What the Edtech?!

In the final episode of series one of What the Edtech?! we take a look back over the best bits so far. This mega-mix of insight and advice from top industry experts from the worlds of education and technology, covers everything from social media for student engagement to learning analytics to the future of AI in education. We’ve collected all the key take-aways into one concise 40-minute episode.

Since the launch of the series we’ve had fantastic feedback from listeners with lots of suggestions for topics for future episodes – thank to everyone who has been in touch via our Twitter and Facebook pages. We’re already hard at work on series two but in the meantime enjoy this ‘best of’ episode.

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Artificial intelligence: the biggest shake up since the invention of the motorcar?

In this penultimate episode Martin Hamilton, resident futurist here at Jisc, and historian Sir Anthony Seldon explore the amazing, and often misunderstood, world of artificial intelligence (AI) and discuss how future technologies can enhance the teaching process. 

We also hear from professor Bob Stone, director of the human interface technologies team at the university of Birmingham. He shares his thoughts on current and future technologies, and chats through some of his projects, including his work in mixed reality (combining the best of the real with the best of the virtual) in order to teach RAF trainee medics.

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An in-depth look at cyber security, the types of attacks targeted at universities and colleges and the measures taken to mitigate the risks.

Jisc’s chief security analyst Lee Harrigan-Green joins us this week to give insight on the cyber security threats facing institutions and their students. In a fast-moving sector where preventative measures must stay ahead of new and evolving threats, Lee takes us through what individuals and organisations can do to stay secure online. Apprentice developer James Hodgkinson also joins the panel to discuss experiences during his apprenticeship.

In a special expert practitioner segment, Jisc’s Matthew O’Donnell reveals the work of a penetration tester attempting to uncover chinks in the armour of institutions security.

Show notes

For a comprehensive collection of resources and further information on cyber security, head to the cyber security section of our website.

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Celebrating the careers of female tech experts, their motivations and the challenges they’ve faced in an industry where in the UK just one in six specialists are women.

Female representation in the tech sector has stalled over the last ten years despite efforts to encourage more women into the industry. Our panel this week, editor of Education Technologymagazine Charley Rogers and Jisc training director Shirley Wood, discuss their careers, motivations, and what can be done to create a more diverse tech workforce and why this is important.

Our expert pratitioner this episode is Helen Richardson, learning, innovation and IT manager for Gateshead College, who gives us an insight into her career and the innovative work she's leading. 

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Our experts explore the fascinating (and mind boggling) world of artificial intelligence (AI), and how cloud computing is changing how we think about access to technology.

In this episode Daniela Duca, who works with us as a senior co-design manager, and Kenji Takeda, director of the Microsoft Azure for research program, have a fascinating chat about some pretty big ideas - the equipment data projectpost-quantum cryptography, big data, the Cambrian explosion, AI and cloud and quantum computing.

We also hear from Miranda Mowbray, lecturer in Computer Science at University of Bristol, who dispels the magic surrounding machine learning. She also discusses her work identifying a tax on computer networks, discovering previously undetected malware.

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Student contracts, data collection, the ideas of students as customers, and the employability agenda all take a turn under the microscope.

Do the things students need match what they're telling us that they want? Sarah Knight, our head of change - student experience, and Paul Humphries, CEO of Student Crowd, explore the ways we find out, and discuss why it's so important that a culture of collaboration between staff and students is encouraged.

We also hear from expert practitioner Steve Frampton, principal at Portsmouth College, who shares his innovative vision for the college, and what the outcomes were after asking students what they wanted from their FE experience - timetables were shifted, budgets re-focused on different technology and more time was allocated to work experience, which has contributed to 93 young people volunteering in local primary schools.

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We explore the mysterious world of learning analytics, and how it can potentially be used to enhance the student learning experience.

Senior co-design manager Paul Bailey and project officer at UCL Samantha Ahern join us as the learning technology experts for episode four of What the Edtech?! They discuss what data institutions are currently collecting on their students, consent and boundaries and the future of learning analytics.

