Issue Seventeen – 5 July 2010

A Few Words…

This issue highlights the forthcoming Festival of Assemblies which take place on Wednesday 20 October (please make a note in your diaries!). The venue is still to be confirmed, but as soon as there is news, we will pass the details on. In addition, there is a report on the recent MUSKET assembly, a table outlining your assemblies and project information and a list of conferences and events that may be of interest to you. As ever, if there is anything you would like to announce or comment on, please contact emma@jisc-ssbr.net

Festival of Assemblies
  Wednesday 20 October 2010, 9.30 – 4.45 Venue TBC
Assemblies
  Phase 3 LLL & WFD Assemblies
  MUSKET 2 July 2010
Conferences and Events
  Transforming curriculum delivery in medical education
  JISC learning and teaching practice experts group
  Gaining business intelligence from user activity data
  Design bash
  JISC Cetis events
  Open Educational Resources international showcase
  JIF2010
  Strategic Content Alliance audience analysis workshop
  ALT C – Into something rich and strange
  Social media marketing conference
  Association of Colleges conference and exhibition
  JISC online conference innovating e-learning 2010
Publications and Reports
  The Leap Ahead LLN ePortfolio and eSystems
News in Brief
  QCF – FAQs for HE admissions staff

Festival of Assemblies

Wednesday 20 October 2010, 9.30 – 4.45 Venue TBC

Plans are unfolding for the Festival of Assemblies, an idea generated by the LLLWFD Phase 3 projects earlier this year.

Theme: Personalisation, covering aspects of:
   - Effects on the institution

- Development of systems
- Effect on employers and partners

Activities

These include parallel collaborative assembly activities and ‘trading’ of project outputs

Assemblies

Morning and afternoon parallel slots according to the themes. Send short outlines to Patsy (patsy@jisc-ssbr.net) or Ellen (levellearning@waitrose.com). Include the collaborating projects, and planned duration e.g. morning (2.5 hours) afternoon (2 hours) or all day (4.5 hours). A few projects have already notified us of their plans.

Trading outputs

There will be opportunities for projects to present posters/products of their projects/outputs with these to be rated by invited ‘buyers’ and prizes for high scorers.

For more information, contact Patsy or Ellen.

Assemblies

Phase 3 LLL & WFD Assemblies

Here is a table detailing the assemblies to date and what all of the projects have been doing. As you can see, a great deal has been achieved. Keep up the good work!

http://assemblies.inin.jisc-ssbr.net/phase-3-lll-wfd-assemblies/

MUSKET 2 July 2010

The MUSKET assembly on XCRI ran on 2 July and the room was full. People from the MUSKET project and their Middlesex University colleagues were joined by Phase 3 projects, Cardiff (UWIC), Nottingham (SAMSON) and Liverpool (CCLiP), and Bradford (WELL) and JISC Programme Manager, Ruth Drysdale. The day started with an overview of the MUSKET project and followed with sessions from SAMSON and CCLiP as well as input from Alan Paull, from the JISC XCRI Support Project.

This was the first assembly that I was able to attend and though I didn’t understand all the technical implications of implementing XCRI, I thought the non-stop buzz that went on all day and the connections people made summed up why the assembly process has been such an important component of this programme. People thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to learn from each other and from my role on the Support and Synthesis team, I learned quite a lot about how XCRI ties into some of the themes that are coming out of the LLL & WFD projects – institutional change issues, for example.

Ellen Lessner levellearning@waitrose.com

There will be more on the assembly in the next newsletter and for more information about MUSKET, contact Geetha Abeysinghe G.Abeysinghe@mdx.ac.uk

Conferences and Events

Generation 4 showcase: transforming curriculum delivery in medical education through interactive online virtual patient (VP) cases

9 July 2010, 11.00 – 12.00 Elluminate session

The Generation 4 (G4) project started in November 2008 funded under JISC’s Transforming Curriculum Delivery through Technology programme, the aim being (and successfully achieved) to replace paper problem-based (PBL) cases with Interactive Online Virtual Patient (VP) cases with options and consequences. For background resources visit the G4 project blog – (here) – and to register go (here) and you will be sent a link and instructions for joining the session.

