Issue Twenty Two – 1 November 2010

A few words

Thank you all very much for attending the Festival of Assemblies and Trade Fair in Oxford a couple of weeks ago – it was a pleasure seeing you all again and finding out how your projects are progressing. The next event, Innovation Seminar 01: Emergent Technologies, is an online seminar and will take place on Tuesday 16 November. You will find more details, along with tips for the web conference below. As ever, if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Emma Anderson

Innovation Seminar 01: Emergent Technologies
  The Festival of Assemblies and Trade Fair
  TELWFD (UWIC) in partnership with WELL (Bradford)
Benefits Realisation
  BR Reports
Programme News
  STEEPLE Website
  ePPSME presenting at STEEL
  Innovation Good Practice guide
Conferences and Events
  Technology Supported Processes for Agile
  Innovating e-Learning 2010
  JISC – Have a Go area (online)
  JISC CETIS conference
  Learner Centred Process Review
  Embedding Business & Community Engagement
  Sharing Technology Enhanced Employability Learning
  SEEC annual conference
  15th EAUC Annual Conference
  HEIR Conference 2011 Scanning the Horizons
  IPR newsletter
News in Brief
  TAG research help needed!
  JISC on Air – Successful Student Recruitment
  Embedding CC Licences into Digital Resources
  Equalities act – legislative lever for good practice
  The JISC review

Innovation Seminar 01: Emergent Technologies

16 November 2010 Elluminate

The JISC-SSBR Institutional Innovation seminar will feedback and consult on some of the conclusions from the synthesis of Institutional Innovation projects and takes place on Tuesday 16th November 2010 [add to your calendar] at 12:00-13:00 (please login to Elluminate between 11.30 and 12:00). The venue will be Elluminate [link to session here] and to register for the event completing the booking form.

The seminar is open to anyone who has an interest in the impact of emergent technologies on institutions in further and higher education. For more information, see here

To find out more about Elluminate and read Peter Chatterton’s Elluminate Live good practice guide, see


The Festival of Assemblies and Trade Fair

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Festival of Assemblies and Trade Fair in Oxford on 20 October. Six collaborative assemblies interspersed with the buzz of activity at the lunchtime Trade Fair provided considerable networking and discussion opportunities, as well as fun – also reflected in the photos taken on the day which are linked to the event’s webpage at

The opportunities for (face-to-face) networking, sharing good practice, updates on project progress and in-depth discussions, were included in the favourable spin-offs listed in the event feedback. The need to focus on key issues in terms of practice was listed as a suggestion for future events. (Check out the details of the first of the upcoming short online Innovation Seminars in this newsletter).

A draft report on the feedback based on the feedback comments submitted is available As only a few delegates completed the (anonymous) short online feedback form, it IS still available for those who would still like to take a few minutes to add their comments at: .

The Trade Fair
The extended lunchtime Trade Fair proved popular with some earnest ‘buying’ and ‘selling’. Congratulations are due to all the projects as all 26 products displayed at the fair attracted ‘sales’ in response to the projects’ work in clarifying and sharing their emerging outputs. Runner-up prizes went to the COGENT, SMART and WELL-BR projects. PINEAPPLE’s five products, with their delectable enticements, attracted the most sales on the day. Well done!

The Assembly report from the PINEAPPLE-TELSTAR assembly at the event can be seen here

In addition to Assembly output reports, please could projects send copies of any slides presented on the day as well as .pdf format copies of Trade Fair posters and related materials OR links to where they are available online. Either send these to your project’s SSBR team member or direct to Joe Rosa. (

Stand-alone assembly funding available
There is still a limited amount of funding available for stand-alone assemblies. Those projects that have not yet led an assembly are invited to apply by completing the Assemblies Expression of Interest form, down-loadable from

Reminder – claim forms
Completed claim forms for travel expenses to/from the Festival of Assemblies event (they were included in the packs for the Phase 3 LLLWFD delegates) are to be posted with receipts to reach Caroline Coultas by Friday 5 November at the latest. All details are included on the form. Any claims queries to

The Festival of Assemblies and Trade Fair photographs
For the photos, visit

Patsy Clarke

TELWFD (UWIC) in partnership with WELL (Bradford)

TELWFD (UWIC) in partnership with WELL (Bradford) is planning an assembly that aims to bring together LLLWFD projects to focus on evaluation of the effective use of technologies in their respective projects. As the assembly plans firm up, further information will made available on the SSBR Assemblies site and in a future newsletter. The contact person for this assembly is Andrew Haldane (

Benefits Realisation

BR Reports

Two benefits realisation projects have reported this month both in the area of emergent technologies for podcasting and electronic lecture capture. They have both shown how a project can successfully engage a wider community of institutions and enhance the benefits of the institutional project through collaborative activity. A summary of the project reports is provided below and further details can be found on the projects web site. For more information on ELTAC and STEEPLE BR projects, visit

