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ALTernative views?

On 1st of April we ran an ALT webinar in Blackboard Collaborate (recording here) as part of our consultation process. As with our other consultation events we reviewed the work of the project to date and then set our participants a number of difficult questions to engage with. Given that this event was online we […]

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Digital Student in Wales

I had the opportunity of taking the Digital Student consultation to Wales at the kind invitation of Lis Parcell from the Jisc Regional Support Centre in Wales. I ran a consultation session at the Higher Education Academy Future Directions Conference at Aberystwyth University on the 2nd April. The conference theme was, ‘ Global Graduates: Enabling […]

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Research questions from ELESIG

The ELESIG network brings together people who research learners’ experiences – especially in digital settings – with people who can bring that evidence to bear on day-to-day practice in institutions. Both groups are engaged and engaging people, and it was obvious we should put our Digital Student outcomes in front of them. In the event, […]

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Higher Education 2020 – another perspective

Another excellent Horizon Scanning report projecting features of the higher education sector in 2020 and beyond – this time produced by the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education. It’s well worth reading in its entirety but of particular interest (once again) is the projection that while blended learning may well dominate provision, students are likely to […]

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Recommendations from Jisc Digifest14

So many lovely consultable people turned out for our session at Digifest14 that some of them had to work standing up – we had run out of tables. Luckily there were enough pens and flipchart paper to go around. It was particularly nice to see from a show of hands that there were some students […]

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#digistudent at #digifest

We’re getting out our cheapest tent, waterproofing our wellies and packing plenty of loo roll as we take our digital student consultation gig to the Jisc Digital Festival. Join us in Hall 10b at the ICC in Birmingham on Weds 12 March to discuss how universities should respond to students’ changing needs and expectations. You […]

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London calling

We’re just putting the finishing touches to our preparations for the first open consultation event in London (4th March at Browns’ Courtrooms). So here you can find: a digital student padlet to collate ideas for responding to students’ digital expectations and needs an edited collation of ideas from the Winchester event, being a speculative tour […]

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Cinematic scenarios

I had the opportunity to kick-off the consultation phase of the project by running a workshop session at the ‘Supporting Educational Innovation, Partnership & Change’ event based at the University of Winchester.The session was unusual in a number of ways. Firstly, it was held in a local independent cinema. Secondly, about 40% of the participants […]

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HE Futures report

Unite and Universities Alliance have just published a report on Living and Learning in 2034 which is relevant to the Digital Student project. Based on a year-long programme of scenario building (university_vision), the report explores how students might live in four different scenarios that might come about over the next 20 years. As with a […]

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QAA report: student expectations and perceptions of HE

A recent report from Kings College London and the QAA looks at student expectations and perceptions of higher education. Though there is no specific focus on digital aspects of the HE experience, there are still findings from the study which confirm and add detail to our Digital Student Study Findings (numbering is my own). 1. […]