Issue Twenty Six – 14 February 2011

A Few Words…

Innovation in higher education can be seen in different lights. In the final synthesis of this programme we are looking at it from three vantage points: the learner, the institution and the employer. We have produced about 15 briefing papers now on topics ranging from mobile learning to mentoring in the workplace. We are finding that each topic can be seen from these three perspectives. We can see e-portfolios, for example, from the point of view of the learner: the individual who uses an e-portfolio to evidence statements or stories about their profession or employability, or who uses an e-portfolio system as a tool with which to produce and tell those stories. We can see e-portfolios from an institutional perspective: the education provider who uses an e-portfolio system to enable students to produce richer records of achievement than allowed for by a bare transcript. Or, who promote an e-portfolio system as an assessment tool; who may or may not integrate it with other institutional systems: records, VLE, etc. Or, from the teacher’s point of view who will have to implement yet another application, come to master it themselves and use it in a scheme of work.

Be sure to visit the SSBR blog “Developing Themes” where you will find our latest synthesis work.

George Roberts
groberts@brookes.ac.uk

Innovation Seminar III Employer Engagement
  25 February 2011 – Elluminate
Benefits Realisation
  Funding for BR Validation Assemblies
Assemblies
  CPD ID Management
  TEL-WFD Assembly reports on Impact and Sustainability
Programme News
  My Showcase
Conferences and Events
  JISC :: Financial Challenges – Digital Opportunities
  Internet Business Models on Sustainability – Workshop
  JISC Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Group
  International Blended Learning Conference 2011
  PLE Conference 2011
  ALT-C 2011 – Thriving in a Colder and Challenging Climate
Publications
  Network Project on Recognition of Prior Learning:
  Resource for HEIs on Employee Learning
  IPR Newsletter
Funding Opportunities
  JISC GRANT FUNDING 4/08: E-LEARNING PROGRAMME
News in Brief
  SLiDA Final Reports
  Improve your Effectiveness with the JISC Impact Calculator
  Recordings from Innovating e-Learning 2010
  ELESIG

Innovation Seminar III Employer Engagement

25 February 2011 – Elluminate

The third JISC-SSBR Institutional Innovation online seminar to feedback and consult on some of the conclusions from the synthesis of Institutional Innovation projects takes place as follows:

Theme: Employer Engagement
Date: Friday 25 February 2011
Time: 12:00-13:00 (please login between 11.30 and 12:00)
Venue: Elluminate Session – [here]

For more information see http://ssbr0211.inin.jisc-ssbr.net/

Benefits Realisation

Funding for BR Validation Assemblies

Projects who have received Benefits Realisation funding within the Institutional Innovations/Lifelong Learning & Work Force Development Programme are invited to put forward an expression of interest to run a self-organised Validation Assembly. The purpose of the assembly should be to further validate the benefits of your project by engaging a wider audience of institutions and stakeholders. Funding of £1000-£2000 may be used to cover the cost of the venue, resources, materials and travel for speakers. The assemblies must take place before the end of June 2011. The deadline for submitting an expression of interest is Wednesday 23 February 2011 using the BR Validation Assembly EOI Proforma. If you have any questions or wish to discuss ideas for an assembly please contact Paul Bailey p.bailey@btinternet.com or any member of the support team. See this link [here] for more details.

Assemblies

CPD ID Management

10 or 11 March 2011 Rose Bowl Leeds

CPD-Eng invites you to their assembly on issues around ID Management Venue: Rose Bowl, Leeds
(http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/conferencing/index_rose-bowl.htm)
There are two optional dates – Thursday 10 March OR Friday 11 March. Please complete this linked form [here] with your interest to attend and an indication of your date preference. If you can do this within the next few days, the date that suits most people who respond will be emailed to you with further details.

ID Management issues

Throughout the CPD-Eng project, the question of management of personal data and identity has been a constant topic; how does one manage it, and how do we understand the issues and risks of using electronic systems to store and handle our personal data? Although systems can be created with high levels of security, the onus is on the individual to manage these systems correctly and fully understand the possible outcomes. As institutions how can we solve these problems and create system to assist the user in their management of personal data? Perhaps we should apply elementary principles of good system design:

  • Keep data separated from code, data from programme.
  • Keep personal data storage separated from the services exploiting them.

