Issue Fifteen – 17 May 2010

A Few Words

Congratulations to the Phase 2 Institutional Innovation projects on reaching a big milestone in your journeys. I am really pleased to be seeing your final reports and your project outputs. Phase 3: keep calm and carry on! The support team (SSBR) is being reshaped and refocused to concentrate on synthesising the outcomes from what has in many ways been a visionary programme. Taken individually, you have all achieved great things at the practitioner and institutional level. Taken collectively, the outcomes of the programme are going towards helping to define what we can imagine as the future higher education space. Read more (here)

Thank you all for your participation in the Institutional Innovation Programme.

George Roberts
groberts@brookes.ac.uk

Benefits Realisation

Invitation for Ideas for Benefits Realisation Projects

Members of the Institutional Innovations programme, Phase 3 Lifelong Learning and Work Force Development projects are invited to submit expressions of interest for Benefits Realisation projects. Funding of up to £15,000 is available to individual projects or funding of up to £50,000 for clusters of projects or projects that engage several institutions will be available for Benefits Realisation projects that support the programme to embed new practices in sustainable communities of interest. Total funding available is around £200k. The BR funding period is from Aug/September 2010 to March 2011. All projects to complete before 31 March 2011. For more information, see http://br.inin.jisc-ssbr.net/

Paul Bailey
paul@jisc-ssbr.net

Assemblies
  TELSTAR Innovations in Reference Management 2 – 21 June 2010
Assembly Reports
  Co-genT Project Frameworks Assembly, (26 January 2010)
  TELSTAR UCLAN (1 February 2010)
  ELTAC (18 March 2010)
  HELLO (24 March 2010)
  ASSET: Enhancing Feedback and Feed Forward in the Digital Age
Programme News
  Congratulations Green ICT
  HELLO and ALT-C
  Employer Engagement
Conferences and Events
  How to Run a Community Collection Online (RunCoCo) Workshop
  Sustaining Innovation via Organisational Development
  TransferSummit/UK
  What is Transition?
  JIF2010
  ALT-C 2010
News in Brief
  JISC CETIS
  Should business engage more with universities?
  Call for volunteers for ELESIG
Publications
  Elluminate Live good practice guide
  A Specification for e-Portfolio Portability and Interoperability

Assemblies

TELSTAR Innovations in Reference Management 2 – 21 June 2010

The Studio, Birmingham

This free event will include talks looking at trends in reference management, different approaches taken to managing lists of references (such as ‘reading lists’), the latest developments with the freely available Zotero reference management tool, where and how references appear on the web, and looking at the emerging requirements to reference or cite datasets. See http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/telstar/ for more information or contact Owen Stephens at o.stephens@open.ac.uk

Assembly Reports

Co-genT Project Frameworks Assembly, 26 January 2010

The Co-genT project team hosted a face-to-face workshop on frameworks at the University of Gloucestershire (UoG) Oxstalls campus on 26 January 2010. The event was organised in collaboration with the University of Wolverhampton’s ePPSME Project team, and were also joined on the day by colleagues from UCLAN’s Telstar Project. Read more (here) and a full report on the Frameworks Assembly is available on the Co-genT project website at http://resources.glos.ac.uk/tli/lets/projects/cogent

TELSTAR UCLAN 1 February 2010

For more information on the TELSTAR assembly, see (here)

ELTAC 18 March 2010

The aims of this assembly held at the University of Coventry were to explore the question of which staff development needs arise when a new capture technology is being introduced into an institution; to produce relevant collective resources for use by the wider HE community based on common and divergent experiences in implementing capture technologies for learning and teaching and to pool expertise and surface/identify related issues. You can read more about the day from Jenny Mackness at http://assemblies.inin.jisc-ssbr.net/2010/04/05/eltac/

HELLO 24 March 2010

For more details of the recent HELLO assembly focusing on the successful and not so successful techniques of engaging employers in project activity and participation with project outputs, see http://assemblies.inin.jisc-ssbr.net/…

ASSET: Enhancing Feedback and Feed Forward in the Digital Age

This HEA-funded seminar arose from the work of ASSET and was very well organised, interesting and successful. The aim of the event was to explore a range of tools and methods for giving rapid and timely feedback in ways which stimulate and support students’ learning in the ‘digital age’. It was hoped that by attending this event participants would

i) have a greater understanding of when and how technology, such as the use of video, may be used to enhance the timeliness and effectiveness of feed-forward and feedback provision and

ii) develop a greater awareness of how technology may be used to support strategic priorities, such as enhancing innovation in teaching and learning.

Read more about the event from Jenny Mackness here http://assemblies.inin.jisc-ssbr.net/2010/05/16/asset/

Programme News

Congratulations Green ICT

Green ICT made it to Stage two of the Green Gown Awards 2010 (http://www.eauc.org.uk/green_gown_awards_2010_stage_2)
with the de Havilland data centre refurbishment project. Judging is on 26 May, so best of luck for the next stage! For more information about this and the project, contact Richard Stern, Project Manager (Data Centre Infrastructure) r.stern@herts.ac.uk

HELLO and ALT-C

Leicester College’s HELLO (Higher Education Lifelong Learning Opportunities) has had two proposals for ALT-C accepted. ‘FE to HE Transition: can online peer support aid and ease this phase?’ and ‘The HELLO Project – using social networks to aid retention and progression’ will both be featured at the conference in September. The abstracts can be found (here) and for more details about these and the project, contact Lucy Stone at lstone@lec.ac.uk

Employer Engagement

As you are aware there is a lot of activity around Employer Engagement (EE). There was the recent and very interesting HELLO assembly at Leicester College, and the JISC Business and Community Engagement (BCE) Advisory Services Teams are doing a session on Employer Engagement at the JISC Conference, and the Employer Engagement event on 27th May. As part of the LLL&WFD programme, we will be pulling together resources from all of these areas over the coming months. Please send me links to any particular items you would like to contribute to this resource.

