Issue Twenty Seven – 9 March 2011

A Few Words

As the programme draws to an end, we are pleased to give you details of the concluding seminar entitled ‘Learners and institutions: workforce development’. We hope you will be able to come along to discuss recent developments and to have your say. Below, details of the seminar are outlined together with the registration form and joining instructions. Please do not hesitate to contact any one of us if you need further information about the seminar or indeed any other aspect of the programme. Look forward to seeing you soon.

Emma
emma@jisc-ssbr.net

Innovation Seminars
  IS IV: Learners and Institutions: workforce development
  IS III: Employer Engagement Report
Benefits Realisation
  Validation Assemblies
Project News
  Sharing Approaches on Student Transitions
  Musket Roadshows: Mapping Course Descriptions
  CPD-Eng
Conferences and Events
  Video in the Workplace: The Future of Business Communication?
  JISC Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Group
  How can ePortfolios support 21st Century Learning?
  CAL Conference 2011
  ELESIG Symposium: Students as Change Agents in a Digital Age
  2011 HEA Annual Conference: Changing Practice – Changing Times
Publications
  Studies on Flexible and Innovative Provision

Innovation Seminars

Innovation Seminar IV:
Learners and institutions: workforce development

25 March 2011, 11.30–13.00 – Elluminate

The fourth and final seminar in our innovations series takes two perspectives on workforce development: that of the learner and that of the institution.
We will be focusing on technology developments in this seminar, however, it must be noted that the field is complex and currently a climate of political uncertainty is pervasive. On the one hand, never has there been a greater need for innovative approaches to personal, professional and institutional development, and yet in recent years never has there been such uncertainty as to the direction this might take.
From the institutional perspective, for all but a very few specialist institutions, the majority of their business is still directed at 3-year full-time undergraduates. Although demographic and economic changes are reshaping this part of the business it still forms between 50% and 80% of the activity of most HEIs. Lifelong Learning, Workforce Development and Employer Engagement is principally concerned with that other 20% to 50% of the HEI’s business. Therefore we are arguing that in order to have the greatest impact, there should be a focus on the biggest part of that other 20%-50%. This, we suggest principally (but not exclusively) means:

  • university accredited learning programmes (courses/modules)
  • aimed at adults in work
  • who are without university qualifications
  • where the location of learning is primarily the workplace, and
  • the learning activities are primarily the tasks of work done in the course of work.

Even within this broad area, boundaries and definitions slide according to:

  • field (law, business, medicine, hospitality, retail, etc)
  • stage (pre-work, in-work, returning-to-work, CPD, etc)
  • and focus (learner, employer, provider).

Two key issues emerge from these considerations, both having to do with assessment and accreditation, and ultimately for quality assurance:

  • Do employers have a role in the assessment of candidates for university qualifications? If so what should this be?
  • Do learners need to transform the output products of their work-place activity to match the expectations of higher education assessment requirements? Or, do universities need to adapt their objective criteria to accommodate workplace output products?

Link to Cycle 3 Thematic Synthesis: PDF file
For more information, visit http://ssbr0311.inin.jisc-ssbr.net/
To register: http://ssbr0311.inin.jisc-ssbr.net/registration/

We look forward to seeing you then.
Best wishes

George Roberts
groberts@brookes.ac.uk

Innovation Seminar III:
Employer Engagement report

The third Innovation Seminar focusing on emerging lessons around employer engagement was held on 25 February 2011. The seminar examined the role of technology as an enabler for employer engagement and shared evidence from the lifelong learning and work force development projects.
Read more: http://ssbr0211.inin.jisc-ssbr.net/…

Benefits Realisation

Validation Assemblies

Funding has been agreed for seven BR Validation Assemblies, and in addition there are several events planned by BR projects that have also been listed here. Some of the dates and times are provisional at this stage and will be updated when they are confirmed. For further details of the events, see here…
http://br.inin.jisc-ssbr.net/…

Project News

Sharing Approaches on Student Transitions

The TAG Benefits Realisation project hosted a “Student Transitions Swap Shop” event at the University of Central Lancashire on the 1 February 2011. The event was attended by 31 people from 17 institutions that came together to share their knowledge and experience of using technology to support student transitions and improve retention.
Read more: http://br.inin.jisc-ssbr.net/…

