Issue Twenty Nine – 6 April 2011

A Few Words

In this issue of the newsletter, you will find a report on the final SSBR innovation seminar, Benefits Realisation projects, assemblies, events and publications. The programme has now officially come to an end, and on behalf of the team, I would like to say how much we have enjoyed working with you all and learning about your research and activities. Please do not hesitate to contact any of us if you need any support or information over the next few weeks.

Emma Anderson
emma@jisc-ssbr.net

Innovation Seminar no 4
  WFD: Issues for the Learner and the Institution
Benefits Realisation
  MUSKET-BR workshop – Supporting LLL & WFD
  Validation Assemblies
Project Outputs
  APEL tool developed by the PINEAPPLE project
Conferences and Events
  Linking London Development Project Fund Dissemination Event
  Rising to the Challenge: Frameworks for Employability
  2011 Online Learning Futures Festival Follow the Sun
  Linking London Lifelong Learning Network Event
  SEEC: An Introduction to Credit and Credit Frameworks
  Creative and Innovative Viewpoints in Curriculum Design
  The Sixth International Blended Learning Conference
  JISC Conference 2011 Videos and Goody Bags
Publications
  Transforming Curriculum Design – Transforming Institutions
News in Brief
  JISC e-Learning Programme – JISC on Air
  Know your Publishing Rights

SSBR Innovation Seminar no 4

Workforce Development: Issues for the Learner and the Institution

This seminar explored the key issues for the learner and the institution arising from the synthesis work. The discussions are summarised below under each issue. Read more about the event here http://newsletter.inin.jisc-ssbr.net/2011/04/05/sem04/

Benefits Realisation

MUSKET-BR workshop – Supporting Lifelong Learning & Work Force Development (LLL-WFD)

7 April 2011 The Barn, Middlesex University, Hendon Campus, The Burroughs, Hendon, London, NW4 4BT

MUSKET would like to invite you to the following free workshop (there are no workshop fees and travel expenses can be covered for participants – please RSVP via email to George Dafoulas g.dafoulas@mdx.ac.uk

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, see http://br.inin.jisc-ssbr.net/…

Project Outputs

APEL tool developed by the PINEAPPLE project

The online APEL tool developed by the PINEAPPLE project has a ‘sandbox’ version available for you to try. The links with information and trial login and passwords can be accessed at http://www.pineappleproject.org.uk/2011/03/pineapple-tool-sandbox-live/

Conferences and Events

Linking London Development Project Fund Dissemination Event

8 April 1.00 – 3.00 pm, Malet Street, Birkbeck, University of London

To date £634,000 has been allocated to Linking London network members who have successfully bid for development funds to initiate a number of innovative projects. This event will showcase a number of development fund projects and provide an opportunity to discover more about their outcomes from project leads. The event is free, with lunch available from 1 pm. To book a place email: info@linkinglondon.ac.uk and if you have any special requirements, for example food or access, please let them know. If you have any queries please call 020 7380 3226

Rising to the Challenge: Frameworks for Employability in the New HE Landscape

13 April 2011, Birmingham City University
14 April 2011, University of the Arts, London

For details of two events aiming to support the sector in developing institutional frameworks for employability that are taking place in April, visit [here] for Birmingham 13 April or [here] for London 14 April.

2011 Online Learning Futures Festival Follow the Sun

13-15 April 2011

Beyond Distance is teaming up with the Australian Digital Futures Institute at the University of Southern Queensland for the 2011 Learning Futures Festival.The festival is a celebration of innovation in teaching and learning in higher education, and offers a chance for practitioners and policymakers to share their visions for the future. With handovers between Leicester (UK), Seattle (USA), and Toowoomba (Australia), Follow the Sun will begin in Leicester on Wednesday 13th April and conclude in Australia 48 hours later. For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/followthesun

Linking London Lifelong Learning Network Event: The Changing Vocational Landscape Part II

27 April 2.00– 4.00 pm. Tea / coffee will be available from 1.30 onwards. Room 103, Clore Management Centre, Birkbeck, University of London

Vocational qualifications have been subject to a period of change recently and it is often hard to gauge just what the combined effects of these will be both on institutions and on the learners themselves, as they strive to gain qualifications that will provide progression to Higher Education or work. Speakers who are at the heart of these changes will share their perception of the likely effects on curriculum management and learner take up and will include representatives from awarding bodies, LEA, FECs and HEIs, with the aim of providing a balanced overview of changes and their perceived effects. The discussion slot that follows will provide the opportunity for partners to input and so inform our future work in relation to learner progression.

