Issue Twenty One – 11 October 2010

A Few Words

This is the last newsletter before the Festival of Assemblies on 20 October. We are all very much looking forward to seeing you in Oxford and in the meantime, if you have any queries about the event, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Festival of Assemblies – Wednesday 20 October
Conferences and Events
  JISC Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Group
  Competence structures and portfolio tools
  Functional skills workshops
  Learning in a Connected World
  Learning futures: education, technology & sustainability
  SESA Spring learning, teaching and assessment conference
  JISC conference 2011 – delivering value and opportunity
Funding Opportunities
  JISC 9/10: Field test the strategic ICT toolkit
  JISC 15/10: JISC infrastructure for education & research
  JISC 11/10: e-content programme
News in Brief
  Case studies for new JISC guide
  Showcase your institutional approach to e-Portfolio
  Technology enhanced learning podcast
  Employer engagement at the University of Chester

Festival of Assemblies – Wednesday 20 October

09:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Conference Centre Oxford

Over 50 are now booked for the JISC-SSBR Institutional Innovation Festival of Assemblies on Wednesday 20 October 2010 at the Conference Centre Oxford, Cantay House, Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1JD. Please note the new start and finish times above (doors open 0900 for those who need to set up for the Trade Fair, etc). The programme now features six assemblies, three in the morning and three in the afternoon.
The Conference 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 and assembly descriptions, go to

Conferences and Events

JISC Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Group

20 October, Birmingham
10:30 – 16:00 at Maple House

The draft agenda for the meeting is attached and also available from (here) together with the online booking form. Registration for this meeting closes on 14 October.
The theme of this meeting is Looking to the Future? and we have an exciting and packed agenda. We will be starting the meeting with an update from Gill Ferrell and Marianne Sheppard who will be sharing the emerging findings from the Curriculum Design and Delivery programmes. This will be followed by two participatory sessions from the projects themselves. After lunch we will be hearing from three innovative projects funded under the Learning and Teaching Innovation Grants which have explored the use of Nintendo DSi hand-held games consoles, virtual world technology and twitter for learning. We also have the popular Members Showcase to highlight innovative work which members are undertaking. We would like to invite proposals from members to participate in this meeting. Members from the Experts Group are invited to showcase their work or invite feedback on specific areas they are working within.

Competence structures and portfolio tools

21 October, Telford

For more information on this meeting which is to be held in or near the Pebble Learning premises/University of Wolverhampton Telford Campus, please see (here)

Functional skills workshops

27 October, Telford

The Lifelong Learning Network has funded a series of Functional Skills Workshops and would like to invite you along to one of them. The last one is on 27 October 2010 at Telford College of Arts and Technology.

The workshop will: take you through the Functional Skills journey to date, explore the Functional Skills qualifications in detail, show you how they sit with the more familiar qualifications such as GCSEs, help answer your specific questions.

Who should attend?

  • Admissions and central services staff
  • Student support and customer contact staff
  • Admissions tutors who set entry requirements
  • Careers and IAG advisers and sales staff
  • Anyone involved in learner progression

To book a place at this free workshop or for further details, click (here)

Learning in a Connected World

April 6-8 2011, Plymouth

Plymouth e-Learning Conference:
**Calls for papers deadline January 14, 2011**

Learning futures: education, technology & sustainability

April 13-15 2011, Manchester

CAL Conference 2011:

SESA Spring learning, teaching and assessment conference

5-6 May 2011, Edinburgh

SEDA Spring Learning, Teaching and Assessment conference,

JISC conference 2011
reducing costs – delivering value and opportunity

JISC are starting to plan the JISC Conference 2011 programme as we now have the go-ahead subject to some changes we will have to introduce, including charging for the conference!

It will come as no surprise that the conference theme in 2011 will be around Reducing Costs – delivering value and opportunity (not the actual title – but it will be around this general theme , title tbc!). As usual we would like to invite Projects to propose ideas/suggestions for workshops/breakout sessions for the conference that they might wish to take part in.

Please contact Ruth Drysdale at if have any ideas (no matter how much in its infancy it is) for a session at the conference that would fit into this theme. It would be useful if you could outline how it fits under the overall theme and the session must demonstrate a tangible benefit to the delegate, offering practical solutions that delegates can take away back to their institutions. All types of sessions/workshops gratefully received and considered – no restrictions on format at this early stage.

Funding Opportunities

JISC grant call 9/10:
Expressions of interest to field test the strategic ICT toolkit

JISC invites institutions to submit short structured expressions of interest to field test the Strategic ICT Toolkit – a new online resource designed to help institutions analyse, assess and develop their strategic use of ICT – and to report back their experiences.