Musket Roadshows: Mapping Course Descriptions

The MUSKET project has undertaken a road show of institutional visits to seven Universities, including Glasgow and Cardiff. The purpose was to share the MUSKET outputs (which include a set of XCRI-based tools on transformation and mapping curriculum to address employer requirements) with a range of stakeholders involved in work-based learning and allow other projects to share their tools and requirements around work-based learning and accreditation of prior learning.
Read more: http://br.inin.jisc-ssbr.net/…

CPD-Eng

Read CETIS’ Simon Grant review CPD-Eng

I was asked to look into the CPD-Eng project by the JISC programme managers, specifically in conjunction with the JISC “Benefits Realisation” work, because this project in particular has a lot to do with portfolio technology and interoperability, and then with skills and competences in professional development…

Read more: http://blogs.cetis.ac.uk/…

Conferences and Events

Video in the Workplace: The Future of Business Communication?

10 March 2011 – 15.00
The Register’s Tim Phillips will be debating the value of videoconferencing with a few people who are better qualified than him to answer your questions. Cisco’s Nick Sheppard and Dale Vile from Freeform Dynamics are there to discuss the nitty gritty of getting videoconferencing to pay dividends to your company and if you join us on the day they’ll answer your questions on the matter live. Register [here] (If you can’t make the live broadcast, you can register today anyway and we’ll let you know when the recorded version is available). For more info, click [here]

JISC Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Group

23 March 10.15 – 15.45, Maple House, Birmingham
The final agenda for the next meeting of the JISC Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Group is available [here] together with the online booking form. Please note that registration for this meeting closes on 16 March. JISC will cover the travel and subsistence expenses of members attending meetings, up to the value of £150 on receipt of a completed [expenses claim form] and original receipts.

How can ePortfolios support 21st Century Learning?

30 March 2011 10:00 – 16:30, Newcastle University
e-Portfolios are not a new concept. In various guises, digital presentations of skills and competences, online records of achievement, and action plans with opportunities for reflection have been in use in education for nearly a decade. So what is new about e-portfolios? This workshop will explore what we mean by e-portfolios and how e-portfolios can support 21st century learning. Drawing on the work of JISC-funded projects and other significant e-portfolio developments, it will provide a snapshot of learning enhanced by e-portfolios in higher, further and continuing education. Places on the workshop are £50 each. Click [here] for more information and to book a place.

CAL Conference 2011

13 – 15 April 2011, Manchester Metropolitan University
CAL (Computer Assisted Learning) is one of the leading international conferences in the field of education and technology. The conference brings together researchers across all education sectors: primary years, informal learning, higher education, and across a range of disciplines from psychology to computer science, media and cultural studies. This year, 2011, the conference’s major themes are the following:

  1. Sustainability, globalisation and social justice
  2. The future of learning technologies
  3. Informal learning and digital cultures
  4. Looking back to look forward

Register for the conference and find details on the registration fee and associated benefits:
http://www.cal-conference.elsevier.com/registrationInfo.asp
Further information on the conference programme, invited speakers and workshops is available on the CAL Conference 2011 website http://www.cal-conference.elsevier.com/

ELESIG Spring Symposium: Students as Change Agents in a Digital Age

27 and 28 April 2011, University of Exeter
ELESIG’s Spring Symposium provides an opportunity for the ELESIG community to come together at a residential event on the University of Exeter campus to critically examine the concept of Students as change agents in a digital age. The programme for the event will include inputs from key players in this emerging area of work, a range of case studies will be examined and you will have the opportunity to contribute to a set of guidelines on managing change agents initiatives and to engage with members within sessions as well as networking at dinner and during refreshment breaks. ELESIG members reserve your place at:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/elesigexeter

2011 HEA Annual Conference: Changing Practice – Changing Times

5 – 6 July 2011, East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham
There are five main sub-themes to this conference:

  • Models of Change
  • Internationalisation
  • Postgraduate Provision
  • Institutional CPD Frameworks
  • Changing and Developing Practice in Student Engagement

Book before 21 April and you can take advantage of the early bird booking rates. You can book online on the Academy website http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/eventsandnetworking/annualconference

Publications

Publication of Studies on Flexible and Innovative Provision

Three studies with an introductory statement from Heather Fry, HEFCE’s Director for Education and Participation. To read this item in full visit: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/…

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

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