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JISC Technologies Application (JTAP) Programme

The JISC Technology Applications Programme (JTAP) was a highly focused programme aimed at assisting the HE community to get the best from its investment in IT.

To achieve this it reported on best practice in the community, both within UK HE and on experiences beyond. This enabled the community to learn from each other and avoid unnecessary duplication of effort in introducing, developing and exploiting systems.

JTAP funded projects which demonstrated the application of technology. This may be the application of novel technologies or applying existing techniques in new ways or in new areas. In this way we have been assisting UK HE to be in the vanguard of IT application so as to help maintain UK HE's worldwide competitive edge.

JTAP funded four clearing houses to actively inform the community in distinct areas:

  • The use of IT to support staff and students with disabilities; and how by considering the needs of disabled users products and services are made more accessible for all users.
  • The IMS standard on educational software; this will ensure interoperability between educational objects at all levels and so assist in the exploitation of educational material developed, and by being involved in its development we can ensure that it meets the needs of UK HE.
  • The use of smartcards in HE.
  • Videoconferencing.

JTAP identified a number of critical areas where it has been concentrating its effort. These include:

  • IT to support the management of HEIs
  • Security
  • Student Portable Computers (SPCs)
  • Computer supported educational environments
  • IT to support staff and students with disabilities
  • HPC and Cluster Computing
  • Standards
  • Access to digital information
  • Videoconferencing

In addition to the projects listed below, a number of additional reports have been commissioned by the JTAP programme. In most cases these are availabe in Word format for download.

This programme is managed by Tish Roberts.


Start Date:  1 Aug 1996

End Date:  1 May 2000

Projects funded under this programme:

A Framework for Pedagogical Evaluation of Virtual Learning Environments

A Guide to On-Line Teaching: Tools and Projects

Audio-Visual Person Recognition for Security and Access Control

Automated Creation and Issue of Computer Accounts

Blocking spam relaying and junk mail

Chargeable Distributed Networked Printing

Content-based Image Retrieval

Control of 24-Hour Access to Computing Facilities

Delivering Staff and Professional Development Using Virtual Learning Environments

Electronic Diaries

Experience with the Use of a Multi-purpose Smart Card

Extending the Applications of SmartCards: Internet Cash Payment and Personal Data

Human Factors Aspects of Virtual Design Environments in Education

Information Object Numbering Systems (IONS)

Infrared Links for Notebook Computers in Public Areas

Innovative use of data networks to improve campus security

JINI: a platform for building adaptive integrated learning environments

Network Delivery of High Quality MPEG-2 Digital Video

On-Line Tutorials and Digital Archives or "Digitising Wilfred"

Online Rolling User Feedback Questionnaire

Overview of Watermarks, Fingerprints, and Digital Signatures

Potential applications of Document Management in Higher Education administration

Potential contribution of virtual and remote laboratories to the development of a shared VLE

Practical Guidelines for Teaching with Videoconferencing

Re-use of Legacy Computers: a comparative pilot

Remote Advisory Case Study: The NEAT System

Review of content-based image retrieval systems

Role of Virtual Learning Environments in the Online Delivery of Staff Development

State of the Art Review of Presentation Technologies

Strategic Deployment of Thin Clients and Multi-user Windows NT for Campus Computing Services

Student portable computing

Teaching at a Distance: Building a Virtual Learning Environment

Three-Dimensional Metaphors and Virtual Graduate School Technical Review

UK Higher Education IT Asset Management Project

Use and evaluation of Videoconferencing in Teaching and Learning

Use of Firewalls in an Academic Environment

VENUE: Virtual ENvironments for Urban Environments

Videoconferencing in the Valleys: A case study of the 'ALPs' Project

Working Paper on: Secure Internet issues for the HE Community

   

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