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.
JTAP identified a number of critical areas where it has been concentrating its effort. These include:
- IT to support the management of HEIs
- Student Portable Computers (SPCs)
- Computer supported educational environments
- IT to support staff and students with disabilities
- HPC and Cluster Computing
- Access to digital information
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.
1 Aug 1996
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
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