Funding of £100,000 is available to fund up to 10 field test projects at £10,000 each.Projects should start by 3 January 2011 and complete by 3 July 2011.The deadline for receipt of expressions of interest is 12:00 noon UK time on 28 October 2010.

The full text for the call and expression of interest template can be found at

JISC funding call 15/10:
JISC infrastructure for education & research

JISC is pleased to announce: JISC Grant Funding 15/10: JISC Infrastructure for Education & Research:
This call has 10 strands:

  1. Identity Management Pilots
  2. Research Information Management
  3. Identifiers
  4. Geospatial
  5. Infrastructure for Resource Discovery
  6. Activity Data
  7. Repositories: Take-Up and Embedding
  8. Preservation Tools
  9. Preservation of Complex Visual Digital Materials and Environments
  10. Sustaining “At Risk” Online Resources

The deadline for bids is Monday 15th November.

JISC grant funding 11/10:
e-content programme

JISC invites institutions to submit funding proposals for projects to be funded as part of its e-content programme for 2011. Funding of up to £840,000 is available within two strands:

   Strand A – Enriching via Collaboration
Using collaboration to cluster, repackage and re-present existing digital content. Total funding available £400,000. Up to 5 projects will be funded. Maximum funding for any one project is £100,000

   Strand B – Developing Community Content
To develop new content and communities for educational and social purposes. Total funding available £440,000. Up to 6 projects will be funded. Maximum funding for any one project is £100,000.

The deadline for receipt of proposals in response to this call is 12:00 noon UK time on Friday 10 December 2010. Projects should start by 1 March 2011 and may run for up to 7 months. All projects must be complete by 30 September 2011.

JISC is hosting an event to give delegates more information about the call, and also give the opportunity for networking to take place. More information on the event, which takes place in London on 28 October 2010, is available (here).

Eligibility. Proposals may be submitted by HE institutions funded via HEFCE, SFC, HEFCW and DEL Northern Ireland, and by FE institutions funded via SFC, DCELLS Wales and DEL Northern Ireland. FE institutions in England that teach HE to more than 400 FTEs are also eligible to bid provided proposals demonstrate how the work supports the HE in FE agenda.

Further information can be found at

News in Brief

Case studies for new JISC guide

The JISC e-Learning Programme is developing a new guide on innovative practice in a digital age, focusing on the use of mobile technologies, social software and virtual/immersive worlds. This is an extension to the previous JISC Innovative Practice with e-Learning publication (2005) which is available to view or download from

We’re looking for new case studies to reflect the growing use of these technologies in both Further and Higher Education. As the document is aimed at persuading new adopters we are not necessarily looking for the most technically cutting edge – rather, we are looking for examples of successful use in day to day teaching and learning. Examples with large numbers of participating students are of interest as they could provide information about how to scale the use of new technologies, but we’re also interested in small smaller scale implementations where the pedagogical benefit is clear.

Participating would involve being interviewed for a written case study, and possibly filmed and recorded for a video and/or podcast subject to agreement.

If you’d like to put your work forward for consideration, please email Clare Killen ( and/or Ellen Lessner ( by Tuesday 26 October 2010 giving a brief outline of how use of mobile, social or virtual/immersive technology is making a difference to learners’ experience in an educational context.

Showcase your institutional approach to e-Portfolio implementation as part of the JISC e-Portfolio Implementations (ePI) study

Gordon Joyes and his team are looking for further and higher education institutions and professional bodies that can demonstrate good practice in large-scale e-portfolio implementations.

Up to 14 further and higher education institutions and professional bodies will be selected to participate in the collaborative development of case studies around their approach to e-portfolio implementation, and support the development of new materials within the JISC e-Portfolio infoKit designed to support institutions with the strategic implementation of e-portfolios.

In addition all those who express an interest will be invited to engage in a review of the infoKit materials and shape their development before publication.

More information about the ePI study including the selection criteria can be found at
If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact with your name, role, email address and institution or professional body and a brief statement as to how your institution meets the selection criteria by Friday 22 October.

Technology enhanced learning podcast

Listen to Sarah Knight and Peter Findlay talk about how the use of new technologies is evolving in universities and colleges, highlighting innovations that are helping to enhance students’ enjoyment of learning, teaching and assessment.

Employer engagement at the University of Chester

Professor Graeme White, Dean of Academic Standards and Quality at the University of Chester, shares his experiences of working with employers to tailor curricula for their employees. (Graeme_White_Employer_Engagement.mp3)

If you have any news or information you would like to share, please contact

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