Hants & IOW Spring 2008
8 February 2008, Highbury College Winston Churchill
Avenue, Portsmouth 10.00 – 13.00
Artie Vossel-Newman (facilitator) RSC SE
Adam Blackwood RSC SE
Munib Hadi RSC SE
Kaye Bachelard RSC SE
Maureen Hansford Highbury College
Lesley Beasant Basingstoke College of Technology
Andy Taggart Barton Peveril College
Robin Gadd Brockenhurst College
Emma MacAulay Eastleigh College
Robert Walker Eastleigh College
Neil Spurgeon Fareham College
Lynette Morris Farnborough College of Technology
Gordon Higgs Farnborough 6th Form College
Kim Lidbury Itchen College
Charles Whinney Itchen College
John Savage Southampton City College
Mike Wilson Southampton City College
Sue Waddleton Southampton LEA
Stephen Catton Sparsholt College
Mike Ridout Sparsholt College
Dave Little St Vincent College
Mark Henderson Taunton’s College
Matt Jarvis Totton College
Andrew Minter University of Portsmouth
Chris Cheetham Barton Peveril College
Lynn Nicholls Havant College
10.00 Welcome and round table introductions – Artie Vossel-Newman,
Chair of the group
10.05 Host’s slot: What’s hot at Highbury – Maureen Hansford
10.20 Open Forum
11.20 RSC update
11.55 Date, venue and agenda items for next meeting
12.00 e-portfolios - Geoff Rebbeck, Thanet College (via internet)
12.30 Optional Tour of the college
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Host’s slot: What’s hot at Highbury
Maureen gave a very enthusiastic update on IT and e-learning at Highbury, which had
been made possible through strategic buy-in right at the top and heavy investment in IT
equipment. She also stressed that the ethos at Highbury was to embrace Web 2.0
technologies, e.g. Youtube is not blocked! Every classroom in the new building has as
standard a Media and and Internet Computer, Projector and a Smart Board. She did a
quick demo of www.videojug.com and also said they make good use of the NLN materials
[www.nln.ac.uk]. IPTV [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPTV] is used across the college
They moved over to Moodle 16 months ago and she said the development had been
‘phenomenal’. Last year there was a concerted staff training programme with over 80%
staff trained on Moodle. There were four sessions with two running in parallel for each day.
Word spread amongst staff about how good and useful it was to use and this helped with
more staff engaging. Using small incentives for doing the training had also been well-
received with MP3 player/voice recorders given as prizes. These had been bought with the
£1000 LSC funding from the Provider for the Future visits in 2006. [see Novatech site for
MP3 player/USB pen drive combo: http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?
NOV-MP31GV or Amazon for a 3-in-1, similar to what Highbury bought: MP3 player, voice
recorder, usb pen drive: http://www.amazon.co.uk/ATMT-N-Lite-MP140-Player-DRM10/dp/
Maureen’s own target is to have 100% of all courses to have a presence on Moodle – this
is partly-driven by performance-related pay. Some good Moodle areas are in Plumbing,
Health & Child Care.
They are currently piloting online distance learning where a guy in the Navy is doing his
CISCO course from his ship in the gulf.
Trialling podcasting. Maureen mentioned she had used Camstudio (http://camstudio.org/)
to re-record her recent Instantpresenter session, delivered for the RSC SE, which she
found easy to use. Artie showed the TechDis website listing free software downloads:
Teacher Education does very well. Tips for Teachers is a 6 week course which all staff do,
covering teaching @Highbury.
Ofsted are doing 3 Case Studies with Highbury: ICT and Catering which are both grade 1s
but also their use of Moodle!.
With thanks to Adam, who very kindly took extensive notes on the day. Please don’t quote
any of this without checking with the relevant provider first for accuracy, though!
Updated Moodle, focus on accessibility, e-portfilios. Looking at e-tracker, which is a good
ILP tool. Helps to track all media and video streaming. ‘Real Producer’
[http://www.realnetworks.com/products/producer/index.html] is a good media processing
Basingstoke College of Technology
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Looking for a New Build site. Developing Moodle, with 80 courses on the system.
Continuing to get staff involved with Moodle. Also looking to develop the e-skills passports.
[www.e-skilllspassport.com]. Moodle Text has now been installed. The use of the NLN
materials with moodle has become much easier. ISIS and Choices, their in-house MIS and
enrolment systems, were demoed at Havant college on 30 January. [They are now being
turned into Case Studies for the QIA Excellence gateway by the RSC’s new Information
Officer, Owen Hanmer. The system came to the attention of the RSC as part of an ILT
healthcheck at Itchen].
Farnborough 6th Form
Boddington VLE has been discontinued, and they have now adopted a VPN approach
through to the college intranet which staff and students can access from home.
Continue to Moodle. [NB: Neil is the facilitator of the local (Hampshire & IOW) Moodle
User group which has its virtual home on the Fareham server. Anyone wanting to join this
group please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org]. Have established a “Resource Based
Learning Centre in the Library and a kind of video suite with cameras and video walls
within Hair & Beauty which can be used to help produce video for anything that’s needed.
