Thursday, 7 February 2013

Learning Spaces and the Student Experience: Do Spaces Matter?

The University of Wales, Newport and IBI Nightingale are jointly holding a one day event which aims to explore the impact of the learning environment on the student experience. It is looking to draw together academics, support staff, colleagues from university estates management and architectural experts to share diverse perspectives on the learning environment.

The conference has a keynote presentation by Richard Mazuch which will raise awareness of principles of sense sensitive design. The event will also feature presentations on new learning environments developed at the University of Birmingham, Bournemouth University and the University of Wales, Newport and include a focus on learning spaces beyond the classroom.

The conference takes place on Monday 11 March 2012 in Cardiff Bay. For more details, and to register go to the conference website:

Friday, 18 November 2011

JISC CETIS Informal Horizon Scan 2011


The 2011 edition of the JISC CETIS Informal Horizon Scan is available for download. This is the third time JISC CETIS has produced such a document, which is essentially a write-up of thoughts and discussion-points from members of CETIS rather than being a robust set of predictions.

Topics include:


Technology Outlook: UK Tertiary Education

During the spring and summer of 2011, JISC sponsored a study by the New Media Consortium as part of their Horizon Project which produces a series of widely-read Horizon Reports. “Technology Outlook: UK Higher Education” is the principle output from this study.
Title Page of Technology Outlook“Technology Outlook” explores the impact of emerging technologies on teaching, learning, research or information management in UK tertiary education over the next five years, as identified by the Horizon.JISC advisory board. That group of experts is comprised of an international body of knowledgeable individuals representing a range of diverse perspectives across the learning sector. The study involved several stages of discussion and refinement of description of potentially influential technologies, their time-lines and impact.

The content of the report has a Creative Commons licence.

Ireland International Conference


Ireland International Conference on Education (IICE-2012),
April 16-18, 2012, Dublin, Ireland (

The IICE is an international refereed conference dedicated
to the advancement of the theory and practices in education.
The IICE promotes collaborative excellence between academicians
and professionals from Education.
The aim of IICE is to provide an opportunity for academicians
and professionals from various educational fields with
cross-disciplinary interests to bridge the knowledge gap, promote
research esteem and the evolution of pedagogy. The IICE 2012 invites
research papers that encompass conceptual analysis, design
implementation and performance evaluation. All the accepted papers
will appear in the proceedings and modified version of selected
papers will be published in special issues peer reviewed journals.

The topics in IICE-2012 include but are not confined to the
following areas:

*Academic Advising and Counselling
*Art Education
*Adult Education
*APD/Listening and Acoustics in Education Environment
*Business Education
*Counsellor Education
*Curriculum, Research and Development
*Competitive Skills
*Continuing Education
*Distance Education
*Early Childhood Education
*Educational Administration
*Educational Foundations
*Educational Psychology
*Educational Technology
*Education Policy and Leadership
*Elementary Education
*Geographical Education
*Geographic information systems
*Health Education
*Higher Education
*Home Education
*Human Computer Interaction
*Human Resource Development
*Indigenous Education
*ICT Education
*Internet technologies
*Imaginative Education
*Kinesiology & Leisure Science
*Language Education
*Mathematics Education
*Mobile Applications
*Multi-Virtual Environment
*Music Education
*Physical Education (PE)
*Reading Education
*Writing Education
*Religion and Education Studies
*Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)
*Rural Education
*Science Education
*Secondary Education
*Second life Educators
*Social Studies Education
*Special Education
*Student Affairs
*Teacher Education
*Cross-disciplinary areas of Education
*Ubiquitous Computing
*Virtual Reality
*Wireless applications
*Other Areas of Education  

Important Dates:

*Extended Abstract (Work in Progress) Submission Date: January 15, 2012  
*Research Paper, Student Paper, Case Study, Report Submission Date: January 20, 2012
*Proposal for Workshops: December 15, 2011  
*Notification of Workshop Acceptance/Rejection: December 20, 2011  
*Poster Proposal Submission Date: January 10, 2012
*Notification of Poster Acceptance/Rejection: January 15, 2012
*Notification of Extended Abstract (Work in Progress) Acceptance/Rejection: January 25, 2012
*Notification of Research Paper, Student Paper, Case Study, Report Acceptance /Rejection: January 30, 2012
*Camera Ready Paper Due: February 10, 2012
*Early Bird Registration Deadline (Authors and Participants): February 15, 2012
*Late Bird Registration Deadline (Authors and Participants): March 10, 2012
*Conference Dates: April 16-18, 2012

For further information please visit IICE-2012 at

The JISC Online Conference

Innovating e-Learning 2011 – Can you afford to miss it?

The JISC Online Conference, Innovating e-Learning 2011, has opened with a pre-conference Activity Week preparing the way for next week’s main conference programme 22-25 November.

Are you interested in?
· Technology-mediated learning and teaching
· Institutional efficiency and curriculum transformation
· Open educational practice
· Introducing change in assessment practice
· Digital literacies
· Students as agents of change in curriculum enhancement

Do you want to know more about?
· Using Facebook in learning and teaching
· Using Web 2.0 technologies to create online communities for non-traditional learners
· Using mobile devices in the classroom
· A range of freely available online tools and resources to enhance your practice

You can still register for this big conference experience with a low carbon footprint. But don’t delay. The main conference programme commences Tuesday 22 November.

Follow the conference on Twitter @ jiscel2011
Contribute your views on Twitter using #jiscel11
Programme and booking at

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

TechWatch report on 'Augmented Reality for Smartphones'

A new state-of-the-art TechWatch report looking at Augmented Reality for Smartphones is now available for comment: See Augmented Reality for Smartphones (PDF).

The report was commissioned by UKOLN for the JISC Observatory and written by Ben Butchart from EDINA, based at the University of Edinburgh.

Friday, 1 April 2011

Visitors and Residents: What Motivates Engagement with the Digital Information Environment?

The University of Oxford and OCLC Research are collaborating on a short-term, JISC-funded study to investigate the theory of digital residents and visitors with students in the transitional educational stage, the time between late-stage secondary (high school) and the first year of college or university.

This work is intended to increase understanding of how learners engage with the Web and how educational services and systems can attract and sustain a possible new group of lifelong learners. The trans-Atlantic partnership will support comparison of students' digital learning strategies in different cultural contexts.

For more information, see the project website: