Bob read - Discover Jisc Project


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  • For the past year, JISC TechDis has been coordinating ‘Discover JISC’, a project that received Further Education and Skills: Development and Resources Programme funding. The project is provider-led and funding has been used to release partner provider staff from their teaching duties so they could discover and explore the offerings of the wider JISC and contribute to the development of resources which will facilitate this discovery for others working in the FE & Skills sector.
  • Variety of FE, ACL, Offender Learning, Specialist Disability Colleges, Work based learning organisations
  • The final outputs of the project will be a mix of blended resources covering a wide range of topics.
  • There are over 500,000 learners in FE who have declared a learning difficulty, disability or health problem. The project wanted to ensure that JISC resources and services are more widely exploited by those who support learners with difficulties. We also wanted to help other JISC services understand some of the barriers faced by staff in FE & Skills sector as much has been created for HE sector only.
  • Strand 1 - This area of work is all about how low cost/free or very commonly available technologies can be used to provide more inclusive and accessible learning experiences. Strand 1 Outcomes - Others understand the potential of using accessible technologies. Provide contextualised guidance for network managers, support staff, disability officers, tutors and learners.Link to a wide range of tools for productivity, support and enhancing teaching and learning.Instil confidence and help remove barriers in the use of free and open source technologies, at all levels within learning providers. Provide relevant how-to guides and staff training resources, which may well feature within the other themes of the Discover JISC Project.Strand 2 – This area is about producing a suite of staff training materials which will update/refresh existing JISC TechDis Staff Packs and add a range of newer topics such as creating accessible learning materials using Xerte or the importance of alternative formats. Strand 3 - pulls the other two areas of work together, and in doing so create exemplars for a diverse range of learners which draw on the skills, information and techniques explored and explained within both the staff development and using accessible technology guidance. Exemplars/Curriculum pathways will be enhanced using resources which are available from the various JISC services (including but not limited to JISC Infonet, JISC Legal, Jorum and JISC Collections including Mediahub) and potentially the BBC and the Open University. 
  • Bob read - Discover Jisc Project

    1. 1. Discover JISC Project Bob Read Training and Development Adviser, ACER (Association of Colleges in the Eastern Region)
    2. 2. Background to the project • Further Education and Skills: Development and Resources Programme; • Funding for new learning resources, methods and expanding opportunities in post-16 learning across the UK; • £1.35 m of funding; • 32 projects with over 90 partners.
    3. 3. Discover JISC • Funded by BIS • Programme managed by JISC Advance • Project managed by JISC TechDis • Partner driven project: The partner providers were drawn from across the FE & Skills sector
    4. 4. Partners East Riding Council Adult services Karten Network UK Online Centres Derwen College Weston College Myerscough College North East Autism Society Thornbeck East Durham College ACER Essex Adult Community Learning
    5. 5. Objective of the project The objective of the project was to build a community of excellence in inclusive practice based on a greater understanding of JISC and its resources and the skills to optimise their use and development.
    6. 6. Rationale Lack of awareness of how JISC resources, services or Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) can be fully utilised to support inclusive learning; Skills sets of practitioners is variable and may be a limiting factor in the exploitation of digital resources; Many resources were not created with the FE and Skills sector in mind.
    7. 7. Three Strands 1 – Accessible Technologies/ Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) 2 – Staff Training Materials 3 – Curriculum Pathways
    8. 8. Discover JISC website
    9. 9. How we got involved! Face to Face: Residential meetings Online Collaboration: Google group Virtual: 10 weekly 5-minute missions Range of Webinar sessions Phone: Support from key TechDis staff Individual: Action plans
    10. 10. • 30 assessors working nationally • 1:1 workplace visits • Equine Studies, Animal Care, Floristry, Business Admin, Customer Services • contextualised e learning resources that embed L1 & 2 Functional Skills in authentic and motivating ways KEITS
    11. 11. • To provide workplace assessors with teaching material that they could use flexibly on a laptop or tablet in workplace settings • To present small amounts of key information using accessible language • To balance the text-based information with colour photos, audio & video, and up to date, relevant web-based material • To provide opportunities for assessors to develop candidates' Functional English and Maths within practical contexts Purpose of the modules
    12. 12. • To introduce candidates to open learning resource that they could use in preparation for an assessor visit, during a visit if the assessor is busy with other candidates or for revision afterwards • To offer interactive tasks that could be completed by candidates to provide evidence for portfolios • To conclude with suggested practical assessment activities relevant to the topics covered in the module
    13. 13. Create A Safe Environment Mucking Out Bedding Materials
    14. 14. Adult Community Learning Essex Looked at Accessibility Technologies and Free and Open Source Software to create a bank of exemplars for entry level Foundation Skills learners which draws on the skills, information and techniques explored within the various strands of the project.
    15. 15. Entry Level 2: Literacy Created a Scheme of Work for use in Entry Level 2 Skills for Life Literacy classes (covering 6 sessions). Created 6 weekly lesson plans. Embedded assistive technology and free software identified as a result of the project. Entry Level 3: Literacy
    16. 16. • a specialist training provider based in Norwich, Norfolk • Foundation Learning programmes covering creative arts, media and graphics, music and sports and healthy lifestyle. • explore use of e learning tools for use in the delivery of Functional Skills sessions at Level 1 & 2 Broadland Council Training Services
    17. 17. • Techdis Toolbox • different types of mind mapping tools • text to speech software • screen casting • QR codes • online sticky boards like Padlet and Lino it • use of Audacity to record & edit audio • converting workbooks into digital resources on the web Other e learning tools BCTS found useful -