Podcast: The importance of innovation to the future of higher education

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Sarah Porter is JISC’s Head of Innovation, responsible for leading JISC’s work to support innovation across the higher education sector. In this podcast interview, given at JISC’s Innovation Forum in the summer, Sarah talks about the importance of innovation and why investment in innovation is crucial to the future of the sector.


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Presentation slides, audio and videos now available to download

Presentations and audio recordings from the Forum are now available to download from each of the session pages and also from the Forum programme page.

Some comments from the Feedback survey have also been posted on the Feedback page along with some short video clips of delegates to download.

We have also added video clips to the Projects Attending page where you can get a short description of the projects from people involved in them.

New feedback page created

A new page has been created to provide a link to the Feedback survey (please complete if you haven’t already done so) and as a place to add any general comments on the event that you wish to make publicly.

Over the next few days we will also be adding a number of short ‘talking head’ videos filmed at the event of people’s impressions and experiences.

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Closing Plenary: Sarah Porter, Head of Innovation Group, JISC

Sarah Porter, Head of Innovation at JISC, brought the conference to a close with a round-up of some of the key issues from the last 2 days, and thanked delegates for a fascinating and invigorating conference.

There was just 15 minutes for the closing plenary, and so Sarah galloped through a dazzling summary of the conference, pointing out the incredible energy and level of engagement of delegates across a huge breadth and depth of subjects. Continue reading

Thanks for coming… but don’t stop talking!

A big ‘thankyou’ to everyone who attended the event for participating so enthusiastically and creating such a brilliant atmosphere; particularly those that gave so much time and thought to organising and presenting the sessions.

We hope you enjoyed the two days and found it useful – please visit the feedback survey at http://survey.jisc.ac.uk/jif08feedbacksurvey/ to let us know what you thought and how we might make future events even better.

As Sarah said in her closing session this blog will remain open as a discussion forum for the near future so please continue to use it to share ideas and comments with JISC and project colleagues.

Session 3: Understanding the audience: what are the lessons learnt from other sectors

Audio from the session
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Chris Batt gave a relaxed and extremely informative presentation on why we should be understanding e-content audiences, how best to do so, and why it’s so critical to e-content sustainability.

Delegates raised several interesting points in the Q+A at the end of the presentation, including the difficulty of grouping individuals who have different needs at different times, and also the question of whether or not we are stifling innovation in our eagerness to give users what they say they need. Continue reading

Forum: Green Computing

This session looked at how universities can reduce their electricity consumption in PC use.

As well as discussing who should be responsible for reducing ITC electricity consumption, delegates were treated to a demonstration of a project currently being tested at Oxford University which monitors and optimises PC use. Continue reading

Session 3: Survival of R&D and Repositories

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This session focused on the idea that the uptake of technology and innovation is not only a technical issue.

The human aspects that came up in session 1 were discussed in this session – from the software and repositories perspective.

Neil Chue Hong from the Engage project explained why good software sometimes dies and what we can do to save it! He defined the human factors needed to build successful sutainable comminities and feed the ‘Free Puppy’ of open source software…

Bill Hubbard reviewed the history of the ‘mountaineering’ initiative to get repositories generally supported by the UK academic community. 80% of the community completely supports it now, but that is not the end of the discussion…
Obstacles and policies were discussed at a dazzling speed and from great hights What is the future for repositories?

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