Issue Twenty Four – 16 December 2010

A few words

With 2010 drawing to a close, it is a good time to reflect on all the research, ideas, development, production and connections that have taken place over the last year – vast quantities of innovation. If you have not already done so, please don’t forget to register your place at the final LLLWFD Programme meeting on 28 January at Maple House in Birmingham.

https://www.eventsforce.net/jisc/80/register

On behalf of the team, I would like to wish everyone a very peaceful and festive break and look forward to seeing you all in January.

Emma Anderson

SSBR Seminars
  Seminar 2: Institutional Innovation and Change
  Seminars 3 and 4
Benefits Realisation
  BR Reports
  ASSET BR Workshop
Assemblies
  Gathering and Presenting Evidence for Impact and Sustainability
  e-Portfolio Community of Practice Activities
  Digital Resource and Identity Management
  Student Transitions Swap Shop
Conferences and Events
  Benefits of XCRI – The ′whys′ and ′hows′
  DevCSI Developer Days – Dev8D
  ALT C 2011 Thriving in a Colder and More Challenging Environment
  Effective Assessment in a Digital Age Workshops
  Innovating e-Learning 2010 Online Conference
Publications
  IPR newsletter
  Cooking up Networks, Community and Learning Environments
  Challenging Times, Challenging Curriculum(s)
  Leap2a: Enabling Portfolio Portability
  Concepts and Standardization in Areas Relating to Competence
  The Semantic Web, Linked and Open Data
News in Brief
  Collaborative Online Tools for Business and Community Engagement
  Providing Information that Helps Students Make the Right HE Choices
  Design and Delivery Programmes Podcast
  Richard Lambert, CBI

SSBR Seminars

Seminar 2: Institutional Innovation and Change

The second Innovation Seminar feeding back the lessons learned from the Institutional Innovations Programmes was held on 3 December. The seminar focused on lessons from projects around institutional change, in particular design and development of processes to support the take-up of innovative technologies across institutions. Read more here:

http://ssbr1210.inin.jisc-ssbr.net/seminar-report/

Seminars 3 and 4

25 February and 25 March 2011
The dates for two further seminars to consult on the lessons from the Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development projects have been provisionally agreed as 12:00 – 13:00 on 25 February and 25 March 2011 in Elluminate. Further details will be announced following the final programme meeting in January.

Benefits Realisation

BR Reports

The BR reports are now on the web site at

http://br.inin.jisc-ssbr.net/benefits-realisation-project-final-reports/

ASSET BR Workshop

16 December 2010
I attended a one day event on Using Technology to Enhance Feedback hosted at Roehampton University and run by the ASSET Benefits Realisation project and the UK Centre for Bioscience. Throughout the day we had a chance to see a variety of examples of technology used to provide feedback to learners including:

  • Personal Response Systems, the electronic voting systems used in lecture/presentations from Steve Maw from the University of Leeds/UK Centre for Bioscience. Very simple to use, Leeds have issued these to students so they can be used in any lecture.
  • Video Feedback, from the ASSET project, presented by Karsten Lundqvist, University of Reading. Asset have addressed the technical issues of providing video feedback across institutional learning systems. Lecturers have found it effective and simple to use after an initial learning curve.
  • Audio Feedback using simple technologies from Claire McCullagh, University of Reading. Supporting language students, with many useful tips and hints on how to do this effectively and efficiently – I am told you can find a lot of this support online!
  • Using wikis to support collaboration, from the Dominic Bygate, ESCAPE project, University of Hertfordshire. The wiki was used to support group work and the academic provided feedback via a blog.
  • Feedback via mobile phones, presented by Lillian Soon from MyKnowledgeMap. Using iPhone Apps to support learning to medical students.

