Author Archives: James Clay

Finding your way

Use Case: Finding your way around campus What’s the issue? Universities can be complex physical spaces, with a myriad of different types of buildings, added in different decades and spread across a wide area, sometimes multiple campuses. Some buildings may be old with obscure access points and navigating adjoining buildings can be confusing. For come … Read more

Nudge me

Use Case: The nudging campus What is Nudging? Wikipedia says: “Nudge theory (or nudge) is a concept in behavioural science, political theory and economics which proposes positive reinforcement and indirect suggestions to try to achieve non-forced compliance to influence the motives, incentives and decision making….” Nudging aims to influence individuals or groups to act or … Read more

Building analytics

Use Case: Building analytics What’s the issue? Universities have large numbers of buildings of varying ages and conditions, spread over a wide geographic area, sometimes multiple campuses. Managing energy, waste and resources efficiently is important for a number of reasons, including financial pressures, environmental principles and regulations, and improved working conditions for campus users. What … Read more

Adaptive learning

Use Case: Adaptive learning What’s the issue? With the increasing use of e-learning and blended learning, there is a growing tension between the potentially interactive physical classroom experience and the largely static, homogeneous content provided through systems such as virtual learning environments. In addition, increasing student numbers, with widening diversity, pose challenges for teaching staff … Read more

Adapting to needs

Use Case: Adapting to needs – intelligent accessibility What’s the issue? The number of students entering university who have a known disability is increasing, (56% between 2011 and 2015) and at the same time funding has faced cuts, with an impact on outcomes. Increasing demand for services and pressure on resources suggests universities could turn … Read more

Entering Alpha

Following a successful transition meeting yesterday. The Intelligent Campus project has moved from Discovery to Alpha. In the discovery phase we explore new ideas and emerging technology to establish which ideas meet Jisc member’s needs, are technically feasible, fit Jisc’s remit and stand a chance of becoming sustainable services. If an idea passes all these … Read more

Do you need help?

Use Case: Emotional Recognition in the Library Could we use emotional recognition technology to discover when students are “troubled” or “in need of help” and then make appropriate interventions to support them in their studies? With constant emotional recognition could we start to understand what a “troubled” user’s expression is. What’s the issue? Users of … Read more