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  • 1. RSC NewsletterStimulating and supporting innovation in learning Issue 21 - May 2012 In this issue.... TurboTEL 2012 1 CMALT first achiever! 2TurboTEL 2012 - Bringing the JISC Infonet InfoKits 3learning community together Regional events 4Following on from our hugely successful Turbo event Web conferencing 5last year, JISC RSC South West is pleased to presentTurboTEL 2012. Disability awareness programme enhancing CPD 6The event format will be similar to last year’s based on a ‘Pecha Kucha’style of presenting (, which gives each Video capture enhancing presenter 10 minutes to talk about their subject and answer any blended learning 7questions. Our TurboTEL format has proven to be an effective andenjoyable way for delegates to gain an abundance of knowledge and Using social media to understanding on an extensive range of key topics. enhance communication 8Our interesting programme of speakers and content will showcase the New tool for e-resource use 9diversity of knowledge and experience across the sectors in the South Exeter College outstanding 10West. There will be a choice of over 50 key topics, making this event ofrelevance to practitioners, learning resources and technical staff, support Impact of JISC RSC SW 11staff, senior managers and all IT enthusiasts: Evaluation of ECC materials 12 • Making the most of Mahara • What’s so great about Moodle2? • Collaborative Google Docs • Interest for Pinterest? E-Books for skills project 13 • Innovative iPad apps • Breaking down barriers to e-Portfolios Xchange 14This fast-paced yet flexible day will provide ample networkingopportunities, exhibition time and a chance to attend multiple session WBL procurement project 15choices on the day. Innovative wireless network 16Visit our Ning TurboTEL 2012 group, which will contain all the Tools for changing lives 17presentations, resources and information pre and post event: Cool tools for teaching 18Attendance at TurboTEL 2012 is FREE The SW VLE Forum 19Venue: Taunton Conference Centre, Somerset College of Arts &Technology, Wellington Road, Somerset TA1 5AXFollow on: Twitter: #turbotelBook: flyer: email: programme: programme: Newsletter by Matt Ewens - Information Officer 1
  • 2. JISC RSC SW Webinars JISC Techdis CMALT scheme - firstWe hold regular online webinars achiever!foccused around a variety of Congratulations to Julia Taylor, e-Learning Adviser (Accessibility &topics. Inclusion) RSC South West Region, for being the first candidate under the JISC Techdis CMALT scheme to achieve accreditation.To find out about all of ourpreviously recorded webinars, CMALT stands for Certified Membership of the Association for Learningplease visit our Ning, which Technology. It is a national, cross-sector certification scheme run by thecontains all the resources. Association for Learning Technology since 2005. Registering for CMALT involves the creation and peer assessment of a portfolio of evidencehttp://jisc-rscsw. against a set of core and specialist options defined as central to the role of someone with learning technology as part of their professional JISC Techdis sees it as a priority to build on related funding schemes and support the development of staff. For this reason we are delighted to offer those working closely with In-Folio (an accessible e-portfolio) inPast Online webinar Independent Specialist Colleges and related organisations thesnapshot opportunity to engage in the CMALT initiative. We believe that engagement in the scheme will, amongst other things, enable staff toTeaching and Learning with reflect on and review how their role impacts on learners.Facebook: Making it Safe andSimple Julia, who used In-Folio as the basis for her portfolio, talks about her new accreditation, ‘I am delighted to have achieved CMALT accreditation through the JISC Techdis scheme. In my work as an eAdvisor I get to promote the many benefits of using technology, such as In-Folio, to support learning. In-Folio records learners’ achievements, preferences and aspirations in a way that has real meaning for them in their everyday lives.’ JISC Techdis was part of The In-Folio Implementation Team which wonWatch the webinar by following the 2011 Adobe Systems sponsored Learning Technologist of the Yearthis link Team Award presented at ALT-C 2011. For further information about the JISC Techdis CMALT scheme please contact: Shirley at Techdis2