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Episode three is all about the changing landscape of research. We hear conversations between Terry Clark, research fellow in performance science at the Royal College of Music, and an honorary research fellow at Imperial College London, and Caroline Ingram, our senior co-design manager. We also chatted to Dr Rachel Bolton-King, lecturer in forensic investigation who shares a fascinating case study from Staffordshire University.

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Our expert guests in this episode are discussing startups and how great ideas are turned into successful businesses. Sue Attewell, head of change for further education and skills at Jisc, and Atif Mahmood, founder and CEO of edtech startup Teacherly, join our host with bucket loads of tips and advice for any fledgling startup. 

Vivi Friedgut is today’s expert practitioner. Her passionate account of how she founded Blackbullion will provide motivation to any startup in need of some inspiration. 

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Welcome to the very first episode of our brand new podcast What the edtech!? In this episode, our host, Laura Kidd, is joined by education consultant and thought leader, Eric Stoller, head of change - student experience, Sarah Knight, and Kardi Somerfield, senior lecturer in digital marketing and advertising at The University of Northampton.

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Sue Attewell chats to us about our student ideas competition, which launches next year; from how to work the competition into the curriculum, to what students can gain from entering (from business skills to confidence and everything in-between).

Together with Emerge Education, we're looking for fresh edtech ideas from students. Winners will receive £2,000 and expert mentoring. The student ideas competition is part of our edtech launchpad.

Learn more and register your interest

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Staff digital capabilities are central to student and organisational success. It's a digital world, and in addition to a chosen subject, students are preparing for work and life in a digital society. 

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Within the world of publishing, we are seeing some new trends emerge. Born from a desire to change the current publishing landscape, dominated by a handful of large commercial publishers, there is an increase in new publishing models, being led by universities and academics.

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As the UK population becomes digitally-savvy from an increasingly younger age, it’s easy to assume tech take-up is evenly shared across every aspect of our lives. 

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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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Recently, a number of colleges and universities have asked for advice on how to manage the digital elements (pictures, recordings, etc) of their research data projects. To help answer your questions we’ve created a new guide to audiovisual research data. It's not just for creative arts research, but advice for any subject area.

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Our shiny new competition celebrates the excellent social media work being done by sector professionals out there - we’re looking for the most innovative ways of social being used to add value to teaching.

In this podcast Emma chats through her blog all about the #JiscTop10 competition.

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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. 

In this podcast we chat to Jisc's futurist Martin Hamilton.

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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!

In this podcast we chat to Jisc's digital communications team as they explore all things social media.

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We launched our report, the evolution of FELTAG, last spring to celebrate effective digital practice in colleges and skills organisations, and to inspire others. Here, two colleges discuss how they're getting to grips with the FELTAG recommendations.

In this podcast Sarah Knight shares fresh perspectives on delivering a digital student experience in FE.

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Jisc's Mark O'Leary, head of network access, and Emma Smith, Govroam development manager, discuss the benefits of  Govroam - bringing the success of eduroam to other public services.

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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

In this podcast we take a look at why we must build more bridges towards borderless education.

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Boosting retention is an area where learning analytics could have a big part to play in supporting fair access. Evidence from around the world shows that effective use of insights from learning analytics can be used to achieve statistically significant increases in retention.

In this podcast we take a look at how learning analytics can be used to boost fair access and retention of students in higher education.

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At Digifest this year, our startups competition had a twist and nine teams pitched live to a crowd of sector experts and peers in an attempt to bag the grand prize of a support package worth up to £20,000. 

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There's a huge interest in the next generation of digital learning environments. At Digifest we caught up with Lawrie Phipps, our senior co-design manager, who spoke with Ange Fitzpatrick from Cambridge University and Elizabeth Ellis from the Open University about what those environments might look like.

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Jisc's Sarah Davies discusses technology-enhanced learning in HE.

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Jisc's Rob Wyn Jones shares a learning analytics update at Digifest 2017.