To book a place / arrange payment or for any other queries please email Stuart Mitchell s.mitchell@linkinglondon.ac.uk or call 020 7380 3226.

SEEC: An Introduction to Credit and Credit Frameworks

2 June 2011 10:30 am – 3:00 pm Clore Seminar Room, Women’s Library, London Metropolitan University, Old Castle Street, London, E1 7NT

This seminar is designed for staff working in HE, FE, Awarding Organisations, Sector Skills Councils, and Professional Associations who are new or relatively new to credit, credit frameworks and their uses.

Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • Credit and its definition
  • UK and European frameworks for credit
  • The role of the SEEC descriptors
  • The uses of credit
  • Institutional policies and their variations
  • Topical issues in credit and its use

To book a place for this event, please visit the SEEC website:
http://www.seec.org.uk/news/introduction-credit-and-credit-frameworks

Encouraging Creative and Innovative ‘Viewpoints’ in Curriculum Design

2 June 10.00 am – 3.00 pm University of Ulster, Belfast Campus

This seminar will demonstrate how course teams can be assisted to incorporate pedagogic best practice research into their teaching and learning plans, and be encouraged to be more creative and innovative in their designs. It will share research findings to date and experiences from past workshops (e.g., photos, videos, evaluative commentaries and case studies) and will demonstrate how these can stimulate constructive dialogue and foster collaboration, helping course teams build ideas towards a student-centred curriculum design model.

Please email bookings to Mrs Sharon Copeland: saj.copeland@ulster.ac.uk. 50 places available on first-come, first-served basis. Lunch will be provided after the seminar and there will be opportunities for networking during lunch and throughout the Train the Trainer Session in the afternoon.

The Sixth International Blended Learning Conference: From Innovation to Institutional Enhancement – Operating in Challenging Times

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

The conference will be opened by Professor Quintin McKellar and the keynote speaker will be Professor Diana Laurillard of the Institute of Education. As usual, the conference will have an international flavour with a live link-up with colleagues from the Universities of Calgary, Mount Royal and Regina in Canada and from the University of Queensland in Australia. The cost of attending the conference (for registrations up to 30th April) is £225 for both days, but places are going fast so please click here for more conference information and to book. If you have any queries about the conference please contact the conference team through Gina Alessi on g.alessi@herts.ac.uk

JISC Conference 2011 Videos and Goody Bags

Videos from the JISC Conference 2011 are now available at http://www.jisc.ac.uk/jisc11 . You can watch the live streamed sessions as well as the ‘behind the conference’ studio discussions, interviews and videos at your leisure. Videos can be viewed in both Mediasite Silverlight and Classic player. You can skip to specific sessions or presentations by clicking on the i icon (bottom left) and choosing Chapters (top right).

The JISC11 Virtual Goody Bag (http://www.jisc.ac.uk/jisc11goodybag) is also full of free digital resources relating to sessions and activities from the conference. You will find links to useful websites, blogs and electronic documents as well as speaker presentations, videos and much more.

For details of other upcoming JISC events go to: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/events.aspx

Publications

Transforming Curriculum Design – Transforming Institutions

JISC has recently published a briefing paper produced by Gill Ferrell around the interim findings of the Curriculum Design programme. The paper highlights resources and lessons learned to date which may benefit the sector in a changing environment. Download the publication

News in Brief

JISC e-Learning Programme – JISC on Air

In the third of a new series of online ‘radio’ programmes from the JISC e-Learning Programme – JISC on Air –how digital technologies are helping universities and colleges to better meet students’ requirements and improve retention were explored. The show and supporting information is available from http://www.jisc.ac.uk/blog/meeting-students-needs-to-improve-retention

You can listen to the previous two JISC on Air shows on Student Recruitment and Online Learning at

http://jisconair.jiscinvolve.org/wp/

Know your Publishing Rights

In response to the activities of certain publishers in changing their policies to retrospectively restrict the depositing of authors’ manuscripts in local, institutional or subject-based repositories, JISC has published the following statement. Read more here

http://sca.jiscinvolve.org/wp/2011/03/31/do-you-know-your-publishing-rights/

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

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