How can colleges and universities keep critical services running smoothly during clearing and enrolment in lockdown?

There’s never a ‘good’ time to suffer a cyber attack, but there are certainly a few dates in the year when the financial and reputational effects of a website or email failure will be more damaging than others. >>

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'Online learning is here to stay - so we must work out how to do it well'

The rapid shift to online work and study has forced providers to extend already over-stretched budgets. ‘Emergency’ IT infrastructure and software have been brought in at pace, and we’ve seen fast-track digital upskilling for staff and students. Such upheaval posed a challenge for many, but most prevailed with their best endeavour. >>

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Robin Ghurbhurun

From the battlefield to the boardroom, influence and teamwork are key to building information security

In the military, you need to have a keen awareness of threat and risk management. The pressure is on informed leaders to direct their teams to make great decisions as part of protocol. Otherwise, mission success is at risk, which could cause serious damage to individuals, property, values, and beyond.  >>

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Managing the release from lockdown

When colleges and universities open their doors once more, what lessons will have been learned from the COVID-19 crisis? And, asks Chris Thomson, when is the right time to start planning the next steps? >>

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Barriers to online learning must be removed to tackle COVID-19 crisis

Whatever happened to the carefree hedonism of youth? That stereotype feels quite hollow at the moment. Under lockdown and unsure what the future will bring, today’s students are burdened by worries, and the rapid move to online and remote learning prompted by COVID-19 is highlighting the divide between the haves and the have-nots. >>

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Coronavirus helped our staff embrace online learning. Here’s how...

Coronavirus has forced colleges into unchartered territory, with online learning integral to further education, not optional. Our main focus at Wolverhampton College has been to support students and staff during this tricky time, resulting in some surprising cultural shifts... >>

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Coronavirus scams: how to spot them

Phishing scams are on the rise due to hackers taking advantage of the fear and anxiety caused by the global pandemic. But what can you do to stay vigilant?   >>

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Creating the next generation of digital leaders

Technological progress and innovation is happening at an unprecedented pace. It’s reshaping every aspect of our lives as humans. Everything from the way we live, work, learn and teach is changing. >>

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Top tips for a sustainable approach to innovation

These days, we usually associate the word ‘sustainability’ with the environment, but colleges and universities also need to keep their technology sustainable. >>

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Technology can enhance education. Here's how

From the virtual learning environment that underpins the day-to-day study activity at many UK colleges and universities, to the use of digital lecture capture, enabling students to review and absorb information anytime and anywhere, technology is embedded within today’s student experience. >>

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Paul Bailey

Are we ready for AI?

With our lives increasingly affected by artificial intelligence (AI), there's a need for a big conversation that reaches beyond technologists. >>

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It’s time to take state-sponsored cyber attackers seriously

The volatile nature of geo-politics - particularly in the Middle East - means that as I write, it’s a difficult time to identify the existential threats of nation state cyber crime to our sector. And very tricky indeed to invest smartly and wisely to provide a balanced approach to cyber resilience.   >>

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Can an open research statement drive best practice?

The University of Reading published an institutional Statement on Open Research in January 2019 which we hoped would encourage best practice and help to establish a flourishing open research (OR) culture. >>

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Invest in the digital skills of teaching staff

As those working in education attest, technology is an important part of everyday life. It is no longer an optional add-on to teaching and learning. >>

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Electric Dreams and Industry 4.0

Times change. Growing up, I could not have imagined the internet, cashless transactions and other ideas that have become commonplace. Part of my job as a college leader is to give learners snapshots of what their life might look like in the future.  >>

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Debra Gray

Foxing the phishers remains a constant dog fight

With huge datasets and highly sensitive and valuable research information, further and higher education institutions are an increasingly attractive target for criminal cyber activity. >>

John Chapman

Giving staff the skills and confidence to deal with distressed students

Over the past few years, awareness of mental health issues has grown and the wellbeing of students and staff is never far from the media. There seems to be general agreement that better support is required, which means equipping more people at colleges and universities with skills to deal with those in distress.  >>

