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    • Briefing for Adult & Community Learning & Work Based Learning June 2012This briefing contains a round-up of information which we feel will be of interest toadult & community and work based learning providers in the region. If you would likemore information about any of the items mentioned below, please feel free to contacteither Tracey or David. Our contact details are at the end of this briefing.Funding • Community Learning Innovation FundThe Community Learning Innovation Fund (CLIF), a new £4million grants fund fromthe Skills Funding Agency, administered by NIACE, is now open for applicationsfrom providers and non-providers across all sectors. The CLIF will provide grants ofbetween £10,000 and £65,000, to organisations from across England for new andimaginative community learning opportunities to encourage adults to take up,succeed and progress in learning.The purpose of the CLIF is to support new and creative community learningopportunities, particularly for disadvantaged people, in line with the objectives set outin New Challenges, New Chances Further Education and Skills Reform Plan:Building a World Class System (BIS, December 2011). The Fund will draw on theexperience of previous government funds such as the Adult and CommunityLearning Fund (ACLF) (2011-12) and Transformation Fund (2009-10) in supportinginnovative social partnerships, curriculum innovation and strategies to engage under-represented groups.Projects will be funded to run from September 2012 to 31st July 2013.The Fund is open for applications until:•12 noon, Thursday 28th June 2012 for applications for £50,000 and over•12 noon, Thursday 5th July 2012 for applications for less than £50,000.Full information, including the online application form and supporting documentationis available from the CLIF pages on the NIACE website:http://www.niace.org.uk/current-work/clif/community-learning-innovation-fund • £50m investment plans announced by Ufi Charitable TrustTM/DRJISC RSC SWJune 2012
    • Ufi Charitable Trust has announced how it intends to spend the £50m endowmentfund amassed from the sale of learndirect.Speaking at an event to mark the official launch of the trust, Ufi’s new chair RayBarnes said the funds will be used to fund projects that can transform vocationaladult learning through technology.“Ufi Charitable Trust aims to act as a catalyst, funding selected projects which willdeliver permanent and radical transformation in vocational learning and training,” hesaid.“We want to liberate learning from the current limiting requirement for face-to-faceinteraction, harnessing technology to reach much greater numbers, with greaterquality learning outcomes – while simultaneously cutting time and cost requirementsfor providers.”More information in the press release here:http://www.ufi.co.uk/sites/default/files/UCT%20press%20release%20education%20%26%20technology%20(1).pdf • LSIS Leadership with Technology: Regional Collaboration FundLSIS is inviting bids for project grants of up to £30,000 per consortium from groups ofproviders working collaboratively together to achieve a common goal through the useof technology. The focus may be on improving teaching and learning, managementor governance across the group of providers.Bids should demonstrate how the consortium will: • work together/have worked together to identify the common goal; • drive towards a step change in performance through the use of technology; • pool existing expertise and effective practice to the benefit of all; and • measure successBids must be submitted by email to eleadership@lsis.org.uk by 5 pm on Monday 09July 2012 and titled LSIS Leadership with Technology: Regional Collaboration Fund.For more information and application form, please visithttp://www.lsis.org.uk/WorkingWithLSIS/Opportunities/funding-Opportunities/Pages/default.aspxResources and ProjectsTM/DRJISC RSC SWJune 2012
    • • E-Books for Skills ProjectThere are many learners working hard at developing their skills through work-basedstudy, apprenticeships, and adult learning in the community. The E-books for Skillsproject aims to provide these learners with free access to a valuable collection of e-books, and to identify and provide other relevant resources. The Department forBusiness, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is sponsoring the new project so for at least thefirst two years the e-books will be licensed and paid for by JISC Collections on behalfof learning providers.A wide range of learning providers will be able to access the E-books for Skillscollection, in fact any provider who receives some of their funding from the SkillsFunding Agency. The content of the e-books can be used in many different ways,and can be incorporated into a VLE.The project builds on the success of JISC Collections E-books for FE: a digitallibrary for FE Colleges project. E-books for FE has helped FE students across theUK by providing access free at point of use to students studying a wide range ofvocational and academic course in FE colleges. To date teachers and studentshave viewed thirty million e-book pages.Some of the publishers taking part in the E-books for FE service have alreadyagreed to extend access to other learners and learning providers, and we will benegotiating with other publishers over the next few months. The project will work withproviders learners and publishers to ensure that content is accessible when andwhere people want to learn, on the devices they wish to use.You can find more information about the project at http://www.jisc-collections.ac.uk/E-books-for-Skills-project/If you are would like to take part in a demonstrator project for e-books or areinterested in making e-books available to your work-based learners and adultcommunity learners or have some suggestions for e-books that you think would beuseful for the sectors please contact Hugh Look at JISC Collections viahugh.look@jisc-collections.ac.uk• RSC South West Ning - http://jisc-rscsw.ning.com/The RSC South West Ning site continues to develop, with a wide range of resources,information and recordings from online events and webinars. You can join specialinterest groups, find out about events and read blog posts and latest informationfrom the team. You can also start your own discussions within groups. Registration isfree via the link above. • Find A Read http://www.readingagency.org.uk/findaread/TM/DRJISC RSC SWJune 2012
