Issue Fourteen – 1 March 2010

A Few Words from Lawrie Phipps
  In This Issue…
Institutional Innovation Exchange
  MEAoT blog
  Presentations
  Craig Wentworth’s introduction
  Slides
  Evaluation
JISC Reporting Guidance
SSBR Database
Comms and Dissemination
  Getting Your Message Across New Site
    Getting Your Message Across
    JISC Comms – Press and PR top tips
    JISC Comms – Publication top tips
    JISC Comms – Events top tips
Project News
  iBorrow
  Data Centre Infrastructure
Assemblies and Seminars
  TAG HEA evidence-based practice seminar 4 March 2010
  Academic Social Networking 5 March 2010
  iBorrow 25 March 2010
  TWOLER 26 March 2010
Assembly Reports
  WELL 3 November 2009
  Asset 14 January 2010
  EasiHE 10 February 2010
  Tag/Hello/Erewhon/Develop Me
Benefits Realisation

A Few Words from Lawrie Phipps

I just wanted to say thanks for the great participation that you gave at the programme meeting and for the high quality of benefits and products that were on show. As well as seeing this for myself at the meeting, I have also been hearing good things at various JISC meetings and from other institutions, as I work on other programmes and visit senior staff elsewhere.

For those of you who are approaching the end of the project, your draft and final reports will soon be due. Make sure you get them to your nominated support project person in plenty of time for feedback. For more details on the reports, conferences, senior management videos, see (here)

Lawrie Phipps
l.phipps@jisc.ac.uk

In This Issue…

Phase 2 projects are now entering their last month on the Programme and we hope the recent Institutional Innovation Exchange at Aston was useful. It was great to experience at first hand how well your projects have progressed over the past 18 months or so and how the networks have expanded, sharing the valuable research you have all been undertaking. It was especially rewarding to see projects from Phases 2 and 3 exchanging ideas and discussing plans for joint assemblies in the future.

In this newsletter, you will find information on your report writing, help with plans for communicating your products and outputs to the wider world, details on the new SSBR database, an evaluation of the conference and some of the slide presentations as well as project news and assemblies.

If you have any news or information you would like to share, please contact emma@jisc-ssbr.net

Institutional Innovation Exchange

MEAoT blog

Thanks to MEAoT for their blogposting – we loved the poem!

http://modular-e-admin.blogspot.com/…

Presentations

You will find here some of the PowerPoint presentations that were given at the conference. If there are any particular presentations you would like and they are not here, please feel free to contact me or the presenters direct.

Craig Wentworth’s introduction

The Institutional Innovation programme has always been unashamedly cross-domain and whilst this view of other programmes under just one team (which doesn’t even try to incorporate links to e-Learning activities) looks like the aftermath of an experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, it does at least reinforce the general feeling of joiny-uppedess we’re trying to achieve. Read more (here)

Slides

JISC SSBR (George Roberts) (slides)
Programme Evaluation (Curtis Cartwright) (slides)
EdShare (Debra Morris, Hugh Davis) (slides)
LIW Update (Juliet Hinrichsen) (slides)
WakeUpOnLAN (Howard Noble) (slides)
Business and Community Engagement (Simon Whittemore) (slides)
Curriculum Design & Delivery (Lisa Gray) (slides)
JISC Comms (Jane Charlton) (slides)

Other presenters were:

Alex Hawker – (a.hawker@jisc.ac.uk)
Rob Bristow – (r.bristow@jisc.ac.uk)
Myles Danson – (m.danson@jisc.ac.uk)
Mark Power – (mpower6@gmail.com)

Evaluation

Thank you to everyone who completed the evaluation forms – your comments and feedback are much appreciated. To see the report compiled by Patsy Clarke, please download this file:
SSBR0110_feedback_report_draft1.pdf

JISC Reporting Guidance

Phase 2 project reports are due in fairly soon and all the information you require can be found (here)

Summarised here:

  • Final Report NO MORE THAN 20 PAGES inclusive of appendices.
  • Links to evidence are good. Use links rather than appendices to outputs, which projects for the most part host for at least 3 years.
  • Draft final report NOW and work with/for critical friends to gather outputs, tell stories, enter and interrogate the database, challenge the analytical framework, i.e. is your project tagged OK?
  • Final Report on final day of project; output/artefact/uris with Final Report.
  • Completion report one month after (needs to go through any host university audit loops).

If you do have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact your critical friend or anyone on the SSBR team and if you think your report may diverge from the official guidelines, please clear it with Lawrie Phipps or Ruth Drysdale.

