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In this podcast we'll hear from members about how they are implementing Education 4.0 technologies including their challenges, successes, and where they had to re-assess.

Beyond the Technology: The education 4.0 podcast Jisc

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In this podcast we'll hear from members about how they are implementing Education 4.0 technologies including their challenges, successes, and where they had to re-assess.

    Demonstrating digital transformation – how the University of Exeter are practicing what they teach

    Demonstrating digital transformation – how the University of Exeter are practicing what they teach

    Host Simon Birkett is joined by Helen Cocks from the University of Exeter to discuss how their agile culture is paying off for digital transformation.
    In this episode of the Beyond the Technology podcast, Helen Cocks, Head of Digital Strategy and Engagement, joins us to discuss the approach powering digital transformation at the University of Exeter. The university is already reaping the rewards of the digital strategy they implemented less than two years ago, with a vision of becoming the most accessible and connected university destination for any user.
    Helen touches on subjects ranging from recruitment and data infrastructure to digital initiatives and a motto of ‘practice what you teach’. She tells us about the lessons learned along the way, explaining why data in particular has been so crucial to their progress.
    We also hear about the user-led approach taken to try and make processes easier and more responsive for a user base of digital natives wanting to replicate the polished experience they get with the likes of Netflix and Amazon.
    Listen to the episode in full for all this and more, including Helen’s best advice for other higher education leaders looking to make progress on their digital transformation journeys.
     
    Show notes:
    Read University of Exeter’s Strategy 2030 Exeter’s Digital Strategy Access Exeter’s Digital Team site, covering products and services, roles and responsibilities, blogs and much more Check out our framework for digital transformation in higher education and explore a comprehensive perspective on how the digital environment can support positive work, research and learning experiences, and promote a sense of belonging and wellbeing Subscribe to Headlines - our newsletter which has all the latest edtech news, guidance and events tailored to you Get in touch with us at podcast@jisc.ac.uk if you’d like to come on the show or know someone who might suit the series

    • 25 min
    43. Further education and skills - the digital edge in education at Cardiff and Vale College

    43. Further education and skills - the digital edge in education at Cardiff and Vale College

    In the third of our further education and skills focused podcasts, we’re joined by Stevie Emmanuel and Yusuf Ibrahim from Cardiff and Vale College.
    This is the third in a series of podcasts focused on further education and skills (FE), hosted by Andrew McFadyen and Louisa Stamatelopoulos. Throughout this series Andrew and Louisa are joined by experts from further education colleges to shine a light on how they support digital development through the use of Jisc tools, such as the digital elevation tool, building digital capability service and digital experience insights surveys.
    In this edition our hosts welcome Stevie Emmanuel, head of technology enhanced learning, and Yusuf Ibrahim, Assistant Principal, from Cardiff and Vale College to the show to discuss how new technologies are driving their digital strategy.
    Stevie begins by talking about the move from a TEL strategy to a full college digital transformation and how the Jisc digital elevation tool has helped to craft that strategy.
    Next, Stevie looks at the impact on staff and learners of embracing change in a digital world and how a student-led project, TEL Talks, has increased engagement.
    Yusuf and Stevie give an example of how their student digital leaders have collaborated to gain future-ready skills.
    The guests also share their advice for teachers looking to use new digital technology in the classroom and look to the future at how the role of the FE teacher may change over time.
    Finally, Yusuf discusses how Cardiff and Vale College are removing the barriers from equity, quality and diversity through the use of technology.
    Show notes ·       See how our digital capability service can help you
    ·       Find out more about how the digital elevation tool can elevate FE and skills providers’ digital ambitions
    ·       Discover how the digital experience insights service works
    ·       Explore our further education and skills hub
    ·       Subscribe to our Headlines newsletter, which has all the latest edtech news, guidance and events tailored to you
    ·       Get in touch with us at podcast@jisc.ac.uk if you’d like to come on the show or know someone who might suit the series

