Issue Twenty Three – 22 November 2010

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After two very successful events (full reports below), we are delighted to give you details of the second seminar to be held on Friday 3 December. You will find more details of this and other events in this newsletter.

Innovation Seminar II: Institutional change
LLL and WFD Programme Meeting
Festival of Assemblies 20 October 2010
  Reports from The Festival of Assemblies and Trade Fair
  One-minute movies
  Project outputs
Innovation Seminar I: emergent technologies
Future Assemblies
  TELWFD (UWIC)
  CPD-Eng (Hull)
Conferences and Events
  Plymouth e-Learning Conference
  CAL Conference
  SEDA
  HEA Conference
Publications
  Social media helps universities attract the right students
  Supporting Learners in a Digital Age study (SLIDA)
News in Brief
  Digital Literacy and the role of the University
  E-learning from experience
  Strategic alert for senior managers in universities and colleges
  Educational purpose
  HEFCE funding for Foundation Degree Forward to end
  JISC: motivating and retaining students

Innovation Seminar II: Institutional change in practice, systems and processes

Friday 3 December, online, 12.00 – 13.00 (please login between 11.30 and 12.00)

You are warmly invited to participate in the second SSBR Innovation Seminar, which will focus on the lessons learned from institutional change in practice, systems and processes. Institutions that are developing the innovative use of technology across an entire university, college or regional community will be required to review and change existing business processes; to implement new technical systems; to review existing policy and strategy; and engage staff and students in the revised practices of learning, teaching and research. For more details, see http://ssbr1210.inin.jisc-ssbr.net/

LLL and WFD Programme Meeting

28 January 2011, Birmingham

Don’t forget to register [here] for the last Lifelong Learning and Workforce development Programme Meeting on Friday 28 January 2011 at 10:00 for 10:30 start, and finish by 16:00. This event will be held at Maple House in Birmingham. The agenda will include:

  • Review projects’ baseline review – Discuss how projects have progressed programme themes since these reviews were produced in June 2009, recommendations for future work to progress these themes.
  • JISC Comms and JISC Advisory services ‘homes’ for project outputs eg. Programme themes: APEL, Negotiated Frameworks for Courses, XCRI, Employer Engagement for teaching and learning, ID Management, ePortfolios – any other topics?
  • How to complete Final and completion reports (new template and example Final report to be circulated).
  • IPR and Legal issues for different business models projects might want to adopt for the sustainability of some of their project outputs.

For directions and a location map please click [here]
Please note that onsite parking is not available. For information about the nearest NCP car parks, see the link above.

Should you have enquiries relating to your booking please contact Verena Weigert or alternatively if you have any enquiries relating directly to the event please contact Ruth Drysdale Further details about the event will follow on 12th January 2011.

Festival of Assemblies 20 October 2010

Reports from The Festival of Assemblies and Trade Fair

The first few assembly reports from the recent Festival of Assemblies and Trade Fair in Oxford on 20 October, are now available on the SSBR Assemblies page: http://assemblies.inin.jisc-ssbr.net/

Included there are the reports on the Pineapple-Telstar assembly on how institutions cope with APEL; the ePPSME BR-led assembly on developing a community of practice for e-portfolio pedagogies for work-based and lifelong learning; and the SAMSON-led assembly on portals, roles and responsibilities.

The remaining reports from projects who led assemblies at the Festival will be linked as soon as they are submitted. Please email assembly reports to Patsy Clarke (patsy@jisc-ssbr.net) or Ellen Lessner (levellearning@waitrose.com)

Projects who participated in the Trade Fair are reminded to email copies of any related posters or resources (in .pdf format where possible) – or links to them – to Joe Rosa (joe@jisc-ssbr.net)

One-minute movies

To see projects talk about their work at the Festival of Assemblies, you can take a look at the video. Thank you very much to everyone who participated and for the post production work! You can see the long version here All Projects (13min) or the individual chunks here:

Project outputs

For the preliminary outputs from the Festival of Assemblies held in October, see Preliminary Outputs

Innovation Seminar I: Emergent technologies

16 November 2010

The first Innovation Seminar feeding back the lessons learned from the Institutional Innovations Programme was held on 16 November. The seminar focussed on lessons from projects that have implemented emergent technologies – such as mobile technologies, podcasting and lecture capture – at a corporate level (i.e. across the institution rather than local innovation by individuals). The seminar can be viewed in elluminate at Emergent Technologies 16 Nov 2010 and a copy of the presentation is available for downloading [here]

Seminar participants engaged in lively discussion of the issues around emergent technologies and voted on their preferences. A full report on the seminar is available at http://ssbr1110.inin.jisc-ssbr.net/report-on-the-seminar/. The comments will be taken into account in developing the briefing information available [here].