The solution to the management of personal data is perhaps in the dis-aggregation of the currently large and vulnerable silos of personal data and their re-aggregation around the individuals into personal data stores. It is not the construction of thicker and higher walls around vulnerable silos that can create the conditions for more trustworthy Internet: it is a radical reorganisation of the distribution of personal data around the individual, under his/her control.
These are issues that the CPD-Eng project have discussed during scoping and team meetings and would value the opportunity to discuss further these and other issues with other projects within an ‘assembly’ format.

Contact person: David Sowdend.sowden@hull.ac.uk

TEL-WFD Assembly Gathering and Presenting Evidence for Impact and Sustainability

The resources from the TEL-WFD assembly, held at UWIC on 10 January, are now available online. They enable those who were unable to attend the assembly to access the presentations and those who did to revisit them. Edited videos, with longer ones chunked for ease of access, are accompanied by the illustrative slides from the day’s presentations. All can be accessed by scrolling down to ‘Resources from JISC Assembly – 10 January 2011′ at: http://www3.uwic.ac.uk/…

Presentations include:
- the keynote by Rachel Harris of Inspire Research, Glasgow, on maximising impact, assembling and leveraging the evidence base,
- Jeff Lewis from UWIC illustrating the development of a persuasive case for sustainment, including the practical demonstration conducted face to face and online at the assembly,
- Andrew Haldane from UWIC offering a benefits analysis presenting the case for sustainment – designed to help with, for example, the preparation of a pitch to senior management.
- Ibrar Butt and Peter Chatterton from WELL-BR reviewing how evaluation findings underpin the development of a rationale, strategy, and plan for sustaining and embedding project outcomes throughout the sector,
- Alison Felce from the University of Wolverhampton delivering her presentation: ‘An e-portfolio based pedagogy for work-based learners in SMEs – An ePortfolio Community of Practice’,
- David Lloyd from the Cardiff School of Management at UWIC, on the use of a reflective log in capturing the experiences of students undertaking work placements

Programme News

My Showcase

To view the new open source web application which offers personalised evidence gathering for e-portfolios. [here]

Conferences and Events

JISC Conference – Financial Challenges – Digital Opportunities

14-15 March 2011 Liverpool

For the past nine years the JISC annual conference has been bringing expertise and knowledge to over 750 senior managers, academics, library professionals, teachers, policy makers and IT experts from across education in the UK and internationally. The 2011 programme consists of a variety of keynotes, sessions, workshops, demonstrations and exhibition stands providing delegates with the opportunity to seek advice, guidance and inspiration to realise the potential of their existing technologies within their institutions. Register here http://www.jisc.ac.uk/events/2011/03/jisc11/registration.aspx

New and Emergent Internet Business Models in Updated Case Studies on Sustainability Workshop

17 March 2011 JISC meeting rooms, London

You are cordially invited to attend a FREE Strategic Content Alliance-Ithaka workshop on new and emergent internet business models featured in updated case studies in sustainability at JISC meeting rooms in London on 17th March 2011.

Two years ago, the Strategic Content Alliance commissioned the Ithaka Case Studies in Sustainability which explored the techniques and strategies being adopted in the sustainable development of cultural and educational digital content and collections. Two tumultuous years have passed since then. How have the projects fared? Join us to hear from the team at Ithaka S+R, who will share their findings and highlight creative strategies that digital project leaders are using to continue growing their digital content and collections amidst the spectre of funding reductions, new and emergent internet business models and policy reviews. Please NOTE that places are strictly limited on a first come, first served basis. To register please RSVP via this link:
https://www.eventsforce.net/jisc/105/home

JISC Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Group

Wednesday 23 March 2011 Maple House, Birmingham

The next meeting of the JISC Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Group will be taking place on Wednesday 23rd March from 10:15 – 15:45 at Maple House, Birmingham. 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 the 16th March.

International Blended Learning Conference 2011

15 and 16 June 2011 The Fielder Centre, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

The University of Hertfordshire’s Learning and Teaching Institute is pleased to announce that the Sixth International Blended Learning Conference will be hosted by the University of Hertfordshire in partnership with the Higher Education Academy and JISCadvance at The Fielder Centre, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK on 15th and 16th June 2011

The title of this year’s conference is “From Innovation to Institutional Enhancement – operating in challenging times”. The Call for Papers is now open, and is attached – please note that the deadline is now extended to Friday 25th February.
If you have any queries about the conference please contacting the organising team:

PLE Conference 2011

11 – 13 July 2011 University of Southampton

The Personal Learning Environment Conference PLE 2011 will be held at the University of Southampton, July 11 – 13. The conference includes a traditional research paper strand but also encourages proposals for sessions in different interactive formats. The CFP asks for 500-800 word abstracts by March 26th. See http://www.pleconf.com

ALT-C 2011 – Thriving in a Colder and More Challenging Climate

6 – 8 September 2011 University of Leeds
2nd call for proposals

The 18th international conference of the Association for Learning Technology will be held at the University of Leeds, UK, 6 – 8 September 2011.

