Issue Twenty Five – 17 January 2011

A Few Words…

Hello and happy New Year. Welcome to the last three months of your institutional Innovation projects. The Programme is having wide and significant effects across the sector thanks to the good work you are all doing with your projects. At a recent JISC Institutional Innovation Working Group meeting I set out four of the ways in which the support project might be, in a small way, contributing to the success of the Programme. First through developing and implementing a Benefits Realisation programme (http://br.inin.jisc-ssbr.net/), projects have been enabled to extend and/or implement their work in other institutions and contexts. Second through direct support to the projects, and particularly through the encouragement of inter project collaboration via Assembliss (http://assemblies.inin.jisc-ssbr.net/) projects have been encouraged to think and work across boundaries and to make links with other institutions. Third, through Synthesis work (http://inin.jisc-ssbr.net/blog/), which has surfaced and analysed the cross-cutting themes of the programme and produced briefing papers for the JISC to disseminate programme-wide outcomes. And fourth, through the collation of a substantial database of programme outputs (http://inin.jisc-ssbr.net/ssbrdb/) we are working to make your work discoverable throughout the JISC and higher education community.

So, noses back to the grindstone for the last push towards completion. Best wishes and best of luck to your projects. Remember, if there is anything you need, do not hesitate to get in touch.

George Roberts
groberts@brookes.ac.uk

Contacting Projects…

Ellen and Patsy from the SSBR support team for LLLWFD projects are in the process of contacting projects to arrange phone contact during January. The aim of contact in this final stage of the projects is to get updates of remaining support needs as well as gather information about project outputs and dissemination activities. They are also looking forward to meeting up again with projects, in person, at the JISC programme meeting for LLLWFD projects in Birmingham on 28 January.

Assemblies
  TEL-WFD Assembly
Benefits Realisation
  Collaborative expertise: TAG – The Alternative Guide (to UCLan)
Programme News
  e-Portfolio Communities of Practice
  Leeds Met synthesis of evidence-based research
Conferences and Events
  XCRI Linking London event
  Effective Assessment in a Digital Age Workshops
  SCEPTrE’s final conference
  JISC11 Conference
Publications and Resources
  East Midlands XCRI newsletter
  Access Unlimited. Access Protected.
  Supporting Workplace Study
  JISC on Air – Online distance learning
  JISC licences
  JISC makes Freedom of Information clearer for researchers
Funding Opportunities
  ITT: Competence Structures for e-Portfolio Tools Interoperability
  Opening up JISC Inform
Obituary
  John O’Donoghue
News in Brief
  New study urges colleges to develop e-learning strategies
  IPR Risk Management Calculator
  JISC Digital Media Online Surgeries 2011

Assemblies

TEL-WFD Assembly

10 January 2011

The assembly on ‘Gathering and Presenting Evidence for Impact and Sustainability’ provided a series of useful approaches and experiences of project evaluation. In particular the evaluation methods looked at how to gather evidence that would help your project to achieve its benefits and realising sustainability and embedding.

Several examples from projects were used to demonstrate how they have been used to achieve results. Two projects from Cardiff, one delivering learning to work-based learning dental technicians looked at demonstrating cost savings and scalability, as well as retaining student performance; another used reflective blogs with work placement students on business courses, to develop employability skills demonstrating high levels of achievement and motivation, as well as efficient and effective processes to engage employers and support learners.

A project from Wolverhampton used a series of ‘retreats’ to engage stakeholders and undertake an on-going evaluation of the project to ensure issues were address. A project from Bradford used initial surveys and evaluation to determine the most appropriate forms of delivery for work based learners.

The assembly was held on 10 January 2011 hosted by the TEL-WFD (Technology-enhanced Learning to support a Welsh Centre for Workforce Development) at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC). Some of the sessions were also available online via Elluminate. An Elluminate recording and other video-recorded sessions plus slides and related resources are to be made available with an assembly report which will be linked to the SSBR assembly web page at http://assemblies.inin.jisc-ssbr.net/…

Benefits Realisation

Collaborative expertise: TAG – The Alternative Guide (to UCLan)

The TAG Benefits Realisation project set out to support the uptake of the alternative institutional web sites at other HEIs through the development of an online resource and providing support to institutions.

