Author Archives: Chris Thomson

About Chris Thomson

I'm a Subject Specialist at Jisc focusing on online learning and digital student experience.

Who the hell do I think I am?

Originally posted on Inspiring learning.

Chris reflects on how managing a Twitter account that he uses for personal and professional reasons can sometimes look a little confusing to the outside world and why the choices we make about what we put on social media have implications for those in positions of leadership.

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Data visualisation and digital capability

Originally posted on Inspiring learning.

In a recent webinar, Andy Kirk of Visualising Data fame, talked about the roles and responsibilities involved in effective data visualisation projects. Chris summarises what he learnt and draws comparisons with the Jisc digital capability framework.

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Digital innovation: choosing what’s likely to fly

Originally posted on Inspiring learning.

With such rapid development in technology and limited resources in education, it’s hard for leaders to know which innovations in technology are likely to succeed and potentially transform learning, professional practice and the effectiveness of their institution. Looking forward to this year’s Jisc Digital Leaders programme, Chris gives some simple guidance on identifying the projects that are likely to make a difference.

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Incoming! Student expectations of technology

Originally posted on Inspiring learning.

Chris has recently been discussing the expectation of new students about the use of technology in learning. Do further and higher education institutions address the fact that many schools offer quite a sophisticated digital experience which is not always easy to match in post-compulsory education? Chris reflects on his own kids’ experiences and what they might have to teach us about developing a positive digital student experience.

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On the Air – making the most of live video

Originally posted on Inspiring learning.

Live video has well and truly entered the mainstream. The arrival of several new tools means that the barriers to broadcasting live over social media have pretty much collapsed. Chris shares some ideas for successfully broadcasting an event, lesson or lecture using Periscope.

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Jisc credentials project – the story so far

Originally posted on Inspiring learning.

This post was originally written by Celeste McLaughlin, who recently started a new role at the University of Edinburgh. This blog post gives an update on the progress of the Jisc digital credentials project which I’ve been involved with since its inception late last year. My colleague Ruth Drysdale has previously blogged about the project. There are …

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