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JANET Update December 2008

JANET Update December 2008



Frances Neilson popped into the RSC Office to do an update on JANET services

Frances Neilson popped into the RSC Office to do an update on JANET services



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    • JANET Update Frances Neilson December 2008
    • What’s New?
      • EdLab
      • HD Videoconferencing
      • Developments with Moodle
      • JANET Collaborate
      • JANET Talk Trial
    • EdLab
      • An online collaboration and support function
      • Open to anyone from the JANET Community
      • Particularly aimed at technical staff with responsibility for: networking, IT security and videoconferencing
      • Provides a range of tools and content relating to academic networking and JANET
      • Access restricted to .ac.uk email addresses
      • URL: http://www.ja.net/training/edlab
      • Queries to: edlab@ja.net
    • EdLab
      • Documents
      • Audio/Video material
      • Multimedia material
      • Discussions
    • HD Videoconferencing
      • JVCS installed 2 new multi-point control units (MCUs) in Edinburgh and Bracknell
      • Effectively doubles JVCS’s videoconferencing capacity
      • Supports a far greater number of high bandwidth multipoint HD conferences simultaneously
    • HD Videoconferencing
      • Very highest picture quality
      • Picture quality on existing SD systems will be improved significantly
      • Will purchase 2 more units to place at JANET core locations
      • JVCS is the largest national educational videoconference system in the world
    • Moodle Developments
        • Moodle Mobile
          • MoodleMobile for JANET Txt launced
          • SMS integration module within the Moodle VLE
          • Easy to install plug in
    • Moodle Developments
      • From Moodle to Noodle
      • Noodle is an extension to Moodle that allows access to NLN materials without the need for a local repository
      • No need to login separately to the NLN site
      • Cut down version of NLN site appears within Moodle
    • Moodle Developments
      • Add an NLN Learning object
      • Browse NLN through a simplified version of NLN site in a pop-up window
      • Browse or search for a Learning Object in the usual way
      • Click the ‘add to Moodle course’ button
      • Resource automatically updated
      • More info, updates and video available at: http://www.nln.ac.uk/?p=Noodle
    • JANET Collaborate
      • A prototype service was launched last year
      • Available to schools, FE, HE and educational content providers (museums)
      • Basic Collaboration tools
      • Technology agnostic
    • JANET Collaborate • Personal Profiles: interests, contact information • Collaboration methods preferred (JVCS, Skype Handle, MSN Email address, etc)
    • JANET Collaborate
      • Search for members with similar interests
      • Invite others to collaborate
      • Offer/search for opportunities to collaborate
      • Set up or participate in groups or for a
      • More info (and join up) at: http:// www.janetcollaborate.ac.uk
    • JANET Collaborate
      • Pilot Report completed and to includes:
      • Online Survey (120 respondents)
      • 9 Case studies
      • Independent Usability Study
    • JANET Collaborate
      • 96.4%
      • recommended or will recommend the site to a colleague
      • and other stats…
    • JANET Collaborate
      • User Suggestions
      • Simplify Search and Registration
      • Attract more members and content
      • Integrate with JVCS
      • Offer International Partners
      • Optimise the site for search engines
      • Integrate with Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs)
      • Provide services for content providers
      • And now…
      • Phase 2 – make the site more usable and useful
      • Potential Phase 3 – Integration with other services to share features?
      • “ A portal to JANET Communications”?
      JANET Collaborate
    • JANET Talk Trial Objectives
      • To understand how JANET Talk fits into the JANET connected organisations’ IT strategies
      • To understand the usage levels of the mix of the various collaboration tools
      • To understand the types of usage scenarios for JANET Talk
      • To enable JANET(UK) to develop a sustainable business model for JANET Talk based on actual use
    • JANET Talk
      • Call for Participation (Phase 2)
      • Trial will run to August 2009
      • Up to 100 licences per organisation
      • Full range of features (Voice, Video, Shared Whiteboard, Application Sharing, File Sharing, Instant Messaging, PSTN breakout) at no cost.
    • JANET Talk – examples
      • Collaboration across sectors via off-site learning
      • Monitoring Tool
      • Research Groups
      • Organisations with multiple sites
      • Lower infrastructure and PSTN call cost
    • JANET Talk - Timescales
      • JANET Talk Trial (2 nd Phase) opens November 2008
      • Feedback Point 1 – November 2008
      • Feedback Point 2 – 2 nd February 2009
      • JANET Talk Workshop – TBA July 2009
      • Trial ends – End of August 2009