*Abstract submission system live*
https://alt.conference-services.net/authorlogin.asp?conferenceID=2509

Call and Guidelines for Proceedings Papers: http://repository.alt.ac.uk/864/ Proceedings Paper Template: http://repository.alt.ac.uk/865/ Call and Guidelines for Short Papers, Short Presentations (ePosters), Symposia, Workshops and Demonstrations: http://repository.alt.ac.uk/863/
Further info: http://www.alt.ac.uk/guidelines_papers.html

Download a copy of the first edition of the flyer for the conference from the main conference web site: http://www.alt.ac.uk/altc2011

Publications

QAA Scotland/European RPL Network Project on Recognition of Prior Learning: Case Studies Published

This project was commissioned by QAA Scotland in May 2010, with the aim of gathering a number of case studies about recognition of prior learning (RPL) in HEIs in Scotland and Europe. The case studies should provide an important resource for practitioners, institutions and countries looking to introduce, develop, or expand practice and policies relating to RPL.

Academy Publishes Resource for HEIs on Employee Learning

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) has published a valuable resource to support HEIs as they work to provide tailored higher education to learners already in the workplace.

IPR Newsletter

Issue 49 of the IPR newsletter can now be found at http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/topics/legalethical/ipr/iprconsultancy/newsletter.aspx

Funding Opportunities

JISC GRANT FUNDING 4/08: E-LEARNING PROGRAMME

Learning and Teaching Innovation Grants (Round 6)

JISC invites institutions to submit initial proposals for innovative projects in the e-learning domain, as part of its e-learning programme for 2010/11.

Projects and activities must fit with the vision, outcomes and principles of the JISC e-Learning programme and support innovative approaches to learning and teaching, identify areas of activity suitable for further investment and enhance the overall educational experience of students throughout the sector by identifying and solving common problems that are not covered by existing or planned JISC programmes. Projects can run for up to 12 months, and work in any aspect of the e-learning domain. Maximum funding for any one project is £50,000.

The deadline for receipt of proposals in response to this call is 12:00 noon UK time on Monday 21 March 2011. Projects should start by June 2011 and may run for up to 12 months. All projects must be complete by May 2012.

Further information can be found at: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/fundingopportunities/funding_calls/2011/01/grant0408.aspx

News in Brief

SLiDA Final Reports

The final reports from the Supporting Learners in a Digital Age study are now available from www.jisc.ac.uk/slida and make interesting reading. The SLiDA project investigated how institutions are creating and enabling opportunities that promote the development of effective learning in a digital age. The ultimate aim is to promote strategies which support learners to develop the access, skills, strategies and attributes they need to learn effectively with technology.
A final report with recommendations for further and higher education on how to develop effective institution-wide strategies and practices which better support effective learners in a digital age is available. The study also put together a report of the methodology used to create the case studies together with the templates they used for permission forms, letters of introduction etc etc – which could be useful for future case study projects.
The case studies which are web based are also available from https://wiki.brookes.ac.uk/display/slidacases/SLiDA+Home

Improve your Effectiveness with the JISC Impact Calculator

Further and higher education institutions need to make increasingly tough choices about how they operate and it is often difficult for institutional managers to justify and measure the impact of new initiatives. JISC’s Impact Calculator is designed to provide a robust, transparent and consistent means of predicting and measuring the impact of a new process or system on an organisation. The tool is freely available and can be downloaded here: www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/impact-calculator

Presentations and Recordings from Innovating e-Learning 2010 now available

The JISC Online Conference, Innovating e-Learning 2010 ran from 23 – 26 November and attracted 483 delegates numbers from around the world. The conference theme was ‘Bringing Innovation to Life: from adversity comes opportunity’ to reflect the challenges facing colleges and universities in sustaining innovation in the current climate. The presentations and Elluminate recordings of all the sessions are now available [here].

ELESIG

For more information about ELESIG, visit http://elesig.ning.com/ and for the latest issue of the ELESIG Newsletter featuring ELESIG Small Grants awards, ELESIG welcomes the ELFYSE SIG and the life-grid methodology – a participatory and qualitative research techniqueand more see ELESIG Newsletter 03 Winter 2010

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

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