Issue Thirty – 6 May 2011

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

A few words

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?


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 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 Sixteen – 14 June 2010

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

SSBR Institutional Innovation Taxonomy
  George Roberts
Benefits Realisation
  BR proposals deadline 21 June 2010
  Reports: Location Independent Working and Asset
  Festival of Assemblies 20 October 2010
  XCRI Assembly @ MUSKET – Middlesex University Date TBC
  Keep up-to-date with assemblies
Conferences and Events
  Learning in a Digital Wales – Dysgu mewn Cymru Digidol
  Quality Assurance and Quality Enhancement in e-Learning
  Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Meeting
  CIePD XCRI (eXchanging Course Related Information)
  UK Perspectives on Open Educational Resources
Funding Opportunities
  Open Educational Resources
News in Brief
  Call for participation – The Open University
  JISC TechDis


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…)

JISC Assemblies, Conferences and Publications

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Issue Four – March 15

A few words…

In this newsletter, you will find details on assemblies, conferences, events and publications which relate to your projects. Don’t forget to visit the Assemblies site to see what projects are doing, the Comms site for information on dissemination and the SSBR_DB site for the database.

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

  Employer Engagement (Hello)
  Learning Spaces and Technology (iBorrow)
  User Generated Contributions in HE (TWOLER)

The XCRI Support Project

Focus on CETIS

Conferences and Events
  SEEC seminar
  Mobile Enabling Technologies
  XCRI at the JISC Annual Conference
  Enhancing Feedback Provision in the Digital Age
  Briefing on Business Modelling and Sustainability
  Podcasting in Learning and Teaching
  Beyond Borders: Open Education Conference
  Using of Twitter in Higher Education
  Eduserv Symposium 2010
  Employer-responsive provision

  CRM Self Analysis Framework
  BCE Employer Engagement Reports
  CETIS briefing paper on distributed learning environments
  Could the eportfolio be the new PLE?
  XCRI at the University of Huddersfield
  Success of XCRI at MMU
  XCRI enabling wider access to FE programmes
  Guide to using Schematron with XCRI-CAP documents

  QAA’s Employer-responsive provision survey: A reflective report
  Delivering results with learning technology in the workplace


Programme Overviews

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

The Institutional Innovation programme has always been unashamedly cross-domain and whilst this view of other programmes under just one team (which doesn’t even try to incorporate links to e-Learning activities) looks like the aftermath of an experiment at the Large Hadron Collider it does at least reinforce the general feeling of joiny-uppedess we’re trying to achieve.

Within this programme and across the wider work of the team we’ve been constructing a view of all our programme work according to what is being done, how it’s being done (both in terms of approaches to project design, and technologies employed), why it’s being done (really important, that one!), and who it’s being done for (essentially who owns the problem, with some related work on how best to reach them, what with, and when). This will lead nicely into the next session on comms and synthesis (with a focus on the why and for whom) but for the moment suffice to say we’re finding this very useful at the project and programme level to show us where there’s potential for linkages and indeed where there are gaps (as well as how we might combine messages when it comes to dissemination).

There’s a core commonality across all your projects of institutional change, and a commitment to learning lessons the wider sector can benefit from in whichever area you’re working in; whatever institutional problem you’re trying to solve. You know your areas and your peer projects in your clusters here, but these people are going to say something more about related work that’s ongoing outside of this programme, which you might not be fully aware of. It may be that those of you who already have benefits realisation funding are working with some of these people (and if not you might be able to factor in something that enables you to take account of their work and get in touch). Otherwise it may be that it’s in the synthesis that we’re able to bring out these links and so you may find yourself asked to share platforms with other projects as part of cross-programme level dissemination according to JISC’s higher level themes, like institutional management, shared services, or green.

The aim of this session is therefore threefold:

  1. to make you more aware of the wider context of work ongoing in a variety of related areas overseen by other programme managers;
  2. to give you an opportunity to ask them questions about their work and how it relates to yours;
  3. and in practical terms to give some examples about how you might go about building links, for example

Rob’s got a meeting for his Greening ICT programme next month which aims to bring together a lot of JISC’s green work, including some from this programme and whilst further funding for Alex’s Flexible Services Delivery programme is currently on hold, there are already some pilots in underway which might be able to make good use of what some of your have learnt – either in the specifics of service orientation and architectures, or more generally in terms of effecting institution-wide change (as a transferable experience); he and others are also still engaging proactively with major suppliers of admin and academic systems so there’s scope to feed in there too.

Craig Wentworth

Innovating e-Learning

Monday, October 19th, 2009

JISC Innovating e-Learning 2009 ‘Thriving, not just surviving’

24-27 November 2009

We are pleased to announce that each e-Learning project will receive one free delegate place for this event. To register for your free place, email Judith Mole stating your project name and the URL for your project page on the JISC website. In addition, should your project wish to participate in the Have-a-Go area in the conference (see attached for further details) you will receive a further two free places. Please ensure you have signed up by 30th October in order to qualify for your free place. (more…)

Developing Blended Learning Communities

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

The University of Hertfordshire’s Blended Learning Unit and the Higher Education Academy, with contribution from the University of Calgary and the University of Queensland, are delighted to announce the Fifth International Blended Learning Conference: “Developing Blended Learning Communities” on16-17 June 2010, at the Fielder Centre, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK.

The aims of the conference are to explore the notion of community in its variety of forms and this year the main keynote will be given by Prof. Peter Bullen, Director of the Blended Learning Unit at the University of Hertfordshire. (more…)

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