Author Archives: Chris Thomson

About Chris Thomson

I'm a Subject Specialist at Jisc focusing on online learning and digital student experience.

Is Teams a VLE killer? That’s the wrong question

Many of Jisc’s member institutions are looking at the potential of of MS Teams to be a core system in the support of learning and teaching. Here Chris takes a look at the fundamental difference between Teams and the traditional VLE to ask whether one could be a direct replacement for the other. Read more

Innovation is all about keeping up with the tech, right?

What does it mean to “innovate”? Just because you’re using “innovative” technologies doesn’t automatically mean you are being innovative yourself. Conversely, you don’t need to use cutting edge technology to transform your practice in innovative ways. It’s tempting to think that in the field of education technology, if you’re not keeping up with the latest … Read more

Digital capability: arrival or evolution?

Chris and colleague Shri Footring presented a workshop at December’s AoC Create comference in London about staff digital skills and adapting to constant change. Here Chris outlines how thinking about “conscious competence” can give a window on the activities leaders can encourage to support this in their organisation. Read more

Storytelling in the round – experiments in 360 video

Recently, Chris was presenting a workshop on what 360 video can bring to digital storytelling at a conference in Greece. Here he explains his reasons for exploring the technology and some of teh conclusions he came to including how to address some of the technical and artistic challenges. Read more

Digital practice – what’s in a name?

No need to file this one under “earth-shattering” but our team has changed its name! Since we started back in 2015 we’ve been called Student Experience but we’ve now changed to Digital Practice. I thought it was worth giving a bit of an explanation partly because it’s an interesting reflection on how we’ve changed over … Read more

Video – Developing your organisation’s digital capability

In Octber we’ll be running the latest version of Jisc’s Digital Leaders Programme in Exeter. It’s our first time running it in the South West of England. I want to give you a sneak peak of something we cover in it. I’ve been lucky enough to be part of the programme since it’s very early … Read more