One or two speakers will talk about a particular topic relevant to one of the four festival themes, followed by a Q&A.
Duration: 30 minutes.
Tuesday (13:00 - 13:30) - resources now available
The use of technology to enhance the consistency, fairness and transparency of marking and feedback
Julie Vuolo, University of Hertfordshire
Increasing research impact: the national data registry
Alex Ball, Digital Curation Centre/UKOLN Informatics, University of Bath
Enhancing the teaching and learning experience with TV and radio programmes
Anna Goatman - University of Manchester and Thomas Butler - Croydon College
Flipped classroom, or just flippin' technology? Where are we now with technology, student experience and organisational change?
Sarah Davies and Lawrie Phipps, Jisc
- Changing the Learning Landscape Programme
- Change management infoKit (recently updated)
- Developing digital literacies infoKit
- Using technology to improve curriculum design
- Electronic assessment management
Tuesday (16:00 - 16:30) - resources now available
The university as a hackerspace: Can interventions in teaching and learning drive university strategy?
Joss Winn, University of Lincoln
Big Data for the Social Sciences
Professor David de Roure - University of Oxford
A manifesto for mobile: Addressing mobile resource issues with publishers
Mark Williams, Jisc Collections and Janet Ltd
Building on a series of over-subscribed workshops with librarians and publishers concerning mobile issues, Jisc Collections has begun work to develop a shared, community-sourced mobile resource checklist. It has the dual aim of informing libraries of mobile friendliness of existing resources as well indicating to publishers, the requirements of libraries in the mobile arena. Areas covered will include:
- A mobile standard (and a checklist endorsed by Jisc Collections)
- Clarity around publisher offerings
- An international approach
- Accessibility for all
- Cross platform compatibility
- Mobile as a core product offer, not a value added offering
Detail on mobile access and authentication methods Participants will receive an overview of the issues associated with accessing mobile resources and an outline of both some of the practical solutions that can improve user experience and how Jisc is working with publishers and libraries to ensure that they are producing a product that meets the needs of end-users. By establishing that basic requirements for mobile content and access are met, the work should enable publishers & librarians to improve the student experience when using mobile content.
Digital transformations: new challenges for the arts and humanities
Andrew Prescott, King's College London
Wednesday (11:00 - 11:30) - resources now available
Connecting, engaging and motivating learners with mobile devices and apps
Sarah Williams, Coleg Cambria
The information landscape made easier – a call to action
Andy Youell, HEDIIP
The strategic developer: a new role for higher education?
Paul Walk, EDINA
The development of software and online services has become much more accessible as an activity in recent years.
HE and FE institutions ought to be able to consider bespoke software development in cases ranging from the procurement of new systems, to the development of simple web applications, down to the exploitation of increasingly common web Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to create points of integration between systems.
Software development expertise is available in nearly in all of our institutions - we may not even realise it is there. Some institutions are waking up to the fact, for example, that there are those among their student body with often quite advanced software development skills. In research-led institutions, a significant amount of software development experience can often be found in the research departments - the importance of such is skills is, after all, growing in research generally as more disciplines become more data-centric.
So, how are our institutions to know how and when to turn to bespoke software development as a viable option? Senior managers - even in the IT Services department - are rarely immersed in the steadily evolving world of software and online service development. Our institutional committees tend not to include anyone who has both a strategic outlook and a developer's sensibilities and expertise.
Perhaps it is time to consider a new role, the strategic developer.
In this session, delegates will be able to consider what benefits a strategic developer might bring to their HE or FE institution.
Bring your own device with eduroam. Sharing the Welsh experience…
Jon Agland, Jisc RSC Wales
Enabling Learning Opportunities and Learner Progression through Video Conferencing
Glenda Davies and Nikki Williams, Coleg Meirion Dwyfor
Wednesday - late session (15:00 - 15:30) - resources now available
The Economics of Digital Curation: Crunching the Numbers, Comparing the Costs
Neil Grindley, Jisc
This session will summarise and describe some of the work that is being done by the 4C Project (a Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation). It is an international partnership of 13 organisations from 7 countries that together with affiliate organisations is trying to get a better understanding of the mechanisms and the benefits of investing in digital curation. Nearly all universities and colleges have some responsibility for managing digital assets and where those assets need to be cared for over time, some level of investment in digital curation automatically becomes a necessity. What has, historically, been less automatic for organisations (whatever context they are working in, for example: archival and special collections; managing research data; or taking care of administrative records) is to examine the business case and the costs and benefits of undertaking digital curation. By focusing on these aspects and by improving the comparability of data across organisations, the 4C Project believes it should be possible to improve effectiveness and to make efficiency gains that will ultimately help to either reduce costs or to improve organisational capacity to curate and preserve additional digital assets.
4C is designing planning tools to help decision-making and is providing a community platform for exchanging and comparing costs and benefits data (The Curation Costs Exchange). This work will be introduced and explained during the session.
Janet videoconferencing delivering face to face communication and collaboration without the need for travel
Paul Bonnett and Shirley Wood- Janet
This will be a presentation (with possible short demo) of what Janet videoconferencing can offer the community. Attendees will be shown how Janet videoconferencing is designed to make collaboration and communication as easy as possible for educators and administrators in our community.
We will speak about:
- how we can make VC easier for education
- what we can link together
- support available
- safety and security of our service
- special features (recording and streaming)
- some case studies and stats
- v-scene ( the new booking service) and other enhancements in the pipeline
- a plug to visit tech corner and see how easy and reasonable it is to turn a small meeting room into a VC room
There will also be ‘sneak previews’ of the new scheduling system, and new capabilities that will be coming soon to the service.
Measuring Impact for Digital Resources in Education
Simon Tanner, King's College London
Are you thinking of embarking on a digitisation project or developing a digital resource? In this session Simon Tanner will consider where the value and impact can be found in digital resources for education. This will help you to think about who are the beneficiaries gaining from the impact and value and to deliver a convincing evidence-based argument for digital resources. Simon will introduce the Balanced Value Impact Model as a tool to achieve this.
Don’t disable people with disabilities. How to make accessibility software available everywhere.
Session chair: Nick Brown, Royal National College for the Blind
- Andy Powell, RNC
- Dane Gardner, Software2