Unravelling the true cost of publishing in open access

Listen to and download our podcast on the true cost of publishing in open access Journal publishing models are changing rapidly, especially here in the UK where government, research councils’ and research funders’ policies increasingly require publication of research outputs in open access. In the last two years, following publication of the Finch Report , there has been marked growth... >>

Lorraine Estelle

A new window on Jisc R&D

It used to be the ‘research and development’ section but user research told us that the abbreviation ‘R&D’ is more meaningful than the spelt-out version. I love user testing - it always throws up surprises. I love user testing - it always throws up surprises What’s new? The section has a distinctive look and feel which extends the original design... >>

Laptop research
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Ben Whitehouse

Where next for the e-book?

Realising that ambition, though, is not without significant technological challenges and cost implications. How are these challenges being overcome and what are the benefits and impact of e-books in the academic context? A new book, E-books in education: realising the vision , brings together the experiences of colleagues in universities and colleges across the UK, describing how managers, teachers and... >>

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Roger Tritton

The biggest challenges in UK education and how to solve them: what you told us

There are so many pressures at the moment; we need to continue to add efficiencies in the face of reduced budgets, but also improve teaching, learning and research outcomes in order to keep the UK competitive. For me, when it comes to taking on these big challenges prioritisation is key. If collectively as a sector we are to come out... >>

Summer of Student Innovation showcase 2014
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Andy McGregor

Celebrating outstanding ICT in UK higher education

As one of the judges of the THE awards, I wanted to take a moment to celebrate the shortlisted institutions and their projects in this category. I will start with the winner, and go on to give attention to each of entries, which I think epitomise some of the excellent digital work that’s being done in UK higher education. Open... >>

Jack Dee and Martyn Harrow with THE Awards winners 2014
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Martin Hamilton

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... >>

Digimap for Colleges
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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