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Students are helping to shape the digital experience for future learners

Launching tomorrow, Tuesday 3 September, Jisc’s 2019 digital experience insights student survey report will show how learners at UK colleges and universities experience technology. Shakira Martin reflects on the value of the survey. >>

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Drive your data dashboard with analytics labs

Higher education (HE) professionals will discover the power of data dashboards in a new continuing professional development (CPD) service launching this month. Catherine O’Donnell, who has already sampled analytics labs as a beta service, describes how the programme benefited her. >>

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One giant leap? Imagining the University of Mars

I was just a baby when Neil Armstrong took that one small step from the ladder of the Apollo 11 lunar lander to the surface of the Moon on 20 July 1969.  >>

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Preparing frontline staff to deal with students in distress

Would you know what to do if a student launched into an angry tirade in the library, or dissolved into tears during a tutorial? How should you deal with the immediate situation? What is the safeguarding policy? How and when should you contact student wellbeing services?  >>

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How do monographs fit with the open access agenda?

In the UK, the push towards open access (OA) monograph publishing dates back to at least 2013. That was the year the Wellcome Trust included monographs and book chapters in its OA policy and the former higher education funding body for England, HEFCE, posed a number of questions relating to open access monographs in its Research Excellence Framework consultation. >>

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Is your college future-ready?

Ahead of his talk at the Aoc/Jisc Technology Summit on Monday 17 June, Robin Ghurbhurun encourages FE leaders to prepare for Industry 4.0. >>

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How technology can help your brain work smarter

The brain is a more powerful learning device than any piece of technology. In his talk at the AoC/Jisc Technology Summit, Alex Beard urges delegates to take human intelligence seriously, developing technology that supports our capacity to learn. >>

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Ministries of magic: now we can all be tech wizards

As augmented and virtual reality is becoming increasingly accessible and affordable, why not consider adding a little magic to teaching and learning? >>

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Martin Hamilton

How can research benefit from increased spending in R&D?

The UK government has vowed to increase its total R&D expenditure to 2.4% of GDP by 2027. With this ambitious target in sight, now seems a good time to pause and reflect on where to focus investment to support the fourth industrial revolution and big data research. >>

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Creating the library of the future

Libraries and learning resources services have embraced digital practice over three decades. Lis Parcell reflects on their pioneering approach and considers how libraries will continue to reinvent themselves >>

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Opening up immersive technologies to education

Using immersive technology, student nurses can perfect their stitches and criminals see the consequences of their actions. In this post, I explore today’s practical applications of virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) to see how it may benefit education. >>

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Why ethical debate is crucial in the classroom

As digital technology transforms our world, computer scientists must consider the ethical impact of their work. In her powerful Digifest workshop, Miranda Mowbray illustrated why this is so important. Here, she shows how universities can keep up with the pace of change. >>

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The perils of big data

Speaking at Jisc’s forthcoming Networkshop 47 conference, Kieron O’Hara warns that even anonymised data can reveal sensitive personal information. We must ensure data is both safe and useful, he says. >>

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How to create a broader, fairer and smarter education system

Girls and people from disadvantaged backgrounds are currently less likely to choose subjects that develop the skills needed for digital and data science careers.  >>

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How to be human in a machine world

Hannah Fry, author of Hello World, an exploration of how we live our lives in the age of artificial intelligence, considers the kind of future we want – and how education can help to get us there. Hannah will be speaking at Networkshop47, 9-11 April 2019, in Nottingham. >>

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Survey results benchmark students’ attitude to technology in teaching and learning

Those of us in developed countries are operating in an increasingly connected environment where digital technology already impacts hugely on almost all aspects of our lives. In the years ahead, emerging tech, such as robotics and machine learning, will likely have an even greater influence, not least in the sort of jobs we do. >>

