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 Nineteen – 23 August 2010

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

A Few Words…

Hopefully by now most of you will have had a break, or are about to have one before returning to school/work in the next couple of weeks. The SSBR team has been working on the JISC-SSBR Institutional Innovation Festival of Assemblies which takes place on 20 October in Oxford, details for which can be found below. Don’t forget to book your place!

Look forward to seeing you in October!


Festival of AssembliesWednesday 20 October
Conferences and Events
  JISC-TLRP workshop on digital literacies
  ALT-C 2010 “Into something rich and strange”
  JIF virtual goody bag
Funding Opportunities
News in Brief


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 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


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


Issue Fourteen – 1 March 2010

Monday, March 1st, 2010

A Few Words from Lawrie Phipps
  In This Issue…
Institutional Innovation Exchange
  MEAoT blog
  Craig Wentworth’s introduction
JISC Reporting Guidance
SSBR Database
Comms and Dissemination
  Getting Your Message Across New Site
    Getting Your Message Across
    JISC Comms – Press and PR top tips
    JISC Comms – Publication top tips
    JISC Comms – Events top tips
Project News
  Data Centre Infrastructure
Assemblies and Seminars
  TAG HEA evidence-based practice seminar 4 March 2010
  Academic Social Networking 5 March 2010
  iBorrow 25 March 2010
  TWOLER 26 March 2010
Assembly Reports
  WELL 3 November 2009
  Asset 14 January 2010
  EasiHE 10 February 2010
  Tag/Hello/Erewhon/Develop Me
Benefits Realisation


Issue Thirteen – 26 January 2010

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

A few words

A busy few weeks ahead of us, with the programme meeting taking place in Aston at the end of the month and several assemblies in the pipeline. Don’t forget you can keep up-to-date with what is going on with your co-projects and their assemblies on and also the Planet site for the Institutional Innovation Programme. The SSBR database is now integrated on the main site: You will find all your project details here along with other information which may be useful to you.

  28-29 January 2010 Programme Meeting (Aston)
  Co-generative Toolkit (Co-genT) 26 January 2010
  TELSTAR (UCLan) 1 February 2010
  ECCILES 12 February 2010
  Academic Networking call for Assembly
Assembly Reports
  EdShare Assembly 14 December 2009
  ASSET Assembly 14 December 2009
  TELSTAR assembly 14 January 2010
  WELL, LLL&WFD Project Literature Review
Project News
  RARE-IDC Award Nominations
Benefits Realisation
  BR Funding Freeze
Conferences and events
  SISP Conference development of sustainable ICT services in HE/FE


Issue Twelve – 18 December 2009

Friday, December 18th, 2009

A few words

Welcome to the last issue before the festive period begins. You will find information about the programme meeting next month (don’t forget to register!) as well as details of conferences, events and assemblies. Following on from the feedback we have received on the newsletter, we will be dividing the content into two regular mailings – one for in-house news and a second with a more ‘global’ perspective so you will have access to items of interest in your fields of research and details of additional publications and events.

On behalf of the SSBR team, I would like to wish you all season’s greetings and all the best for the New Year.

Emma (

  28-29 January 2010 Programme Meeting (Aston)
  TAG 9 December Report
  MEAoT 10 December Report
  Assemblies website
  Progress Reports
Benefits realisation
  Second deadline 13 January 2010!
Conferences and events
  SSBR 1109 Feedback
  SSBR Conferences dates


Issue 11.5 supplement – 3 December 2009

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

  ECCILES Assembly
  The TELSTAR (UCLan) PebblePad Assembly
  Asset Assembly Focus on Feedback
  TELSTAR (OU) Assembly Innovations in Reference Management

Your Views Please
  JISC Joint Innovation Forum survey

  CETIS Modelling Workshop for LLLWDF Projects
  The Innovation Base survey


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