A possible lens for deployment strategies in institutions for JISC artefacts

The Visitor and Resident project is yielding important data about behaviours in digital environments and the real world. Understanding behaviours around technologies is not new and work around digital literacy is an ongoing theme across education. But digital literacy is only the start of the process and many people are no longer identifying skill sets…

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Support isn’t just “noise on a spreadsheet”!

Recently I was chatting with a colleague working in the sector who reflected: “When I worked in IT support in a Computer Science Department (nearly 20 years ago now), the department was up for a re-organisation. My role, and those of the rest of the IT admin people, were described by the then Head of…

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7 top tips for giving 10 top tips about social media in education

I gave a presentation around Dave White’s resident and visitor principle this week and over coffee I got to talking to several academics who raised some of the issues below, so this with thanks to them and to other colleagues like Dave Cormier and Neil Witt. 1. Make sure you’ve used the tool Don’t just…

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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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