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We chatted to Steven Exley, FE editor at TES, and Wendy Peskett, TES award winner, at Digifest17 - our celebration of all things digital.

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Jisc's Futurist Martin Hamilton shares the best of Bett 2017, the world’s largest education technology event.

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Jisc's CEO discusses a changing HE landscape

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A review of funding for students with disabilities has led to the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) placing duties on further education colleges to develop an evidence-based access and inclusion strategy. 

 

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Each area of enquiry should map out a journey, from where your organisation is now, the direction in which you’re travelling, and who needs to come with you – with digital being the vehicle that will enable you to get there. So, what should happen next? 

 

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The imperative to increase use of technology and improve the digital skills capability of the workforce is a common thread running through recent government and sector reports. Clare Killen explains how Jisc are meeting the challenge.

 

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Researchers continuously have to make decisions around preserving their data, the best way to describe it, and who will have the long-term oversight. Daniela Duca looks into ways that we can create user-led solutions for better research.

 

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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.

Dr Daniel Morgan, Associate Professor: Igneous Petrology & Volcanology; talks to us about the winning project, Virtual Landscape. Then Martin Hamilton, Jisc's resident Futurist, discusses the judging process.

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The AoC Annual Conference and Exhibition marks the coming together of people from across the further education sector to exchange ideas, share best practice and stimulate debate.

Speaking to Val Keay, Paul McKean, Jisc head of FE and skills, reflects on the Jisc panel session from the first day, which featured college principals who are using technology to enable organisational change and enhance the learning experience.

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Universities UK (UUK), in partnership with Civitas Learning and Jisc, recently released a report on learning analytics in UK higher education (HE), which recognises it as being a powerful set of tools for helping institutions to support learner retention and progression.

Jisc's Niall Sclater takes a closer look at the report, discussing the potential of learning analytics, blockers and challenges, and gives advice on how to move forward and make the most of the opportunities.

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You can also visit Jisc's learning analytics project page for more information on our pilot.

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Earlier this year we spoke to Dr Nick Moore, director of IT services at the University of Gloucestershire, about the university’s interest in learning analytics and involvement in Jisc’s effective learning analytics pilot. Now a couple of months into deployment, we pick up conversations with Nick to find out how far they’ve come in the on-boarding process, experiences in terms of challenges and opportunities, and what comes next.


In this podcast James Clay and Andy McGregor discuss the concept of the intelligent campus. There has been plenty of hype over artificial intelligence and the internet of things - we believe it may be time to put aside the cynicism that this kind of hype generates and look seriously at how we can take advantage of these emerging technologies to improve the student experience, research and the management of our campuses.

 

Find out more at https://www.jisc.ac.uk/rd/get-involved/what-does-the-imminent-arrival-of-the-intelligent-campus-mean-for-universities-and-colleges

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Earlier this year the University of GlasgowSchool of Mathematics and Statistics won The Herald Higher Education Awards category for Innovation Technology Excellence. These awards celebrate the best and brightest in higher education in Scotland, with the school commended for its innovative digital approach to providing students with continuous feedback. We speak to the university's Professor Tara Brendle, Professor Ian Strachen and Dr Andrew Wilson to find out more.

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One of the ways that Jisc supports its members is by offering training and consultancy that empowers them to embed best practice across their organisation. Aberystwyth University is an example of an organisation that has recieved our advice and guidance, and been able to disseminate their learnings further, to excellent effect. 

Following a 'train the trainer' session on digital storytelling with subject specialist, Chris Thomson, the university's e-learning group has delivered its own session for teaching staff. This has inspired attendees to develop innovative teaching activities using digital storytelling, with the help of CADARN Learning Portal, which provided the WeVideo platform for video editing. We hear from Mary Jacobs, e-learning advisor, and Stephen Chapman, teaching fellow and researcher about how they've embraced digital storytelling whole-heartedly.

For more information you can visit the university's guide on digital storytelling.

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We hear from winners past and present at the design sprint, and Justin Haylock tells us about this year's winning ideas, and what the teams have been up to as part of the four day rapid-prototyping process (including playing with lego). 

