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


Workforce Development: Issues for the Learner and the Institution

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

This seminar explored the key issues for the learner and the institution arising from the synthesis work. The discussions are summarised below under each issue.

Institutional frameworks for validation and accreditation

Learners and institutions need a process for enabling collation and assuring coherence in awards based on credit gained from various courses. Participants thought standardisation across the institution, or standardised sectorally and/or regionally according to particular needs, was desirable, although it was recognised that there should be an aspiration towards national standards. (more…)

JISC Online Conference 23-26 November 2010

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

For those of you who were not able to participate in the JISC Online Conference, here is a summary of the final two days of activity. Innovating e-Learning 2010 remains open for reading for registered delegates until 31st December, after which the recordings of the live sessions and all presentations will be available from the JISC website. (more…)

Issue Seventeen – 5 July 2010

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

A Few Words…

This issue highlights the forthcoming Festival of Assemblies which take place on Wednesday 20 October (please make a note in your diaries!). The venue is still to be confirmed, but as soon as there is news, we will pass the details on. In addition, there is a report on the recent MUSKET assembly, a table outlining your assemblies and project information and a list of conferences and events that may be of interest to you. As ever, if there is anything you would like to announce or comment on, please contact

Festival of Assemblies
  Wednesday 20 October 2010, 9.30 – 4.45 Venue TBC
  Phase 3 LLL & WFD Assemblies
  MUSKET 2 July 2010
Conferences and Events
  Transforming curriculum delivery in medical education
  JISC learning and teaching practice experts group
  Gaining business intelligence from user activity data
  Design bash
  JISC Cetis events
  Open Educational Resources international showcase
  Strategic Content Alliance audience analysis workshop
  ALT C – Into something rich and strange
  Social media marketing conference
  Association of Colleges conference and exhibition
  JISC online conference innovating e-learning 2010
Publications and Reports
  The Leap Ahead LLN ePortfolio and eSystems
News in Brief
  QCF – FAQs for HE admissions staff


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


SSBR Institutional Innovation Taxonomy

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

The Support and Synthesis project is getting down into two grooves of activity. The first is supporting the Phase three, Lifelong Learning projects to produce their outputs and then to realise the benefits more widely. We are contacting and visiting all projects, stirring up assemblies, promoting the “Festival of Assemblies” on 20 October (do get that date in your diaries) and encouraging the uptake of the current call for Benefits Realisation funding. I hope you find our interest informative and developmental and not just a blind nuisance. (more…)

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…)

A few words

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

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. This is a space where we might see institutions be (virtually) disaggregated and recombined at various levels into novel partnerships and associations with other institutions, enterprises, firms and civil society bodies at the regional, national and even global levels.

Alongside this reshaping of the institutional space we will see novel frameworks for accreditation supporting more and increasingly flexible pathways for progression, personal and professional development and lifelong learning. New literacies and practices for the digital era are being developed by teachers and learners (are we not all in our ways researchers, mentors and designers of learning?) and these will be set against new knowledge frameworks for validating academic knowledge and assessing and recognising achievement: while still early days, for example, there is an assault on the hegemony of print as the medium for storing valorised propositional knowledge; how do you cite and annotate a podcast; what are the real challenges for providing audio and video feedback? We are already seeing the physical and digital worlds becoming more and more mutually interpenetrating as reconfigurable learning spaces are built and connectivity and connected devices become ubiquitous.

All this, of course, means that there is a lot of work still to be done on the semantics of access and discovery; it is not just identity management, but a new web of people and things articulated through new standards and practices: what Tim O’Reilly recently called the operating system of the Internet. And, of course, all this means that the notions of “traditional” and “non-traditional” learners and learning breaks down. Will the new higher education space be one where participation in learning is accessible to all who need and want it? I would hope so, but we need to recognise that the space is still contested (and costly) and that there are many drivers for change: political, economic, pragmatic and – mediating between these – JISC programmes.

In the months to come I will be approaching you all with a view to producing a number of reports and briefings for senior managers, higher education leaders, and the JISC. I look forward to reflecting with you on the meanings of your achievements.

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

George Roberts

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


The XCRI Support Project

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

The XCRI Support Project

March sees the end of the JISC-funded XCRI Support Project as it signs off leaving the development of the XCRI (eXchanging Course Related Information) specification for sharing (and advertising) course information looking very healthy indeed.

The support project picked up where the original XCRI Reference Model project left off. Having identified the marketing and syndication of course descriptions as a significant opportunity for innovation – due to the general practice in this area being one of huge efforts around re-typing of information to accommodate various different systems, sites and services…then to have that information maintained separately in various places – the XCRI Reference Model project mapped out the spaces of course management, curriculum development and course marketing and provided the community with a common standard for exchanging course related information. This would streamline approaches to the syndication of such information and give us the benefits of cost savings when it comes to collecting and managing the data and opens up the opportunities for a more sustainable approach to lifelong learning services that rely on course information from learning providers. (more…)

Institutional Innovation