    • 28 min
    Award winners miniseries - University of Dundee transforming the crime scene with VR technology

    Award winners miniseries - University of Dundee transforming the crime scene with VR technology

    On this episode of Beyond the Technology, Sophia Speakman hosts Professor Niamh Nic Daeid, Vincenzo Rinaldi and Heather Doran from the University of Dundee, winners of the innovative use of technology award at the Herald Higher Education Awards, to discuss the exciting project surrounding virtual reality (VR) being carried out at the Leverhulme Research Centre.
    Niamh and Vincenzo outline how the team aims to revolutionise crime scene investigations and court proceedings using VR. Having already worked with the Danish police, the project is focused on creating a systematic approach to turn crime scene images into a VR environment, providing a more immersive decision-making tool. The team envisions a future where VR brings crime scenes to investigators, reducing the need for physical travel.
    Heather discusses how the pandemic limited engagement of the tool with public audiences due to the tactile nature of the VR technology and also how the university’s widening access team hope to work with them to share VR with students.
    Vincenzo addresses the high costs associated with advanced forensic technologies and how the project aims to focus on cost-effective solutions by repurposing existing tools such as traditional cameras and commercial-grade VR devices.
    To close, Vincenzo and Niamh offer advice to other universities seeking to explore innovation in technology.
    Show notes
    Read more about the University of Dundee’s ground-breaking project in our member story
     
    Find out more about the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee Subscribe to our Headlines newsletter, which has all the latest edtech news, guidance and events tailored to you
    Get in touch with us if you’d like to come on the show or know someone who might suit the series

    • 45 min
    Further education and skills - digital development at Petroc College: from seed to flower

    Further education and skills - digital development at Petroc College: from seed to flower

    In our second further education and skills focused podcast, Sheena Murphy-Collett, Petroc College’s Vice Principal of people, organisational development and engagement joins us to discuss digital growth, from seed to flower.
    This is the second in a series of podcasts focused on further education and skills (FE), hosted by Andrew McFadyen and Louisa Stamatelopoulos. Throughout this series Andrew and Louisa are joined by experts from further education colleges to shine a light on how they support digital development through the use of Jisc tools, such as the digital elevation tool, building digital capability service and digital experience insights surveys.
    Sheena Murphy-Collett, Vice Principal of people, organisational development and engagement at Petroc College, begins by revealing her unconventional route into FE and how her suite of transferable skills benefit her current role.
    Next, Sheena discusses the digital focus at Petroc College, orienting herself into three new teams and using Jisc’s digital elevation tool to give structure and priorities to those teams.
    Sheena also talks about the excellent contacts she has made through Jisc community events and the opportunities they have opened up.
    To close, Sheena shares her advice for teachers looking to utilise digital technology, her views on how the role of the FE teacher may change over time and a look at Petroc College’s digital three year plan.
    Show notes
    See how our digital capability service can help you Find out more about how the digital elevation tool can elevate FE and skills providers’ digital ambitions Discover how the digital experience insights service works Explore our further education and skills hub Subscribe to our Headlines newsletter, which has all the latest edtech news, guidance and events tailored to you Get in touch with us at podcast@jisc.ac.uk if you’d like to come on the show or know someone who might suit the series

    • 25 min
    40. Demonstrating digital transformation - beyond blended - post-pandemic curriculum and learning design