Read more here:

http://br.inin.jisc-ssbr.net/2010/12/16/asset-br-workshop/

Assemblies

Gathering and Presenting Evidence for Impact and Sustainability

10 January 2011 Cardiff
You are invited to sign up for the TEL-WFD (UWIC) hosted assembly, ‘Gathering and Presenting Evidence for Impact and Sustainability’, that takes place on 10 January in Cardiff, with an online option in Elluminate. Partnered with the WELL (Bradford) project, the assembly includes as keynote speaker, Dr Rachel Harris of Inspire Research Ltd, who has provided evaluation support to the JISC Curriculum Design and Delivery projects. Short sessions from the TEL-WFD and WELL projects will address the issues and stimulate debate. Peter Chatterton will lead a session on making best use of the JISC Guide to Sustaining and Embedding Innovations. The programme has some flexibility so there are opportunities for other intending participants to contribute short inputs to stimulate discussion around the theme. More information and contact details are linked at: http://assemblies.inin.jisc-ssbr.net

e-Portfolio Community of Practice Activities

10 January 2011
To foster the e-Portfolio Community of Practice, Wolverhampton’s LLLWFD-BR project is facilitating a series of asynchronous discussions from 10 January around specific themes.
You are warmly invited to join the newly formed e-Portfolio community of practice, funded by the JISC Institutional Innovation Support, Synthesis and Benefits Realisation (SSBR) project and led by University of Wolverhampton. The community will focus on the pedagogy used to underpin the e-portfolio use growing out of work done for the ePPSME project and a number of relevant projects within the SSBR project.

Community activities will take place in Cloudworks starting on 10 January 2011. Each activity is free to join and will be centred on a theme identified by projects funded in the JISC Lifelong learning and workforce development programme. Activities will:

  • last for five days;
  • be led by a different practitioner for each activity;
  • include asynchronous discussions;
  • include a list of relevant resources identified by practitioners as a valuable resource;
  • examine how the community can be sustained after the funding period is over.

The activities finish in March with a summary of the themes that have emerged during the discussions. The final activity will be led by the Centre for Recording Achievement and will focus on what the discussions mean in the light of the current climate. More information and contact details at:

http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloudscape/view/2201

Digital Resource and Identity Management

Date and venue tbc
CPD-Eng (HULL), with partners, will be leading an assembly on ‘How do you handle your digital resources and identity?’ These are issues that the CPD-Eng project have encountered during their project scoping and team meetings, and look forward to discuss further with other interested projects, teams and individuals. The Assembly format will provide opportunities for comparing and sharing experiences. Contact David Sowden, d.sowden@hull.ac.uk

Student Transitions Swap Shop

1 February 2011, Preston
The TAG Team at UCLan are hosting the Student Transitions Swap Shop, a JISC-funded event for those involved with projects or activities relating to supporting students in their transition into HE. The event will take place at UCLan in Preston, on Tuesday 1 February 2011. Registration will open at 10.00 am with a 10.30 start. The TAG Team would like to invite you to [register] for a place.

The aim of the event is to facilitate the exchange of ideas and to discuss issues relating to supporting students in their transition in to HE. Subject to availability of funding, the TAG Team will fund the travel of two people per institution. Please complete one registration form per person. Projects at all stages of the project cycle are welcome to attend.

Initial feedback has show participants are interesting in discussing and exploring the following key topics;

  • Student engagement
  • Platform used (i.e. website, Social Networking)
  • Engaging staff / senior management buy in
  • Managing content
  • Sustainability

Please use the event booking form to register for the event and outline your travel requirements for the event. Please note once tickets are booked, changes cannot be made.

If you think you may require overnight accommodation please contact the TAG Team separately by emailing thealternativeguide@uclan.ac.uk.

Conferences and Events

Benefits of XCRI – The ′whys′ and ′hows′

26 January 2011, Council Room, Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street – London
On Wednesday 26 January 2011, 1 – 3.30 (with lunch served from 1) Linking London is offering partners (all FECs and HEIs) the opportunity to learn more about XCRI, which is the standard for course advertising data and is used to share information about courses between organisations. At this meeting you will find out more about XCRI, how much it might cost and how it could be useful for your organisation. Delegates at the event will hear from speakers from the XCRI development team, JISC and other practictioners. This event is FREE for all delegates.
(If you’re interested in finding out how your institution can benefit from implementing XCRI please contact Peter Nguzo, our Website and IS Manager). To book a place please email info@linkinglondon.ac.uk before Friday 20 January 2011. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DevCSI Developer Days – Dev8D

16 – 17, February 2011, London
The Developer Community Supporting Innovation project (DevCSI – for short – http://devcsi.ukoln.ac.uk), a community and capacity building project which engages developers working particularly (though not exclusively) in the education sector, invite you to attend the ‘DevCSI Developer Days – Dev8D 2011′ on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17February, 2011, in London, For more information, and a booking form, please visit http://dev8d.org/

The event is free and provides opportunities for developers (and those interested in working with software developers or in software development) to learn new skills, experiment with technology and ideas, share and network amongst their peers and even take on a number challenges.