Programme news

STEEPLE website

STEEPLE has updated their website here and you will be able to find the following:

  • Three video and three audio podcasts from the OU about their podcasting experiences
  • A collection of 11 audio interviews with various academic, support and administrative staff from 5 institutions within the Steeple community, where they discuss their experiences with podcasting and service creation within their institution.
  • A toolkit made by members in collaboration with Apple on how to plan an iTunesU launch


See here for the new TELSTAR (UCLAN) web portal – – that displays the project’s outputs, provides information on how work-based learners can study flexibly using technology. Other projects are welcome to include this link within their websites.

ePPSME presenting at STEEL

LLLWFD project ePPSME will be presenting at STEEL on 9 December (see below for more details of the event) For more information about ePPSME, contact Alison Felce at


Sustaining and Embedding Innovation Good Practice guide

For details on the recent Elluminate session on the Sustaining and Embedding Innovations good practice guide please look [HERE]

Mind map of the resource:

Conferences and events

Elluminate Wednesdays: Technology Supported Processes for Agile and Responsive Curricula

3 November 2010, 2-3 pm (T-SPARC) project, Birmingham City University

The T-SPARC (Technology Supported Processes for Agile and Responsive Curricula) project at Birmingham City University is facilitating a fundamental shift in the workflow associated with programme design and approval. Central to our work is a shift in focus away from programme design as an activity that has as its primary objective the construction of documentary artefacts for an approval event to one that places much more value on the design process itself.

This Elluminate session will give an overview of how we, the project team, have placed stakeholder needs at the centre of our activity, how we are using technology to change the way programme teams approach curriculum design and how we have moved away from set-piece panel-based approval events to an approval process that is rich in formative dialogue and panel-event free!

To register, go to  You will be sent a link to join the session in advance of the session.

Innovating e-Learning 2010 Bringing Innovation to Life: from adversity comes opportunity

A final reminder that each JISC e-Learning project will receive one free delegate place for this event. To register for your free place, please email Judith Mole stating your project name and the URL for your project page on the JISC website.

JISC Online Conference Have a Go area

23 – 26 November 2010

The Online conference runs from 23 – 26 November 2010 , BUT the reading week opens on 16 November 2010 and offers a chance to become familiar with the conference environment and try out innovative JISC projects in the ‘have-a-go’ area. For more information, see here and book online – early registration advisable for full participation in the pre-conference week – here…

JISC CETIS conference – Never Waste a Good Crisis – Innovation & Technology in Institutions

15 and 16 November 2010, National College School Leadership, Nottingham.

This will be the seventh JISC CETIS Conference, a highly participative two day event, which offers an opportunity to meet with colleagues involved in technical development activities.

The conference agenda is available at where you can book your place and find out more on each of the above sessions and you can book your place at…

Learner Centred Process Review (FREE Event)

24 November 2010 9.30am – 4.00pm Aberystwyth University,

If you are thinking of re-structuring, introducing change (perhaps by increasing e-Learning), or implementing a new information system then it is important that you understand what really happens in your organisation. Incremental changes over the years may have left processes no longer matching the needs of modern learners. Previous re-structures may have left responsibility and authority dangerously apart. Process Review is the term used when an organisation undertakes an analysis of what it does, how it does it and why, with a view to improvement in terms of benefits to clients and/or effectiveness. A Learner-Centred approach puts the learner at the heart of the review by focussing on the benefits to learners of each and every activity undertaken by the institution.

Target Audience: The day is aimed at senior and middle managers of cross-college and administrative functions in Further Education Colleges or Higher Education Institutions

For more details, contact

Embedding Business & Community Engagement (FREE Event)

2 December 2010 9.30am – 4.00pm Aberystwyth University

Embedding Business & Community Engagement is a one-day workshop delivered by the Advisory Service, JISC infoNet. Participants will identify the BCE landscape relevant to their institution and will look at the methodology employed for the 18-month Embedding BCE project that worked with 5 institutional partners to identify how well core business processes such as (but not limited to) Finance, HR, IT, Information Systems, Libraries and Marketing supported work with communities.

Target Audience: The day is aimed at senior and middle managers with responsibility for development, co-ordination or support of Business and Community Engagement and managers of core business functions.

For more details, contact

Sharing Technology Enhanced Employability Learning (STEEL)

9 December 2010, 10 am – 3.45 pm, Rose Bowl, Room, Leeds Metropolitan University

A free event to present the findings of the HEA-funded STEEL project. The day will provide a showcasing of good practice found in these areas as well as examining the findings of this synthesis project. Findings from the sister projects in technology enhanced assessment and feedback with the University of Southampton and technology-enhanced learning and teaching with the Open University will also be presented. For more information, contact

SEEC annual conference – Credit: Changes and Challenges

10 December 2010, £175, 15 Hatfields, London.

Credit: Changes and Challenges, is being held on the occasion of SEECs 25th anniversary and is an opportunity to reflect on the success of credit, the challenges it has raised and could pose in the future. Keynote presentations and workshop sessions will focus on policy and practice about creditin higher education, in the UK and in Europe.