In the meantime, the BCE team have a blog on EE which you may be interested to those of you working in EE:

http://bce.jiscinvolve.org/

Ruth Drysdale r.drysdale@jisc.ac.uk

Conferences and Events

How to Run a Community Collection Online (RunCoCo) Workshop (free)

26 May 10.00am – 5.00pm
OUCS, 13 Banbury Road, Oxford OX26NN. Free lunch and refreshments.

Community collections, (like The Great War Archive www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit/gwa, help to harness the collective resources of a wider community and spread the costs of creating and contributing to a collection across the education and public sectors. A community can also be harnessed to enrich an existing collection with tags or comments (like Galaxy Zoo, www.galaxyzoo.org). The JISC Strategic Content Alliance will lead a Q&A surgery on the issues surrounding copyright and IPR. Details on this workshop about how to run an online community collection online are available at http://runcoco.oucs.ox.ac.uk/events/

Sustaining Innovation via Organisational Development

7 June 2010 10.30 am – 4.00 p.m.
Ashley Suite, Staffordshire University, Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent

All universities struggle with innovation in many ways. Innovations are continually taking place in both corporate and enthusiast derived forms and the mere act of sustaining an individual innovation can be highly disruptive to planning, organisational processes and organisational culture(s). Innovations frequently wither away and become absorbed into the status quo. Creating organisational cultures, processes and governance which promote and sustain innovation is an even more immense challenge – this JISC InfoNet-sponsored event is intended to encourage debate and promote wider understand of the issues and discuss possible approaches to overcoming these problems for those engaged in the field of using technology to innovate and enhance teaching and learning.

This FREE event will be of special significance to many involved in a number of current JISC programmes, and the event is hosted by the ENABLE Project at Staffordshire University – part of the JISC Curriculum Design and Delivery Programmes.

Further information about the event including speaker biographies is available (here)

TransferSummit/UK

24-25 June 2010
Keble College, Oxford

TransferSummit provides a forum for business executives and members of the academic and research community to discuss requirements, challenges, and opportunities in the use, development, licensing, and future of Open Source technology. For more about these two days, three tracks, a Gala Dinner and a BarCamp… visit http://transfersummit.com/summit

What is Transition?

16 July 2010
University of Leeds.

‘Most institutions have not yet been able to translate what we know about student retention into forms of action that have led to substantial gains in student persistence and graduation.’ (Tinto, 2006)

Event Objectives:

  • Explore the concept of transition
  • Listen to diverse experiences and viewpoints about the experience of transition
  • Identify how to best support learners in transition

To book for this free symposium, go (here) or email transition@bradford.ac.uk for more information.

Becka Currant, Dean of Students, University of Bradford

JIF2010

28 and 29 July 2010
Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey

Every two years JISC brings together its funded projects for a networking, sharing and learning event called the JISC Innovation Forum (JIF for short). In previous years, this event has proved highly successful and extremely popular with delegates. Spaces for the event are limited and only one person per project can register initially (there will be a waiting list for spare places to be allocated on a first come first served basis). This event is open to projects in Phase 3, LLLWFD, and should be regarded as one of your programme support allocated days. There is no charge for attendance at the event, however delegates are expected to meet their own travel costs. The programme for this year’s event can be found on the JIF2010 Cloudworks site at http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloudscape/view/2073 and to register for the event please follow this link www.eventsforce.net/jif2010

ALT-C 2010

7 – 9 September 2010
Nottingham, England.

“Into something rich and strange” – making sense of the sea-change. See here for more information. http://www.alt.ac.uk/altc2010

News in Brief

JISC CETIS

For a round-up of some of the latest news and discussion around educational technology and standards for the e-Learning Programme community, see http://jisc.cetis.ac.uk which collects RSS feeds from JISC CETIS staff blogs, and other sources including JISC News and Funding.

Should business engage more with universities?

Podcast

To listen to the JISC podcast, click (here)

Call for volunteers for ELESIG

ELESIG (Evaluation of Learners’ Experiences of e-Learning Special Interest Group) is run by an Organising Committee of volunteers, which consists of representatives of the founder member institutions (Oxford Brookes University, University of Bradford and University of Greenwich), who first came together to apply to the UK Higher Education Academy for support for the creation of our community. The group are recruiting new members to the committee and are especially interested in hearing from people who would be able to represent a new or emerging area of community membership and/or activity (such as regional groups, international learners, and early career researchers) and from members based outside of the UK. If you are interested in joining the Organising Committee email Haydn Blackey: hblackey@glam.ac.uk by 31 May 2010.

Publications

Elluminate Live good practice guide

The JISC e-Learning Programme makes use of Elluminate Live for project support, meetings and also as part of our annual online conference, Innovating e-Learning. The e-Learning Programme recently commissioned Peter Chatterton to produce a good practice guide on the use of Elluminate Live, Designing for Participant Engagement with Elluminate Live: A good practice guide to using Elluminate Live to support teaching, learning and assessment, co-operative working and conferences. Further information and links to the good practice guide are available from www.jisc.ac.uk/elluminateguidance

A Specification for e-Portfolio Portability and Interoperability

http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/briefingpapers/…

Simon Grant (JISC-CETIS) introduction and overview to the ongoing work http://www.simongrant.org/pubs/ALT-N/ All Simon’s publications are listed (here)


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

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