CoSector Blog

Blended learning, flipped learning... a glossary of important edtech terms

EdTech brings with it an array of terms that we may not all be familiar with. Here we aim to define clearly what several commonly used terms actually mean. 

Aug 14, 2017

Topic: Higher Education, IT and Digital

What is the GDPR? An explanation of the changes to data protection law

The thriller series ‘24’ punctuates its episodes with an insistent ticking clock counting down to the final showdown. If the data protection people in your organisation are walking round with the same angst ridden expression as Kiefer Sutherland,...

Aug 02, 2017

Topic: IT and Digital, Higher Education, News

The Future is Hybrid: The Hybrid Archivist

The term ‘hybrid’ is most often used to describe a library or archive collection that is a mix of digital and analogue content. Originally, ‘hybrid’ seemed to be a transition stage, with the assumption being that one day, all content would be...

Jul 05, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation, IT and Digital

Our experience with digital transformation in higher education

At the University of London, a lot of us are going through our very own digital transformation, so I thought I would share with you the processes and changes needed to implement such a huge scale project. 

Jun 02, 2017

Topic: Higher Education, IT and Digital

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, IT and Digital, Higher Education

How to make class more interactive with edtech for higher education

It is estimated that $252 billion (£200 billion) will be spent by colleges and universities on campus edtech by 2020. It is estimated that on average, a student has 5 digital devices, so to keep up with students’ expectations, there needs to be a...

Feb 24, 2017

Topic: Higher Education, IT and Digital

Biggest challenges facing technology enhanced learning in higher education

How important is technology enhanced learning to higher education? In my experience of talking to and working with many academics and institutions, technology to enhance or engage students is very important. However, having been asked this...

Feb 08, 2017

Topic: Higher Education, IT and Digital