Hants & IOW Spring 2008
SELN meeting
8 February 2008, Highbury College Winston Churchill
Avenue, Portsmouth 10.00 – 13.00
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Notes
Host’s slot: What’s hot at Highbury
Maureen gave a very enthusiastic update on IT and e-learning at Highbury, which ...
Looking for a New Build site. Developing Moodle, with 80 courses on the system.

Itchen
Continuing to get staff involved w...
Have VLE hosted by Uni of Surrey. Staff are enthusiastic about the NLN and FENC
Materials. They are keen on e-assessment, ...
RSC update
Artie
Organising this year’s e-Learning Fair, which will be on Thursday, 30 October at the
University of Sussex...
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Minutes - - JISC RSC Southeast

  1. 1. Hants & IOW Spring 2008 SELN meeting 8 February 2008, Highbury College Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth 10.00 – 13.00 Attendees 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 Prue Amner Apologies: Chris Cheetham Barton Peveril College Lynn Nicholls Havant College Agenda 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) and lunch 12.30 Optional Tour of the college 13.00 Close Artie Vossel-Newman 17 March 2008 1
  2. 2. Notes 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/ B000IEQAXO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1205752020&sr=1-2 ] 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: www.techdis.ac.uk/getfreesoftware 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!. Open Forum 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! Southampton City 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 package. Basingstoke College of Technology Artie Vossel-Newman 17 March 2008 2
  3. 3. Looking for a New Build site. Developing Moodle, with 80 courses on the system. Itchen 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. Fareham College 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 neil.spurgeon@fareham.ac.uk]. 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. Tauntons College About to go through a big New Build. St. Vincents They have developed an in-house project intranet/VLE. There is a move to try and get the college to change to Moodle. Eastleigh 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 Paperfree systems. 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/ index.php?p=937]. Portsmouth University 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 Artie Vossel-Newman 17 March 2008 3
  4. 4. 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. Totton College 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 materials. 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 with them. Brockenhurst 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 blogging tool. Asked whether any colleges are using Eee PCs [http://eeepc.asus.com/global/news03052008.htm]. Adam suggested Chichester College (Keith Burrfiled) Sparsholt 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 [www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=e45e1de64114c04afdaf] Artie Vossel-Newman 17 March 2008 4
  5. 5. RSC update Artie 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. Kaye [k.bachelard@kent.ac.uk] Introduced herself as the new e-learning Adviser for Work-Based Learning. Adam [a.blackwood@kent.ac.uk] 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]. Munib[s.m.hadi@kent.ac.uk] 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- HANTS&X=&Y=&f=/Spring_2008 Optional Tour of the college Almost everyone stayed for the tour which was enjoyable and informative. Thank you Highbury! Artie Vossel-Newman 17 March 2008 5

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