About to go through a big New Build.
They have developed an in-house project intranet/VLE. There is a move to try and get the
college to change to Moodle.
Ofsted praised Moodle at a recent inspection. Trying out Moodle 1.9 with the new features
and grade book.
Using e-skills passports. Going to progress for another year. This has been well used
across the college. [4 MB Case Study at: www.e-skills.com/public/File/e-skills
%20Passport/Passport_eastleigh.pdf - 4MB!].
Teachers registering with IFL will get Pebblepad access anyway. Considering going to
Robert asked the “Shibboleth or Athens” question with most people indicating that they are
going to Shibboleth.
Question on Office 2007. Students using Open Office have had problems although a new
service pack coming out is meant to alleviate that problem. [Free Microsoft Education day
on 4 April, covering Office 2007 and Vista plus more – see http://www.rsc-southeast.ac.uk/
Have successfully upgraded to Vista. They have WebCT. Looking to develop an online
‘thing’ which will allow them to broadcast media over the net and track and monitor the
repository – are working with BUFVC [www.bufvc.ac.uk/].
Just under 3000 students live in halls of residence. All of these have 10 Mbps broadband
and 97% of these are using IPTV.
Farnborough College of Technology
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Have VLE hosted by Uni of Surrey. Staff are enthusiastic about the NLN and FENC
Materials. They are keen on e-assessment, providing weekly e-assessment workshops.
Wink Tutorials have been produced as well to teach teachers.
Barton Peverill College
RSC Visit was useful to help with the debate on whether to continue with the intranet or go
down the Moodle route. Looking for good video streaming software (someone suggested
“Intuitive”). Doing a lot of podcasting materials, using Audacity.
Use the Plone Content Management system instead of a VLE. To help develop this they
have a rolling cycle of staff development. There are some issues with using NLN materials
with Plone. May look at running Moodle along side Plone to accommodate the NLN
They are worried about the use of student forums where they have to be policed. Several
colleges commented that having tried student forums, they have taken them off as they
were too problematic.
ACL - Southampton
Sue had only recently started in the post in January. Do not have Moodle, but do have a
‘Support for Tutors’ website. This has been a bit problematic for staff to use.
They are looking for a solution which is easy to use. Would like to go down the Moodle
route, but there is a problem with informing the Managers that this is a viable solution.
It is very good for courses with students with different language needs. Students select
what language they want to view Moodle in. Someone could host Moodle for the ACL
provider. They have had links with the IOW Moodle, and it may be that they develop links
Do not have a VLE as such. Using Sharepoint, have been using it for about 4 or 5 years.
The development in the college is led by the demands from students and staff.
Interested to know there the evidence is for the real tangible benefits for developing e-
learning throughout an organisation. Developing their MoLeNET Project
[www.molenet.org.uk/projects/2007projlist/#Brockenhurst]. - This builds on the back of a
Asked whether any colleges are using Eee PCs
[http://eeepc.asus.com/global/news03052008.htm]. Adam suggested Chichester College
Have merged with Cricklade [which is now Andover college, a campus of Sparsholt].
Cricklade had Learnwise, the merger brought with it some dramatic IT changes.
Having produced instructive videos on chain saw use, they have had interest from people
in Scotland who have seen the Teachertube video
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Organising this year’s e-Learning Fair, which will be on Thursday, 30 October at the
University of Sussex. Invited attendees to e-mail her if they were interested in presenting
at the Fair.
Hi5 e-Learning Awards, these will be an RSC-managed Award. They will be open from
about May to December with a planned Award Ceremony around March 2009.
Encouraged colleges to get in touch to plan formal or informal organisational visits.
Introduced herself as the new e-learning Adviser for Work-Based Learning.
Briefly outlined his CATCH IT Survey Tool - For quickly and easily measuring the impact of
e-learning across curriculum staff within the college through the use of a questionnaire.
Barracuda [www.rsc-southeast.ac.uk/index.php?p=742] Update is planned for
Spring/summer. Available Staff Training includes Podcasting. New Build Event planned for
May [21 & 22 May see www.rsc-southeast.ac.uk/events.php?month=5&year=2008].
Introduced himself as the new e-learning Adviser Technical Infrastructure.
Date, venue and agenda items for next meeting
Barton Peveril College offered to host the next meeting. A date has been confirmed post-
meeting and is Friday, 13 June 2008 (10.00 – 13.00. Please e-mail suggestions for
agenda items to Artie by end of May latest.
e-portfolios - Geoff Rebbeck, Thanet College (via internet) and lunch
Despite a few technical glitches, i.e. losing the video connection and Instantpresenter
interface, the audio from Geoff was very clear and the accompanying Powerpoint
Presentation was therefore annotated. Geoff’s handouts and presentation are in the
jiscmail filestore at: www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/filearea.cgi?LMGT1=SELN-
Optional Tour of the college
Almost everyone stayed for the tour which was enjoyable and informative.
Thank you Highbury!
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