The original TAG project developed The Alternative Guide (to UCLan) to enable students to develop realistic expectations of university life, generating realistic expectations and encouraging students to take ownership and responsibility for their experience.

The project team developed a How to Guide (http://www.tagguide.org/) to share recommendations and best practice for developing an alternative web guide for learners or similar at another HEI. The guide includes a section on the benefits producing an alternative student guide, covering student expectations and employability, providing the rationale for institutions to adopt a similar approach. Further sections look at who to involve, models for developing a guide, how to ensure quality and maintain the site, and how the team promoted the TAG site to students. Further resources include videos and briefing packs used by the team. Read more [here]

Programme News

e-Portfolio Communities of Practice

The E-portfolio Community of Practice (ePCoP)Project led by the University of Wolverhampton are hosting a series of six online discussions hosted at http://cloudworks.ac.uk/… and faciliated by Sarah Chesney. The aim is to develop and foster a community of practice for e-portfolio pedagogies for work-based and life-long learning through a synthesis of existing practice focusing on identifying the key principles from that practice that can be applied elsewhere. So far three discussions have been scheduled and three more are planned for February/March.

  • 10th Jan – 14th Jan 2011 – Kevin Brace from University of Aston will lead a discussion about the challenges of creating a community of practice
  • 17th Jan – 21st Jan 2011 based on their work in the JISC funded ePPSME Project. – Alison Felce and Emma Purnell from University of Wolverhampton will lead a discussion ‘Principles for an e-portfolio based pedagogy for SMEs’
  • 31st Jan – 4th Feb 2011 that underpins their JISC funded Co-gent Project. Phil Gravestock from University of Gloucestershire will lead a discussion around e-portfolios and constructive alignment.

http://br.inin.jisc-ssbr.net/…/e-portfolio-communities-of-practice/

Leeds Met synthesis of evidence-based research in TEL for employability and employee learning in HE FE

Leeds Met STEEL synthesis project funded by the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA).
The project duration January-Aug 2010 and aims to produce a synthesis of evidence-based research in order to inform decision-making by practitioners in the appropriate use of technology enhanced learning for employability and employee learning in higher and further education. They used a case study based approach and later in the project sought case studies from other HE FE successful use of technology to support employability and employee learning. Read more http://steelproject.wordpress.com or http://www.steeltheshowcase.org.uk/

Conferences and Events

XCRI Linking London event

26 January 2011
On Wednesday 26 January 2011, 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 p.nguzo@linkinglondon.ac.uk. To book a place please email info@linkinglondon.ac.uk before Friday 20 January 2011.

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. The JISC e-Learning Programme is delighted to be working in partnership with the JISC Regional Support Centres on these events.

Workshops will be held in:
London – 20 January 2011 (this event is fully booked)
Birmingham – 3 February 2011
Bristol – 3 March 2011
Newcastle – 24 March 2011

Further information together with the registration forms for the Birmingham, Bristol and London workshops, is now available from

www.jisc.ac.uk/assessworkshops

SCEPTrE’s final conference

1 March 2011, Aston University

The focus is this event on student development through their wider life experiences while they are at university. Professor John Cowan will call for radical changes in pedagogy to support these forms of student development and Maret Staron (Mindful Creations Australia) will talk about her research and development work into life-based learning in the work environment. The conference is structured to encourage lots of participation and sharing of practice and is being sponsoring to keep costs to a minimum. To find out more and download the booking form please visit the symposium wiki.

