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Discord’s growing relevance in the education sector

In June I wrote a blog post on the proliferation and growing popularity of virtual study spaces. This blog post is a follow up, focusing on Discord. There are two use cases of Discord in particular that I will discuss  – as a virtual study space, and as an educational tool for peer support. What […]

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Physical objects in virtual environments

  Earlier this year the EdTech and Co-design team did a piece of research into student loneliness as a result of the pandemic and lack of access to the campus.  It was evident that one of the key problems with wholly online line learning was the lack of physical interaction. A few of us from […]

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A recipe for idea generation

  Ideation for us is the process of generating possible solutions to problems and challenges.  We find the most innovative and transformation ideas come when we work as a team. There are lots of tools and activities we use for ideation, but the challenge is bringing the process together. I am using a recipe analogy […]

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How will students be learning from September?

As students return to university, we look at what institutional websites are telling students about how they will be learning in the next year. Having already spoken with several institutions, the expectation was a return to campus-based learning. The reality turns out to be not so simple. This year we want to focus on the […]

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September – new year, new challenges

As we’re returning from leave, most of us going to less exotic locations than normal I’m sharing an image of one of my favorite locations the Port hills, above Lyttleton NZ, a place I was lucky enough to revisit in Nov 2019. In co-design we wanted to take a take step back at the beginning […]

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Assessment Feedback Assistant

The Jisc R&D team has been working on an idea that can transform student interaction with their academic feedback and empower them to learn from it. Now we want to talk to you about taking it further.     The problem Last year, Jisc’s Future of Assessment report highlighted five targets that could be transform […]

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Reflections on our activities

We started this year with a blog post from the team introducing themselves and the activities they had done last year see A new year in edtech and codesign . As we approach the end of the academic year I have asked some of the team to reflect on the past six months and talk […]

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The rise of the virtual study space

The pandemic has created a new market which aims to meet the needs of the huge numbers of students who have been forced to study at home rather than where they might usually choose to, such as libraries, computer rooms, and other co-working spaces. Students seek these spaces out for a variety of reasons. They […]

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Our first science fair

Keeping informed, motivated and inspired in a remote workplace. It’s been a long year for us all, and the pandemic has sometimes stifled collaboration and caused frustrations. I’ve heard so many colleagues say that they miss the ‘ad-hoc’ conversations around the office, usually with people they wouldn’t normally work with. These are sometimes the most […]

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Where next for digital credentials?

Discovery on the potential for increasing use of digital credentials in UK HE and FE Alongside increasing levels of automation and the push for a zero-carbon economy, Covid-19 is contributing to structural changes in the way people live and work (i). The calls for a flexible workforce that can adapt to the new opportunities and challenges […]