Issue Twenty – 13 September 2010

A Few Words

Happy preparations for the beginning of the new semester and we hope you have had good breaks and are all ready and rejuvenated for the coming academic year. In this newsletter, there are more details about the Festival of Assemblies on 20 0ctober – if you have not already signed up, please do so over the next few days. There is a report from Paul Bailey on four Benefits Realisation projects and details of forthcoming conferences and seminars that may be of interest to you.

Festival of Assemblies – Wednesday 20 October
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Conference Centre Oxford

Book online now for the JISC-SSBR Institutional Innovation Festival of Assemblies on the theme ‘Personalisation’, taking place on Wednesday 20 October 2010 at the Conference Centre Oxford, Cantay House, Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1JD. The programme has been updated to include sessions on APEL, Mentoring, and XCRi, and more details will be available shortly.

NB: All SSBR project members who wish to attend must book online by Friday 17 September so we can give attendance numbers to the venue.

The centre is a few minutes walk from the Oxford Rail Station. (See details of location, transport and park and ride). View Conference Centre Oxford in a larger map, and this small map shows exactly how to get from the station to the centre.

For more information about the day, the programme schedule, how to book your places and details on the assemblies and Trade Fair, see here http://ssbr1010.inin.jisc-ssbr.net/

Benefits Realisation
Reports
Project Outputs
APEL: Pineapple Core Alpha version
Conferences and Events
Maximising the Effectiveness of your Online Presence Workshops
EvidenceNet
The Future of Interoperability Standards – Technical Approaches
Engaging Employers for the Learning Sector Conference
XCRI Mini-pilot Showcase Event
ELESIG Effective Learning in the Digital Age Symposium
How Can ePortfolios Support 21st Century Learning?
Innovating e-Learning 2010 Online Conference
Have a Go Area
A New University Challenge: High Level Skills for the Future
Publications
Effective Assessment in a Digital Age
Funding Opportunities
JISC Funding Roadmap
News in Brief
Shared Thinking

Benefits Realisation

Reports

The benefits realisation activities funded 12 months ago are starting to report on what they have achieved. Four further projects submitted final reports. These reports are a good opportunity for others to discover the sort of activities that can lead to wider benefits for the sector. For more information on the EdShare project (University of Southampton), The Low Carbon ICT project (University of Oxford), The CCLIP Project (University of Liverpool) and The E-Assessment in Higher Education (EASiHE) project (University of Southampton), see

http://br.inin.jisc-ssbr.net/…

Paul Bailey

Project Outputs

APEL: Pineapple Core Alpha version

Well, after many months of work we have an alpha version of the Pineapple Core ready. We have a bit more work to do on it before we look to trial it in September. I have put together 3 short videos showing the administration, process management/design and the user end of the system. There are still bugs and things to work on but we feel the system is at a suitable level of development to be able to demonstrate it. Preview the alpha version of Pineapple Core (Quicktime screencast).

Rob Stillwell

Conferences and Events

Maximising the Effectiveness of your Online Presence Workshops

To Register and for further information on each of the free 2-day workshops, please see:

EvidenceNet

22 September 2.30-3.30

EvidenceNet (http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/evidencenet) is a free, open-access service from the Higher Education Academy that promotes and supports the use of evidence in higher education learning and teaching. It provides easy access to the evidence base and the opportunity to discuss and explore that evidence by:

  • linking to resources, events and networks from across the higher education sector
  • providing summaries and syntheses so that even the busiest academics can keep up-to-date with the latest research and policy
  • supporting a Ning and Wiki to establish online communities on particular areas of interest
  • running face-to-face meetings, seminars and workshops
  • allowing users to share their own content through EvidenceNet and create case studies at:
    http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/EvidenceNet/contribute.

This Elluminate session will introduce participants to EvidenceNet and allow them the opportunity to explore EvidenceNet with members of the team. It will provide a brief outline of the background and rationale of EvidenceNet, and demonstrate the key features of the website. Participants will be shown how they can share their own materials through EvidenceNet, and in an interactive part of the session they will have the opportunity to browse and explore EvidenceNet and ask questions of the EvidenceNet team. Visit the EvidenceNet website:

http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/EvidenceNet/home

or contact the EvidenceNet team: evidencenet@heacademy.ac.uk.
To register, go to http://bit.ly/Gm9Ni

The Future of Interoperability Standards – Technical Approaches

24 September The Fish Room, Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, London

This event, the second in a workshop/discussion series on the “future of interoperability standards” is of interest to those directly involved with the development of formal or informal interoperability specifications and standards, especially in education but also in the research and cultural heritage domains. For more information, visit http://wiki.cetis.ac.uk/…

Engaging Employers for the Learning Sector Conference

27 September 2010 Lakeside Centre Birmingham

The post election landscape in 2010 has already started to define the future volume and direction of funding for educational sectors. Although it has been indicated that there will not be substantial overall reductions of funding in the short term for schools or the wider FE sectors, it is highly probable that WBL providers, FE colleges and universities will be under ever increasing pressure to increase their revenue from non funded business.
At a time when Train to Gain funding has been re-allocated and most businesses are themselves under financial pressure, the learning sector and its stakeholders will need to work hard to develop smarter, deeper and more durable relationships with Employers if they are to grow, or even maintain their existing levels of activity. Read more about the conference here
http://www.national-training.com/events/conferences/eec2010/