Future Assemblies

As details firm up for future assemblies these will be made available on the SSBR Assemblies page. Current assembly plans include:

TELWFD (UWIC)

TELWFD (UWIC) are planning an Assembly on evaluation of the effective use of technologies in the LLLWFD projects. Contact Andrew Haldane: ahaldane@uwic.ac.uk

CPD-Eng (Hull)

CPD-Eng (Hull) is planning to lead an assembly on digital and identity management. Contact: David Sowden: d.sowden@hull.ac.uk

Conferences and Events

Plymouth e-Learning Conference

6-8 April 2011
Plymouth e-Learning Conference: Learning in a Connected World
Calls for papers deadline January 14 2011

CAL Conference

April 13-15 2011, Manchester
CAL Conference 2011: Learning Futures: Education, Technology & Sustainability.

SEDA

5-6 May 2011, Edinburgh
SEDA Spring Learning, Teaching and Assessment conference

HEA Conference

5 – 6 July 2011 East Midland Conference Centre
Submissions of abstracts for the Academy conference to be held on 5 – 6 July at the East Midlands conference centre are due shortly. Other deadlines are:

Session submissions close: 14 January 2011
Early bird bookings open: 11 February 2010
Early bird bookings close: 21 April 2011
Online bookings close: 24 June 2011

http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/eventsandnetworking/annualconference
For any queries please contact conference@heacademy.ac.uk.

Publications

Social media helps universities attract the right students

Facebook photo albums, online clips and video briefings for international students are among examples of best practice highlighted in a new report aimed at helping universities and colleges better inform their first-years about life at university.

Well-informed students are less likely to drop out, so the report illustrates innovative ways of communicating with prospective freshers, to inform and advise them while managing their expectations of higher education.

The report has been produced as part of a JISC-funded project led by the 1994 group (http://www.1994group.ac.uk). The ‘student expectations of university’ project is aimed at enhancing applicants’ understanding of higher education.

Download the report [here]

Supporting Learners in a Digital Age study (SLIDA)

Case studies for the Supporting Learners in a Digital Age study (SLIDA) are now available online at

https://wiki.brookes.ac.uk/display/slidacases/SLiDA+Home

The final report synthesising the outcomes of the study will be available later in November from www.jisc.ac.uk/slida

News in Brief

Digital Literacy and the role of the University

Listen to Helen Beetham’s recent talk at the University of Greenwich entitled “Digital Literacy and the role of the University” [here]

Helen Beetham, known to many of us through her work for JISC and HEFCE, her model for learning activity design, is a leading light in the field of e-learning policy and practice. In this open and public lecture, she explores how digital technologies are changing the needs and expectations of students, how Universities can respond, and what opportunities the new digital landscape presents for Universities to reposition themselves as institutions of public knowledge.

E-learning from experience: balancing the e-vangelists’ gospel with the wisdom of the world

If you missed Ian McNay’s open lecture in October, “E-learning from experience: balancing the e-vangelists’ gospel with the wisdom of the world”, a podcast is available by clicking the link [here]

In this lecture, Professor McNay runs the rule over e-learning, just when development of Web 2.0 has reached a stage where critical reflection is not only possible, but essential.,

Strategic alert for senior managers in universities and colleges

The second “strategic alert for senior managers in universities and colleges” has just been emailed out to 2796 senior institutional contacts, highlighting the content in the “Supporting your institution” section of the website.

You can view the online version of the alert [here]

You can also sign up to receive future alerts through this link [here]

For more information, contact Robert Haymon-Collins, Director of Communications at r.haymon-collins@jisc.ac.uk

Educational purpose

We need to re-engage civil society in a debate about educational purpose. These are the powerful words of Professor Keri Facer, keynote speaker at the forthcoming JISC innovating e-learning conference.

Listen to the interview with Keri Facer [here]

HEFCE funding for Foundation Degree Forward to end

After seven years at the heart of employer engagement in higher education (HE), HEFCE will cease mainstream funding for Foundation Degree Forward (fdf) by July 2011, although transitional funding will be available until October 2011. This follows the achievement of the Government’s target of 100,000 foundation degree students to be enrolled at any one time, in England. HEFCE’s investment of £100 million has also enhanced the employer engagement capability of universities throughout the country, as part of its ongoing workforce development programme. Read more [here]

JISC: motivating and retaining students

Listen to a podcast about what JISC’s doing to help motivate and retain students, click here].

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

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