The e-Learning Programme has recently produced a series of web-based radio shows on how digital technologies are supporting institutional practices. These shows offer an informative and engaging discussion with leading experts around how technology is supporting colleges and universities in addressing the challenges they currently face.

JISC on Air

The e-Learning Programme has recently produced a series of radio shows on how digital technologies are supporting institutional practices. These shows offer an informative and engaging discussion with leading experts around how technology is supporting colleges and universities in addressing the challenges they currently face.

The shows are hosted by Kim Catcheside and are between 18 -25 minutes in length. You can access the shows by selecting the links below and you can also download the shows from iTunes.

Thank you to all those who participated in the 2012 JISC on Air Listeners' survey. Your views have informed the development of the five remaining shows planned for 2012. Topics will include developing digital literacies, transforming curriculum design through technology, technology-enhanced assessment and feedback, open educational practice and course data.

More information about JISC on Air 

JISC on Air Radio Shows recorded in 2013

Episode 11: Course data: Making the most out of your course information (April 2013)

In episode eleven Kim Catcheside speaks with representatives from HESA and HEFCE about course data and the importance of better course information for the higher education sector and for individual universities and colleges.

Richard Puttock, Head of Data Management at HEFCE, talks about the key information set (KIS) and the Unistats website what this initiative is trying to achieve and how it sits alongside Jisc's work and the eXchanging Course Related Information - Course Advertising Profile (XCRI-CAP) standard.

Andy Youell, Director of standards and development for the Higher Education Statistics Agency is in no doubt that the adoption of consistent data standards will help universities and colleges make better business decisions.

Clear course data helps students compare courses and make informed choices. Kim meets staff and students at the Plymouth College of Art to talk about a joint initiative using detailed information to help art and design students find their ideal course.

Kim also speaks to Gill Ferrel from the Jisc Course Data programme to find out more about course data, about joining up information and making it shareable and how initiatives such as KIS and the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) work alongside XCRI-CAP standard and the work of Jisc projects.

In addition to the Jisc on Air radio show there are serveral short podcast interviews with universities and colleges who have implemented positive changes in their use of course data as well as interviews with UCAS and Graduate Prospects.

JISC on Air Radio Shows recorded in 2012

Episode 10: Driving change in assessment and feedback (December 2012)

In episode ten of Jisc On Air, Kim Catcheside explores how using technology in assessment and feedback is improving the learning experience for all students as well as contributing to improved graduate employability.

The University of Exeter, Cornwall College and the Institution of Education share their insight into simple ways that existing technology can support learners and improve assessment and feedback to ensure graduates are ready for the workplace.

Moving away from an over reliance on traditional essay writing and freeing up academics to be creative with their course assessment and feedback through using tools such as blogs, podcasts and social networking are just a few of the ways that we can improve learner experience.

Episode 9: Delivering free online courses: how open can we be? (September 2012)

In episode 9 of JISC’s learning and teaching radio programme, we hear from some of those on the forefront of new approaches to online open learning. From open educational resources to massively open online courses (MOOCs) and beyond, we focus in particular on two online photography courses based at Coventry University – speaking in depth to course leaders Jonathan Worth and Shaun Hides alongside other staff and students.

Kim Catcheside also interviews a range of expert commentators on Open Education: Martin Weller from the Open University, Allison Littlejohn from Glasgow Caledonian University and David Kernohan from JISC.  This analysis puts the pioneering Coventry work in a historical and international perspective: in terms of the place of open education in academia, the initial experiments with connectivist courses in Canada and the recent growth of initiatives like Udacity and MITx.

Episode 8: Improving Curriculum Design (July 2012)

In this radio show we explore curriculum design and the role technology plays in supporting changes to institutional practices and processes.  The focus is on the different approaches to curriculum change and engaging stakeholders of two institutions involved in the JISC Institutional Approaches to Curriculum Design programme - Birmingham City University (BCU) and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).

Kim Catcheside talks to staff and students at both universities about their experiences.  This includes an interview with Sonia Hendy-Isaac, a senior lecturer at Birmingham City University who explains how the T-SPARC project has been developing a framework which facilitates better dialogue and transparency around course design and approval to enable more agile and responsive curricula.  Kim also talks to Professor Mark Stubbs, Head of Learning and Research Technologies at Manchester Metropolitan University about transformational changes to the curriculum there and the role of Supporting Responsive Curricula project in supporting this.  Project Manager, Peter Bird, discusses how some of these system and process changes are enabling academic staff to focus more on teaching and Professor Kevin Bonnet, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience, explains the business imperative for change at the institution.

Episode 7: Developing digital literacies for working in a digital world (Part 2)  (May 2012)

This radio show explores how colleges and universities are developing digital literacies for working in a digital world. This is the second part of a two-part series, focusing on digital literacies. Part one is available here.

With an estimated 90% of UK jobs requiring some level of IT competency, the notion of digital literacy - those capabilities that equip an individual for living, learning and working in a digital society – is becoming a key requirement for employability.

Universities and colleges have a responsibility to develop students into individuals who can thrive in an era of digital information and communication - those who are digitally literate are more likely to be economically secure. But it's not just about employability - increasingly digital literacy is vital for learning itself.  

In this show, Kim Catcheside, interviews staff and students involved in the Digital Literacies in Transition – A Model for Transforming Graduate Attributes JISC-funded project, which is developing a model to support digital maturity linked to graduate attribute development. Simon Walker and Mark Kerrigan, explains how the project is employing cross-university studentships to foster a community of student-led change. Students, Rebecca and Daniel speak about their involvement in the project.

