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eLearning Programme Report Writing Workshop
10 December 2008
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Clare Groom, JISCCommunicating Project Outputs14.00
Ros Smith, JISC
Final Report Expectations
& David Kernohan,
What does JISC Want?10.30
Close - tea/coffee16.00
Paul Bailey, JISCRealising the benefits11.10
Paul Bailey, JISCWelcome & Introductory Activity10.00
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What is JISC looking for?
Using the post-it notes
on your table, write
down what you think
JISC is looking for in
terms of final reports.
Use as many post-its
Write down whatever
comes into your head!
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What does JISC want?
Paul BaileyRealising the benefits11.10
The programme manager
JISC templates & general
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JISC templates & guidance
generic JISC templates & guidance is
available from the main JISC website
specific guidance for eLearning
projects will be found on the Report
Writing Workshop page
expected that this may be updated
to reflect your feedback from today
you will receive an email when this is
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A tale of two reports
The end of your project
requires two reports to be
submitted to JISC
– The Final Report
– The Completion Report
These reports have different
audiences and will need to
be written accordingly
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the final report
HE/FE institutions, the wider community and
What will interest them?
Do not assume technical knowledge, or knowledge of
your institution or of the acronyms that you use
How your project contributes to the
programme/strand it is funded under.
Your evidence – your report needs to include
information on (or point to) all of your project
Merging or adding extra headings/sections to
your final report if this will help the flow.
The length or your report.
Navigation. Make it easy to navigate.
Draft version required (usually at least a month
before the final version is due)
Aims & Objectives
Outputs & Results
Outcomes & Impact
Conclusions & Recommendations
Implications for the future
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deliverables, outcomes & impact
Outcomes: changes resulting from
the project, in:
– Fundamental change in organisation/
the wider community in the longer
term [How does this manifest itself?]
All outputs and deliverables need to
be made available on your website
which must be maintained for at least
3 years following project completion.
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a little bit about the draft final report
This is used to give you some steer
and feedback before you submit
your completed version
Usually needs to be sent to your
programme at least one month
before your Final Report is due (often
earlier than this)
Needs to provide your programme
manager with a good idea of the
scope, layout and content of your
The draft does not need to be
detailed - headings with bullet points
beneath would be acceptable, but
you can use more detail if you like
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the completion report
private between you and JISC
not intended to be onerous
brevity is encouraged
not all questions will be relevant to all
answers to questions may be used in
evaluating whether the programme
has produced benefits to the
community but all identifying
information will be removed
a draft version is not usually required
(do check with your programme
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Your programme manager is your first point of contact for any queries you may
Paul Bailey firstname.lastname@example.org (Sarah Davies)
Myles Danson email@example.com
Lisa Gray firstname.lastname@example.org
David Kernohan email@example.com
Sarah Knight firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Pachkowski email@example.com
Heather Williamson firstname.lastname@example.org
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8 out of 10 Programme Managers who expressed a
preference said that their cats preferred it…
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the ASSPOO project final report
Please note - this is not a real project, nor an example
of a bad project, just a poor final report.
Methodology: The project board met quarterly and formed
working groups around MIS data validation, ontology
development and project testing. This board was serviced
by the Project Officer (grade 5, 0.9FTE), who also had
oversight of the project working group, which consisted of
the Project Officer, Project Developers 1 and 2, and admin
support from departmental staff...
This section gives a lot of (mainly unnecessary) information
on project management activities, but nothing on the
methodology of the project.
In this section we would have like to have seen a summary
of the overall approach and why it was taken (e.g. why
Ruby on Rails was chosen) followed by a description of the
methodology in more detail.
Outcomes: This project was a complete success. We
made presentations at the CETIS Enterprise SIG,
prepared a draft SUM for the eFramework and had a
paper accepted for a forthcoming issue of the European
Journal of Management Processes in Higher Education...
Apart from not giving information on why this project was a
complete success, and why presentations for the CETIS SIG
and drafts for the SUM were good for the project, the
details given here relate to project outputs, not outcomes
of the project.
Executive summary: this report details a JISC funded
project (under the Tools and Widgets Programme 4/09)
which supported holistic modifications of the institutional
MIS /VLE interface based on using a Ruby on Rails SOA
tool (ASSPOO) combining APIs from external resources
with departmental student data. The tool is available online
along with the source code and limited documentation. The
development of the tool, which is now used in both the
Department of Cephalopod Behaviour and the Research
Centre for Semantic Modelling, has allowed us to prepare
a draft SUM for the Framework.
Take a few minutes to read this summary. Then ask yourself
the following questions:
•What did this project do?
•What are the achievement highlights of the project?
•What were its aims and objectives?
•What was its main findings?
•What are its conclusions and recommendations?
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we asked the programme managers...
What would you like to see in a good final report?
real-life examples of benefit realisation
information on sustainability or further planned work
how were your initial assumptions challenged
what did you find didn’t work
the project situated in a real-life environment, a problem
identified and addressed, and the success of the intervention
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we asked the programme managers...
What would you not like to see in a good final report?
“difficult” to read without prior knowledge
including sections for the sake of it
chunks of the project plan!
poor executive summary
“the kind of thing that JISC like to hear”
written without a clear understanding of how it would be used.
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Realising the benefits
Need to identify where
projects have addressed
or contributed to any of
the eLearning Programme
wider intended outcomes
Projects will need to
describe how the outputs
and outcomes of their
projects have addressed
or contributed to these.
The vision is of a world where learners,
teachers, researchers and wider
institutional stakeholders use technology
to enhance the overall educational
experience by improving flexibility and
creativity and by encouraging
comprehensive and diverse personal,
high quality learning, teaching and
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eLearning Programme Evaluation Framework
The evaluation of the e-learning
programme focuses on three key
– What have we
done/built/achieved, to what
quality, and how efficiently?
– What has been learned or
– How has the learning been
acted on or fed back in?
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What did you say at the
beginning of the day?
Has your understanding of
what is needed changed at
What (if anything) will you do
Any messages for JISC?
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what does JISC want from a final report?
Source: workshop delegates, morning activity (& http://www.tagcrowd.com/)
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what does JISC want from a final report?
Source: workshop delegates, morning activity
Context – how
what you did
relates to your
Almost right, but what we are really
looking for is how what you did
relates to the wider community, so
other HEI’s, not just your own.
This post-it has been picked out as it was the only
one that mentioned ‘benefits’. These are important
and we would like to see you all include the
benefits of your project within your report.
Absolutely! Just the kind of
thing we are looking for.
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much clearer on how to
structure the reports and who
they are for
how to structure my final
to share what went well and
what didn’t go so well
complete change of
better understanding of
reporting requirements - lots
useful to hear a national
perspective and links to the
importance of story and
personalisation and linking
this with lessons learned
what have you learned?
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be less wordy
draft the final report much
include a ‘reflections’ section
in the report
be more bold and creative
separate outcomes from
cross reference the final
report with appropriate links
use critical friends
think about the different types
what will you do differently?