A few words from Lawrie

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Draft Reports / Final Reports

For those of you that are approaching the end of the project, your draft and final reports will soon be due. Make sure you get them to your nominated support project person in plenty of time for feedback. The template on the JISC website (here) is an excellent template, but you may find that some headings are not applicable and therefore it should be seen as a guide rather than prescriptive. Focus on the outputs and the learning that will be transferable to other HEIs.

Articulate in such a way as to show the benefits of the project, e.g. “as a result of implementing xxx, institutions will be able to save £xxx” or “because of this of this project there have been the following direct impact on xxx”. Currently I am working with the OUT team on some revised headings for the completion report and I will disseminate this in the near future.


If you are presenting at a conference about your work, please send me the details (conference title, paper/session title, dates). This is so I get a picture of where we are being discussed and to look at where we could be in the future (

Senior Management videos

Is your SMT (PVC etc) involved or aware of the project? Are they impressed? It would be useful to see a few short video clips of them praising the work of the project and discussing the benefits of the project to the institution, especially as you should be nearing completion. If you can get these videos (lasting no more than 90 seconds – 2 minutes) I will get them appended to the project pages on the website.

And Finally

I just wanted to say thanks for the great participation that you gave at the programme meeting and for the high quality of benefits and products that were on show. As well as seeing this for myself at the meeting, I have also been hearing good things at various JISC meetings and from other institutions as I work on other programmes and visit senior staff elsewhere.

Lawrie Phipps

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:


E-Portfolio Webinar

Monday, October 19th, 2009

This session takes place on 4 November and will share a number of experiences of using PebblePad eportfolio at the University of Wolverhampton. Julie Hughes will give an in-depth practitioner perspective from the School of Education and will share numerous success stories of engaged communities of learners who are established and sustained through the use of eportfolio and blogs. Emma Purnell will share institutional perspectives, exploring strategy drivers and staff engagement and will give an overview of successes and challenges of providing support, encouraging community and addressing sustainability and scalability issues at institutional level. (more…)

UEA Assembly

Monday, October 19th, 2009

On 30th September 2009 the University of East Anglia, Norwich hosted a workshop assembly with counterparts from the HE/FE community to discuss the options of shared services and the feasibility of regionally hosted data centres.

The two key objectives for the day were:

  • To produce a framework which could be used by other institutions who are considering offering a hosted shared data centre solution.
  • A business case for the University of East Anglia to offer a hosted shared data centre solution.


ALT C 2009 – Review

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

Several Institutional Innovation projects presented at ALT-C 2009 including TELSTAR, ITS4SEA, and EdShare. Interestingly, of the phase 2 projects, TELSTAR, which had initial problems recruiting staff and is consequently one of the least advanced, was the only one to present; ITS4SEA and EdSpace are phase 1 projects.

TELSTAR reported on the concept underlying their project –to develop a way of porting essential citation data across the three main workspaces used for teaching and learning at the Open University: a course authoring tool, the moodle-based course website, and an e-portfolio platform. Hopefully the interest in their session will have enabled them to make links with other institutions that they might collaborate with in developing benefits realisation ideas. (more…)

A Personal Perspective

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

I attended ALT-C this year as a Blended Learning Advisor and a member of the project team for the JISC LLL-WFD ePPSME (Developing an e-Portfolio based Pedagogy for SMEs) project at the University of Wolverhampton. I attended a number of sessions but I will highlight just a few of key inspiring messages I heard.

I must start with what I found to be one of the most inspiring parts of the conference (though there were many). Michael Wesch’s opening keynote was wonderful in setting the scene for a conference hoping to inspire people with the power and potential of embedding technology into the curriculum. Michael talked of the ‘crisis of significance’ (more…)

Handheld and Digital Literacy Events

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Here is information about two conferences coming up very soon which may interest you.

Handheld Learning Conference 5-7 October, London

The Handheld Learning Conference is the world’s leading event about learning using mobile and inexpensive access technologies, attended by more than 1,500 international delegates.

ELESIG Digital Literacies Symposium 7 October, Birmingham

The HEA funded ELESIG is a growing community of researchers and practitioners involved in investigations and evaluations of learners’ experiences of e-learning. ELESIG is now organising its seventh face to face symposium, sponsored by JISC with contributions from a number of colleagues who have been researching the skills of the digital learner. More information from the ELESIG ning site

JISC training

Monday, August 31st, 2009

JISC has funded 14 Workshops and Seminars exploring some of the achievements and challenges in Digitisation and e-Content. Covering a wide range of challenging and cutting-edge developments within digitisation these workshops address questions as diverse as visualising climate change data to digital performance, and issues around robot digitisation technology to Geographical Information Systems in history and heritage.

Here is a list of the Workshops, and where available, links to further information:

JISC Conference 2010

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Technology: At the heart of education

12 – 13 April, Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre London

Draft Programme Timetable:

e-Portfolio Workshops

Monday, August 31st, 2009

e-Portfolio-based Learning: Elluminate session

Julie Hughes from Wolverhampton University will host a session on how the use of an e-portfolio system can support students to become critically engaged reflective learners. The session will draw upon 5 years experience in a School of Education with examples shared from Foundation Degree to Masters level.

When: 28th October 2009, 2-3pm
Where: Online via Elluminate

Institutional Innovation