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Jisc’s effective learning analytics project aims to help colleges and universities better analyse and understand their data, and use this to improve retention and attainment. This includes building a national learning analytics service for the sector, and a student app that puts the power in their hands by tracking their learning activity and allowing them to maximise their learning potential.

University of Gloucestershire are one of the institutions to pilot the student app. We speak to Dr Nick Moore, director of IT services for the university, about the interest in learning analytics and why they're working with Jisc.

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Lisa Gray and Martyn Roads have been examining use of technology-enhanced assessment and feedback in FE and skills. How is the sector doing?


As the move to open access gathers pace article processing charges are having a big impact on academic libraries. Katie Shamash explores the issues...


In our last podcast for Connect more 2016, we take a look back at all of our events, featuring interviews from our events in London, Belfast, Stirling, Swansea, Liverpool, Nottingham and Cheltenham.

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Google for Education provides go-to solutions for students and teachers - with more than 50 million users of Google Apps for Education and ten million using Google Classroom. Jisc Futurist, Martin Hamilton reports from the latest Google for Education Summit. We hear from colleges and universities about how they are using Google tools in their own practice, as well as Liz Sproat, head of education EMEA at Google, about the latest product and service developments.

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For our final Connect more event for the south and east we headed to Nottingham. Jisc's Gemma Ellis spoke to a number of practitioners from across higher education, further education and skills who were presenting at the event and sharing their experiences and practice for others to learn from. You’ll hear from Kerry Pinny, digital educational developer at the University of Lincoln on embedding digital capabilities; Pete Gallop, head of ILT and LRC at Isle of Wight College on their use of Microsoft 365; and Sarabjit Borrill, lead tutor (English) for Leicestershire Adult Services, who’s engaging learners through tools such as Wikis. Jisc’s senior co-design manager, Sarah Knight, who had a busy day heading up two workshops, also chats to us about Jisc’s digital student project.

Find out more at http://jisc.ac.uk/connect-more

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Jisc's Georgie Myers reports from Cheltenham Racecourse, where we held the fifth in our summer series of regional Connect more edtech events on Thursday 30 June 2016.

Georgie chats to the University of Plymouth's Steve Wheeler, head of Jisc south west and midlands Lyn Bender, and Jisc's resident futurist Martin Hamilton about the highlights of the day.

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In this podcast Jisc's Emily Jones reports from the British Library, the venue for Jisc's fourth 'Connect more' event of the summer.

Emily discusses what students really want from their learning experience with Jisc's Sue Attewell and gets an idea of what makes our series of connect more events unique.

She also talks to Lewisham College's Jo Burbidge about the flipped classroom concept, and the University of Arts' London's Dave White discusses his idea of 'learning as becoming'.

For more on our summer series of connect more events, see our website http://www.jisc.ac.uk or follow the Twitter hashtag #connectmore16.

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Alan Buxey, Senior IT Services Specialist at Loughborough University and eduroam technical specialist, talks about the eduroam clinics that are run by Jisc. Whether you are in the process of deploying eduroam, have an operational service or are considering applying to join eduroam, listen to this podcast to discover what you can gain from joining one of our live online eduroam clinics.

Find out more and register for the next eduroam support clinic taking place on the 5th July 2016: https://jisc.ac.uk/advice/training/network/eduroam-live-online-clinic

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Jisc's Georgie Myers reports from Stirling, where we held the first #connectmore16 event of the summer on 16 June.

She talks to Jisc's deputy chief innovation officer Andy McGregor, Glasgow Caledonian University's Lina Petrakieva, and head of Jisc Scotland Jason Miles-Campbell.

https://www.jisc.ac.uk/events/connect-more-in-scotland-16-jun-2016

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Learning analytics is big news at the moment, so, along with our M5 colleagues QAA, HESA and Universities UK, we recently held a successful ‘think tank’ exploring the hot topic of data-driven decision-making and the recommendations in our recent horizon scanning report.

