May learnings webinar recording and progress update report

Yesterday we held our May quarterly learnings webinar, covering two of our current R&D initiatives:

  • Launch of the step up programme – making it easier and less risky to work with edtech start-ups.
  • Building digital capability service demo including new features for library and information professionals

If you weren’t able to join the webinar live, then do check our a recording available online.

 

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 / next steps and a contact point for more information.

Other co-design activities

Our co-design labs on mental health and well being are progressing and we will provide an update in our September leanings webinar. The Horizon group – who help identify the technologies and challenges of interest to the sector – will next meet in June. They will focus on the topic of assessment.

 

 

 

Horizons report on emerging technologies and education released

Horizon report

Horizon report

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.

The report and accompanying infographic are available on the Jisc website to read.

If you are interested in the Horizons group work, or any of the topics in this report, please get in touch at innovation@jisc.ac.uk.

UPDATE: Sign up now for the next learnings webinar which will cover working with edtechs and digital capability.

February quarterly learnings call

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 roadshow is 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.

Horizon group

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 HEFE 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: chris.keene@jisc.ac.uk.

TL:DR

  • Watch the learnings call on open research hub and sticky campus
  • read the update on our R&D projects
  • 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 next R&D learnings webinar

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.

Register for the webinar now via the following link: https://www.jisc.ac.uk/events/rd-quarterly-learnings-webinar-12-feb-2019

Quarterly learnings call – an update on co-design and some key projects

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.

Horizon Group 

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.

Co-design labs

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
  • The Intelligent campus
  • Education 4.0

You can watch a recording of the webinar here:

Projects update

Finally, we have produced a written R&D progress update, released alongside our the Learnings call, which provides a brief update on many of our current projects.

  • Research data shared service
  • Intelligent campus
  • Edtech launchpad
  • Digital apprenticeships
  • Building digital capability
  • Open metrics lab
  • and other projects under investigation

The next Learnings call will take place on February 12th, you can register for the webinar now.

To keep updated on all the things mentioned above, you will find a subscribe by email option on the right of this webpage which will email you when a new update is posted.