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AI will revolutionise education, but it could worsen inequalities

At our annual edtech showcase Digifest, 12-13 March 2019, delegates can experience the latest technologies and learn from edtech experts. Rose Luckin, professor of learner centred design at University College of London, shared some of her hopes and fears for artificial intelligence (AI) at last year's event. >>

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Data matters, and so do ethics

There are many positive arguments for the use of data in education, but data collectors have a responsibility to ensure it really does benefit students and their institutions. >>

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Phil Richards

Minister's call to improve support for disabled students is a welcome move toward an equal university experience

Today's call (The Guardian, 18 January 2019) by universities minister Chris Skidmore for universities to do more to improve support for disabled students is a welcome boost in moving further toward an education system that offers genuinely equal opportunities.  >>

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Member stories: moving towards Education 4.0

Have you been following all the coverage about the fourth industrial revolution – Industry 4.0, as it’s sometimes called? Big data, artificial intelligence and robotics will fundamentally change the way products are designed and built and how services are provided. They are already changing how we live and communicate.   >>

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Edtech 2K19, what’s in store?

Was there a robot or a drone under your Christmas tree this year, or perhaps a smart lightbulb or a connected toothbrush? As tech companies put microchips into everyday objects and connect them to the internet, it feels like our lives are becoming a little more sci-fi every day. >>

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Shaping the new IT crowd

Universities are changing and so are the skills needed in their higher education IT workforce. Heriot-Watt University's Kathy McCabe reports back from a global IT conference on some of the trends we can expect.   >>

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What does the FE college of the future look like?

In the same way that machines changed the lives of our ancestors in the 19th century, so technology is transforming our world in the 21st century. Here, we imagine a day in the life of a further education principal in a few years' time. >>

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Chatbots - now is the time

With chatbots active in some institutions and minimal investment required to get them up and running, now really is the time to explore this technology. >>

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Working with colleges to understand what our services mean to staff and students

Earlier this year, as part of our ongoing engagement process with members, we commissioned independent consultants to determine what Jisc services mean to the FE sector. The information will help us refine and develop what we do for our members now and into the future. >>

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What does best practice look like for using learning technology in colleges?

Five years on from the Further Education learning Technology Action Group’s (FELTAG) first report, my colleague Ros Smith and I have been talking to leaders and practitioners in colleges across the UK to see how they have implemented the report’s recommendations and how today’s use of technology is helping to improve student experience and prospects.   >>

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Announcing the results of our student digital experience survey

This year, universities minister Sam Gyimah opens our student digital experience survey. Launched today, the report contains the opinions of 37,000 students on their digital experiences in further and higher education. Here's what the minister has to say in the foreword. >>

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How we’ve been helping universities and colleges to improve the digital experience for their students

Last year 20,000 students from higher and further education told us about their digital learning experiences in further and higher education. This year we’re back with the results from over 37,000 students and 83 organisations, in our digital experience report set to be published next week...  >>

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Sarah Knight

Could the research data lifecycle be the engine to drive open science?

We want to make the UK the most digitally advanced research nation in the world. There are some strong foundations to build on, but one area that needs continued support is how we manage, and make the most of data produced in the process of research. This is where Jisc can help. >>

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Inspiring colleges to improve the learner experience

Over the last few weeks we’ve been immersed in our Connect More programme of regional events and it has been as rewarding as ever to meet with Jisc members. At each event, I’ve been seeking out practitioners in FE and skills to talk about the ideas and insights we shared in the various sessions and to find out where we can help people to do things better. >>

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What I’ve learned as a woman in tech with gender dysphoria

Hi, my name is Chloe and I work in strategy and corporate services where I'm a SharePoint architect and developer. I've been at Jisc for about four years or so both as a contractor and as a full time member of staff. In my spare time I'm an artist and photographer, and also study Chen style Tai Chi. I have gender dysphoria, and I transitioned from male to female whilst working at Jisc. >>