ALT C 2011 Thriving in a Colder and More Challenging Environment

Leeds 6-8 September 2011
To all LLL & WFD projects – if you would like to consider putting in proposals for the 2011 ALT C, please let Ruth Drysdale know r.drysdale@jisc.ac.uk

The conference will be co-chaired by John Cook and Sugata Mitra and will include keynotes from Miguel Brechner and John Naughton. Please see http://www.alt.ac.uk/altc2011/ for further details.

Effective Assessment in a Digital Age Workshops

From challenge to change…
Using principles of good practice, work with colleagues towards an effective model for the use of technology in assessment and feedback. A series of free workshops based around the JISC Effective Assessment in a Digital Age publication [www.jisc.ac.uk/digiassess] and associated online resources [www.jisc.ac.uk/assessresource] will take place during January – March 2011. Workshops will be held in London (20 January 2011), Birmingham (16 February 2011), Bristol (March 2011, date to be confirmed) and Newcastle (24 March 2011). The JISC e-Learning Programme will be working in partnership with the JISC Regional Support Centres on these events.

These workshops will be exploring how the use of technology in HE and HE in FE, linked to principles of good practice in assessment and feedback, can help promote more effective learning. These workshops, which draw on the work of recent JISC-funded projects as well as related significant developments in the area of assessment, will have a practical, hands-on flavour with a focus on how to move from current challenges towards sustainable change.

Further information together with the registration form for the London workshop is now available from www.jisc.ac.uk/assessworkshops

Innovating e-Learning 2010 Online Conference

23-26 November 2010
For those of you who were not able to participate in the JISC Online Conference, here is a summary of the final two days of activity. Innovating e-Learning 2010 remains open for reading for registered delegates until 31st December, after which the recordings of the live sessions and all presentations will be available from the JISC website.

Anne Miller, an inventor and authority on innovation and creativity, opened up Theme 2 of the conference with advice on ‘How to get your innovations adopted – and change the world’. Delegates continued to explore the tension between innovation and resistance throughout the subsequent sessions which included mobile technologies, OER and ways of sustaining curriculum innovation. Read more here http://newsletter.inin.jisc-ssbr.net/…

Publications

The latest IPR newsletter is available here, written by Naomi Korn who will at the last programme meting in January.

11 October 2010. Sheila MacNeill tries to find the perfect recipe for the 21st century online campus.

19 October 2010. Sheila MacNeill reflects on the recent CETIS Future of Interoperability Standards (FIS) event.

A briefing paper by Christina Smart, published October 2010.

A white paper by Simon Grant and Rowin Young, published August 2010.

A briefing paper by Lorna M Campbell and Sheila MacNeill, published July 2010.

News in Brief

Collaborative Online Tools for Business and Community Engagement

JISC infoNet is pleased to announce a new infoKit (online resource) that examines the use of collaborative online tools to support the interactions between further and higher education and its business and community partners. The infoKit can be found at:

www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/infokits/collaborative-tools

Providing Information that Helps Students Make the Right HE Choices

Schools, colleges, universities, student unions and a wide range of other bodies are being asked to comment on the information that higher education (HE) providers publish to help prospective students choose the course and institution that are best for them.

They are invited to respond to a consultation being conducted by HEFCE, Universities UK and GuildHE. The consultation mainly concerns a proposed Key Information Set (KIS) which all publicly funded HE providers in England and Northern Ireland would be required to publish for each course on their web-sites. Read more here: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/news/hefce/2010/choices.htm

Design and Delivery Programmes Podcast

The second JISC/QAA Podcast with Sarah Knight and Peter Findlay is available from http://ow.ly/3fMkn (Audio file) It discusses the work of the design and delivery programmes.

Richard Lambert, CBI

How universities and businesses need to work together

The recent speech given by the Director General of the CBI Richard Lambert two weeks ago about how universities and business need to work together in the future can be seen via this link to the webcast: http://www.cihe.co.uk/…

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

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