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Briefing for Adult & Community Learning & Work Based Learning
Briefing for Adult & Community Learning & Work Based Learning
Briefing for Adult & Community Learning & Work Based Learning
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  • 1. RSC South West Briefing for Adult & Community Learning & Work Based Learning October 2010 Funding and Resources • LSIS Flexibility & Innovation Fund – applications now open Applications for the fourth round of this funding opened on Wednesday 1st September and will close at midday on Friday 29th October 2010. Further information about this round of funding, including bidding guidance, is available on the Funding Opportunities page of the LSIS website and on the Excellence Gateway – see links below http://www.lsis.org.uk/WorkingWithLSIS/Opportunities/funding- Opportunities/Pages/default.aspx http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/fif • BBC First Click Campaign Using the internet can help people save money, stay up-to-date with news, keep in touch with family, find a job, enjoy hobbies and interests and generally make life easier. Yet, 10.5 million adults are still not online. A new BBC campaign called First Click will inspire people to use the internet for the first time. It launches during Get Online Week, 18th -28th October 2010. The campaign will show that getting online is simpler than you think, and there is somewhere in your local area that you can go to get help and advice. If you have a remit to help people get online, being part of the campaign is a great way to get more people through your doors and using the internet. If you already run FREE ‘get online’ sessions, we can promote them via the BBC phone line (after 18th Oct 2010). Sign up to get more info about this. Use Free BBC ‘Get Online’ workshop plans to deliver BBC workshops during Get Online week 18th -28th October 2010. We’ll promote them via the phone line and provide you with free marketing materials. Sign up to get more info about this. Sign up to the campaign and you will receive more information and free resources when they are available. Forms available from michelle.andrews@bbc.co.uk TM/DR JISC RSC SW October 2010
  • 2. • e-Skills for e-Learning Back by popular demand, these resources have been updated and cover the essential knowledge needed by teaching practitioners to enable them to use technology for learning and teaching. The sessions are a mix of presentations, discussions and practical activities and consist of 8 modules. This resource has been produced by our colleagues at RSC Scotland South & West; the modules are bundled ready to be uploaded to your Moodle virtual learning environment or can be used as individual modules. Contact us if you are interested in using these materials. • JorumOpen Jorum hosts a wide variety of learning and teaching resources from any subject area within UK Further and Higher Education learning and teaching, ranging from simple one-file assets and links to external resources, to more complex learning objects, including content packages and open courseware. These resources are free to use, and are available for all educational purposes, for download, reuse and repurpose. You can browse the resources http://open.jorum.ac.uk/xmlui and a user guide is available http://www.jorum.ac.uk/docs/pdf/JorumOpenUserGuide.pdf The resources have been created for the FE and HE communities but there may be some resources which will be relevant to work- based and adult learning providers. • Resources on the Excellence Gateway The Excellence Gateway holds a wide range of resources for the learning and skills sector. There are a number of different places to search for resources: General resources area http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/page.aspx?o=nav-resources Programmes (I’ve used the Key Skills programme as an example here) http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/page.aspx?o=195647 Teaching and Learning Programme resources (SLC, e-Guides etc) http://tlp.excellencegateway.org.uk/teachingandlearning/downloads/index_lsis.html Excellence Gateway TV http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/page.aspx?o=egtv Case studies on good e-practice from the RSC’s TM/DR JISC RSC SW October 2010
  • 3. http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/page.aspx?o=casestudies We are always looking for new case studies to submit to the Excellence Gateway. If you have a project which you would like us to showcase, please contact either David or Tracey. Contact details below. Events and Forums We are interested in hearing from you if you there are any topics you would like covered this year, or if you would be interested in hosting any workshops. Contact details are at the end of this newsletter. • RSC South West VLE Forums 2010 – 11 The next dates for this very popular forum are: 9th February 2011 12th May 2011 (future funding permitting) All dates to be held at Taunton School, Taunton. You can book via our website at http://www.rsc-south-west.ac.uk/index.php?p=14 • An Introduction to what’s new in Adobe CS5 - 26th October 2010 Hosted by Plymouth College of Art, this free, half day workshop looks at Photoshop, Catalyst, e-learning and collaboration and Acrobat for Education. For more information and to book, visit our website http://www.rsc-south- west.ac.uk/index.php?p=14 • NIACE Conference – “Our Digital Future” – 23rd November 2010 As Britain gears up to ‘race online by 2012’ digital technologies will play an increasing role in our lives and in our learning. The Independent Inquiry into the Future for Lifelong Learning (2009), recognised the importance of digital skills, to enable people to maximise their use of the digital world. Presenters and delegates will join a dialogue over what digital skills should mean for citizens, learners, teachers and organisations in the next decade. The conference aims to provide delegates with: TM/DR JISC RSC SW October 2010
