Issue Sixteen – 14 June 2010

SSBR Institutional Innovation Taxonomy
  George Roberts
Benefits Realisation
  BR proposals deadline 21 June 2010
  Reports: Location Independent Working and Asset
Assemblies
  Festival of Assemblies 20 October 2010
  XCRI Assembly @ MUSKET – Middlesex University Date TBC
  Keep up-to-date with assemblies
Conferences and Events
  Learning in a Digital Wales – Dysgu mewn Cymru Digidol
  JISC/CNI
  Quality Assurance and Quality Enhancement in e-Learning
  Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Meeting
  CIePD XCRI (eXchanging Course Related Information)
  UK Perspectives on Open Educational Resources
Funding Opportunities
  Open Educational Resources
News in Brief
  Call for participation – The Open University
  JISC TechDis

SSBR Institutional Innovation Taxonomy

George Roberts

The Support and Synthesis project is getting down into two grooves of activity. The first is supporting the Phase three, Lifelong Learning projects to produce their outputs and then to realise the benefits more widely. We are contacting and visiting all projects, stirring up assemblies, promoting the “Festival of Assemblies” on 20 October (do get that date in your diaries) and encouraging the uptake of the current call for Benefits Realisation funding. Read more here…

Benefits Realisation

BR proposals deadline 21 June 2010

The deadline for BR proposals is Monday 21 June 2010. If projects could please let Paul Bailey p.bailey@btinternet.com or Ruth Drysdale r.drysdale@jisc.ac.uk know of any intended BR proposals as soon as possible it would help in predicting the likely funding commitment.

Reports: Location Independent Working and Asset

The benefits realisation activities have now been running for over 12 months and projects are starting to report on what they have achieved. So far two projects have submitted final reports and several more are due in the next few weeks. These reports are a good opportunity for others to discover the sort of activities that can lead to wider benefits for the sector. Read more from Paul (here…)

Assemblies

Festival of Assemblies 20 October 2010

Venue TBC

More details on this will follow shortly. In the meantime, please make a note of the date.

XCRI Assembly @ MUSKET – Middlesex University Date TBC

If you are using XCRI or want to find out more, come to the XCRI assembly, hosted by the MUSKET project at Middlesex University. The aim of this Assembly is to use MUSKET to focus on:

  • APEL/APCL
    • share the challenges we faced and what we found difficult.
    • discover challenges other projects have faced, and how they overcame them
  • XCRI
    • Implementation
    • Extension to include industry specifications.
    • future development of XCRI standard to accommodate educational needs; industry standard/European standard?
    • Demonstration of the MUSKET tools

Contact Geetha Abeysinghe (G.Abeysinghe@mdx.ac.uk) for date and venue details and for more information about MUSKET visit http://www.musket.mdx.ac.uk .

Keep up-to-date with assemblies

To see what is going on with your co-projects and their assemblies, visit http://assemblies.inin.jisc-ssbr.net and also http://planet.inin.jisc-ssbr.net, the Planet site for the Institutional Innovation programme.

Conferences and Events

Learning in a Digital Wales – Dysgu mewn Cymru Digidol
30 June 2010, All Nations Centre in Cardiff

This is a collaborative, cross-sector event brought to you by JISC RSC Wales, with the support of LearnTech Wales, Moodle-Wales and Community eLearning Wales (CeLW) covering all educational sectors in Wales including work-based learning and Higher Education.

For more information and bookings, visit JISC RSC Wales

JISC/CNI
1-2 July 2010, Barcelo Carlton Hotel, Edinburgh

Managing Data in Difficult Times: policies, strategies, technologies and infrastructure to manage research and teaching data in a fast changing technological and economic environment. To register for this event, go to http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/events/jisc-cni-2010/. The delegate rate is £345 including attendance at all conference sessions, refreshments and lunch on 1 and 2 July, a place at the conference reception and evening activities on 1 July, overnight accommodation on 1 July and breakfast.

Quality Assurance and Quality Enhancement in e-Learning
2 July 2010, Fielder Centre, University of Hertfordshire

This one-day conference will explore challenges facing the sector in relation to assuring quality whilst also enabling quality enhancement and innovation through technology enhanced learning (TEL). Presentations will include a keynote from Professor Colin Raban, Director of Quality Enhancement at the University of Derby and dissemination of consultation findings from the HEA funded QAQE project. The day will also include networking opportunities and participatory sessions and to explore practitioner needs. Further details of the programme and the booking form are available at the HEA site: QAQE Conference 2010 Attendance at the conference is free. Please e-mail completed booking forms to Helen Barefoot (h.barefoot@herts.ac.uk) by 18 June 2010.

Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Meeting
13 July 2010, Future Inn, Bristol

The next meeting of the JISC Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Group will be taking place on Tuesday 13th July from 10:30 – 16:00 at Future Inn, Bristol. We are delighted to say that this will be the 20th meeting of this group. The draft agenda for the meeting is available from http://www.jisc.ac.uk/… together with the online booking form. Registration for this meeting closes on the 28 June and the theme of this meeting is Supporting Learners in a Digital Age

If you would like to showcase your project at this event or any future meetings, please contact Ruth Drysdale r.drysdale@jisc.ac.uk or Sarah Knight s.knight@jisc.ac.uk

CIePD XCRI (eXchanging Course Related Information)
22 July 2010, University of Nottingham

You are invited to attend both of the events below, or either one depending on your interests. Lunch will be provided either way.

1. Morning event: Developers’ XCRI Workshop
Practical advice on moving your XCRI developments forward, as well as live demonstrations.

2. Afternoon event: East Midlands XCRI Seminar
Bringing together those representing a wide range of educational stakeholders to discuss the opportunities arising from joining together data relating to learning and skills.

All information about the events and the booking form is available from this link: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/…

UK Perspectives on Open Educational Resources
23 July 2010, Holborn Bars, London, EC1N 2NQ

The Higher Education Academy and JISC would like to invite you to the Open Education Showcase: UK Perspectives on Open Educational Resources. This free one day event will showcase how the UK is supporting innovative learning, teaching and assessment by enabling universities and colleges to share educational materials freely online.The day will bring together British and international colleagues who are working towards the sustainable development and delivery of Open Educational Resources nationally and internationally.For more information, the full programme and to register for your place at the event please visit: www.jisc.ac.uk/ukoer10

Funding Opportunities

Open Educational Resources

The HE Academy has released the next strand of Open Educational Resources funding:

Open Educational Resources for Accredited Courses for Teachers in Higher Education – Call for projects
Max Amount/Bid: £20,000
Closing date: 9 July 2010
Type of funding: Projects

See here for more information http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/…

News in Brief

Call for participation – The Open University

We are running a project funded by the Higher Education Academy, UK, that is investigating evidence-based practice in the use of technology in teaching and learning in higher education. We are particularly interested in hearing from practitioners about the kinds of evidence they use, or would find useful, when using technology to supporting teaching and learning. We would really like to hear about your views. Could you spare a few moments to complete the short online survey at this URL http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZZPGKGY? The team is also interested in supporting a network where practitioners can talk about their practice and issues in relation to supporting learning and teaching with technology. If you are interested, please go to http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloudscape/view/2050 where you can follow and contribute to discussions. If you would like any further information please contact Linda Price l.price@open.ac.uk or Adrian Kirkwood a.t.kirkwood@open.ac.uk

JISC TechDis

For more information on JISC TechDis visit http://www.techdis.ac.uk, and for the JISC TechDis SME e-Empowerment Toolkit, see (here)

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

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