Beyond the Technology: The education 4.0 podcast

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.

Find out more at

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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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