XCRI Mini-pilot Showcase Event

5 October Nottingham University

The online registration for the XCRI Mini-pilot Showcase event on 5th Oct 2010, 10.30am – 3.30pm at the Sir Colin Campbell building, Jubilee campus, University of Nottingham, is now open, the final agenda for which will be circulated soon. Please register here https://www.eventsforce.net/jisc/69/register

ELESIG Effective Learning in the Digital Age Symposium

6 October Bonhill House London

The 11th ELESIG Symposium, supported by JISC, will report the work of the JISC SLiDA Project that has been investigating how institutions are creating and enabling opportunities that promote the development of effective learning in a digital age.

The deadline for registrations is Wednesday, 29th September or earlier when maximum numbers are reached. Please use the booking form at http://elesig.ning.com to apply for a place and return immediately to Malcolm Ryan by e-mail to: seel@gre.ac.uk

How Can ePortfolios Support 21st Century Learning?

10 November Euston House, 24 Eversholt Street, London

e-Portfolios are not a new concept. In various guises, digital presentations of skills and competences, online records of achievement, and action plans with opportunities for reflection have been in use in education for nearly a decade. So what is new about e-portfolios? This free-to-attend workshop will explore what we mean by e-portfolios and how e-portfolios can support 21st century learning. Drawing on the work of JISC-funded projects and other significant e-portfolio developments, it will provide a snapshot of learning enhanced by e-portfolios in higher, further and continuing education. For more information, see http://www.netskills.ac.uk/…

Innovating e-Learning 2010 Online Conference

23-26 November online

The conference takes place in an asynchronous virtual environment which can be accessed wherever and whenever is convenient to you. The 2010 conference includes real-time sessions in Elluminate® a tool that facilitates participation and interactive online collaboration. Participating in this online conference is excellent value for money providing additional features not offered by face-to-face conferences, saving time and travel and helping you to reduce your carbon footprint. Further information from www.jisc.ac.uk/elpconference10 and for booking see here

Delegate fee: £50, with each e-Learning project receiving 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.

Have a Go Area

The purpose of the Have-a-Go area is to give JISC e-Learning programme funded- projects, JISC Services and related initiatives, a space in which to publicise/promote the practical aspects of their work, so that delegates have an opportunity to explore and try out for themselves innovative learning environments and resources. The focus will be on hands-on opportunities rather than on provision of papers and presentations, and should offer an interactive element for delegates to try out and explore.

To discuss the suitability of a project for the conference, please contact Sarah Knight (s.knight@jisc.ac.uk). For any practical advice on making your content work in the conference platform, please contact Geoff Minshull (geoffm@directlearn.co.uk)

A New University Challenge: High Level Skills for the Future

1 December Central London

Universities have an essential role in ensuring that the UK has the skills and knowledge necessary for its long-term success. Reports show that further cuts would relegate the UK’s higher education system to a lower division of higher education quality from which they would struggle to recover. High level skills help businesses and public services innovate and prosper. They help towns and cities thrive by creating jobs, helping businesses become more competitive and driving economic regeneration. Read more here about the conference here: http://www.insidegovernment.co.uk/economic_dev/higher-education-skills/#agenda

Publications

Effective Assessment in a Digital Age

The guide adopts a principles-based approach to explore how technology can improve the experience of assessment and feedback for practitioners and learners, demonstrating through ten newly researched case studies how both generic and more complex technologies can increase learner autonomy, improve teaching efficiency and enhance the quality of the experience of assessment and feedback. As many higher education institutions are reviewing their assessment strategies, the publication of this guide is timely. Copies of the publication will be mailed out to institutions next week. You can order print copies of Effective Assessment in a Digital Age online until end of October 2010 from http://survey.jisc.ac.uk/digiassess. The guide is also available online in PDF and text-only formats, together with extended versions of the case studies. These can be read online or downloaded from www.jisc.ac.uk/digiassess

Funding Opportunities

JISC Funding Roadmap

JISC’s new funding roadmap has now been set out for the next year showing grants and funding opportunities until July 2011.

The targets for JISC’s investments are wide ranging and include:

  • technology to help researchers become more effective;
  • open educational resources;
  • innovative tools for learning and teaching;
  • green ICT projects;
  • support for college and university strategies, and
  • innovative solutions to data management.

For more details:
http://www.jisc.ac.uk/fundingopportunities/futurecalls/grant.aspx

News in Brief

Shared Thinking

Shared Thinking is a collective approach to work-based learning and student PDP developed at University of Glasgow? There’s a brief 5 minute video overview of it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VZvDWRSAI8 and it has been implemented across a variety of institutions for different work-based learning applications. These include collaborative review of student work placements, a new approach to induction and transition, review of individual tutor practices etc. For more information http://www.sharedthinking.info

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

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