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The pros and cons of edtech in higher education

Education and technology are becoming a better known duo than Homer and Marge, but what are the pros and cons of edtech in higher education? Here we consider how it can help and hinder the learning processes in higher education.

May 16, 2017

Topic: Bloom VLE, Higher Education, IT and Digital

What can higher education learn from celebrity taught courses?

If you haven’t heard of it yet, Masterclass is a San Francisco-based company that creates online courses taught by celebrity icons. A few examples include learning the Art of Performance from Usher via 16 video lessons, two hours of Advanced...

May 09, 2017

Topic: Higher Education

How e-learning is making a difference in the Global South

E-learning has been around for some time now, and with its ability to reduce institutional costs whilst increasing accessibility for students, some thought it might replace conventional classroom-based learning.

May 05, 2017

Topic: Higher Education

Why we should be teaching creativity in higher education

Education and creativity should go hand in hand, but do they currently? Do the way education systems operate inspire creative thinking across a range of disciples? Does it allow us to innovate for a sustainable global future?

May 04, 2017

Topic: Higher Education

Britain could face Brexit 'brain drain'

A report has been published today by The Education Committee which says that the government "must provide guarantees to university staff from the EU and design a new immigration system that better meets the needs of higher education."

Apr 25, 2017

Topic: Higher Education

The pros and cons of proposed two-year undergraduate degrees

Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, recently suggested the UK introduce two-year ‘fast track’ degrees. Here we look at the pros and cons of the idea, and decide whether ultimately it is a good or bad...

Apr 20, 2017

Topic: Higher Education

Why higher education needs to innovate the student experience

What we are currently seeing for student experience in education is not innovation, but gradual improvement: the fine tuning of learning through staff training and the improvement of online learning tools. But is this gradual improvement enough?...

Apr 10, 2017

Topic: Higher Education, IT and Digital

We spoke to an IT security expert to understand how phishing works

This week we spoke to Steve Terrill, IT Security & Business Continuity Manager, to really get to grips with how phishing works. For example, why do phishing emails get past the spam filter, and what can fraudsters actually access if you do click...

Apr 05, 2017

Topic: Cyber Security, Higher Education, IT and Digital

How Bloom VLE makes this long distance course a unique experience

The course was launched in 2014, and they've grown from nothing to over 150 active students within two years. 

Mar 27, 2017

Topic: Bloom VLE, Higher Education, IT and Digital

How to capture and preserve electronic newsletters in HE and beyond

This blog post is based on a real-world case study. It happens to have come from a UK Higher Education institute, but the lessons here could feasibly apply to anyone wishing to capture and preserve electronic newsletters.

Mar 10, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation, Higher Education, IT and Digital