Sheffield was the setting for our first Intelligent Campus Community Event for our new community of practice. The community of practice gives people an opportunity to network, share practice, hear what various institutions are doing and what Jisc is doing in this space. The event proved popular with Jisc members and over 70 people had booked onto the event.
After providing an initial introduction on the Intelligent Campus realm, we moved onto a range of presentations from Sheffield Hallam University (SHU). Ian Glover gave an insightful introduction to Bluetooth Beacons and how SHU have been using them across learning spaces.
You can find out more about this project on the project blog.
We had a presentation about how SHU were using Lone Rooftop to look at space utilisation using wireless technologies. Manual usage counts was expensive and didn’t provide a realistic picture, whereas a technological solution was more accurate and cost effective.
We also had a presentation about the use of information kiosks.
Finally a presentations about the use of beacons to support induction and a self guided library tour of the library.
I then provided a presentation about the Jisc project in the Intelligent Campus space.
As well as covering some of the background to the Intelligent Campus space, the presentation also shows what Jisc is doing in this space, how we are doing it, and why we are doing it. The Intelligent Campus space is quite vast and wide, the Jisc project though looking at the large space is quite focused on extending our analytics services into the physical world.
At the core of the learning analytics service is the learning data hub (formerly called the learning records warehouse) where academic and engagement data is collected, stored and processed.
We’ll extend the learning data hub to enable data to be gathered in from physical places (movement trackers, heat and CO2 sensors, for example) and from systems that record and monitor space and equipment usage, timetabling and other activities.
By analysing when and how rooms are used organisations will be able to make smarter, more effective use of learning spaces and other facilities across campus and to improve curriculum design and delivery.
One useful link posted to the Twitter was about the guidance on using Wifi Location Analytics and Data Protection:
ICO guidance on using Wifi Location Analytics and Data Protection: https://t.co/taOvDpc2Zr #intelligentcampus— Scott Wilson (@scottbw) March 23, 2018
After lunch we had na activity looking at use cases in the intelligent campus space.
We then had Ian and Sally taking about learning spaces at the University of Nottingham.
University of Nottingham are using thermal imaging cameras and passive infra-read sensors to measure room occupancy.— James Clay (@jamesclay) March 23, 2018
We also heard details about their Microsoft Surface Hub pilot.
#intelligentcampus University of Nottingham using Mirroring360 https://t.co/2FE0Sd2Gue to screencast to your big screen AV setup. Fully software approach to what we're trying with the Solstice pod https://t.co/ZFhADUL80n. Bigifying a live image is big business.— Ciaran Talbot (@ciaran_talbot) March 23, 2018
The final session of the day was a round table with delegates in the room discussing what was happening in their organisations.
The second of these events took place a few weeks later in Glasgow.
The third of these events is being hosted and taking place at Plymouth Marjon University on the 21st June 2018 from 10:00 to 4:00, and lunch will be provided.
You will have the opportunity to discover more about the Jisc project that is being undertaken in the Intelligent Campus space as well as hear from others about their work in this exciting topic. There will be plenty of opportunities for discussion and networking.