#ConnectMore16 with Jisc

Over the summer Jisc held a number of Connect More events (#ConnectMore16) across the UK to update our members on all the exciting projects we have been working on and to showcase the excellent practice from across the academic community. The Student Experience sub team have been lucky enough to attend and present at many of these events, so here’s a quick overview of some of the highlights:-

Virtual Reality in the Digi Lab
Virtual Reality in the Digi Lab
  • We were able to share some of the findings from the Student Digital Experience Data Tracker pilot with audiences as part of the session on Making a Difference with Technology Enhanced Learning. The report is worth reading and highlights the need to place student experiences and expectations of technology at the heart of moves to take innovative practice out of smaller projects and into the mainstream. It’s this need to scale up the use of technologies and the challenges in that that makes Jisc’s work on Digital Capabilities and Leadership so important.
  • The Digi Lab proved to be a thriving hub of activity at all of the Connect More events and provided attendees with an opportunity to explore examples of cutting-edge technology, including a range of Virtual Reality headsets, wearable technology and a glimpse at a possible future with robotics! A recent Jisc survey found that in five years time 20% of respondents believe that learning will be done through virtual reality, while a quarter think teaching will be delivered remotely by tutors who might be thousands of miles away. What do you think? Check out the video below – could you learn Tai Chi from our robotic friend?

  • Digital capability, both in its broadest sense and in terms of the Jisc R&D project, was a theme that permeated all of the Connect More events and many of our members showcased how they have been making significant strides forward in developing the digital capabilities of staff in particular (for all of the resources relating to the workshops click here). We are also pleased to announce the dates for the next Digital Leaders programme which will run in October at Burleigh Court Conference Centre, Loughborough (details here).

A series of snapshots from all of the Connect More events are available to browse on our Facebook page and you might also like to catch up on a selection of the tweets from the last of the Connect More events in Nottingham.

Perhaps you were lucky enough to attend too, if so, feel free to share your own highlights in the comments section below and tell us a little more about what you’d like to see at our future events.

By Scott Hibberson

Subject Specialist (Online learning) at Jisc.

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