CoSector Blog

How we're preparing for GDPR

As a virtual learning environment (VLE) supplier, we have access to and utilise a lot of personal data provided by our customers as the ultimate ‘controllers’ of this data. We, by definition, are therefore the ‘processors’ of data and GDPR...

Nov 03, 2017

Topic: IT and Digital, Bloom VLE

University of London & Bloomsbury Learning Environment Contribute to Sector-Wide Conversation on Technology in Education

Educators will now have a valuable insight into the way technology can enhance assessment and feedback thanks to a new e-book from the Bloomsbury Learning Environment (BLE).

Our partner BLE is a shared e-learning service for Birkbeck College, the...

Oct 23, 2017

Topic: Bloom VLE, IT and Digital, Higher Education, The University of London, News, Research, assessment and feedback practices

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. 

Sep 30, 2017

Topic: Bloom VLE, IT and Digital, Higher Education

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