Benefits Realisation

Issue Twenty Nine – 6 April 2011

Wednesday, April 6th, 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

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
  Transforming Curriculum Design – Transforming Institutions
News in Brief
  JISC e-Learning Programme – JISC on Air
  Know your Publishing Rights


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


Issue Twenty Four – 16 December 2010

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

A few words

With 2010 drawing to a close, it is a good time to reflect on all the research, ideas, development, production and connections that have taken place over the last year – vast quantities of innovation. If you have not already done so, please don’t forget to register your place at the final LLLWFD Programme meeting on 28 January at Maple House in Birmingham.

On behalf of the team, I would like to wish everyone a very peaceful and festive break and look forward to seeing you all in January.

Emma Anderson

SSBR Seminars
  Seminar 2: Institutional Innovation and Change
  Seminars 3 and 4
Benefits Realisation
  BR Reports
  ASSET BR Workshop
  Gathering and Presenting Evidence for Impact and Sustainability
  e-Portfolio Community of Practice Activities
  Digital Resource and Identity Management
  Student Transitions Swap Shop
Conferences and Events
  Benefits of XCRI – The ′whys′ and ′hows′
  DevCSI Developer Days – Dev8D
  ALT C 2011 Thriving in a Colder and More Challenging Environment
  Effective Assessment in a Digital Age Workshops
  Innovating e-Learning 2010 Online Conference
  IPR newsletter
  Cooking up Networks, Community and Learning Environments
  Challenging Times, Challenging Curriculum(s)
  Leap2a: Enabling Portfolio Portability
  Concepts and Standardization in Areas Relating to Competence
  The Semantic Web, Linked and Open Data
News in Brief
  Collaborative Online Tools for Business and Community Engagement
  Providing Information that Helps Students Make the Right HE Choices
  Design and Delivery Programmes Podcast
  Richard Lambert, CBI


Issue Twenty – 13 September 2010

Monday, September 13th, 2010

A Few Words

Happy preparations for the beginning of the new semester and we hope you have had good breaks and are all ready and rejuvenated for the coming academic year. In this newsletter, there are more details about the Festival of Assemblies on 20 0ctober – if you have not already signed up, please do so over the next few days. There is a report from Paul Bailey on four Benefits Realisation projects and details of forthcoming conferences and seminars that may be of interest to you.

Festival of Assemblies – Wednesday 20 October
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Conference Centre Oxford

Book online now for the JISC-SSBR Institutional Innovation Festival of Assemblies on the theme ‘Personalisation’, taking place on Wednesday 20 October 2010 at the Conference Centre Oxford, Cantay House, Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1JD. The programme has been updated to include sessions on APEL, Mentoring, and XCRi, and more details will be available shortly.

NB: All SSBR project members who wish to attend must book online by Friday 17 September so we can give attendance numbers to the venue.

The centre is a few minutes walk from the Oxford Rail Station. (See details of location, transport and park and ride). View Conference Centre Oxford in a larger map, and this small map shows exactly how to get from the station to the centre.

For more information about the day, the programme schedule, how to book your places and details on the assemblies and Trade Fair, see here

Benefits Realisation
Project Outputs
APEL: Pineapple Core Alpha version
Conferences and Events
Maximising the Effectiveness of your Online Presence Workshops
The Future of Interoperability Standards – Technical Approaches
Engaging Employers for the Learning Sector Conference
XCRI Mini-pilot Showcase Event
ELESIG Effective Learning in the Digital Age Symposium
How Can ePortfolios Support 21st Century Learning?
Innovating e-Learning 2010 Online Conference
Have a Go Area
A New University Challenge: High Level Skills for the Future
Effective Assessment in a Digital Age
Funding Opportunities
JISC Funding Roadmap
News in Brief
Shared Thinking


Issue Eighteen – 26 July 2010

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

A Few Words…

Plans for the Festival of Assemblies are gathering pace and there will be confirmation of venue in the next newsletter. In this issue, there are more details of the FOA (themes, Trade Fair etc), JISC thematic dissemination agendas, news on Benefits Realisation and project news.

The Festival of AssembliesWednesday 20 October
  Trade Fair
Institutional Innovation Dissemination
  REMINDER: LLLWFD Interim Reports for September
Benefits Realisation
  Phase 3 Benefits Realisation Projects
  MUSKET 2 July 2010 Middlesex University
Project News
  Erewhon 9 September 2010 Apple Executive Briefing Centre
  Beyond the ‘how to’ guides – a search
  Digital Content Quarterly

The Festival of AssembliesWednesday 20 October

The theme of the festival is ‘Personalisation’. It is an opportunity for projects to host assemblies, trade ideas and network at a gathering of the projects, together with representatives of JISC programmes, at a central venue – watch out for the email that will announce the venue.
Festival activities include collaborative assemblies and a Trade Fair of products/outputs. (more…)

Issue Fifteen – 17 May 2010

Monday, May 17th, 2010

A Few Words

Congratulations to the Phase 2 Institutional Innovation projects on reaching a big milestone in your journeys. I am really pleased to be seeing your final reports and your project outputs. Phase 3: keep calm and carry on! The support team (SSBR) is being reshaped and refocused to concentrate on synthesising the outcomes from what has in many ways been a visionary programme. Taken individually, you have all achieved great things at the practitioner and institutional level. Taken collectively, the outcomes of the programme are going towards helping to define what we can imagine as the future higher education space. Read more (here)

Thank you all for your participation in the Institutional Innovation Programme.

