Beyond the technology: The education 4.0 podcast (general)

Today, Universities UK published its report on ‘Efficiency, effectiveness and value for money’, which looks at the efficiencies and cost savings that have been achieved by UK higher education in the last few years, and sets out the agenda going forward. 

Jisc’s Phil Richards, chief innovation officer and Hugh Look, head of strategic support unit, attended the official launch which was hosted by Professor Sir Ian Diamond, chair of UUK’s Efficiency Task Group and principal and vice-Chancellor of the university of Aberdeen. In this podcast, Phil and Hugh talk about the work Jisc is doing to promote shared service, improve quality and lower costs for the whole sector.

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At last November's Times Higher Education Awards, we sponsored the eagerly contested Outstanding ICT Initiative of the Year category, which celebrates the use of innovative and strategic digital technologies.

The winner was the Open University's OpenScience Laboratory, and in this podcast, laboratory director Nicholas Braithwaite tells us about what it does and what it means for students' and researchers' learning experience.

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Earlier this week Jason Miles-Campbell, head of Jisc Scotland and Jisc Northern Ireland, attended the Scotland’s Colleges conference. Here he talks about how Jisc’s new customer services model is helping to engage customers on a local level and support changes in the sector.

Find out more about Jisc's new model at

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Jisc futurist Martin Hamilton takes a look at how institutions can share equipment, talent and expertise in order to open up new opportunities to boost the UK's technology sectors.

Find out more at, or visit our project pages on equipment sharing at

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Martin Hamilton looks at what the classroom of the future might look like, and how the new ETAG (Department for Education’s independent think tank the Education Technology Action Group) report could have an impact.

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This year, Tuesday 10 February is Safer Internet Day. This is an annual event to promote safe and responsible use of digital technology by young people, and in this podcast Christine Gormley asks Jon Hofgartner, assistant learning and technology and resources manager at Weston College, about the work his college is doing to encourage students to take care of themselves online.

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Last week we held our annual stakeholder forum at London's Royal Society to update our customers on what we've been up to and also to find out what is high on your list of priorities and where we can not only help, but work with you to develop solutions that meet your needs. 

Hear a summary of the outcomes of the day in this podcast. There are also interviews with Mike Cope (UCL), Peter Kilcoyne (Heart of Worcestershire College) and John Tuck (Royal Holloway). Find out more at

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In this podcast executive director, Jisc technologies Tim Kidd introduces Networkshop43: Jisc's annual technical event, which takes place between 31 March and 2 April 2015. Register for your chance to win one of three iPad Airs kindly donated by Infinity. More information and competition terms and conditions can be found at

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In this podcast, Jisc's Allen Crawford-Thomas shares his five tips for getting technology use embedded in colleges, looking at good practice in Henley College, South Worcestershire College, Hereford Sixth Form College and South Staffordshire College.

Links can be found at

And remember there is just over a month til our annual Digital Festival in Birmingham on 9-10 March. Book your #digifest15 tickets at

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Last week we had a great few days at Bett 2015, chairing the Technology in Higher Education Summit. We also joined Heppell and the Education & Training Foundation on the Answers, Answers, Answers stand, and here, Jisc's Nigel Ecclesfield reflects on the show as a whole.  

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We're at BETT 2015 this week chairing the Technology in Higher Education Summit - a space for higher education professionals to share ideas, future-gaze and streamline technology decision-making. It's day three and today Jisc's Tim Marshall has been chairing a series of sessions on maintaining your institution's competitiveness. Here, Tim runs through some of the day's highlights, including discussions on using technology to boost national student survey scoring, lecture capture as standard, and collaboration between industry and universities in the form of MOOCs.

Find out more at

Jisc's very own digital festival, #digifest15 takes place in Birmingham on 9th and 10th of March. You can book your ticket now by visiting

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We're at BETT 2015 this week chairing the Technology in Higher Education Summit - a space for higher education professionals to share ideas, future-gaze and streamline technology decision-making. 

It's day two, and today, Jisc's Sarah Davies was in the hot seat, overseeing a day of sessions on the topic of Developing Pedagogy and in this podcast she discusses some of the key topics that came up, including the importance of use of language when talking about change, technology and assessment, and alternate reality gaming in education.

Also at BETT today was Jisc subject matter expert Esther Barrett, and here she tells us what's caught her eye around the exhibition - including the push to implement e-learning and digital literacy in teacher training, and virtual reality as an educational tool.

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We're at BETT 2015 this week chairing the Technology in Higher Education Summit - a space for higher education professionals to share ideas, future-gaze and streamline technology decision-making. 