    40. Demonstrating digital transformation - beyond blended - post-pandemic curriculum and learning design

    In this podcast episode, Elizabeth Newall welcomes Helen Beetham and Sheila MacNeill, who discuss rethinking learning and curriculum design in higher education.
    Helen Beetham, a researcher in digital education and Sheila MacNeill, an independent consultant with experience in curriculum design talk about the importance of rethinking learning and curriculum design in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to adapt to new challenges.
    The conversation explores the evolution of curriculum design pre and post pandemic, emphasising a shift towards a more holistic approach. They introduce the concept of "beyond blended," which focuses on blending of different modes of learning, particularly synchronous and asynchronous, and the impact of technology on time and place within the curriculum.
    The discussion also touches on the student experience during the pandemic, highlighting issues related to new technologies such as generative AI, accessibility, and the need for flexibility. Helen and Sheila share that different students have different preferences for learning modes, and the pandemic has highlighted the importance of catering to diverse learning needs.
    Helen and Sheila share their work on the six pillars of blended learning. They emphasise the importance of understanding the pedagogic differences between in-place and online learning, the role of pace in learning, and the need to balance flexibility with the specific needs of students. They also introduce the idea of using "lenses" to examine the curriculum from different angles, both at the curriculum and strategic levels.
    The conversation concludes by highlighting the need for a robust curriculum design process and the potential for new technologies like generative AI to be accommodated within flexible curriculum design process.
     
    Show notes
    ·       Beyond blended: Post-pandemic curriculum and learning design: lessons from the higher education (HE) sector. Available to download from: https://beta.jisc.ac.uk/reports/beyond-blended
    ·       Sign up to receive advance notice of the Beyond blended web guide: https://emails.jisc.ac.uk/k/Jisc/beyond_blended
    ·       Read the report on Approaches to curriculum and learning design across UK higher education
    ·       Read our member story on blending digital and physical at the University of Northampton
    ·       Check out our framework guide for digital transformation in higher education, and explore a comprehensive perspective on how the digital environment can support positive work, research and learning experiences, and promote a sense of belonging and wellbeing
    ·       Subscribe to Headlines - our newsletter which has all the latest edtech news, guidance and events tailored to you
    ·       Get in touch with us at podcast@jisc.ac.uk if you’d like to come on the show or know someone who might suit the series

    • 40 min
    Demonstrating digital transformation - rethinking learning and curriculum design at the University of Northampton

    Demonstrating digital transformation - rethinking learning and curriculum design at the University of Northampton

    In this episode of the Beyond the Technology podcast, Elizabeth Newall, senior consultant in the Digital transformation of learning, teaching, and assessment at Jisc, welcomes a panel of experts from the University of Northampton. They discuss their innovative approach to rethinking learning and curriculum design in higher education.
    The conversation begins by discussing the University of Northampton's unique setting. Shân Wareing, deputy vice chancellor, and Rob Howe, head of learning technology, share how their Waterside campus allowed them to consolidate facilities into a more sustainable space. This campus was designed for blended learning, offering laptops to eligible students, and featuring various learning spaces.
    Shân discusses the university's evolving digital strategy with the creation of an artificial intelligence group to address academic integrity concerns and to explore AI's educational potential.
    The podcast delves into the challenges of supporting staff in learning and curriculum design. Jim Harris, a learning designer, highlights the fear of change as a significant hurdle. Jim emphasises the importance of considering staff members' various levels of understanding and comfort with digital processes and learning design, ranging from basic introductions to advanced publishing.
    Kate Coulson, head of learning and teaching enhancement, discusses the pivotal role of students in curriculum design and learning. Kate advocates for a "give and take" model, where students become co-creators of the curriculum rather than passive recipients, emphasising the importance of investing time and resources.
    Lastly, Shân shares her vision for digital transformation at the University of Northampton, highlighting that the focus should remain on how students learn. Shân underscores the importance of culture, creativity, and patience in the process, as well as the need to prioritise people over technology.


    Show notes
    ·       Check out our framework guide for digital transformation in higher education, and explore a comprehensive perspective on how the digital environment can support positive work, research and learning experiences, and promote a sense of belonging and wellbeing
    ·       Subscribe to Headlines - our newsletter which has all the latest edtech news, guidance and events tailored to you
    ·       Get in touch with us at podcast@jisc.ac.uk if you’d like to come on the show or know someone who might suit the series

    • 36 min

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