Issue Twenty Seven – 9 March 2011

Tuesday, March 8th, 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.


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
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
  Studies on Flexible and Innovative Provision


Embedding Creative Commons Licences into Resources

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Naomi Korn, Strategic Content Alliance IPR Consultant
October 2010

Overview of Creative Commons Licences

Creative Commons licences (also referred to as CC licences) can facilitate the copying, reuse, distribution, and in some cases, the modification of the original owner’s creative work without needing to get permission each time from the rights holder.  There are a number of different types of these licences. Across the UK’s public sector, CC licences are increasingly used to provide access to cultural heritage and teaching, learning and research outputs. Creative Commons licensed resources are also helpful for public sector bodies who wish to use third party resources which place the least restrictive licensing terms on the user. (more…)

Issue Twenty One – 11 October 2010

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

A Few Words

This is the last newsletter before the Festival of Assemblies on 20 October. We are all very much looking forward to seeing you in Oxford and in the meantime, if you have any queries about the event, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Festival of Assemblies – Wednesday 20 October
Conferences and Events
  JISC Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Group
  Competence structures and portfolio tools
  Functional skills workshops
  Learning in a Connected World
  Learning futures: education, technology & sustainability
  SESA Spring learning, teaching and assessment conference
  JISC conference 2011 – delivering value and opportunity
Funding Opportunities
  JISC 9/10: Field test the strategic ICT toolkit
  JISC 15/10: JISC infrastructure for education & research
  JISC 11/10: e-content programme
News in Brief
  Case studies for new JISC guide
  Showcase your institutional approach to e-Portfolio
  Technology enhanced learning podcast
  Employer engagement at the University of Chester


Thematic dissemination agendas

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

JISC has identified 10 thematic dissemination agendas (see image below):

  1. Entrepreneurial spirit
  2. Exemplary Employer
  3. Best-Practice Management Systems and Processes
  4. Local, Regional, National, International Social, Cultural & Economic Development
  5. Reduce Cost, Generate Income
  6. Streamlined Integrated Admin Systems
  7. Environmental Quality and Sustainability
  8. Superb Student Experience
  9. Academic Excellence
  10. Organisational Development

JISC Agendas


HELLO ALT-C abstracts

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

FE to HE Transition: can online peer support aid and ease this phase?

HE Net is a JISC funded, collaborative research project between FE (Further Education) and HE (Higher Education) sectors. This forms part of the Benefits Realisation strand, which forms part of the HELLO Project (Higher Education Lifelong Learning Opportunities). (more…)

Business and Community Engagement

Monday, November 9th, 2009

As part of the JISC Business and Community Engagement (BCE) programme JISC TechDis is now project managing a new project entitled SME e-Empowerment. The project aims to help develop the institutional offering of advice, guidance and models for SMEs who wish to capitalise on web technologies. There are wide variations in the use of web technologies by SMEs, and differing views among the SME sector as to their value, and there is a role for HE and FE institutions in making SMEs aware of the benefits and opportunities of engaging with these technologies. Key areas of the project include institutions supporting SMEs in the economic downturn and the importance of creative and cultural industries. In the early stages of this new area of work Sero Consulting were commissioned to undertake a review of university and college engagement with small and medium sized companies (SMEs) regarding the business use of technology. Sero previously undertook the baseline evaluation of the overall BCE programme for JISC as well as a recent review of web-based support for BCE by JISC Advisory Services.

Please contact  Punam Khosla if you would like to know more about this work.

BBC: What are your views on the Digital Revolution?

Monday, August 31st, 2009

A unique multiplatform production for BBC Two is inviting people to contribute to an open and collaborative documentary on the way the web is changing our lives and the world.

Open source, content creation, being deleted from the web, e-learning, blogging and copyright are all hot topics on the blogs, with guests including Wikipedia creator Jimmy Wales and technology commentator Bill Thompson stirring up the debate.

Free Tools

Monday, August 31st, 2009

A suite of tactical tools for use by policymakers and practitioners have been developed which include guides; case studies; “visualization” charts; and power points. They have concentrated on some of the “issues” in the seamless access to and use of publicly funded online content for learning, teaching and research and have been developed by all the agencies represented by the Strategic Content Alliance, so they are “profession neutral” (more…)

BRII Stakeholder Analysis Report

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Recently Cecilia Loureiro-Koechlin from the BRII project announced that they had reached a project milestone by completing their Stakeholder Analysis report.

BRII are looking to develop a scalable infrastructure at the University of Oxford that allows for the sharing of research activity data and the report describes the basic problems faced by BRII in a large and heterogeneous institution and how they went about getting solutions. (more…)

Twitter and JISC SSBR

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

During the conference, we introduced the brand new Jisc SSBR Twitter account. For those of you who have only a hazy idea of what Twitter might be, you can check out this short Common Craft video introduction, and to find out more about how Twitter is being used in Higher Education (here)

For those people and projects who already use Twitter accounts, please consider following us at, and we’ll follow you back.

We plan to run a feed of all the people we follow through the SSBR site – making our community’s public messages accessible to those who don’t visit Twitter and helping us to build a stream of information about all your interests, tips and concerns.

Josie Fraser

Institutional Innovation