JISC Conferences, Events and Publications

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 emma@jisc-ssbr.net

  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…)

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 (l.phipps@jisc.ac.uk).

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

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

JISC Conferences, Events and Publications

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Issue Three – February 15

A Few Words…

We very much enjoyed seeing you all again at the Institutional Innovation Exchange in Aston last month. It was especially rewarding seeing how much your projects have progressed, particularly over the last year or so, and we look forward to looking at your outputs in the coming weeks and months. Please do not hesitate to contact any one of us if you need any support or help with your project.

The next issue you will receive will contain reports on the conference along with slides and further information as well as details on Final Reports and suggestions on communications. In the meantime, we would be grateful if you could please complete the feedback form which can be found here


Conferences and events
  JISC Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Group
  Learning for Work
  Enabling a More Complete Education… in Higher Education
  Tech-Education 2010
  EE meeting
  London International Conference on Education (LICE-2010)
  ALT-C 2010
  Innovating e-Learning 2010
  ELT: Evidence-based Practice Seminar Series and Syntheses

  Universities to achieve business goals through technology
  Employer-responsive provision survey. A reflective report

News in brief
  JISC Conference 2010 blog competition
  SME e-Empowerment


JISC Conferences, Events and Publications

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Issue Two – January 26

A Few Words…

In this newsletter you will find details of the many conferences coming up, along with news on IPR issues, recordings of elluminate sessions you may have missed and the THE awards.

  Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
  The e-Assessment-Question 2010
  Warmick: AUA conference
  Plymouth e-Learning: Learning without limits
  JISC Conference 12-13 April 2010, London
  SEDA: Communities of Learning 6-7 May, Leeds
  Employer engagement through Work Based ,Learning
  JISC: Meeting the needs of employers and employees
  LINC: The Fifth Conference
  SOLSTICE: Technology-Enhanced Learning
  Hertfordshire: Blended Learning Conference
  HE Academy: Shaping the Future
  Greenwich: Future landscapes: a 21st century challenge
  Alt C
  Innovating e-Learning

  The QA-QE for e-learning Special Interest Group (SIG)

  IPR News
  Assessing the Business Case for Standards

  Innovating e-Learning 2009 presentations now available

  THE Leadership and Management Awards

  JISCMail Survey Tool
  JISC TechDis new free tool to improve Internet accessibility
  JISC Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Group Meetings
  Curriculum Design and Delivery – Elluminate Links


JISC Conferences, Events and Publications

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Issue One – December 09

A few words

Welcome to the SSBR news and events service, giving information on conferences and publications which may be of interest to you. If you do come across any events you would like to share with your colleagues on the programme, please send the details to me and I will include them.

Emma (emma@jisc-ssbr.net)

Conferences and events
  Circle Elluminate Wednesdays
  Remote Student Engagement: Institutions, Personalisation …
  The Academy JISC Integrity Service
  Personalised Curriculum Creation through Coaching (PC3) Project
  CloudWorks :: Recorded Sessions
  JISC Developer Days (dev8D)
  ALPS Conference
  Plymouth e-Learning Conference: Learning without Limits
  JISC Conference
  SEDA Spring Teaching Learning and Assessment Conference: …
  Blended Learning Conference
  Higher Education Academy Annual Conference: Shaping the Future
  ALT-C 2010

News in brief
  Data mining and analysis are not just for scientists
  JISC Legal


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…)

Institutional Innovation