We are taking an in-depth look at some of the major trends in digital technology. Our horizon scan activity will help us to identify the implications for institutions and inform Jisc strategy.
Key topic areas
The six areas that we will be looking at initially are:
What will it take to make cloud computing truly a utility for institutions, reducing the friction of switching suppliers?
How can we exploit cloud to improve productivity and deliver efficiency savings?
Read our report: the future of cloud computing.
Data-driven decision making
How do we move from business intelligence to the sort of data-led culture that internet-native firms like Google and Amazon have built their decision-making processes around?
How can we improve our approach to data gathering and sharing both internally and externally?
Read our report: the future of data-driven decision making.
The digital institution
With initiatives like FELTAG accelerating the role of online learning, what will the universities and colleges of tomorrow look like?
Open by default
With funder mandates requiring open access publications and open data for research projects, and massive open online courses (MOOCs) driving interest in open educational resources, what do we need to do to make open practices the new normal?
What will need to change for these open working practices to become the norm in our institutions, and what support is needed?
Technology is making it easier to tailor education to the strengths and preferences of individual learners, and apps like Duolingo suggest that algorithms and machine learning may effectively augment face-to-face contact hours.
How can a personalised learning approach be used to enhance the student experience?
Research in a connected era
Research is becoming increasingly driven by the sort of international collaborations that would not have been possible before the internet era, often driven by consumer technology that provides no assurances about longevity or data assurance - leading to the situation where we have research at risk.
What platforms do the researchers of tomorrow need?
We will issue a series of discussion papers on these areas starting in Autumn 2015. Each paper will provide a brief overview of the trend, note some examples of innovative activity and success stories, and identify some possible strategic directions that Jisc could take to help the community to respond to the trend.
Each of these will be followed up with an online event to discuss the recommendations and an invitation-only "think tank" for experts and thought leaders from the sector and beyond.
How will the results be used?
They will also help digital leaders in universities and colleges in planning their own IT strategies and implementation plans.
Our webinar, on Thursday 2 March, gives an opportunity to discuss whether open working practices will become the norm in research and education. It will also be a chance to provide feedback on the three big ideas in our latest draft horizon scan report, which can be accessed via our technology foresight blog.
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