Issue 31 / Summer 2011


Welcome to the 31st edition of JISC Inform; We hope you find the contents interesting and informative.

In this issue we look at how students are taking an active part in their course design and delivery which in turn is increasing their satisfaction levels. We catch up with Joi Ito about his involvement with Creative Commons and how opening up resources through Creative Commons licences is unleashing resources onto the internet offering learners a greater understanding of the courses they will be studying.

The principles of mobile web education remain the same – but we have some technical and pedagogical advice to help you make the most of the latest technologies. Students demand seamless access, quick admin and fast services. JISC supports this by providing the invisible skin that binds all these systems together; we take a look at international projects such as the Olympics and the e-InfraNet initiative to see lessons learnt.

Our debate looks at ‘can online learning replace a face to face course?’ Why not give us your opinions and upload your own video to add to the discussion?

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We hope you enjoy the read.

Rebecca O'Brien

Rebecca O'Brien (Editor)

Nicola Yeeles

Nicola Yeeles (Editor)






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Edited by: Rebecca O'Brien and Nicola Yeeles
Design: iD Factory
Doug Belshaw, Rob Buckley, Brian Kelly, Michelle Pauli

JISC Inform is produced by JISC to raise awareness of the use of technology in supporting further and higher education in the UK. Contributing authors include members of the JISC family of services and initiatives, JISC's partners and staff working in the FE and HE sectors. The views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of JISC.

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