Early in the week I was preparing for my presentation on Friday, as well as working on some more future vignettes.
I spent two days this week doing CPD on “communicating with impact”. Though I have spent over twenty five years presenting, I still think there are things you can learn and unlearn as well.
Jisc made the news having helped UK universities comply with China internet limits for their international students who are unable or unwilling to travel to the UK.
UK universities are testing a new online teaching link for students in China – which will require course materials to comply with Chinese restrictions on the internet.
The pilot project involves four Russell Group universities – King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London, York and Southampton – and is run by JISC, formerly the Joint Information Systems Committee, which provides digital services for UK universities.
BBC hasn’t quite caught up that JISC is now Jisc.
Despite hearing some anecdotal evidence to the contrary, it was interesting to read in the Guardian that UK universities receive record number of applications in lockdown.
A record 40.5% of all 18-year-olds in the UK have applied to go to university, with numbers rising significantly during lockdown, according to the university admissions service UCAS.
We are seeing a political shift in how central Government view the university sector.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson is to scrap a commitment to get 50% of England’s young people into university, which was reached for the first time last year.
He is also promising a German-style further education system with a focus on higher technical qualifications.
Tony Blair set the target over 20 years ago to boost social mobility.
Friday I delivered a presentation at the University of Hertfordshire Teaching & Learning Conference. Originally when planned I would have travelled over to Hatfield to deliver the conference in person. With everything that has happened since March, I did my presentation via Teams. My presentation was on learning analytics and ethics.
My top tweet this week was this one.
On this day in 2009. I led some staff development at Gloucestershire College on mobile learning. In the evening myself, Lilian Soon, Dave Sugden and Dave Foord went to La Tasca for some tapas in Cheltenham pic.twitter.com/0C9UONMGV8
— James Clay (@jamesclay) July 7, 2020