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An update: Jisc and FE subscription

So far, I have refrained from responding to comments in the media and among sector representatives relating to the requirement from the Department for Education (DfE) for Jisc to introduce a subscription for further education colleges in England. >>

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Why it's time to get tough on passwords

Earlier this year, Jisc informed several universities and colleges that compromised usernames and passwords belonging to some of their staff and students had appeared in the public domain, on one of several legitimate websites often used for this purpose. >>

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FE subscription: members’ top concerns answered

Since March, when the Department for Education (DfE) announced that English colleges must pay Jisc a subscription from August 2019, we’ve been talking with as many affected members as possible to answer questions and listen to feedback. >>

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Taking pride in who you are: a personal coming-out story

At the start of Pride month, our executive director of technologies, Tim Kidd, talks about the difficulties of coming out, what it is like working at Jisc, and his passion for helping young people through his role as the Scouts' UK chief commissioner >>

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A robust cyber security strategy is one of the top priorities for my college

As a college leader there are many concerning issues to consider, including the pressure on funds, doing the best I can for staff and students and keeping up with ever-changing shift in government policy. But right up there on my list of priorities is cyber security, particularly protection of the college network and the countless online systems which depend upon it. >>

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From plagiarism detection to academic integrity

After two decades in which our technology has played an important role, we are now seeing universities deploying new tactics in the fight against plagiarism. >>

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FE and social media make the perfect match

The UK’s further education (FE) sector is known for its capacity to adapt and innovate; its ability to morph in response to the changing demands on post-16 education. Which is perhaps why it so often finds a bedfellow in social media – flexible, ever-evolving, and for the most part free. >>

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The top five things about Digifest for attendees

Digifest is a great way to hear from other educators from around the UK and share and learn from like-minded people.  >>

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Ten top tips to make your university accessible to all learners

The University of Kent has been leading the way in designing systems and ways of presenting content to make it easily accessible to as many learners as possible. >>

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The top challenges for the UK’s HE leaders - revealed

The results are in from our second annual higher education leadership survey, exploring what is looming large on the horizons for those in senior leadership positions in UK higher education. >>

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The next generation of research – it’s online and open to all

Research is changing, with calls on academics to make research open and collaborate across sectors. So how is technology helping to meet these demands? It’s time to meet the startups answering these calls. >>

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Ten ways we support a sustainable future for open access

We've been involved in shaping and supporting the open access movement since its early days, and we know that our members want to see a sustainable future for open access; but what does sustainable look like when we’re talking about sharing research? >>

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The General Data Protection Regulation and what it means for cyber security

Keeping personal data secure has been a legal requirement since the 1984 Data Protection Act. But that creates a paradox, because to secure the computers and networks that store and carry personal data, we need to collect additional personal data about how those systems are used and abused >>

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The future of FE: our vision for the next five years

Can colleges and skills providers become efficient and financially stable, while also providing an excellent learning experience that produces a workforce with the skills required to help the UK economy thrive post-Brexit and beyond? >>

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Are you our next HE social media superstar?

We’re on the look-out for the most social media-savvy folk in higher education (HE). Sound like you? Well, if you make our top ten list you could win an edtech visit for your class, with virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and even a robot, and hey, it’s always nice to be acknowledged for your hard work! >>

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Crack that code! This could be the week the magic happens...

At Jisc we believe that education technology (edtech) can improve education, research and student life – and not just in the classroom or lecture theatre. However, most of us are consumers of technology rather than producers. What would it take to learn how to code, or get into hardware hacking? >>

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Martin Hamilton

The smart home reloaded - welcome to the intelligent campus

Smart homes are impressive, there’s no denying it. More and more devices can be hooked up to your wifi in order to do various ‘smart’ things – from smart lights to smart thermostats and of course Google Home and Amazon Echo, all set to become run-of-the-mill (are listening hairbrushes and emotional cars also on the horizon?). >>

