Issue Thirty – 6 May 2011

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There are plenty of things happening over the next few weeks and months – ranging from BR assemblies to follow on events, from conferences to new publications. As ever, please feel free to contact us if you need any help or support with your plans and projects.

Emma Anderson

Assemblies and Programme events
  Workshop to explore eportfolio based pedagogies for WBL
  LLLWFD Assembly on ID Management (Trusted Relationships)
  Exploring the impact of funding models on work-based education
  Work-based learning maturity toolkit
  Report on the Co-gent BR Project Workshop
Conferences and events
  Leveraging social networks for learning
  Student transitions swap shop
  2nd Quality in e-Learning Conference
  Developing Digital Literacies
  Sustaining and Embedding Innovations: Good Practice Guide
  Critical Friends: Effective Practice Guide
Funding opportunities
  Call for Projects in Developing Digital Literacies
News in brief
  Confused by copyright? In the dark about IPR?

Assemblies and programme events

Workshop to explore and evaluate eportfolio based pedagogies for work-based learners

11 May 2011 10am – 4pm
The University of Wolverhampton, City Campus, Wolverhampton

The purpose of this workshop is to share experiences and opportunities for using eportfolio based pedagogies with work-based learners. Outputs from recent JISC funded projects will be showcased. Participants will be encouraged to comment on the outputs and share their own resources and experiences. The aims and purpose of the fledgling ePortfolio based Pedagogies Community of Practice will be considered and ways of sustaining this community will be agreed.
The workshop is intended for up to forty participants on-site with opportunities for virtual participation via WebEx. The workshop is free to attend with reimbursement of travel costs (up to £50 per delegate) and light refreshments included.

Contact Theresa Clancy at or 01902 322361 for registration details

LLLWFD Assembly on ID Management (Trusted Relationships)

19 May Birmingham

You are invited to attend a LLLWFD (Life Long Learning and WorkForce
Development) Assembly (active workshop meeting) on ID Management (Trusted Relationships). Details of venue, registration and programme are at:

Presentations include a keynote by Serge Ravet of EIfEL (, as well as David Sowden, (CPD-Eng project), Scott Wilson (CETIS), George Roberts (SSBR) and Paul Bailey (SSBR).

The focus of ID Management (Trusted Relationships) arises from the work of the LLLWFD projects that worked with institutional and technical aspects as well as related social-psychological identity issues. Another overarching concept of the LLLWDF programme has been e-Portfolios which depend in part on (technical) ID management in order to create, manage and curate personal identity. Your early registration for this free event is appreciated and we look forward to seeing you there.

Changing times, challenging times: Exploring the impact of new funding models on work-based education. Harnessing new technologies to enhance HE-business partnerships

17 May 2011 9.00am – 1.00pm
University of Derby Corporate, Bridge Street, Derby DE1 3LD

This is a consultation event for all those involved with sponsored, work-based students taking part-time courses. Speakers from a range of sectors will address key questions.

  • What does the new HE funding regime mean for learning providers working with company-sponsored students?
  • How can employers feel confident that an increased outlay on learning and development for employees taking higher education courses is going to deliver increased value for money to their company?
  • Can new technology enhance the benefits and productivity of university-business partnerships around part-time study?

JISC’s University of Nottingham SAMSON project, working with the University of Derby and partner employers, is using new technologies to support:

  • Greater transparency for employers about the learning and progress of employees on sponsored courses
  • Streamlined programme management and improved communications
  • Enhanced completion rates, improving monitoring procedures for early warning of students at risk of dropping-out
  • Maximising the potential convergence between institutions’ tutorial practice and partner companies’ appraisal processes.

A SAMSON project workshop session during the event will include a demonstration of the technology supporting three-way dialogues achieved at Derby between company, tutor and student and of the e-portfolios used formatively and for summative assessment in relation to work-based projects. Participants will be invited to identify further needs important across the range of stakeholders, both in companies and FE/HE institutions.
To book your place please email:
Helen Parker,

Work-based learning maturity toolkit

28 June 2011 10am – 4pm University of Westminster, London.

A group of universities and colleges (across England, Scotland and Wales) has developed a work-based learning maturity toolkit (including a methodology for using it) with funding from JISC’s Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development programme and are in the process of piloting it (see

You can register for the workshop at It is free to attend. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis with a maximum of two persons allowed per institution. Information about the event is available in the attached file and if you require further information, please contact:
Peter Chatterton (


Report on the Co-gent BR Project Workshop

26 April at the University of Gloucestershire

The partners of the Co-genT project benefits realisation project met to share their experiences of piloting the Co-generative Toolkit: to support the design of courses to make the language and learning tasks more accessible to employers and learners.