Professor Norman Jackson
Director Surrey Centre for Excellence in Professional Training and Education

Student Lifewide Development Symposium
http://lifewidedevelopmentsymposium.pbworks.com/
Role of PDP, portfolios, facilitation, technology and recognition schemes in encouraging and enabling holistic student development through their lifewide experiences

Tuesday March 1st 2011 10.00- 16.00
Lakeside Conference Centre Aston University
http://www.abs.aston.ac.uk/conferenceaston/
Sponsorship by SCEPTrE allows the cost to be kept to £50

To book a place or obtain forms for workshop proposal please visit the Student Lifewide Development Symposium wiki at http://lifewidedevelopmentsymposium.pbworks.com/

JISC11 Conference

14-15 March 2011, Liverpool

As we look ahead to a tough financial year in 2011-12, JISC’s annual conference is now open for registration with a packed programme on the theme of ‘financial challenges, digital opportunities’. The conference is on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 March 2011 in Liverpool and will focus on how digital technologies can bring cost and efficiency savings to universities and colleges. Vice chancellor of the University of Bristol, Professor Eric Thomas, will be delivering the opening keynote speech ahead of his appointment as president of UUK in August. Register now at http://www.jisc.ac.uk/events/…

Publications and Resources

East Midlands XCRI newsletter

The latest East Midlands XCRI newsletter is now available.
http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/eportfolio/xcri/Docs/NewsletterXmas2010_v1%201.pdf

Access Unlimited. Access Protected. (online publication)

With the increasing pressure on budgets and performance in UK colleges and universities, now is a good time to really think about improving access to your organisation’s internal services through effective access and identity management.

JISC’s new online publication ‘Access Unlimited. Access Protected’ includes a range of institutional case studies which illustrate how federated access management technology can provide innovative solutions to a range of day-to-day problems.

Supporting Workplace Study: an fdf staff development resource for workplace mentors and supervisors

fdf have liaised with the Open University to produce this on-line open resource. It is aimed at staff involved in providing mentoring or educational supervision to colleagues (or others on placement in their organisation), The resource should take around 10 hours to complete and is modular. The resource will enable staff to Identify their particular role as a supervisor or mentor in the context of their own professions/workplace. The resource can be found at http://sws.oucpld.com/ Please note: The resource is copyrighted to the OU but institutions may embed the link within their programmes. The resource does not have integrated assessment /accreditation but completion of it may be taken into account through an APEL (Accreditation of prior experiential learning) process by colleges and universities.

JISC on Air – Online distance learning

Is online distance learning a real solution for today’s higher education funding, capacity and recruitment issues? This latest edition of JISC On Air looks at some of the issues associated with creating sustainable and effective online distance learning. The radio show highlights the value of engaging students and enhancing the learning experience through the effective use of online learning tools such as podcasts and virtual worlds.

Kim Catcheside explores these issues with David White (author of the recent Online Learning Task Force: A study of current UK online learning report), Richard Hall from the De Montfort University Learning Exchanges Centre and staff and students from the University of Leicester, as part of the latest JISC On Air radio show.

Further information about this show is available from http://www.jisc.ac.uk/blog/… and you can subscribe to these shows via itunes and RSS. JISC welcomes your feedback on this show. Feel free to share your comments and suggestions for future shows by contacting the JISC On Air radio show team:

onair@jisc.ac.uk

JISC licences

For an overview of the types of licences being deployed across JISC, see here SCA_BP_Open_Licences_Dec10_v1-02

JISC makes Freedom of Information issues clearer for researchers

Managing requests for research data under Freedom of Information (FoI) and Environmental Information Regulation legislation has just got easier for researchers with the launch of a step-by-step guidance document. While researchers routinely share data with each other as part of their normal business, they are not so familiar with the often daunting task of responding to Freedom of Information or Environmental Information requests.

Read the guidance online at http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/programmerelated/2010/foiresearchdata.aspx

Find out how to maintain research integrity through good data management at http://www.jisc.ac.uk/supportingyourinstitution/cribsheets/datamanagement.aspx

Sign up for a monthly email with links to updated advice and guidance to help support your institution at http://www.jisc.ac.uk/supportingyourinstitution/emailupdates.aspx

Funding Opportunities

Invitation to Tender: Competence Structures for e-Portfolio Tools Interoperability