    • Find a Read is a free, online, searchable database of mainstream titles and titlesspecially written for emergent readers. The materials range from Pre-Entry Level toLevel 2 and are available in a number of formats including audio, e-books and largeprint. There are a range of titles available, both fiction and non-fiction, and there arealso children’s titles for adults who struggle with reading to share with their children.The reading levels are matched against the Adult Literacy Core Curriculum forEngland and Wales. • Xchange Xchange is a new system developed by the JISC Advance service Procureweb,which is now open on an equal basis to all FE and wider skills providers.Summary:Xchange is an on-line system that enables anyone within Post 16 education toadvertise, buy and sell surplus equipment. It operates a little like e-Bay; once youhave registered and set up your password, you can then set up your own adverts orpurchase equipment from other adverts as you require. The system’s primary aim isto save organisations money by breaking the cycle of buying and then disposing offully functional equipment.The initiative & reasons for doing it.An important part of an organisation’s procurement strategy is to ensure that itcomplies with all relevant environmental legislation, and will expect and promotesuch compliance in its procurement of goods and services. A sustainableprocurement policy includes consideration of the following: • Encourage the use of whole life costing including environmental factors and sustainability policy impacts in major procurement decisions. • Encourage review of consumption of goods and services internally to minimise costs and reduce environmental impact.Xchange aims to support this by: • Reducing the deterioration of equipment through lying in disuse. • Reducing the amount of waste created through redundant equipment being discarded. • Enabling departments/schools/colleges to recover some of their outlay on equipment that is no longer needed. • Reducing the necessity for money and resources to be expended on buying new items which may already be available with the organisation. • Enabling institutions to comply with the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) Regulations.TM/DRJISC RSC SWJune 2012
    • The current economic climate has placed procurement practices within educationunder greater scrutiny. Organisations are facing ever increasing demands forgreater efficiency gains through sustainable and effective procurement practices.Xchange helps organisations achieve this by breaking the cycle of always looking tobuy brand new equipment, when there may be a perfectly adequate piece that is nolonger required elsewhere.Organisations are increasingly introducing the demand challenge into procurementpractices, or simply asking why a particular product is being purchased for use andwhether it can be found elsewhere within the organisation or the wider sector.Xchange helps to support this process by offering buyers an alternative andsustainable place to look for a wide range of items including: research equipment,furniture and IT equipment.For further information on this exciting new development please go tohttp://www.procureweb.com or direct to http://xchange.procureweb.ac.uk or contactyour RSC adviser. • JISC Advance Work Based Learning Procurement ProjectJISC Advance has secured funding from BIS to establish a new procurement servicefor the work based learning sector.The aim is to help establish “a level playing field for purchasing” for the WBL sector.This is because other providers such as colleges, schools and universities alreadyhave access to well established purchasing consortia with national and localcontracts. These contracts facilitate cost savings and other benefits such as accessto a wide range of convenient and quality approved agreements. These consortiahave negotiated contracts for a large number of goods and services.The project has three strands: 1. To establish consortium-based procurement practice amongst work based learning providers. This could be achieved by engaging with one or more of the existing educational purchasing consortia. To this effect negotiations are currently taking place. 2. The GeM system, which is a generic e-market place which is currently available to providers including universities and colleges. The aim will be to make this electronic tool available to WBL, which will enable providers to access the contracts, agreed in strand one. 3. Negotiation of specialist contracts for areas of high educational spend such as qualifications with Awarding Organisations.The project has been underway since December last year and we hope that we willreach some initial agreements with consortia by the end of June, so that they canTM/DRJISC RSC SWJune 2012
