Author Archives: Chris Thomson

About Chris Thomson

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

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 …

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 …

Talking about employability at #ConnectMore18

Chris ran a workshop at the recent Connect More event in Scotland. Here he reflects on his two main personal learning points that arose during his preparation; how we can prepare learners to take on more of an active role in transforming the workplace and how rteachers can be effective role models when it comes to showing what digitally capable looks like.

Dragon hunting at #Digifest18

Last week, Chris along with Liz Austen and Richard Beggs delivered a workshop at Jisc’s annual Digifest on how digital storytelling can enhance the student experience. The resources are available here and he reflects on the good practice that was showcased and how it fits into the release of Jisc’s new online digital storytelling workshop.

Digital innovation: choosing what’s likely to fly

With such rapid development in technology and limited resources in education, it’s hard for leaders to know which innovations in technology are likely to succeed and potentially transform learning, professional practice and the effectiveness of their institution. Looking forward to this year’s Jisc Digital Leaders programme, Chris gives some simple guidance on identifying the projects that are likely to make a difference.

Incoming! Student expectations of technology

Chris has recently been discussing the expectation of new students about the use of technology in learning. Do further and higher education institutions address the fact that many schools offer quite a sophisticated digital experience which is not always easy to match in post-compulsory education? Chris reflects on his own kids’ experiences and what they might have to teach us about developing a positive digital student experience.