CoSector Blog

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

Exciting times for Hydra: introducing Hyku

 My first post for CoSector back in January talked about Hydra and all the various opportunities offered by the software and community. Since then I’ve been spending my time prototyping and planning for what CoSector’s first dip into Hydra would...

Apr 21, 2017

Topic: IT and Digital, Repositories

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

The Royal Navy to hold cyber war game - weekly cyber security news round-up

Your weekly cyber security news round-up includes accidental sharing of sensitive data and a big cyber war game....

Mar 31, 2017

Topic: Cyber Security, 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

Two-factor authentication for Instagram and a clash with Google - your weekly cyber news round-up

This week it appears that security firm Symantec have done something to upset Google, and Instagram have finally adopted a more secure strategy, 

Mar 24, 2017

Topic: Cyber Security, IT and Digital

Themes and key points from UCISA17

This year's UCISA meeting, UCISA17, was held in Wales. Some 513 delegates from higher education attended and over 80 exhibitors. The key message around this year's event was around digital transformation and how it needs to derive value to...

Mar 22, 2017

Topic: Fairs and Events, IT and Digital

NCSC & NCA report, high profile twitter accounts hacked - weekly cyber round up

The NCSC and NCA published a report this week, The Cyber Threat to UK Business 2016/17. It outlined current trends, key incidents, future threats and how UK businesses can protect themselves. 

Mar 17, 2017

Topic: Cyber Security, 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