    • start to make some of these new contracts available to work based learningproviders from autumn 2012.This national project is managed for JISC Advance by Steve Durham who is basedat RSC Northern. You can contact Steve at- steve.durham@sunderland.ac.uk • TechDis Transformers – tools for changing livesTwo new TechDis services have been launched – TechDis Voices and TechDisToolbox.The TechDis voices are two high-quality, youthful and modern voices (Jack andJess) that can be used with text-to-speech (TTS) tools. Across England, staff andlearners in higher education, further education, skills and lifelong learning will allhave access to these voices.Text-to-speech (TTS) technology allows text in electronic formats to be read out loudby synthetic voices or saved as MP3 files for later listening. The quality of syntheticvoices is judged by how easy they are to understand and by how human they sound.TechDis have worked with hundreds of learners and the specialist synthetic voicecompany Cereproc to ensure that Jess and Jack meet those standards.The TechDis Toolbox is a collection of resources which give hints and tips ontechnologies to help individuals work smarter by using technology more effectively.Toolbox is aimed directly at the end users - learners.While written primarily for those with disabilities or difficulties, Toolbox is useful forjust about anyone who wants to gain or improve on skills. Toolbox provides anoverview of accessibility features in commonplace applications such as MicrosoftOffice and Google. It also suggests different tools for different needs, for instance,those with a visual impairment may find screen magnifiers or text-to-speech toolsuseful. Individuals with dyslexia or memory problems are advised to use task lists,calendars and reminders.The development of Toolbox has been informed by learners themselves andcontains bite-size videos, short guides, animations and brief audio files. These smallbits of information can be easily understood allowing users to learn something newand put it into practice straight away. Using it smarter can help people be moreproductive, organised and creative.More information from the JISC TechDis website http://www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/Events and Forums • Sharing Services to Improve Efficiency – Why, What, How, WhenTM/DRJISC RSC SWJune 2012
    • Wednesday 11th July 2012, South Bristol Skills Academy 9.30am for 10am start till approx. 3.30pm This free, one day event is aimed at Heads of Service, Principals, Vice Principals, Senior Management and Leadership Team members. Delivered in partnership with shared service architects in association with Canterbury Christ Church University, this exciting workshop will be of great value to those who are involved in the development of a shared service. A full flyer is available; please contact Tracey as this is a large file. To book your place, visit our website: http://www.jiscrsc.ac.uk/southwest/events/all-jisc-rsc-sw-events.aspx • Learning Resources Forum 27th June 2012, Weston College, Weston Super Mare 9.30am for 10.30am start till 4pm This free forum is aimed at all staff who are interested in the use and integration of learning resources. To book your place, visit our website: http://www.jiscrsc.ac.uk/southwest/events/all-jisc-rsc-sw-events.aspxMoodle 2 Workshops 2012 – 13As you may know, the JISC RSC South West recently completed the latest in itsregular Moodle staff development workshops. This series with the kind support ofPetroc was based at the college’s Tiverton campus. The JISC RSC plans to run thisseries again probably beginning in October, with the important difference that thisnew series will be based on the use of Moodle 2. The Moodle part of the programmewill still consist of 5 sessions, usually 10.00 till 16.00; however, in response to theimminent deployment of the large scale use of HTML5 a session on this exciting newdevelopment has been added to the workshop series, which will have the followingtitles: • Session 1 - Moodle 2 Course Creator • Session 2 - Moodle 2 Content Creator • Session 3 - Moodle 2 & Google Apps • Session 4 - Moodle 2 Advanced Content CreationTM/DRJISC RSC SWJune 2012
    • • Session 5 - Moodle 2 Administration • Session 6 - HTML 5We do not yet have any fixed dates for this series or even a location so if you or amember of your staff is interested in taking part, please keep an eye on the eventspage of the JISC RSC SW website http://www.jiscrsc.ac.uk/southwest or for anannouncement via our mailing lists. Alternatively you could be first in the queue bycalling David Rowe on 07809 594850 or davidrowe@rsc-south-west.ac.ukVisits, support and input at staff development daysInformation gathered during visits helps the RSC to plan its programme of work,keeps us up to date with what is going on in our communities and, most importantly,helps us to help you. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like us tocome and visit you to discuss your e-learning plans and progress, strategicdevelopment, deliver some training or anything else you would like help with. We arestill able to visit and offer information and support free of charge to our supportedproviders. Here are some of the areas in which we can offer support: • Strategic support • IT Skills Scan • Staff development • Learning resources • Learning technologies • e-Safety and e-ResponsibilityContact details:Tracey Morris: e-Learning Advisor ACLtraceymorris@rsc-south-west.ac.ukPhone: 01752 587033 or 07834 678159David Rowe: e-Learning Advisor WBLdavidrowe@rsc-south-west.ac.ukPhone: 01392 205472 or 07809 594850TM/DRJISC RSC SWJune 2012