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As challenges for the FE sector continue, leaders acknowledge technology as a way forward

As the further education (FE) sector continues to battle through difficult and ever-changing conditions, our second survey of FE leaders gives us a clear picture of the most difficult current challenges and, more importantly, how we can assist with solutions. >>

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From next generation research environments to digital apprenticeships – our five new priority areas as chosen by you

Time for an update. The last time I wrote about our co-design project, I let you know that we’re pursuing five exciting ideas, as chosen by you. Since then, we’ve been working with experts and those on the ground to gather research and draw conclusions, and generally work out where to take the projects from here. >>

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Connect with technology, connect with your audience, and Connect More

Lectures and presentations that I’ve been to have been quite predictable affairs. The teacher or presenter typically stood at the front and talked while everyone else sat quietly and listened (or nodded off). But now digital technologies are making it much easier to create engaging presentations that are more rewarding for students and teachers alike. >>

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A year to get your act together: how universities and colleges should be preparing for new data regulations

It’s out with the old and in with the new in May 2018 as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) sweeps into effect to replace the Data Protection Act (DPA). As the world moves into an ever more digital direction, our personal data, how it is used and who has access to it has become a global concern for all of us. >>

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Creating learning experiences, and spaces, for future students

What do the next generation of digital learning environments look like? Given the time and thought that they have already invested in developing digital learning spaces – would colleges and universities be better off making best use of the ones they have?  >>

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Beating Brexit: why we must build more bridges towards borderless education

Overseas’ students are a key part of the UK economy, but Brexit is already having an effect on the numbers from the EU who want to study here. To ensure the UK remains a world leader in delivering education and research internationally we must now capitalise on developing opportunities for “borderless” study >>

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Boosting skills from roots to shoots

At Digifest 2017, we announced a suite of new resources to help university and college leaders and staff make sure they have the digital skills they’ll need in their increasingly digital environment. >>

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What I’m most looking forward to at Digifest 2017

Digifest is our annual must-attend event that celebrates the power digital has to revolutionise learning and teaching. Each year the event is packed full of exciting talks and debates, and the chance to investigate ideas and explore sector issues, and a buzzing atmosphere fuelled by people ready to learn and share ideas.  >>

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You helped us to identify our new priorities, so what are they, and what next?

Our R&D effort is currently focused on three major projects: learning analytics, digital capability and the research data shared service. However, it’s important for us to keep an eye on what comes next after these endeavours, so that we’re able to move quickly to develop new projects as soon as effort is released from our current ones. >>

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Response to the Bell review

We welcome the Bell review, which is designed to make sure we’re adapting along with other agencies to best support the sector while they also go through change. >>

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Jisc Collections and Elsevier agreement: questions and answers

On behalf of UK institutions, Jisc Collections has signed an agreement with Elsevier, covering access to research publications. The five-year, opt-in agreement offers subscription access to around 2,116 journals on Elsevier’s ScienceDirect online platform. >>

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Recognising digital innovation in research and education

The 2016 Times Higher Education (THE) Awards on 24 November 2016 saw the sector come together to recognise innovation from institutions across the UK, showcasing the best of higher education. >>

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How can we create user-led solutions for better research?

Researchers might not start off thinking about managing their data. They have plenty of other considerations; time management, funding, and publishing deadlines can all take priority over data management. >>

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Sharing data makes the most of research, but how do we keep it safe?