The project is also engaging with employers to develop and pilot a ‘Rate our Graduates’ initiative that will subsequently feed into curriculum design and delivery workshops.

Helen Beetham, synthesis consultant for the JISC Developing Digital Literacies programme, also shares the outcomes from the synthesis from the baseline reviews from the 12 Developing Digital Literacies projects and 10 professional bodies and associations which provide valuable insights into the emerging issues from the programme.

Episode 6: Digital Literacy – delivering the agenda within colleges and universities  (April 2012)

This radio show explores how universities and colleges can help teaching staff, researchers, support and administrative staff to develop their digital literacies - those capabilities which prepare an individual for living, learning and working in a digital society. In part two of the show, we will be looking at how digital literacy underpins the academic success and employability of students.

The show highlights how colleges and universities are developing holistic approaches and strategies for supporting the development of these skills and capabilities.

Kim Catcheside interviews staff working on the Digidol Project at Cardiff University hearing more about how the project is establishing an institution-wide approach for contextualising and embedding digital literacy into the development of academic staff, students, research students and administrative, managerial and support staff.

In the show Kim also speaks with Dr Andrew Eynon who is leading the Personal Actualisation and Development through Digital Literacies in Education project at Coleg Llandrillo. The overarching aim of this project is to create a digitally literate, skilled and confident workforce and student body across all the FE institutions in North Wales (Coleg Harlech, Coleg Menai, Coleg Llandrillo, Deeside College and Yale College Wrexham).

Helen Beetham, synthesis consultant for the JISC Developing Digital Literacies programme, and who has extensive experience of this topic, provides valuable insights into the emerging issues from the programme, whilst Alison Mitchell,  Deputy Director of Vitae, speaks about the importance of digital literacies for researchers.

JISC on Air Radio shows recorded in 2010 - 2011:

Episode 5: Learning in Transition (November 2011)

In this radio show we interview some of the keynote speakers at the JISC online conference, Innovating e-Learning 2011, on 22-25th November. Taking advantage of online technologies, the conference offers live and asynchronous debates on a theme of Learning in Transition.

In this show, Kim Catcheside speaks with Sarah Porter, Head of Innovation for JISC and Bill Rammell, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Plymouth University, about how institutions can maintain a collaborative approach in a period of increasing competition. Bill Rammell gives the opening keynote to Theme 1 of the conference entitled Tensions in collaboration in a changing landscape and reminds us that change can come at a price.

Ewan McIntosh, closing keynote presenter and CEO of No Tosh Ltd, nevertheless argues for a root and branch change in our approach to pedagogy to ensure that tomorrow’s learners are well-equipped to take charge of their learning. Ewan challenges further and higher education institutions to design curricula that are more student-centred.

In addition, Kim explores with Sarah Porter and Mike Sharples, Professor of Educational Technology at The Open University, the experience of taking part in an online conference. Mike, who gives the opening keynote to Theme 2 of the conference, looks into the future of institutional provision and argues for a more considered, professional understanding of the role of technology in the learning environment.

Episode 4: Efficiencies, enhancements and transformation: how technology can deliver (June 2011)

In this radio show we explore how learning technologies can be used to support new ways of delivering curricula leading to benefits, efficiencies, enhancements and transformation.

The show highlights how colleges and universities are using technology to enable flexible and creative models of curriculum delivery. This work is not only adding value but also transforming the way in which the curriculum is delivered in different contexts.

Kim Catcheside introduces two different curriculum delivery projects, Making the New Diploma a Success, a learning portal for diploma students at Lewisham College, and eBioLabs, a set of integrated tools that help students prepare for laboratory classes at the University of Bristol.The show then explores their approaches and achievements, with a focus on some of the tangible benefits emerging from their activities.

Episode 3: Meeting Student Needs to Improve Retention (March 2011)

In the latest edition of our radio show JISC on Air we are exploring how digital technologies are helping universities and colleges to better meet students’ requirements and improve retention. In this show, Kim Catcheside speaks with Richard Francis, Head of e-learning at Oxford Brookes University and Ellen Lessner, e-Learning Coordinator at Abingdon and Witney College about how their institutions are better preparing their learners for their experience of learning with technology. Both institutions participated in the JISC Supporting Learners in a Digital Age (SLIDA) study and their case studies are available here.

In addition, we have expert input from Stephen Jackson, Director of Reviews for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Alex Bols Head of Education and Quality for the National Union of Students (NUS) who discuss how the appropriate use of technology can support learners with their studies and lead to improved retention. Kim also speaks with Helen Beetham, co-author of the JISC-funded Learning Literacies in a Digital Age (LLiDA) study and recent Review of Digital Literacies, about what support students require to make more effective use of technology for their learning.

Episode 2: Online Distance Learning: Whose Future? (December 2010)

This show looks at some of the issues associated with creating sustainable and effective online distance learning. The show highlights the value of engaging students and enhancing the learning experience through online learning tools such as podcasts and virtual worlds.

The show includes interviews with David White, Co-manager of TALL at the University of Oxford, Alejandro Armellini, Learning Designer in the Beyond Distance Research Alliance, at the University of Leicester and Richard Hall, e-Learning coordinator at De Montfort University.

Episode 1: Successful Student Recruitment (October 2010)

This show explores how digital technologies are helping universities to share reliable and consistent course information and support new students throughout the recruitment process.

The show includes interviews with Becka Currant, Dean of Students at the University of Bradford, Rebecca McCarter, Deputy Manager for academic administration at Bradford University’s school for life-long education and development and Dr Harriet Dunbar-Morris representing the 1994 Group of universities.