Delivering curriculum-relevant services

As part of my role I am responsible for the delivery of a free new service called Digimap for Colleges , it offers students and staff in further education access to a range of up to date Ordnance Survey digital maps for Great Britain. Digimap for Colleges has been designed specifically for the further education sector. Listen to and download... >>

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Anne Robertson

Five tips for improving cyber security

Last week I spoke to people in IT security from further and higher education at our annual CSIRT conference (Computer Security and Incident Response Team). It’s the one time of the year where everyone can come together, drink endless cups of coffee, and talk with others in the same situation. Listen and download this blog as a podcast You usually... >>

Lee Harrigan-Green

Tackling assessment and feedback issues with technology-enhanced solutions

Listen and download this blog as a podcast Through our assessment and feedback programme , we have been in discussion with people who are dealing with assessment and feedback issues on a daily basis. Not only has it helped everyone to get a clearer understanding of what might be going wrong, the institutions involved have started to develop processes and... >>

Ros Smith

Why is electronic management of assessment (EMA) still achieving mediocre marks? Tell us what you think

It seems similarly anachronistic that tutors carry around back-breaking piles of essays to mark by hand, which will then need to be manually entered into IT systems and go through multiple rounds of scrutiny to weed out input errors. Listen and download this blog post as a podcast This is however still a reality in many institutions where both students... >>

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Gill Ferrell

Monitoring and shaping the transition to open access

One senior academic they spoke to summarised what seems to me to be the broader picture, when he said: “so many people are still confused about what it is they’re supposed to do and how they’re supposed to do it.” Listen and download this blog as a podcast So we weren’t surprised when an institution represented at our latest Jisc... >>

Frank Manista

How we are supporting you through the FELTAG recommendations

The publication of the FELTAG report and the government response to FELTAG - which was looking to find how we can best support the further education sector with the evolution of new technologies, for the benefit of learners, employers and the UK economy - has been met with a lot of enthusiasm. Listen and download this blog post as a... >>

Paul McKean

UK digital capabilities: mind the gap

There are three common themes that keep coming up time and again, and I think are particularly relevant to education and research: Connectivity: from superfast to ultrafast We might once have chuckled at talk of the 'information superhighway' but it’s no exaggeration to say that network connectivity, bandwidth and latency is the 21st century’s road, river and rail. While all... >>

Martin Hamilton

Developing building blocks to make open access work on a European level

In my opinion, yes! This may be in part due to last year’s policy announcements by the European Commission which determined that outputs of research funded under Horizon 2020 , European Research Council grants and Marie Skłodowska Curie programmes must be made open access . The policy is mandatory for peer-reviewed articles but it also encourages that other types of... >>

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Mafalda Picarra

We must not lose the benefits of shared infrastructure

The last few years have not been easy for UK universities. They have had to deal simultaneously with policy uncertainty, technological innovation, greater competition as a result of internationalisation and globalisation, rising expectations from students and of course, new pressures to tighten budgets and get the greatest return from their scarce resources. UK universities have had to deal with policy... >>

Martyn Harrow

Tell us how you make the most of mobile learning opportunities

In fact this is a growing trend with our use having increased by 115% in the last year alone, and mobile apps now accounting for 51% of all time spent on digital media. But, this rise in ownership and use of mobile devices doesn’t only affect our personal lives, it also opens doors for learning and teaching. Mobile technologies provide... >>

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