The quantity of biomedical and population data from clinical studies, work on genomics, health records and administrative functions is ever increasing. Making this data available to researchers can lead to new scientific discoveries on a scope and scale not previously possible.  >>

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John Chapman

Managing information security in a digital era

The paperless office has been an aspiration for some time. However, for many in the world of education and training, they are now moving towards the next era, looking at a born digital approach with the potential for increased efficiencies, improvements in quality, auditability and transparency, as well as financial savings. >>

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Moving open access into action

For this year’s International Open Access (OA) Week, the focus is firmly on the practical. Its theme – ‘open in action’ – should encourage everyone with a stake in the open research agenda to take solid steps towards making research more openly available. >>

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Neil Jacobs

Creating a solid foundation for success post-area reviews

‘Technology as an enabler’ is a major theme in government’s guidance on the area reviews, reviewing post-16 education and training institutions. If we look at the objectives of this programme, and what a college needs to be successful in the post-area review landscape, it is easy to see why. >>

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Paul McKean

Our Summer of Student Innovation win: what gave us the edtech edge

The idea for Know it Wall came about in the summer of 2014, when my co-founders and fellow UCL students wanted to solve the problem of accessibility in academia.  >>

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Angus Waite

The English and maths resits challenge – and how Jisc is helping

Was there a subject you really disliked at school? Perhaps it was an optional course that you were able to drop in making your GCSE choices, or one that you were glad to see the back of after sitting your exams. As long as that subject didn’t impact on your career choice, you probably gave it little thought thereafter. >>

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Understanding the who, what and how of online learning

Learning in a digital environment is potentially a great leveller, enabling people from all backgrounds to access learning and valuable knowledge; technically, all you need to learn online is an internet connection and curiosity about a particular subject or topic area.  >>

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Sarah Knight

Introducing the new sector agreement for open research data

Within the research sector it is now widely recognised that open data is a good thing and beneficial to research and its subsequent impacts and uses. It improves the integrity of research by making it more transparent, open to scrutiny and therefore trustworthy, while supporting reuse, new advances, and contributing to economic growth. >>

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Rachel Bruce

Creating a collaborative, integrated learning analytics service fit for the sector

Universities and colleges wishing to maximise student success and raise achievement of all students – including those from non-traditional backgrounds – should consider adopting learning analytics, as recommended by the Higher Education Commission in its recent report ‘From Bricks to Clicks’. >>

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Phil Richards

The art of collaboration to provide a better service for UK higher education

As the UK higher education system goes through its biggest overhaul in 20 years, together with cost cutting targets becoming the norm, partnerships and collaborations are more important than ever before. >>

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Questions you need to ask when developing a digital strategy

Mention the word strategy, and some people will switch off straight away. When we talk about digital strategies you might lose even more of your audience if they’ve decided they’re not technically-minded. But with digital coming to play such a crucial role in further education (FE) and skills - being recommended as a core skill in all college programmes in the Sainsbury review of technical education and part of Government's post-16 skills plan - it’s not something that can be ignored.  >>

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Enhancing the efficiency of library support services

This week’s Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) summer conference and AGM is based around the theme of 'library transformation'. >>

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Liam Earney

Unlocking the potential of predictive analytics and big data: how do we move forward?

You’ll undoubtedly have read one of the many reports and articles on the power of data and analytics to further and higher education (HE) organisations, but may not be clear on what needs to happen so that your own university or college is able to do just that. >>

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Martin Hamilton

Want to develop your own technology solution to support your learning? Enter our Summer of Student Innovation competition.

If you are a student or apprentice on a course in a UK college or university, or a member of staff with a budding idea for tech that could support the learning process, there is still time to enter our Summer of Student Innovation competition, which closes on Monday 23 May 2016. >>

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Paul Bailey

Support your autistic learners more effectively

World Autism Awareness Week started on Saturday. With one in every 100 people on the autism spectrum, and a new BBC series highlighting that even the word ‘autism’ may suggest different things to different people, it’s an issue educators must concern themselves with.  >>

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Julia Taylor

Solving the ethical and legal issues around learning analytics: a series of podcasts

Learning analytics is increasingly in the news. Recently the Higher Education Commission launched their Bricks to Clicks report, which demonstrates the enormous potential for the use of learning analytics in UK universities. It also highlights the dangers around the potential misuse of students’ personal data. >>

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Niall Sclater

Digital stories can empower the teller

Everyone has a story to tell. They do not need to be big, powerful stories to have impact or provide crucial information for others. More often than not it’s the act of telling that’s important.  >>

