6 May 2015

Jisc Summer of Student Innovation – Student Competition – deadline 18th May 2015!

As technology becomes an increasingly important aspect of the student learning experience, sparqs is keen to support initiatives which put students at the centre of shaping innovations. The Jisc Summer of Student Innovation competition, now in its third year is an excellent opportunity for students to get support for innovative projects that use technology to improve learning.

The prize comes in two parts: the funding for the work on the project, and the expertise through Jisc’s network to develop and refine the product. This is a great way to bring together technological expertise and a passion for education. Built into the development framework of the products for the lucky winners is a comprehensive network of support to help get your product or app up and running. Experienced developers are on hand to help with the technical side of the work, while the important presentation and promotional side of the work is equally well supported.

Previous winners from Scotland include a project developed by two Edinburgh University students, Hugh McGrade and Tao Bojlen, in tandem with Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA).  “eusay is a website where students can submit, discuss, and vote on proposals to their student union. Students get a platform to have their voice heard, and student unions get information on what the students want.”

Eusay helps support students’ association democracy. Proposals discussed through the website go on to shape agendas for the Students’ Association Council. In this way eusay helps reach out to students who might not ordinarily get involved in more formal structures.

Details about their pitch are still available to view, and the eusay website itself is now in action, hosted by EUSA.

Deadline for competition entries is Monday 18th May and successful entrants will be announced in June. The prizes are great, and the experience of participating in the development of your ideas is even better. Full competition details are on the Jisc website.

sparqs is investigating other ways that it can support student engagement in the development of learning technologies including strengthening our links with Jisc. We were recently invited to join the Jisc Change Agents Network Advisory Group and our April ‘Talking Student Engagement’ interview features Celeste McLaughlin from Jisc.

For further information about the competition, or our work with Jisc, please get in touch with Phil McGuinness, sparqs Development Advisor – phil.mcguinness@sparqs.ac.uk

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