The eight institutions represented have all been using the toolkit with learners, tutors or employers and reported on what was working and suggested improvements to the tools. Read more [here]

Conferences and events

Personalising your portfolio spaces: leveraging social networks for learning

25 May 2011
The Rose Bowl, Portland Crescent, Leeds, LS1 3HB, Leeds

MyShowcase is an open source web application, developed as part of a University of Hull initiative supported by JISC. It offers personalised evidence gathering for e-portfolios and CV support for individuals. This free event offers delegates the opportunity to take a tour of the tools and hear from institutions who have been using MyShowcase. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. To register, please fill out the online form [here]

Student transitions swap shop

1 June 2011, 10.00 – 16.00
Foster Building, UCLan Campus

The TAG Team are running a second “Student Transitions Swap Shop” on 1 June 2011. Following on from the previous event, delegates who attended were given the opportunity to develop case studies about the work currently being undertaken to support student transitions in the higher education sector. These case studies will be presented at this event in addition to allowing time for participants to discuss further transitions initiatives and facilitate the further exchange of ideas and discuss issues relating to supporting students in their transition to HE.
Register online before 13 May 2011.

2nd Annual Quality Assurance and Quality Enhancement in e-Learning Conference ‘Unsolved problems & Unknown issues’

14 June 2011
Fielder Centre, University of Hertfordshire

This free one-day conference will explore challenges facing the sector in relation to assuring quality whilst also enabling quality enhancement and innovation through technology enhanced learning (TEL). We will be exploring the unsolved problems and trying to identify some of the unknown issues. Actively seeking your contributions to the QAQE debate, the day will include networking opportunities and participatory sessions and to explore practitioner needs.
[The conference is being held the day before, and at the same venue as, the International Blended Learning Conference (IBLC) so if delegates attending the IBLC would like to attend the QAQE conference, they would be most welcome.] Booking details and programme can be found via the following link:Quality Assurance and Quality Enhancement in e-Learning conference

Developing Digital Literacies: A series of national workshops on developing learners and learning organisations for the 21st Century

A series of free workshops from the JISC e-Learning Programme on developing digital literacies will take place during May – October 2011. The workshops will be held on:

  • 26 May 2011, Goodenough College in London (in partnership with RSC London and RSC Eastern)
  • 23 June, Maple House in Birmingham
  • 22 September, The Studio in Manchester
  • 6 October, The Bristol Hotel in Bristol

These workshops will offer the latest in organisational thinking and educational development around digital literacies. Participants will hear the outcomes of recent JISC-funded activity in this area and be given the chance to share their own experiences through structured activities. Proven resources in support of staff and curriculum development and institutional change will be available to download, adapt and use in participants’ own contexts of work.

Further information together with the registration forms for the workshops, is now available from


Sustaining and Embedding Innovations: Good Practice Guide

Last year JISC produced a good practice guide to sustaining and embedding innovations based on the experience of these two programmes as well as other JISC and sector initiatives. The original guide has been updated by the author Peter Chatterton and developed into an online resource. The intention is that it will evolve with experiences from other programmes. To view the resource, go to

Critical Friends: Effective Practice Guide

The critical friends who supported the Curriculum Delivery projects and CAMEL cluster groups have worked together led by Peter Chatterton and Peter Hartley to update existing guidance on the role of the critical friend to produce an online effective practice guide for projects, sponsors and for those engaged in critical friend roles. This resource is intended to complement the resources around the CAMEL process. View the resource at

Funding opportunities

JISC Innovation Programme: Call for Projects in Developing Digital Literacies

The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) invites institutions to submit funding proposals for projects to support the development and implementation of institutional approaches to digital literacies across the entire workforce and including students.

Total funding of up to £1,000,000 is available for 10 to 12 two year projects funded at up to £100,000 each. The deadline for proposals is 12 noon UK time on Wednesday, 8 June 2011.
It is envisaged that bidders will be notified of the outcome of the evaluation process in the week commencing 4 July 2011. The successful projects will be expected to start work mid July 2011.
The work is to be completed by 31 July 2013. A briefing event will be held online via Elluminate on Thursday 12 May 2011 at 10 am. Further details are given in paragraph 4 of the call document (at link below).

Proposals may be submitted by HE institutions funded via HEFCE, SFC, HEFCW and DEL Northern Ireland, and by FE institutions funded via SFC, DCELLS Wales and DEL Northern Ireland. FE institutions in England that teach HE to more than 400 FTEs are also eligible to bid provided proposals demonstrate how the work supports the HE in FE agenda.

Further information can be found at:

News in brief

Confused by copyright? In the dark about IPR?

A new elearning module from the JISC-led Strategic Content Alliance is to help update people dealing with intellectual property rights in universities, colleges, museums, libraries and other public bodies. Access the module at

The module will help them understand the implications and roles of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and licensing – all crucial to their institution’s role as a provider, aggregator and/or publisher of digital content. After completing the module, they will be better able to create, exploit and manage digital content with confidence, and most importantly, using a risk managed approach.

To help make these complex areas more understandable, the module is divided into six learning objects with supporting case studies, video and animation:

1. Introduction to IPR and Licensing
2. Creative Commons Licences
3. Orphan Works and Risk Management
4. Digital Economy Act
5. Accessing and Using Third Party Content
6. Protecting and Managing Rights

Access the module at

Read more advice and guidance on IPR and related issues through the toolkit

Stay up to date with the Strategic Content Alliance at

If you have any news or information you would like to share, please contact

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