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Take-home messages from Bett 2016

For many people the Bett Show is one of the world's leading education events; there’s something for everyone who wants to find out about the latest technology and how it can make learning and teaching experiences richer. >>

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Paul McKean

Bricks to Clicks: from recommendation to action

If you’ve been working in higher education (HE) for a while, you’ll know that the latest Higher Education Commission (HEC) report ‘From Bricks to Clicks: the Potential of Data and Analytics in Higher Education’ is welcome research.  It brings into the spotlight the conversation about the strategic role that data and digital can play in HE. >>

Paul Feldman

Five Digifest sessions you really shouldn’t miss

As with Marmite, there's two opposing responses to the start of each new year. Some look forward to it, excited about new opportunities. Others may feel apprehensive about the challenges of the future. >>

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Getting the most out of your next videoconference

Videoconferencing (VC) should feel like an ordinary conversation but it’s amazing how often it seems awkward. We’ve put together a few tips to improve your next VC so you can be sure of a smoother meeting that is more satisfying for everyone. >>

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Tim Boundy

Pathways to open scholarship – our wishes for Christmas

Could there be a finer time to create a wish list for scholarly communications than now, just before Christmas? And where better to do it than Finland, the fabled home of Santa? >>

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Verena Weigert

Mapping digital practices

One of the issues I have been talking about lately in a variety of contexts is the digital and physical practices of students and staff in the pursuit of teaching and learning.    >>

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Donna Lanclos

Celebrating outstanding digital innovation in teaching and research

Our universities are bursting with innovative ideas that involve exploiting digital technologies to their fullest extent, and the annual Times Higher Education (THE) Awards Outstanding Digital Innovation category provides a great opportunity to celebrate them.  >>

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Martin Hamilton

Helping institutions to move to the cloud

What does the future of cloud computing hold for universities and colleges? We recently sat down with public cloud providers Amazon, Atos, Google and Microsoft and university IT leaders and practitioners to discuss blockers and enablers to more widespread adoption of cloud technologies. >>

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Martin Hamilton

Open data mashup challenge: enhancing the student journey

Universities UK (UUK) and Jisc recently challenged developers to submit ideas to feed into the open data mashup day taking place this Tuesday. Ian Powling, digital programmes lead at UUK, rounds up the six entrants ahead of the event. >>

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Ian Powling

The journey toward openness

For the last 20 years or so, Coalition for Networked Education (CNI) and Jisc have been working together on a wide range of issues involving technology and digital content, sharing knowledge and supporting higher education in the US and UK.  >>

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Clifford Lynch

Beyond Safe Harbour – what happens now?

The European Court’s scrapping of the US-EU Safe Harbour agreement has raised some confusion and concern within the UK education and research sector. Fortunately, there’s no need to panic.   >>

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Andrew Cormack

Open for collaboration?

In the UK, much of Europe and the US, scholarly communities are making good progress on the road to open access (OA) – long and winding as it is.   >>

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Unpicking the open access lock

Recently, I’ve been working with higher education (HE) research sector bodies to explore the experiences of a group of UK higher education institutions as they forge ahead in their efforts to implement open access (OA). >>

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Neil Jacobs

The textbook challenge: supporting literacy through technology

Literacy is arguably the most significant invention of all time, allowing us to live rich and varied lives and gain knowledge and experiences from the minds of others. >>

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Building social engagement at your college or university

Last week we opened our call to find 50 of the most influential HE professionals on social media in the UK. But what consitututes good practice?  >>

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Five reasons to use Twitter for your virtual CPD

As educators, our role is to facilitate a learning experience that is interesting, current, flexible, challenging, collaborative, adaptive - and fun! But that’s why we chose this profession isn’t it? To have a stimulating job in a subject we are passionate about? To never have two days alike? And to be rewarded with making positive differences to others’ lives?   >>

