The first Horizons report was published last week as part of the Digifest conference. The report was developed and refined by the Horizons group which held its first meeting in December.
The report analyses the emerging technologies most relevant to the strategic and outlines challenges faced by the sector.
Each report focuses on a specific topic, this time we focused on a horizon scan of mental health and wellbeing.
The conclusions of the report have led to two co-design labs kicking off this week looking at mental health and well-being. One lab is exploring the idea of developing a data trust to allow different organisations to share data relevant to student wellbeing in a way that is transparent and trusted by students. The other lab is looking at the potential of developing a wellbeing bundle, a collection of quality-assured ebooks, applications and services that universities and colleges can purchase easily to enhance their wellbeing offer.
The Horizon group will meet next in June, and a second report will be released later in the year.
We recently held our second quarterly learnings call. We have a wide portfolio of new services in development and this call demonstrated this with updates from two quite different initatives.
The open research hub was launched at the end of last year, a new service (previously known as the research data shared service) for sharing, managing and preserving research data. John Kaye, head of change for research at Jisc, demonstrated the new service and answered questions from attendees.
The sticky campus roadshowis a showcase for how technology can be used to support innovative teaching and make learning spaces more engaging for students. Duncan Peberdy, Senior lead – digital learning spaces, presented on the rationale for this approach and how the ideas and techniques demonstrated in the roadshow can help develop a culture of learning and skills for the future.
You can watch a recording of the learnings webinar below:
R&D projects update
Alongside the webinar we also published an update on our R&D projects [pdf]. This provides a brief overview for each project, an update on recent activity and next steps and a contact point for more information.
The learnings call is part of a refreshed approach in how we work collaboratively with the sector to develop new services that Jisc members can use to improve education, research and the student experience.
The horizons group is another part of this new approach to co-design, made up of a diverse group of experts from HE, FE and relevant other sectors, analyse how emerging technology can help address the strategic challenges the sector is facing and will discuss one of those challenges in more depth. The group also identify opportunities for R&D work or areas for further exploration.
In December, we held our first horizons group meeting. The group focussed on key emerging tech trends and their likely sector impact as well as taking a more specific opportunity to consider what work we can do next to support student mental health and wellbeing.
The report from this group will be published in March this year and launched at Digifest 19.
We intend to start two co-design labs in March to explore ideas that came out of the meeting. One lab will explore the idea of developing a data trust to allow different organisations to share data relevant to student wellbeing in a way that is transparent and trusted by students. The other lab will explore the development of a wellbeing bundle, a collection of quality-assured ebooks, applications and services that universities and colleges can purchase easily to enhance their wellbeing offer.
If you want to learn more about these co-design labs or are interested in being part of them, please contact Andy McGregor.
What do you want to know about?
We want these learnings calls to be useful can covering the projects and topics you are interested in. What would you like to see covered in detail during the next learnings call update in June? Let us know in the comments or by emailing us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch the learnings call on open research hub and sticky campus
let us know if you are interested in finding out more on our co-design labs which will kick off in March: data trust to allow different organisations to share data relevant to student wellbeing or exploring the development of a wellbeing bundle, a collection of quality-assured ebooks, applications and services that universities and colleges can purchase easily to enhance their wellbeing offer
Join the R&D learnings webinar to find out about the latest from Jisc’s R&D projects:
The webinar will take place Tuesday 12 February 2019 12:00-13:00 and will cover:
Open Research Hub : John Kaye will demonstrate the open research hub, Jisc’s new service for sharing, managing and preserving research data. The open research hub was released at the end of 2018 and this demo will cover how it works and the plans for the future.
The Sticky Campus : Duncan Peberdy will talk about the sticky campus roadshow and how technology can be used to support innovative teaching and make learning spaces more engaging for students
We webinar will end with a Q&A session for discussing any of our R&D projects. Prior to the webinar we will provide a written update on all the R&D projects we are working on. After the webinar we will share the recording and the written report on this blog.
At Jisc, we have a range of projects and initiatives looking to provide new digital-based solutions to support Higher and Further education institutions in providing first-class learning, teaching and research. As a not-for-profit membership organisation we use a process called co-design to work with our members to collaboratively develop new ideas.
Following feedback from our members we’re refining our co-design approach and introducing new elements to be more responsive and to allow you to follow our progress more closely.
The first of these is the newly formed horizons group, made up of a diverse group of senior stakeholders from HE, FE and relevant other sectors to provide. Each meeting will include an analysis of emerging technology trends and will identify areas that warrant further exploration. It will also focus on a deep dive of one topic, chosen by the group, for which experts will be invited to provide relevant insight. A horizons report will be produced from the discussion of the meeting.
Following each meeting, we will run a co-design lab, made up of a small group of practitioners from the sector. Co-design labs are short innovation sprints designed to develop a set of ideas in response to the challenges identified by the horizons group. Each group will select one idea to develop further and prepare a pitch they can present to the community. The ideas they come up with will be publicly available and open to all, and Jisc will look to take on suitable ideas as new projects.
Quarterly Learnings call
We are also introducing a new quarterly learnings call, open to everyone, which we hope will make it easier to follow the progress of some of our research and development projects and provide a chance for questions and feedback.
We held the first learnings call last week. This covered three topics:
An introduction to Jisc’s research and development work