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Digital Futures

Book Description

A co-branded book project with Jisc (formerly the Joint Information Systems Commitee), off the back of DigiFest 2014, a digital festival run by Jisc for the first time in 2014. The aim of the book is to bring cutting-edge discussion as heard at DigiFest to the information professional/academic librarian readership. Digital Futures will provide expert briefings to information professionals on the emerging trends in the digital technologies that are transforming teaching and research in higher education.



  • Written by subject experts working at the forefront in emerging trends and digital technologies
  • Encompasses issues that impact across the higher education institution: learning, research and network security
  • Aids strategic thinking and informs decision making

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. About the Editors
  6. About the Contributors
  7. Introduction
    1. MOOCs
    2. Open Access
    3. Managing Digital Risks
    4. Open Data
    5. The Digital Student Experience
    6. International Collaboration
  8. Chapter 1. MOOCs
    1. 1.1 The Melting of the MOOC
    2. 1.2 From Education to Training
    3. 1.3 Fight or Flight
    4. References
  9. Chapter 2. Open Access: The Costs and Opportunities
    1. 2.1 Introduction
    2. 2.2 The Costs of OA
    3. 2.3 The Opportunities for OA
    4. 2.4 Research Impact
  10. Chapter 3. Creating Opportunities Through Security
    1. 3.1 Understanding Security in Research and Education
    2. 3.2 New Ways of Being Secure
    3. 3.3 Designing Security for Research and Education
    4. 3.4 Creating Opportunities Through Safe Working
    5. References
  11. Chapter 4. Open Data: Higher and Further Education Stepping up to the Challenge
    1. 4.1 Why It Matters
    2. 4.2 Where Is Further and Higher Education?
  12. Chapter 5. Enhancing the Digital Student Experience
    1. 5.1 What Is Changing?
    2. 5.2 Who Owns the Technology?
    3. 5.3 How Is Technology Enhancing the Curriculum?
    4. 5.4 How Is Technology Enhancing Assessment?
    5. 5.5 How Are Students Engaged in Developing the Digital Student Experience?
    6. 5.6 What Are the Challenges Facing Institutions?
    7. 5.7 Principles for Developing an Enhanced Digital Student Experience
    8. References
  13. Chapter 6. International Collaboration and the Changing Digital World – Opportunities and Constraints
    1. 6.1 Introduction
    2. 6.2 Research E-infrastructure
    3. 6.3 Network E-infrastructure
    4. 6.4 Computational E-infrastructure
    5. 6.5 Data E-infrastructure
    6. 6.6 Virtual Research Environments
    7. 6.7 Virtual communication
    8. 6.8 Conclusion
    9. References