In this podcast, our resident futurist Martin Hamilton talks with delegates from Brunel University, Blackboard, Civitas Learning and from the University of Greenwich. What did they go along for? How do they think learning analytics could make a difference in the future of education? What’s inspired them? And what ‘quick wins’ will they be taking back to their institutions? Listen to get the lowdown on the latest thinking, and join in the conversation at #jiscfutures. We’ll be writing up the event in a short report, too, as part of our ongoing horizon scanning project – so watch this space!

Visit https://www.jisc.ac.uk/rd/projects/effective-learning-analytics to learn more about our current work.

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Paul Bailey, who manages the Summer of Student Innovation competition, talks about why you should take a look at this year’s entries, and  vote for your favourite ideas.

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The UK education funding councils’ post-2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) open access policy came into effect in April. Mafalda Marques, project officer (PASTEUR4OA), Jisc, talks through the key requirements and the support available to institutions to help them comply.

For more information on the policy visit the original blog post.

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Further education (FE) and skills in the UK have come up against a lot of challenges in the last few years. Does FELTAG still have a place?

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Justin Haylock, Senior innovation developer at Jisc, talks about his role as part of this year's Summer of Student Innovation competition, shares some inspiration from previous winners, and explains why you should apply if you think you have a great idea


How do we move to a data-led culture in UK research and education? In this podcast, hear about the second in a series of reports due to emerge from our horizon scanning project.

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The University of Stirling has recently upgraded its internet connectivity, taking an additional connection to the Janet network and becoming a Janet Point of Presence. This has increased the university’s capabilities and resilience, supporting its business strategy and improving teaching, learning and research.

Kathy McCabe, university librarian and director of information services, tells us about what they’ve done and how they’re benefitting.

Find out more about the Janet network on Jisc's website. For more podcasts from Jisc subscribe via iTunes or sign up for the RSS feed.

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World Autism Awareness Week ran from 2 – 8 April this year. With one in every 100 people on the autism spectrum, and even the word ‘autism’ meaning different things to different people, it’s an issue educators must concern themselves with. Julia Taylor, Jisc subject specialist (accessibility and inclusion), shares ten tips for supporting autistic learners more effectively.

For more podcasts from Jisc subscribe via iTunes or add the RSS feed. You can also head to the Jisc website to read the original blog post.

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This week is Networkshop44, our annual technical event for network managers and technical staff, this year from the University of Manchester. Today Tim Kidd, Executive Director Jisc Technologies, talks about an exciting deal that has been signed on site, as well about what makes Networkshop such a unique and fascinating event. We also hear from Computer Weekly, the media partner for this year’s Networkshop, and Mark Adderley from Efficient IP talks about the importance of Networkshop and why they keep coming back.

For more information, visit http://www.jisc.ac.uk/networkshop 

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This week is Networkshop44, our annual technical event for network managers and technical staff, this year from the University of Manchester. The conference is in full swing, and delegates are enjoying informative sessions and exhibits aplenty.

Here, Andy Butcher, Head of Education in UK and Ireland for Extreme Networks, speaks about his Networkshop experience. Jeremy Sharp, Director of strategic technologies at Jisc, discusses the Janet Network both at and away from Networkshop, and what will be needed from the network in the future.

Find out more at http://www.jisc.ac.uk/networkshop

Direct download: Day_one_at_Networkshop44.mp3
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In a landmark move for research, AWS is waiving data egress charges for qualified researchers and academics in moving data out of the cloud - making it easier for the sector to use cloud services by offering more predictability in costs. The agreement has been reached through ongoing discussions with Jisc in the UK, GÉANT in Europe, and DLT in the United States. 

At Digifest16, we spoke with Brendan Bouffler, scientific computing manager at AWS, about how the agreement will benefit researchers.

For more podcasts like this, visit the Jisc website or sign up via iTunes.

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Jisc learning analytics specialist Niall Sclater has been working with a number of universities to help them with the legal and ethical issues they encounter when implementing learning analytics. Here is talks about the institutional readiness for learning analytics. Read his blog for more information. 