We're going to be reporting from BETT for the duration of the exhibition, and today, Jisc's Lawrie Phipps chaired a day of sessions on the topic of 'Enhancing the learning of students'. Here he discusses the findings that emerged including attitudes towards social media in higher education and the next generation of student expectations.

Tomorrow we'll be hearing from Sarah Davies after her day of chairing sessions and presentations on the topic of developing pedagogy.

Find out more about the sessions at

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Our new book, 'E-books in education: realising the vision', brings together the experiences of colleagues in universities and colleges across the UK, describing how managers, teachers and librarians are encouraging the use of e-books and why they can be an important asset for institutions, academics and students.

Find out more in our latest podcast, and download the book for free at

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Journal publishing models are changing rapidly, especially here in the UK. In this podcast we look at the pressing need for institutions to track the true cost of article processing charges (APCs) so they can manage their transition to open access from a position of authority and monitor their costs effectively.

Find out more in Lorraine Estelle's blogpost at



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Last week, we released a report on the ethical and legal challenges of learning analytics. Find out more in this podcast from report author Niall Sclater.

You can find Niall's blog and a link to the report at

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Last week we were in London for the 2014 Times Higher Education Awards, which recognise and celebrate exceptional talent, dedication and innovation across the sector. 

We sponsored the award for Outstanding ICT Initiative of the Year, won by the Open University's OpenScience Laboratory. We were hugely impressed by all of the shortlisted institutions though, and in this podcast Jisc futurist Martin Hamilton talks us through the projects and initiatives. 

Find out more at

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The Summer of Student Innovation showcase event took place on Wednesday 26 November at the University of Reading, and featured the 20 winning teams from the 2014 cohort. This podcast features interviews with some of the teams as they discuss their projects, and also includes comment from Jisc chief innovation officer Phil Richards and deputy chief innovation officer Andy McGregor, who oversees the competition.

Find out more at

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Last week saw the launch of Digimap for Colleges - a secure, free and easy to use online mapping tool that supports further education institutions and staff, and aids students in their studies.

In this podcast, Edina's Anne Robertson talks us through the service and explains the importance of ensuring digital services are made relevant to the curriculum.

More information can be found in Anne's blog at

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At this week's AoC Annual Conference in Birmingham, Heart of Worcestershire College won the Jisc-sponsored AoC Beacon Award for Effective Use of Technology in FE. Here, HoW ILT director Peter Kilcoyne talks about the complete blended learning model introduced by the college, how it has helped to create a culture where the use of online learning is expected and normal, and the way it has let the students develop independent and autonomous learning skills.

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This week we released a new report - Learning Analytics: the current state of play in UK higher and further education. 

In this podcast, report author Niall Sclater talks further about his findings. You can access Niall's blog and the report itself at

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Your institution may have invested in faster connectivity or the latest technologies and systems to enhance teaching and learning, but all of this counts for nothing if you’re caught out by a cyber security attack. Hear our five tips for improving cyber security.

Resources and links referred to in this podcast can be found at

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Through our assessment and feedback programme, we have been in discussion with people who are dealing with assessment and feedback issues on a daily basis. Not only has it helped everyone to get a clearer understanding of what might be going wrong, the institutions involved have started to develop processes and practices, enhanced by technology, which could be applied across the sector to benefit learners and teachers.

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Jisc Monitor is a 12-month project exploring whether a user-centred, shared national service could potentially help institutions to manage their open access activity effectively. Find out how we are aiming to write a specification for a system that will support improved data gathering and efficient workflows, using open source software and codes.

Links mentioned in this podcast can be found at

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There is a reality in many institutions where both students and tutors are frustrated by slow, paper-based assessment and feedback processes. Digital technologies can offer much improvement but institutions are still finding there are a lot of barriers to overcome, particularly when it comes to electronic management of assessment, or EMA.

So why are the opportunities being missed?

Join our free EMA webinar on Weds 19th November 2014 by signing up at

Or visit the EMA blog at

Read a transcript of this podcast at

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The publication of the FELTAG report and the government response to FELTAG - which was looking to find how we can best support the further education sector with the evolution of new technologies, for the benefit of learners, employers and the UK economy - has been met with a lot of enthusiasm. But there has also been some confusion. Here we look to identify the next steps for institutions.

Find a text version of this podcast and links to the mentioned reports and publications at

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Digital collections are not always as discoverable as they could be through the channels and devices most commonly accessed by users. Karen Colborn, digital content manager at Jisc, discusses some of the challenges in making resources more discoverable and offers a few top tips.

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