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The Academy / JISC Collaboration A partnership in support of Higher Education. Sharon Waller - Higher Education Academy Senior adviser and Academy/JISC Collaboration Team Leader. Programme. Why are we here?.

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The Academy / JISC CollaborationA partnership in support of Higher Education

Sharon Waller - Higher Education Academy

Senior adviser and Academy/JISC Collaboration Team Leader

why are we here
Why are we here?
  • to consider how technology can be used within different stages of the student lifecycle to enhance retention;
  • to gain an insight into the methods and technologies being used across the sector and different discipline communities to enhance student retention;
  • to identify the challenges and affordances presented by different technologies;
  • to increase understanding of the support needs of institutions and their staff to enable the effective use of technology to enhance student retention.
a little background the academy jisc collaboration
A little background:The Academy/JISC Collaboration
  • Collaboration team established to work with wider Collaboration Network (March 2007-2009)
  • Support implementation of the HEFCE’s e-Learning strategy (2005)
  • Develop closer working relationships between the two organisations
  • Provide coherent and co-ordinated support to the Higher Education sector in e-learning
  • Simplify access to the range of e-learning resources and services provided by JISC and the Academy
  • Identify gaps in current provision
maximising synergies
Maximising synergies
  • JISC and the Academy bring a wealth of complementary expertise and resources:
    • JISC
      • development programmes, tools, resources, content, repositories, research etc
      • advisory services and regional support centres
    • Academy
      • pedagogy, overarching L&T context, resources, professional development, research, staff development focus etc
      • discipline focus through Subject Centre network
academy jisc geographical clusters

History, Classics & Archaeology



InfoNet, Netskills, iPAS


CEBE, ESCalate, Materials PALATINE, Archaeology

Bioscience, Physical Sciences, PRS, Psychology



Engineering, ICS


OSS Watch



AHDS, Collections

English, Health, Sciences & Practice


Economics, ESCalate

Art, Design, Media



Academy/JISCGeographical clusters
mapping the landscape existing resources
Mapping the landscape: existing resources


  • to identify:
    • good practice,
    • the impact and usefulness of existing resources,
    • possible duplication/overlap
  • to provide strategic advice and guidance to JISC and the Academy on future development areas.
4 themes
4 themes
  • Use of technology to support:
    • Assessment (Sept 07 – Jan 08)
    • Academic staff (Feb – May 08)
    • Work-related learning (Jun 08 – Jan 09)
      • preparing learners for the work place
      • supporting learners in the work place
    • The student learning experience (Jun 08 – Jan 09)
      • learner-learner communications
      • learner-tutor communications
      • learner access to resources
student learning experience think tank january 2009
Student Learning Experience think-tank January 2009
  • Recommendation - stage an event :
    • to raise awareness of the affordances of different technologies to support different stages of the student lifecycle
    • showcase some of the different methods and technologies being used across the sector and consider their effectiveness
    • explore the research/evidence base i.e. what do we know about the impact of technology on student retention and progression? And what are the implications for institutions and their staff?
responding to the sector s needs
Responding to the sector’s needs
  • podcasts - using technology to support:
    • assessment,
    • academic staff,
    • the student learning experience,
    • work-related learning
  • collation of studies into use of ICT to support learning, teaching and assessment
  • overview papers for each theme
  • a collective guide to resources (Sept. 2009 @ ALT-C)
  • online tutorials, guides and workshops