SSBR Database

The database on the site is now live. The main purposes is to create a matrix of information for Projects and Outputs using a set of Rubrics and Keys enhancing ‘discoverability’. You are now able to look at the following in greater depth:

Clicking on ‘Projects’ will show the list of projects participating in that phase, then in each project record clicking on ‘People’ will bring the lists of people related to that project., and so on…

For an explanation of how it all works, please see (here) and for the database itself: http://inin.jisc-ssbr.net/ssbrdb

Comms and Dissemination

Getting Your Message Across New Site

The Trade Fair at Aston showed just how many high quality products will come out of your research and activities. The next stage is to get it all out in the open and share your packaged outputs with the world in an effective and innovative way. JISC Comms and the SSBR team are here to offer information and support and we have created a new Comms/Dissemination site http://comms.inin.jisc-ssbr.net. See below for recent articles which may be of assistance.

Project News

iBorrow

Congratulations to Canterbury Christ Church University project iBorrow, who have just won the UCISA 2009 Award for Excellence. Ian Ellery will be presenting on the project at the UCISA 2010 Conference in March.

Data Centre Infrastructure

Richard Stern, Project Manager of Data Centre Infrastructure from the University of Hertfordshire will be presenting at the DatacenterDynamics conference in Manchester in May http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/…

Assemblies and Seminars

TAG HEA evidence-based practice seminar
4 March 2010

10:00 in Scholars Bar, Foster Refectory, Foster Building

TAG is a JISC-funded research project that aims to explore the impact on retention of the creation of a dynamic, interactive, web based platform of support, which enables potential students to develop realistic expectations of HE. It was developed in response to research, such as that referenced in the report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (2007), which looked at retention and withdrawal in HE. Literature shows many students are coming from backgrounds where they have no peers or family members with experience of HE to draw on (Thomson and Quinn (2007) and the students’ expectations of university do not match the reality.

Delegates will have an opportunity to think about how they can support students during their transition into HE and potential ways of developing additional support students can access as and when they require it. They will also have identified resources available to support them to do this. The TAG Team aims to make the TAG project as accessible to institutions as possible and would seek to gain an understanding from the attendees about possible barriers at their institutions to adopting TAG. This will inform the development of the TAG resources and support options the TAG Team can offer to other institutions looking to adopt the TAG project.

For more information and to book online please visit www.uclan.ac.uk/health/research/tag/tag_hea_seminar.php or contact the TAG Team – thealternativeguide@uclan.ac.uk

Academic Social Networking
5 March 2010

The assembly is about User Testing and Personas and will be held on Friday, March 5th in CARET, Cambridge. If you’d like to sign up, or find out more about the Assembly please email katy@caret.cam.ac.uk, or call 01223 765357.

iBorrow
25 March 2010

Canterbury Christ Church University

The conference will look at the lessons and insights gained from the iBorrow Project. This partly JISC-funded project provides, within the new library and student support centre, 200 thin-client netbook devices available “as easily as picking a book from a shelf”.
See (here) for more details.

The team welcome representatives from all the Institutional Innovation Programme and Benefits Realisation projects and there will also be an opportunity for projects to bring along and display their posters.

For more information, contact Phil Poole, Director of Learning and Teaching on 01227 782756 or Dr Ian Ellery, Director of Computing Services, on 01227 782522. They can be e-mailed at iborrow@canterbury.ac.uk and visit www.canterbury.ac.uk/projects/iborrow

TWOLER
26 March 2010

University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London

For details of the TWOLER project assembly studying student generated Web 2.0 content with Lightweight Enterprise RSS visit https://sites.google.com/../twoler/../project-assemby

Assembly Reports

WELL 3 November 2009

An update to the project blog with notes made from the Evaluation workshop on 3 November 2009 can be found here http://wellproject.edublogs.org/

Asset 14 January 2010

The ASSET Project Assembly was held on 14th January 2010 at the University of Reading. Throughout the day there were a number of presentations from JISC Institutional Innovation Projects (Strand 07/8) alongside a number of talks from colleagues based at other HEIs who are exploring the use of video, audio and other e-resources for enhancing staff and student engagement with feedback. Read more (here)

Further details of the Project Assembly, including downloadable copies of the presentations, are now available on the ASSET website http://www.reading.ac.uk/asset/…

Robyn Drinkwater r.drinkwater@reading.ac.uk

EasiHE 10 February 2010

For more information about this workshop which was attended by colleagues from Southampton University, including Trevor Bryant from the e-Assignment project, Robyn Drinkwater from the ASSET project, University of Reading, and Roy Williams from the University of Portsmouth see (here)

Tag/Hello/Erewhon/Develop Me

Presentations from the TAG assembly are now live on the UCLan website and can be accessed (here).

Benefits Realisation

Unfortunately, there is no extra money for BR, but we are able to go ahead and fund the existing projects. See here for more information

http://www.jisc.ac.uk/news/stories/2010/02/hefce.aspx

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