taking staff and students on a journey to develop their digital skills, putting technology at the heart of what they do. We’ve been working with the university and through a range of Jisc services, are supporting them to realise this ambition. >>

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Solving the virtual learning environment headache

Jisc worked with The Northern School of Art to redesign their virtual learning environment so that it makes life easier for students and staff. Since then, log-ins are up by nearly two thirds. >>

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Getting students ready for the changing workplace

Technology is transforming learning for staff and students at vocational specialist Plumpton College. At Jisc, we’ve been supporting the college to trial new technologies and blended learning techniques – giving students the skills they need for the changing workplace. >>

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Accessible e-books – addressing inequality in information

Glitches in technology can be a huge challenge for disabled students who rely on accessible e-books. We’re working with Leeds Beckett University on a game-changing project to tackle this. >>

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Putting people at the heart of digital strategy

More students at Cardiff Metropolitan University are using digital technology to reach their potential. Our services have supported staff to work more flexibly, collaboratively and productively to make this happen. >>

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Getting connected for Education 4.0

We have supported Swansea University and three colleges in Wales to use technology to be better connected. This is making learning more fun, fulfilling, and future-focused – for students and staff. >>

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Enabling digital evolution at Weston College

It’s May 2020 and Jon Hofgartner, assistant director at Weston College is in a room on campus preparing for a meeting with his curriculum leads. >>

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Fine-tuning resources at Morley College

The cost of tuning 33 pianos twice a term and a pair of harpsichords every two weeks will strike a familiar chord with many further education music departments. >>

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Cloud with clarity

As Goldsmiths finalises plans for a major cloud implementation, head of infrastructure services Jamie Lee explains the importance of a clear vision. >>

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Digital leaders programme

Course alumni share their experiences from our digital leaders programme, which equips participants with the tools, knowledge and skills to become digitally informed and empowered leaders. It is part of our wider approach to building digital capability in the sectors we support.  >>

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Data empowers Welsh students to meet their goals

HE students in Wales are benefiting from the world’s first national learning analytics system, with universities across the country using data to understand how their students are learning – helping them to achieve more and supporting their wellbeing. >>

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Making Finn's fieldwork possible

Finn Illsley-Kemp, postgraduate research student, University of Southampton, shares how Jisc services help him carry out his research in the UK and worldwide. >>

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Connectivity and community

As part of a conversation we're having with the FE sector to help us gauge colleges’ attitudes toward our services, we spoke to staff and students at Strode College about the Janet Network, its in-built cyber security protection and the digital resources we provide, such as free e-books.  >>

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Embedding learning technologies

We worked with Khalid Al-anker, learning technologist and practitioner, Grimsby Institute on their programme to give learning technologies a pivotal role in improving learner engagement and boosting attainment. >>

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It’s incredible how fast you can get stuff done

Daniel Norton, data quality and statutory returns officer, University of Leicester was involved in the first wave of Jisc Analytics Labs teams, a community-led initiative building interactive dashboards for data-derived insights. >>

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Technology is a conversation starter with our students

Ross Anderson, e-learning ambassador at North Lindsey College and their students used the Jisc student digital experience tracker: a tool for surveying and understanding students’ expectations and experiences of technology. >>

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“I'm going to experts who know about education”

Nick Moore, director of IT services and the University of Gloucestershire helped us to pilot our learning analytics student app (part of our wider learning analytics project) that puts the power in learners’ hands by tracking their learning activity and allowing them to maximise their learning potential. >>

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Giving a voice to Scottish open access

Valerie McCutcheon, research information manager, University of Glasgow, took part in our open access (OA) pathfinder programme, part of our OA good practice project, along with a community of practice of more than 200 professionals from 90 universities, sharing examples of open access good practice. >>

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Bringing campuses to life

Marta Stelmaszak and Nuno’s project was one of our 2016 Summer of Student Innovation winners. They will be given the support they need to develop their idea and turn it into reality. >>

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The evolution of FELTAG

Jamie Smith, director of strategy and infrastructure, South Staffordshire College features in our report breaking through: stories of effective digital practice from UK further education (FE) and skills, published September 2018. >>

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Opening up 19th-century medicine

We worked with the Wellcome Library to make 68,000 19th-century texts relating to the history of medicine freely available to all. >>

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