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Learning analytics specialist Niall Sclater has been speaking to experts about the legal and ethical issues around how colleges and universities should look after student data to comply with ethical and legal requirements. Hear what they had to say in our podcast.

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Catch up on day two of Digifest 2016 with our podcast as we talk to delegates and speakers who have been with us in Birmingham today.

Post-event info and resources can be found at http://www.jisc.ac.uk/digifest

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Catch up on day one of Digifest 2016 with our podcast as we talk to delegates and speakers who have been with us in Birmingham today.

 

Post-event info and resources can be found at http://www.jisc.ac.uk/digifest

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Learning analytics specialist Niall Sclater has been working with a number of universities to help them with the legal and ethical issues they encounter as they implement learning analytics. Here, he talks about interventions with students.

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Learning analytics specialist Niall Sclater has been speaking to experts about the legal and ethical issues around giving university and college students access to their data acquired from learning analytics. Hear what they had to say in our podcast. Find out more at jisc.ac.uk or subscribe via iTunes.

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Jisc interviews experts on the legal and ethical issues surrounding asking university and colleges students for their consent to use their data for learning analytics.

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On 26 Jan 2016 Jisc welcomed customers to their annual stakeholder forum. Hear what their customers thought of their recent work with education and research providers and what their current concerns are for the coming year.

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This month Jisc launched a call to find the 50 most influential FE & skills professionals in the UK on social media. Tom Mitchell, group social media manager, talks about the initiative - which will recognise those individuals who are using social media in a way that benefits and adds value to teaching and learning.

Nominate yourself or someone you know at https://www.jisc.ac.uk/blog/are-you-flying-high-in-social-media-for-uk-further-education-and-skills-05-jan-2016, and join in the discussion using the hashtag #jisc50social.

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Earlier this year, Dave Webster from the University of Gloucestershire was named as one of Jisc's 50 most influential social media users in UK higher education. In this podcast he shares some of his learnings about how the university's Religion, Philosophy and Ethics progamme has been using social media to engage students. 

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Pat, who develops bespoke digital solutions for educators and researchers through his company Pgogy Webstuff, shares his thoughts on how social media has affected edtech development and explains the contributions independent developers are making across the sector.

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Jisc supports the Natspec Technology Advisory Group (TAG), which aims to promote the use of digital technologies for learners with learning difficulties.

The group has recently published some case studies highlighting how technology can promote and enable independence for students with more complex needs. Treloar College was one of those highlighted for excellent practice. We speak to Jane Haydn and Helen Cronshaw from the college to find out more.

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Paul Bailey, Jisc senior co-design manager, explains how the workshop, which was attended by representatives of 30 organisations from 12 European countries, identified opportunities to collaborate and share resources to meet shared goals of increasing student engagement and supporting innovation.

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The area reviews are set to transform the delivery of further education in England. Sue Attewell, head of change – FE and skills, discusses the vital role of technology in achieving this transformation, and how Jisc is there to support you. 


The Future of Cloud Computing think tank, part of Jisc’s Horizon Scan project, was held at London’s Digital Catapult Centre. The event saw CIOs and IT directors from UK education and research institutions sit down for wide-ranging discussions with the biggest names in cloud computing including Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Atos. In this podcast, discover how Jisc is playing an important role in finding solutions to contractual and technological challenges and opening the door wider to this transformational technology. 


Sue Attewell is our head of change, FE and skills. In the first of two podcasts, she discusses how technology can help colleges meet the requirement to do more with less money.

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The University of Manchester is taking a unique approach to prescription training for its medical students, using a bespoke augmented reality app to support the learning process. Lead for prescribing, senior clinical lecturer at Manchester Medical School, and GP, Dr Kurt Wilson - who also sits of the national assessment board for the Prescribing Safety Assessment - and senior innovation developer at Jisc, Matt Ramirez, talk about the solution they’ve developed, and how it’s enhancing learning and teaching.

