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Co-creation

Cocreating an advocacy toolkit using a writing sprint

Advocacy is a vital part of scholarly communication. It helps researchers and institutions get their message out to the wider world and engage with the communities that matter to them. But creating effective advocacy materials can be a challenge, especially when you’re trying to create something that’s useful to a wide range of institutions. The […]

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Tips for using Microsoft Teams as a community platform

The right platform can make or break a community. For many education and research communities, Microsoft Teams is a common choice. It allows users to collaborate internally and externally, chat, host events, share documents, and create engaging pages to share information. No platform is perfect, but Microsoft has been improving the functionality and capabilities within […]

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Providing safe spaces for conversation and support (with MFA)

Our trusted communities help members to learn together, provide peer-to-peer support, and empower them to make informed decisions. It’s important that we keep providing a safe space to convene community conversations and for you to share resources. To maintain these community spaces, we have decided to enable multifactor authentication (MFA) for all shared Teams spaces […]

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Working with a community editorial board on learning and teaching resources

I work in the Content and Discovery area of Jisc. For the past year we have been working in partnership with a group of academics to add learning and teaching resources to the Historical Texts platform. How we got started I’d love to take credit for the start of this project, but like some of […]

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Tips for facilitating online community meetups

I was recently asked to run a workshop for community facilitators to help with fresh thinking about facilitating online meetups. These are people who regular facilitate meetings of our members, and want to keep improving what they do. They are looking to avoid those ‘tumbleweed moments’ and maximise engagement. When writing the session, I turned […]

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Connecting with community managers at the community (un)conference.

This month, I attended my first community (un)conference to connect with like-minded community managers from different industries, share ideas and learn about other community groups. Hosted by James Cattell and supporting community enthusiasts the community (un)conference lets attendees collaboratively build the agenda on the day with lots of discussions on hot topics. Here is what […]

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Community spotlight: Engaging with Jisc’s research community around the UKRI Open Access policy

  UKRI launched their new open access (OA) policy in April 2022, and Jisc committed to work with UKRI and the research sector, including a diversity of research organisations, researchers, research support and management offices, and representative bodies, to develop an understanding of the challenges around open access, to share and develop best practice, and […]

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Champions Digifest

Evidencing the impact of community

Jisc’s annual conference, Digifest is a splendid celebration of innovation in teaching, learning and research. I was there hosting a group of community champions, people who actively share learning outside of their institutions. The champions facilitate communities of practice, they share their knowledge and experience with peers, or they support projects that bring together multiple […]

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Ten ideas for online community engagement

Anyone who has tried to build an online community knows that it’s far from ‘build it and they will come’. That idea is a myth. Behind every successful online space there are people working hard to create the energy needed for engagement to thrive, particularly in the early days. But I promise you it’s worth […]

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Champions Digifest

Catching up with the community champions of 2022

In March 2022, we hosted the second community champion’s programme. We celebrated 17 incredible and dedicated individuals who go above and beyond to help their peers. Winners were treated a VIP trip to Digifest and have since become a community of peers who support each other sharing resources and tips to strengthen their communities and […]