The Jisc Podcast

8 - 10 September marks the return of the annual Association of Learning Technology (ALT) conference, which brings together practitioners, researchers and policymakers from across the sector to share their research and experiences.

Paul Bailey, senior co-design manager, speaks to us about the first day, reflecting on Jisc sessions about the Summer of Student Innovation and learning analytics, as well as what he's looking forward to seeing.

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To celebrate International Literacy Day this September and support literacy for print-impaired learners, we look at how publishers, learning providers and libraries can make texts more accessible. Alistair McNaught, subject specialist, Jisc, tells us more.

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Throughout the summer, we’ve been conducting interviews with various projects that are part of the Research Data Spring, to find out more about their work, their backgrounds, and how they’ve found the process. In this series of interviews, we take the time to dig a little deeper into the thinking behind these projects, and get to know a little more about the work, and the people, behind them. Alisa Miller speaks about her project – and neologism – a consortial approach to building an integrated Research Data Management System.

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In this series of podcasts hear from our Research Data Spring teams who are developing technical tools, software and service solutions to support research data management. This podcast is from Fiona Murphy who tells us about a project looking at to give researcher credit for their data.

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We've recently launched a call to find 50 of the most influential HE professionals on social media. We've been hearing from all kinds of academics and lecturers about the ways in which they use social media to generate change or improve things in their institutions - but what do the students think? And what ideas do they have about how social media can support their education? We took the opportunity to speak to some students taking part in Jisc's Summer of Student Innovation to find out.

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Keeping your information secure can seem like a constant battle on all sides. Instead of trying to secure everything, Andrew Cormack, chief regulatory officer, Jisc technologies, advocates adopting a strategy to allow what activities you can, and defend your most valuable information assets.

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Recently Jisc opened a call to find 50 of the most influential HE professionals on social media in the UK at #jisc50social. But what actually constitutes good practice? And how can universities and colleges encourage their staff to get involved? Tom Mitchell, group social media manager, offers his advice.

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This week Jisc launched a call to find the 50 most influential HE 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 education and research – and how you can enter. Read the original blog post here.

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Martin Hamilton, Jisc's futurist, looks back on his experiences at the Google Moonshot for Education Summit, where 40 edtech innovators came together to discuss the future of education. He tells us about some of the moonshot thinking to come out of the event. 

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Andrew Cormack, chief regulatory advisor, Jisc technologies, has recently written a chapter on information security for the book Digital Futures, which brings together a number of expert briefings on digital technologies for education and research. In this podcast he gives us a preview of his advice.

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