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Within many further and higher education institutions there exists a wide-ranging group of libraries, archives and collections. The digitisation of their assets for the purposes of teaching, learning and research is a sophisticated activity. But digitisation is only the first step, with the effective delivery of those assets being the second. Matt Faber, digital media adviser at Jisc give us his top tips for making your resources discoverable.

Read his original blog here.

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We’re inviting digital practitioners and managers to join us at Digifest 2016 at the ICC in Birmingham on 2-3 March. Conrad, who attended the event for the first time last year, explains the excitement around the event and gives attendees his tips on making the most of the experience.

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Network managers and technical system and security specialists from the UK research and education community are invited to join us at Networkshop44 which takes place between 22-24 March at the University of Manchester. Jill, who has attended the event more than a dozen time, tells us it’s the perfect opportunity to share experiences and learn about the latest developments.

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The Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Awards took place on 17 November, celebrating best practice in further education (FE). Jisc sponsored the award for Effective use of technology in FE. It was won this year by South Eastern Regional College for its BLADES programme, which uses peer mentoring to support the digital capabilities of staff and students.

In this podcast, we speak to Paula Philpott, ILT pedagogy mentor at the college, to find out about the programme and what it means to win. 

Visit the Jisc website to find out more.

 

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On the final day of the Association of Colleges (AoC) annual conference, Paul McKean, head of FE and skills for Jisc, talks about his highlights over the past three days, the main themes that have emerged, and how Jisc can help support colleges going forward.

For more information visit the Jisc website

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Day two of the Association of Colleges (AoC) annual conference saw Phil Richards, Jisc's chief innovation officer, join City of Liverpool College Group to host a session on 'Delivering accelerated transformation', which focused on the power of shared services for creating efficiencies and transforming further education. Here, Phil speaks with Val Keay, marketing manager, about the college's shared services vehicle - SharEd - and how Jisc is supporting work in this area.

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We're at the Association of Colleges (AoC) annual conference this week. Day one was the Beacon Awards, which celebrates best practice in further education. John Potter, head of Jisc south and east, was one of the award judges. He speaks with Val Keay, marketing manager, about the judging process and tells us about the winning college - South Eastern Regional College.

Visit the Jisc website for more information.

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In this podcast we hear from Jisc subject specialist for accessibility and inclusion, Margaret McKay about the issues that learners with sight loss face when accessing information. She also relays advice from learners with visual impairments and sight loss about the technologies and tools they find useful.

Visit the Jisc blog for more information.

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In this podcast Julia Taylor, Jisc subject specialist - accessibility and inclusion, discusses how dyslexia can affect learning, and offers her top tips for using technology to support independent study.

Visit the Jisc website for more information.

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We’re delighted to support the team behind Call for Participants who are currently showcasing their project at this year’s prestigious Web Summit conference in Dublin. Call for Participants grew from Jisc’s 2013 Summer of Student Innovation co-design project. In this podcast, recorded at Web Summit, Matthew Terrell tells us how important Jisc’s support has been to the team and gives his top tips for succeeding as a digital innovator. 

To find out more visit www.jisc.ac.uk

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Over the past few months we've been conducting interviews with projects in research data spring, to find out more about their work, progress to date, and how they've found the process so far.

We also want to find out about the people behind the ideas and get to know them and their aspirations.

In this podcast we speak to Joy Davidson from the Digital Curation Centre about a project to improve how institutions support research data management.

Visit the Jisc website to find out more.


Richard French, international coordinator at Jisc is attending the Educause annual conference in the US. Educause is the association for higher education IT professionals in the US and their conference is one of the largest EdTech events in the world. Following research undertaken last year which found that IT manager were not always involved in leadership decisions, where their skills and knowledge could benefit their institution. Richard talks to attendees to find out how much progress has been made in getting IT professional a seat at the management table.

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Open science has been highlighted as one of the priorities of the Dutch presidency of the European Union in 2016. Matthew Dovey, head of research technology at Jisc, discusses the motivations behind the open science movement and why initiatives to support it are more important than ever. Read his original blog here.

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