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Overview of SSBR-0709

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

When I look back at Institutional Impact (ssbr0709) I am impressed by two things. First, how high the level of participation was, not just in terms of numbers but in terms of people who were active through all the available channels. Yes, it is a different and sometimes difficult environment requiring participants to acquire the habits of a new genre of participation: all the modes: voice, video text and graphics are nuanced by their bundling in the Elluminate (r) audiographic interface. The Internet reveals its imperfections when pushed to the limits and people display their resilience. It is important to stay away from early simplistic value statements comparing the environment with others. Distributed collaboration is the goal. We are exploring possibilities. People and contexts are all different and changing. The next event on 12 November 2009 will be different to this one.
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Radio JISC SSBR

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

The JISC SSBR Institutional Innovation Programme conference on Institutional Impact featured a series of accompanying internet radio broadcasts. The radio was also streamed into the Elluminate platform and into the Second Life social event in the evening. Furthermore, the keynote presentation was broadcast live, enabling those not at the Elluminate event to listen. The radio programmes featured music, interviews and phone in sessions with guests.
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Ithaka and JISC Presser

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Press Release

International case studies reveal innovative strategies for financing digital resources in the non-profit sector

July 15, 2009, New York and London. Tens of millions of dollars, pounds and euros are invested each year by government agencies and private foundations to develop and support digital resources in the not-for–profit sector.

As institutional budgets tighten, will these digital resources be able to survive and thrive? A new study, released today by Ithaka S+R and the JISC-led Strategic Content Alliance, illustrates the varied and creative ways in which leaders of digital initiatives, particularly those developed in the higher education and cultural heritage sectors, are managing to identify sources of support and generate revenue.
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TELSTAR and the use of references in learning and teaching materials

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

The TELSTAR (Technology Enhanced Learning supporting STudents to achieve Academic Rigour) project is looking at the use of references in the learning and teaching materials and environments at the Open University (OU). The project is a collaboration between the Library and the Learning and Teaching Solutions Unit at the OU, and RefWorks-COS – the provider of the popular bibliographic management software, RefWorks.

What is a ‘reference’?

I’ve tried to come up with a working definition to make it clear what we are talking about:
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Scaffolding the Mobile Wave Keynote by John Cook

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

This talk explores the following question, with an eye on near future trends, how can learning activities that take place outside formal institutions, on platforms that are selected by learners, be brought into institutional learning? Based on my earlier work (Cook, 2009a), I propose that new digital media can be regarded as cultural resources for learning that can enable the bringing together of the informal learning contexts in the world outside the institution with those processes and contexts that are valued inside the institutions. The big problem is that reports show that social software (Becta, 2008) and Google search (JISC and British Library, 2008) are not enabling the critical, creative and reflective learning that we value in formal education. I will argue for the scaffolding of learning in a new context for learning: the mobile wave. First of all, however, I need to unpack my opening remarks.
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Benefits Realisation Funding

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

We have already received several ideas from projects ahead of the deadline of 22 July on how they wish to realise the outcomes of their projects to other institutions, please keep them coming. I’ll feedback on any ideas received and help to focus you on the type of benefits realisation activities the JISC are looking for, this way we can work together to achieve greater benefits for the wider community.
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Second Life. What’s it all about? A novice’s view by Kumquat Pearl

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

online_conference_emergeisland_secondlifeI first heard about Second Life (SL) a couple of years ago from one of my German GCSE students who had brought along a copy of Die Zeit to ‘grammatically deconstruct’ (a really interesting activity, honest) which had an entire section on this weird and wonderful world in which you could lose your money and if you believe recent reports in the quality press, your wife. Curious as to what all the fuss was about, I duly loaded Second Life on my desktop, which promptly crashed under the enormity of it all and then I brushed the whole idea back into the depths of my mind. Once and for all. But to quote an Elvis song, it was always on my mind, but that was all, until I joined JISC and the Institutional Innovation Programme. (more…)

LLL WFD Report

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Support team members, Ellen and Patsy, have been busy following up with the 13 Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development (LLL WFD – Phase 3) projects that started up in March. Their contact with projects has included face to face visits as well as telephone and email contact. In addition to updating projects’ contact details – there are currently more than 70 Phase 3 project members subscribed to the dedicated LLL WFD email list – they are also looking for commonalities that could lead to assemblies. Assemblies for sharing information, expertise and skills can involve projects from Phase 3 as well as others from across the entire programme. (more…)

Low Carbon ICT Conference 22 May 2009

Monday, June 15th, 2009
Howard Noble at the Low Carbon ICT Conference

Howard Noble at the Low Carbon ICT Conference

Institutional Innovation exemplar project Low Carbon ICT, based at Oxford University, finished in June 2009 and the output from this very successful project was the conference ‘Keeping IT Clean: energy and the networked computing environment’, held at the Saïd Business School, Oxford University.
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