Monday I was off to London once more. On Tuesday I am presenting a keynote at an Inside Government event. The event takes place in the City of London, which can be challenging to get to for a 9:30am start, so I went up on Monday to stay overnight. I popped into our London office for a quick meeting before heading off to my hotel. I was intending to walk from the office to the hotel, but it was pouring with rain so I caught the tube.
Tuesday was the Inside Government event and my presentation was called Education 4.0 – Key Trends in the Current Digital Landscape
My presentation covered stuff I have talked about before.
- Reflecting on what we understand by Education 4.0 and the potential impact on universities?
- Discussing how universities should harness the power of their data and use analytics to tackle some of the big strategic challenges within the organisation
- Asking the key questions: How will teaching be transformed? What does personalised adaptive learning look like? Could we re-imagine assessment? How do we build an intelligent campus?
- Designing a strategy that will enable organisations to start laying the foundations for the future that is Education 4.0
Compared to other Inside Government events I have attended, I thought attendance was quite low. However I got some positive feedback and some interesting questions.
I think we are also starting to see more resistance and wariness of the use of data and analytics for learning and teaching. The ethical and secure use of data is critical, but even so, there are still concerns that need to be addressed, and might never be addressed.
The BBC reported on a recent fine imposed on UEA for a data breach.
University students whose personal details were emailed to hundreds of their classmates have been paid more than £140,000 in compensation.
A spreadsheet containing student health problems, bereavements and personal issues was sent to 298 people at the University of East Anglia in June 2017.
Insurers have since paid out £142,512 to affected students from UEA, which said it had reviewed data practices.
Talking to colleagues, there use to be rectification notices for these kinds of breaches, now we are seeing the ICO making decisions like this one.
These kinds of news stories demonstrate challenges with data and the use of data by universities and colleges, as well as possible data literacy issues amongst staff.
Thursday I was back to London for a meeting with the Department for Education. Jisc meets regularly with our funders across the United Kingdom.
Friday I didn’t have far to travel, as I went to Weston College, for a Microsoft Teams event. This event, part of a roadshow run by Microsoft demonstrated some of the key functions of the tool and how some academics were using it. I did feel that I had heard many of these conversations before, with other tools such as Virtual Campus, Moodle, Slack, even the Twitter. I think what was missing is the strategic approach to the embedding use of these tools across the whole of the organisation. How do you get everyone to use the tools you provide effectively.
My top tweet this week was this one.
I need to get my eyes tested, I read that as cat’s milk…
— James Clay (@jamesclay) January 28, 2020