The JISC invites tenders, from a consortium, to develop an interoperability specification to represent competence structures, so that these can be used within different e-portfolio and related tools. Total funding of £30,000 (including VAT, travel and subsistence) is available for this project.
The deadline for proposals is 12 noon UK time on Monday, 31 January 2011.
It is envisaged that bidders will be notified of the outcome of the evaluation process in the week commencing 14 February 2011. The successful bidder will be expected to start work on or around 21 February 2011. The work is to be completed by 8 July 2011. A full version of the ITT can be found (here)

Opening up JISC Inform

Open-ness from the viewpoints of learner, teacher, researcher and senior manager is at the heart of the final print edition of JISC Inform, now online at http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/jiscinform/2010/inform29.aspx

The switch to digital means we won’t be sending you a full print version in future – so if you’d like to continue receiving news, opinion and background articles from JISC, along with exciting online features and multimedia, you’ll need to sign up at http://survey.jisc.ac.uk/distribution

Obituary

John O’Donoghue

Professor John O’Donoghue joined UCLan in September 2006 when he took up the Chair of Learning Technology. His focus at the university was to further develop the use and application of learning technologies, to develop and maintain a successful programme of pedagogic research, knowledge transfer activity, grant capture and peer reviewed public output. John was a member of numerous committees, forums and professional groups both internally and externally, including the position of Co-Editor and Editorial Board Chair of the UCLan Journal of Pedagogical Research and a member of the JISC Learning and Teaching Committee. John led and supported numerous projects and bids helping UCLan generate around £2 million in external funding. His work had led to the publication of numerous papers and books. John was committed to supporting and developing his colleagues and many can reflect on how he inspired them to strive to face new challenges. His last major project was to create a unit within LIS to support research and funding for the use of Technology Enhanced Learning across the University.

John’s dedication to his work showed during his battle with Cancer, continuing to work beyond what his illness allowed. His passion and commitment allowed him to defy the odds for longer than could have been hoped for. John will be dearly missed as a colleague and a friend and has left a significant impact on UCLan and the staff he worked with.
John’s funeral will take place on Wednesday 19 January at 2.40pm at Emstrey Crematorium, London Rd, Shrewsbury SY2 6PS.
John had requested that there are no flowers, but donations if desired to be made to: The Severn Hospice Shrewsbury and The Professor John O’Donoghue award for Research in Education at The University of Central Lancashire. Donations can be made at the service.

Lucy Warman
lpwarman@uclan.ac.uk

News in Brief

New study urges colleges to develop e-learning strategies for higher education

The use of mobile technologies and a more innovative use of existing institutional systems such as virtual learning environments will be increasingly important to colleges that provide higher education according to a new JISC funded study. Read more here New study urges colleges to develop e-learning strategies for higher education

IPR Risk Management Calculator

With the start of a New Year, the Open Educational Resources (OER) IPR Support Project is delighted to launch the first iteration of a new tool, the ‘Risk Management Calculator’. This was initially designed to help OER projects, but is also applicable to other projects and/or organisations considering the release of materials licensed under a Creative Commons Licence or just for non commercial research or private study.

http://www.web2rights.com/OERIPRSupport/risk-management-calculator/

The calculator has been designed to provide a guide to the types of criteria which might reduce or raise levels of risks associated with material for which permission has not been sought, and then help understand the types of decisions which could potentially reduce their risk. Typical examples of this might include materials which are still in copyright, but for which the rights holders cannot be traced or are unknown (so called “Orphan Works”). See the SCA report on Orphan Works: IN FROM THE COLD for more information http://www.jisc.ac.uk/…/infromthecold.aspx

JISC Digital Media Online Surgeries 2011

As real time online teaching resources are becoming increasingly popular with students, a series of online surgeries will help lecturers looking for advice on screencasting:

  • 19/01/11 – The major technical issues surrounding screencasting
  • 26/01/11 – Considerations for screencasts as teaching and learning support resources
  • 02/02/11 – Using a screencast as a lecture capture tool
  • 09/02/12 – Using a screencast to provide feedback

To find out more or to join any or all of the online surgeries please go to www.jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk/surgery

Please contact training@jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk with any questions

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

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