George Roberts

Benefits Realisation

Invitation for Ideas for Benefits Realisation Projects

Members of the Institutional Innovations programme, Phase 3 Lifelong Learning and Work Force Development projects are invited to submit expressions of interest for Benefits Realisation projects. Funding of up to £15,000 is available to individual projects or funding of up to £50,000 for clusters of projects or projects that engage several institutions will be available for Benefits Realisation projects that support the programme to embed new practices in sustainable communities of interest. Total funding available is around £200k. The BR funding period is from Aug/September 2010 to March 2011. All projects to complete before 31 March 2011. For more information, see

Paul Bailey

  TELSTAR Innovations in Reference Management 2 – 21 June 2010
Assembly Reports
  Co-genT Project Frameworks Assembly, (26 January 2010)
  TELSTAR UCLAN (1 February 2010)
  ELTAC (18 March 2010)
  HELLO (24 March 2010)
  ASSET: Enhancing Feedback and Feed Forward in the Digital Age
Programme News
  Congratulations Green ICT
  Employer Engagement
Conferences and Events
  How to Run a Community Collection Online (RunCoCo) Workshop
  Sustaining Innovation via Organisational Development
  What is Transition?
  ALT-C 2010
News in Brief
  Should business engage more with universities?
  Call for volunteers for ELESIG
  Elluminate Live good practice guide
  A Specification for e-Portfolio Portability and Interoperability


Dear LLLWFD project team members

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009


A big thank you to all of you from the LLLWFD projects who participated in the online event in Elluminate on 12 November. We so enjoyed linking up with you all online. Whether you presented, observed or entered discussions you all contributed to the day’s success. Recordings of the plenary sessions (Elluminate does not record the break-out rooms) are now available linked to the event’s program webpage. All slides of your session presentations are there too linked to the individual sessions at:


BR Phase 1c Funding

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Invitation for Project Ideas

Members of the Institutional Innovations programme (including Phase 1a BR projects, Stage 2 Institutional Innovations projects and Stage 3 Lifelong Learning and Work Force Development projects) are invited to submit expressions of interest for Benefits Realisation projects.

Funding of up to £15K is available to individual projects and funding of up to £50k for clusters of projects or larger projects that engage several institutions will be available for Benefits Realisation projects that support the programme to embed new practices in sustainable communities of interest.

Phase 1c will prioritise Benefits Realisation ideas that support the aims of the JISC Building Capacity Programme in supporting institutions to address key issues supported by the experience and outcomes of JISC projects, encouraging take-up and re-use of project outcomes.

This is a rolling call that will continue *until the Phase 1 Benefits Realisation funding has been allocated** (expected to be around March 2010)*, or the final deadline is reached. The following are deadlines for submissions of ideas.

· Wednesday 9th December 2009

· Wednesday 13th January 2010

· Wednesday 10th February 2010

· * **Wednesday 10th March 2010*

· Wednesday 14th April 2010

· Wednesday 12th May 2010

· *Wednesday 9th June 2010 (final deadline)*

Expressions of interest should be submitted using the template available in the full invitation (here) or available from

Further information is available from Paul Bailey  Tel: 07854 962876 or the Benefits Realisation Blog Site

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…)

Feedback on Benefits Realisation Ideas

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

One of the aims of the benefits realisation projects is to encourage sharing and take-up of project outcomes across institutions. Peer review from members of other institutions and projects is one approach that can help to shape your ideas into a useful proposal.

Four willing volunteers agreed to share their ideas and receive constructive feedback. After a short overview of what they were considering, the discussion was opened for comments and suggestions from all present. All presenters received useful comments which they were able to use to refine their ideas.

The presentations generated issues for wider discussion. One issue was around the appropriateness of involving software vendors as partners in project ideas, as it could be seen to unfairly promote a specific vendor product. It was suggested that their user communities are often less interested in the product than the practice associated with its use, in some circumstance this could provide a useful user community to disseminate project outcomes.

During the presentations it emerged that several ideas intended producing a ‘toolkit’ to support take-up of project outcomes around specific topics such as Green ICT. It was felt that there could be some synergy across the development of toolkits either around take-up or topics. An assembly is now being arranged to take this idea forward.

Paul Bailey

Institutional Innovation