JISC learning and teaching practice experts group

13 July 10:30 – 16:00 at Future Inn, Bristol

The final agenda and online booking form for the meeting is now available from www.jisc.ac.uk/…

Gaining business intelligence from user activity data

14 July 2010
The Hatton, 51-53 Hatton Garden, London, EC1N 8HN

The value of user activity data is evident in companies such as Amazon and iTunes that have not only used it to obtain management information but to capitalise on business opportunities. These companies use collated activity data from their broad network of users to provide recommendations of items and services. In the context of Higher Education, intelligence resulting from user activity data could lead to similar service improvements, more efficient management of resources, and even influence policy. This workshop is suitable for senior managers and practitioners working in libraries, teaching and research and will be chaired by Professor David Baker, Deputy Chair of JISC, with contributions from practitioners who have practical experience of using user activity data in higher education. The workshop will inform current activities and the next phase of JISC’s work in this area. Your registration includes refreshments and lunch at the event.
http://www.jisc.ac.uk/events/2010/07/businessintelligence.aspx

Design bash

16 July 2010 University of Oxford

This event will follow the European LAMS conference (15 July 2010) at the University of Oxford. Building on the model of previous design bashes, this event will provide an opportunity for those creating learning design systems and learning designs to come together in hands-on way to explore ways of sharing, storing and finding learning designs. More information and registration is available at the LAMS website – url below. Online participation is available via the Design Bash Cloudworks site www.cloudworks.ac.uk/…. Register here jisc.cetis.ac.uk/…

JISC Cetis events

For all forthcoming events, visit http://jisc.cetis.ac.uk/events/

Open Educational Resources international showcase

23 July Holborn Bars, London, EC1N 2NQ

This free one-day event is being held in partnership with JISC and the Higher Education Academy and will showcase the work of the UK Open Educational Resources pilot programme and highlight how the UK is supporting innovative learning, teaching and assessment by enabling universities and colleges to share educational materials freely online. http://www.jisc.ac.uk/ukoer10

JIF2010

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

The programme for this year’s event can be found on the JIF2010 Cloudscape at http://cloudworks.ac.uk/… 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. To register for the event please follow this link www.eventsforce.net/jif2010

Strategic Content Alliance audience analysis workshop

30 July JISC London offices

Attend a FREE workshop from the Strategic Content Alliance (Alliance) introducing simple and inexpensive Audience Analysis techniques. This aims to improve your knowledge and understanding about how to measure and demonstrate the impact of your collection or website beyond a simple numeric value i.e. number of hits. The workshop offers delegates the opportunity to make the most out of their collections and websites using a range of free tactical tools created by the Alliance.

The workshop is aimed primarily at delegates from universities, archives, museums, health, public service broadcasting, schools and cultural heritage. No particular technical knowledge is required, however, we encourage delegates to consult the free audience analysis documentation at

http://sca.jiscinvolve.org/audience-publications/

To register, go to https://www.eventsforce.net/jisc/48/home

ALT C – Into something rich and strange – making sense of the sea-change

7-9 September Nottingham UK.

Visit http://www.alt.ac.uk/altc2010/

Social media marketing conference

18 October, Hotel Russell, London

UCAS is pleased to present this highly interactive event providing expert marketing techniques and tips for social media. The event will cover various areas of social media from a general introduction, to the specifics of online communities such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. We will also tackle the burning issues including online safety and privacy, and useful information on statistics and conversion rates. For more information and to book please visit www.ucasevents.com/socialmedia

Association of Colleges conference and exhibition

16-18 November Innovation Convention Centre, Birmingham

http://www.aocannualconference.co.uk/conference.asp

JISC online conference innovating e-learning 2010

Bringing Innovation to Life: from adversity comes opportunity

23-26 November 2010

We are pleased to announce that each e-Learning project will receive one free delegate place for this event. To register for your free place, email Judith Mole judithm@directlearn.co.uk stating your project name and the URL for your project page on the JISC website.

Innovating e-Learning 2010 will explore why it is more important than ever that universities and colleges continue to innovate in their use of technology in the current climate of economic constraints to compete globally. The conference will explore how colleges and universities are sustaining and encouraging innovation and creativity in technology-enhanced learning and will cover topics including assessment and feedback, open educational resources, mobile learning, curriculum design and delivery and institutional change. To find out more, visit the conference website www.jisc.ac.uk/elpconference10

Publications and Reports

The Leap Ahead LLN ePortfolio and eSystems

The Leap Ahead LLN ePortfolio and eSystems pilot report carried out by the University of Nottingham’s Centre for ePortfolio Development is now complete. The project ran trials of over 1000 ePortfolio licences in schools, FE, HE and employees from 2007 to 2009. See here for the Executive Summary, five pilots and XCRI report http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/eportfolio/…

News in Brief

QCF – FAQs for HE admissions staff

The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) has been developed by the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) as a new framework for creating and accrediting qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. SPA has worked with colleagues from the QCDA and UCAS to develop a set of FAQs www.spa.ac.uk/national-developments/QCF_FAQs.html

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

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