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Deb Millar

Re-balancing the power in our digital colonies

Recently, Lawrie Phipps, senior co-design manager, published a blog post referring to digital colonialism and its potential to destroy any kind of pedagogic innovation.   >>

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Coming together to change the future of education at Google’s Moonshot Summit

If you could change anything in the education system, what would your ‘moonshot’ be? This was the question asked of 40 educators, edtech innovators and entrepreneurs from around the world who were invited to Google’s Moonshot for Education Summit in Amsterdam last week, which I was delighted to be able to attend representing Jisc. >>

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Martin Hamilton

The six ages of incident response

The aims of incident response have stayed pretty constant - to reduce the number and severity of security breaches that occur. But nowadays far more services and people need to be involved.  >>

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Andrew Cormack

Summer of Student Innovation 2015 - technology startup winners announced

Last week I was part of a small team that met with some of the applicants for the technology start-ups category of Jisc’s 2015 Summer of Student Innovation co-design challenges.  >>

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Owen White

Pathfinder projects point the way to effective OA implementation

At the start of this month we published the spring update from our open access good practice pathfinder projects including the latest developments in other Jisc open access (OA) services and projects that were discussed in detail at March's Digifest.  >>

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Cloud is...or is it?

I often read or hear sweeping generalisations about cloud computing. But if it were that simple surely we’d all be doing the same things with it? Cloud is actually a lot more interesting, and provides many more opportunities for innovation, than the stereotypes suggest. >>

Andrew Cormack

Offsetting agreements for open access publishing

Last year my colleague Lorraine Estelle blogged about how we've unpicked the full cost of publishing in open access (OA). She reported a sharp increase in article processing charges (APCs) from UK universities’ central funds, particularly over the previous two years.  >>

Liam Earney

Research data at the forefront of Networkshop 43

Networkshop is Jisc’s annual technical event, hosted each year by a higher education organisation in the UK. Aimed at network managers and technical staff, the conference provides a forum for discussion on the latest technologies bringing together expertise from all fields of networking. >>

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Neil Shewry

Signed up for Networkshop43 yet?

Today, after what seems like ages, the sun is shining and the birds are singing outside my window. Which must mean it’s nearly spring and time is running out to register for Networkshop43. >>

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Steve Kennett

A shot in the ARM: Catapults give UK tech a boost

Universities and colleges have a vast amount of equipment at their disposal and rich seams of talent and expertise that can be mined. Sharing those resources with other institutions and with business opens up new opportunities to boost the UK’s technology sectors. >>

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Martin Hamilton

ETAG – a good Bett for UK education?

A couple of months ago my daughter came home from school with an interesting new project: everyone in her year group was being asked to imagine what the classroom of the future might be like.  >>

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Martin Hamilton

How technology-enabled data sharing could aid medical research

Researchers who work to harness scientific understanding and translate it into best practice recommendations are invaluable in the search for a cure for diseases such as cancer, treatments for medical conditions, and for accelerating the speed in which drugs go from concept to useable, personalised medicines for patients.  >>

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Unravelling the true cost of publishing in open access

Research Libraries UK (RLUK) estimates that the UK’s universities now pay around £192m per year for access to academic journals and databases: that is nearly a tenth of the total QR budget for research funding.  >>

A new window on Jisc R&D

Today we launch the R&D section of the Jisc website. >>

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Where next for the e-book?

Many academic librarians today have very ambitious goals to provide their users with effective access to e-books. E-books, it is recognised, can give researchers and students the information they need whenever they need it and wherever they are.   >>

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Celebrating outstanding ICT in UK higher education

Last night saw the sector come together in London for the 2014 Times Higher Education (THE) Awards. One of the most eagerly awaited categories was the Jisc-sponsored Outstanding ICT Initiative of the Year – celebrating the use of innovative and strategic digital technologies in universities – with The Open University’s OpenScience Laboratory announced as the very deserving winner. >>

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Martin Hamilton