Dr Mark Atlay, Chair of SEEC, will launch the new SEEC Level Descriptors.

For more details, visit…

15th EAUC Annual Conference

11– 13 April 2011, University of York.

Calling for volunteers from the wider Membership for three representatives for the conference steering group. The strands are:

  • Sustainable Campus – Biodiversity, New Build, Refurbishment, Renewable Energy Onsite
  • Sustainable Operations – Catering, Energy, Procurement, Transport, Waste
  • Sustainable Organisations – Community, Environmental Management Systems, Education for Sustainable Development, Carbon, Monitoring & Reporting, Policy & Strategy

If successfully selected you will be given £150 discount on any delegate conference package to be used at the conference! For more information, contact

HEIR Conference 2011 Scanning the Horizons : Institutional Research in a Borderless World

16-17 June 2011, Kingston University

Kingston University and the UK and Ireland Higher Education Institutional Research (HEIR) Network are delighted to announce the call for papers for the 4th Annual Institutional Research Conference, Scanning the Horizons : Institutional research in a borderless world. Confirmed keynote speakers: Prof. Sir Peter Scott, Institute of Education, University of London, UK, Dr Lis Lange, Executive Director, Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC), South Africa, Angel Calderon, Principal Advisor, Planning and Research at RMIT University, Australia

More information can be found at the conference website:


IPR newsletter

The latest edition of the IPR newsletter can be found at…/newsletter.aspx

FYI – IPR information on the JISC website has now been consolidated and can be found at…/legalethical/ipr

News in brief

TAG research help needed!

The TAG – The Alternative Guide (to UCLan) Team are looking for individuals and / or institutions to participate in a study we are under taking for JISC. The study is looking at how mobile phones, social networking and internet sites such as TAG can support international students and students from ethnically diverse backgrounds in their transition into higher education.

For more information, contact Lucy at The TAG Team

01772 89 5516/5519 and visit

JISC on Air – Successful Student Recruitment

In the first of a new series of online ‘radio’ shows produced by the JISC e-Learning Programme – JISC on Air – we explore how digital technologies are helping universities to share reliable and consistent course information and support new students throughout the recruitment process.

To listen now to Episode 1: Successful Student Recruitment (Duration: 18:22) please visit

See Successful Student Recruitment: for a summary of JISC’s work, useful resources and support from JISC’s services.

Briefing Paper on Embedding Creative Commons Licences into Digital Resources

Creative Commons licences (also referred to as CC licences) can facilitate the copying, reuse, distribution, and in some cases, the modification of the original owner’s creative work without needing to get permission each time from the rights holder.  There are a number of different types of these licences. Across the UK’s public sector, CC licences are increasingly used to provide access to cultural heritage and teaching, learning and research outputs. Creative Commons licensed resources are also helpful for public sector bodies who wish to use third party resources which place the least restrictive licensing terms on the user. See here for the full report [HERE]

Equalities act – legislative lever for good practice

JISC TechDis is delighted to announce a new area of our website which helps you make sense of the opportunities for technology to support the new obligations that come with the equality act.  In terms of expectation management, it is important to realise that the guidance does not attempt to cover every ‘protected characteristic’ covered by the act. We focus on disability and the wide range of ways in which technology can reduce barriers for disabled people. Clearly reducing barriers disabled people tends to have a positive impact for other inclusion needs as well but that is not the focus of the guidance.

The guidance points to a wide range of free resources and support that are available from JISC TechDis, Regional Support Centres and other JISC (and non-JISC) services.

More than anything, the equality act gives us an opportunity to help the learning providers we work get a bit more an incentive to embrace e-learning and the enormous wealth of flexible personaliseable inclusion opportunties that go with it. It’s nice to have legislation as a lever and we would do well to capitalise on that opportunity. Downloadable leaflet plus links to a range of resources at

The JISC review

HEFCE, the Higher Education Funding Council of England, is carrying out a review of JISC. Work began in September 2010, with the final report due early in December 2010.

In terms of methodology, the Review Group will be looking at both quantitative and qualitative evidence from a variety of sources. It has invited all higher education institutions and further education colleges across the UK to comment, along with JISC’s principal funders, the sub-committee chairs, sector representative bodies and other organisations actively engaged with JISC, both nationally and internationally.

A page has been established on the JISC website, inviting comments from anyone who wishes to respond: <>

All submissions to the open consultation will be considered, including those from JISC’s staff and partners. In addition, the Review Group will look at documents produced by JISC and seek evidence about how public investment has been spent.

Tell us more about your online courses, says JISC study

A new study commissioned by JISC highlights the need for universities and colleges to improve information available to students about online courses.

According to the report, institutions could do more to show students the breadth of web based courses available, and accessibility could be improved by structuring the information to mirror the searching methods of potential students.

Download a copy of the report at

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

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