Responding to “Student perspectives on technology – demand, perceptions and training needs”

Responding to “Student perspectives on technology – demand, perceptions and training needs” This report to the Higher Education Funding Council for England by the National Union of Students had the remit to “gain a broad overview of the level of demand from students – new and potential – for online learning provision in UK higher…

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Six ways to ensure sustainability for technology based interventions

Over the last two years I’ve been very lucky in working with some excellent projects in three JISC programmes; Users and Innovation, Institutional Innovation and Building Capacity. This community of projects hold a vast core of information and knowledge about the use of technology in institutions and how to get the most of it. In…

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Engaging staff in technology enhanced learning: Workshop write-up

This is the write-up of a workshop I ran for the HEA’s Gwella programme in November 2009. The programme is a change programme supporting e-learning units to embed technology enhanced learning (TEL) at their institutions. As with all workshops I run, I got the delegates to do most of the work, so a big thank…

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What future for the VLE?

Back in May I wrote, with Dave Cormier and Mark Stiles an article for Educational Developments entitled “Reflecting on the Virtual Learning Systems – extinction or evolution?”; on Friday, we three, present on a panel session about our views and conclusions at the Altered States (online) conference, along with Blackboard and Moodle representatives. Mostly our…

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FOTE 2008: Final Session

Building 21st Century Learning Environments, John Hickey, Apple Where we need to go – evolution of education Student as both consumer and producer. Disconnected in an interconnected world Students say that going into class is like taking a flight, they have to switch things off and cannot access the outside world. Students expect an interconnected…

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QR Codes in education: watch this space

A QR (quick response) code is a two dimensional bar code that can be read on a mobile device, such as a camera phone. Once the device decodes the information then it will enable an action to be undertaken. For instance, this might be accessing a web page, displaying text information or subscribing to an…

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Research 2.0? Risks and Rewards of Using Emergent Technologies

This blog post supports a presentation at the UKGrad Yorkshire & North East Hub, E-Researcher Development Meeting, an e-learning day for trainers and developers. The presentation will open with a brief introduction to the JISC Users and Innovation Programme and discuss the importance of eliciting user needs. This section uses an image from a Flickr…

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Eliciting Answers using web 2.0 tools.

Linked-In is a tool for maintaining and developing contacts – one of the features is the ability to ask questions of your network of contacts and the ‘public visibility’ of these questions. I thought it might be interesting to pose a question around web 2.0 and then see what sort of answers we got back.…

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Seven steps to developing an effective communications plan

This week Alice Gugan, who works with the U&I team on communications and marketing, has written seven steps to developing an effective communications plan. This is a really important area for any project involved in the Users and Innovation programme as many of the themes will be based on new and emerging technology; effectively communicating…

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