  • 4. • An updated vision of current policy in relation to access to digital skills for adults • Updated information on practice in relation to Digital skills for adults, including deployment of volunteers • Models and examples of practice in the development, support and delivery of digital skills • Support for informal and formal learning practitioners in developing their own professional practice • A vision of how adults as learners can benefit most from the application of technology • A focus for contributions to their organisations’ vision of how adults as learners can benefit most from the application of technology • Support for participants in the delivery of their programmes and the framing of strategic planning and funding applications. More information and booking via the NIACE website: http://www.niace.org.uk/campaigns-events/events/our-digital-future • Get more from Moodle Do you have trouble getting staff to use your VLE effectively or at all? Do you want to get more out of your Moodle based VLE? Well maybe the JISC-RSC can help. As many of you will know, earlier this year the RSC ran a series of Moodle workshops, kindly hosted by Accountancy+ Training, at their base in Exeter. We have now managed to persuade Dave Westlake, the trainer for these sessions, to deliver a limited number of low cost 1/2 day (4 hour) in-house Moodle staff development sessions. These sessions are your chance to get your delivery staff up and running in the use of Moodle both as a teaching and learning aid and as a method for vastly increasing the efficiency of your delivery. The aim of the day is to get staff confident in the use of Moodle by completing exercises based on common tasks and uses. Typical activities are: Moodle sites/themes/labels /blocks/activities, uploading files to Moodle, using Word/PowerPoint/ Excel documents in Moodle, Compressing documents, creating office HTML cont etc. As the staff development sessions will be delivered in-house you will need to be able to provide a computer facility or a room where staff can use their laptops while connected to the internet. The trainer will supply all training materials including a complete Moodle on a memory stick so that nothing needs to be placed on your IT system. As stated earlier, these sessions are intended as low cost staff development sessions, which translate to a cost of £35.00/attendee plus travel costs, which will of course vary slightly with the location. Minimum group size is 5 with a maximum of around 12. Originally it was intended that these groups be from a single provider; however, if providers want to work together and share the cost I am sure we can accommodate this. TM/DR JISC RSC SW October 2010
  • 5. If you want to benefit from this offer or need further information contact David Rowe e-Learning Adviser JISC-RSC South West on davidrowe@rsc-south-west.ac.uk / 07809 594850 or Tracey Morris traceymorris@rsc-south-west.ac.uk / 07834 678159 Assistive Technology Kit Loan Scheme We have a number of kits available for you to borrow. These have proved very popular with providers over the last year. The kits include a range of assistive technologies for you to experiment with individually, or use as part of your staff development activities. The kits include a range of mice, keyboards, cameras, voice recording tools, plus the Access Apps suite of open source and free accessibility software If you are interested in borrowing a kit, or would like a demonstration of what we have available, please contact David, Tracey or our colleague Julia Taylor. Julia can be reached in our Exeter office on 01392 205472, email juliataylor@rsc-south- west.ac.uk Publications NIACE Briefing Sheets provide an introduction to a variety of lifelong learning issues. They are free to download from the NIACE website and cover topics such as funding, widening participation, mental health issues and running online courses. View and download the full list here: http://www.niace.org.uk/services/information-services/briefing-sheets Visits Information 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 to come and visit you to discuss your e-learning plans and progress, strategic development, deliver some training or anything else you would like help with. Contact details: Tracey Morris: e-Learning Advisor ACL traceymorris@rsc-south-west.ac.uk Phone: 01752 587033 or 07834 678159 David Rowe: e-Learning Advisor WBL davidrowe@rsc-south-west.ac.uk Phone: 01392 205472 or 07809 594850 TM/DR JISC RSC SW October 2010
  • 6. If you want to benefit from this offer or need further information contact David Rowe e-Learning Adviser JISC-RSC South West on davidrowe@rsc-south-west.ac.uk / 07809 594850 or Tracey Morris traceymorris@rsc-south-west.ac.uk / 07834 678159 Assistive Technology Kit Loan Scheme We have a number of kits available for you to borrow. These have proved very popular with providers over the last year. The kits include a range of assistive technologies for you to experiment with individually, or use as part of your staff development activities. The kits include a range of mice, keyboards, cameras, voice recording tools, plus the Access Apps suite of open source and free accessibility software If you are interested in borrowing a kit, or would like a demonstration of what we have available, please contact David, Tracey or our colleague Julia Taylor. Julia can be reached in our Exeter office on 01392 205472, email juliataylor@rsc-south- west.ac.uk Publications NIACE Briefing Sheets provide an introduction to a variety of lifelong learning issues. They are free to download from the NIACE website and cover topics such as funding, widening participation, mental health issues and running online courses. View and download the full list here: http://www.niace.org.uk/services/information-services/briefing-sheets Visits Information 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 to come and visit you to discuss your e-learning plans and progress, strategic development, deliver some training or anything else you would like help with. Contact details: Tracey Morris: e-Learning Advisor ACL traceymorris@rsc-south-west.ac.uk Phone: 01752 587033 or 07834 678159 David Rowe: e-Learning Advisor WBL davidrowe@rsc-south-west.ac.uk Phone: 01392 205472 or 07809 594850 TM/DR JISC RSC SW October 2010

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