  • 3. JISC Infonet InfoKits Useful toolkitsJISC infoNet are pleased to announce the launch of a new infoKit - Measurement tools‘Knowledge Transfer 2.0‘, or ‘KT2.0‘. The purpose of this wiki is to help”Knowledge Transfer, and specifically the transfer of innovation and you to identify and access theintellectual property from colleges and universities to businesses and measurement tool you need toother communities, is a changed game. In many significant ways the fulfil the task in hand.context has changed, the skills and tools required have changed, andinnovation practice has changed…..but nobody has bothered to update https://toolstechniques.pbworks.the manual: to set out the new rules of the game!” Brian McCaul, com/w/page/44367805/Measure-originator of the approach and author of the new infoKit ment%20toolsThis resource integrates current innovation theory, modern social media Cloud computingtools and current thinking on market behaviour or motivation, to providea more effective model of Knowledge Transfer; a model that is capable of A set of resources about clouddelivering more with less. computing and the benefits, with useful resources.This rich and practical resource demonstrates the benefits of a moreprogressive and less proprietorial approach to knowledge transfer, and a strong case for a new, open, technology-enabled approach its/cloud-computingwhich has potentially wide applicability across the sector. Woventhroughout the resource are a number of sound key principles which CAMEL (collaborativereflect leading thinking in the area and which will resonate widely in the approaches to e-learning)current climate of austerity and public accountability. ‘Using the CAMEL Model toFor more background and context about the resource is available from Build a Community of Practice’JISC infoNet. provides a Do-It-Yourself guide to setting up a Community ofView the new infoKit Practice using the CAMEL model. Originally produced as aFor the full list of InfoKits, visit: CD-ROM, this material is now also available to view online or to download as a zip file (instructions for downloading theHere is the presentation that Brian McCaul gave to the AURIL 2011 zip file).conference: KT 2.0 for AURIL-2011. This gives a ‘brief’ introduction, withsome background, to KT 2.0. el/ Publication: http://www.jiscin- Effective Use of Virtual Learning Environments The infoKit aims to enable tutors to make informed decisions, based on sound educational principles, about the use of technology in their teaching and their students’ learning when using a VLE. its/effective-use-of-VLEs 3
  • 4. JISC Digital Media Regional eventsWorkshops Application Virtualisation and VDI Technologies - widening andBuilding Effective Screencasts automating the service deliveryDate: 12th June Date: 18/05/2012Time: 10:00 - 16:30 Audience: All staff with responisbility for technical service delivery Location: Learning South West, TauntonThis practical one-day workshop Price: FREEprovides an opportunity to learn Starts: 10.00am for a 10.30am start until 3.30pmhow to maximise the value ofscreencasting in presentation, Booking link: and digital php?jiscrsc=true&p=14_1&e=476storytelling for teaching andlearning. Moodle 1.9 - 2.0 ComparisonMore information and to book Date: 21/05/2012 Audience: Teaching practitioners, e-learning leads, technical staff, e-training/courses/building-effec- guides anyone whose role includes extensive use of Moodle.tive-screencasts Location: Petroc, Conference Centre, Tiverton Campus Price: £35Digitising Analogue Video Starts: 10.00am until 1.00pmRecordings Booking link: 20th June php?jiscrsc=true&p=14_1&e=476Time: 10:00 - 16:30 View flyer: events_476_Moodle%20comparison%20event.pdfThis workshop will investigatethe challenges associated with TurboTEL 2012the preservation of videotapes.Through practical exercises, we Date: 14/06/2012will look at how digitising Audience: Prepare to be enthralled and inspired during this fast-pacedmaterials to archival standards day of Turbo talks celebrating innovative technology enhanced learning.can both safeguard and help Aimed at Senior Managers, Practitioners, Trainers, Support Staff anddevelop a collection. all IT enthusiasts involved in teaching and learning within FE, HE, ACL, WBL, Specialist Colleges and Partner OrganisationsMore information and to book Location: Taunton Conference Centre Price: FREEtraining/courses/digitising-ana- Starts: 10.00am until 4.00pmlogue-video-recordings Booking link: Professional Certificate php?jiscrsc=true&p=14_1&e=481in Digital Imaging: 3 days View flyer: 9th July - 11th July Learning Resources ForumTime: 10:00 - 16:00 Date: 27/06/2012The course would suit a Audience: All staff interested in the use and integration of Learning Re-candidate that requires a broad sourcesintroduction to creating, editing Location: Weston Collegeusing and managing a digital Price: FREEimage collection. Starts: 9.45am for 10.00am start until 4.00pmMore information and to book Booking link: php?jiscrsc=true&p=14_1&e=481 4
  • 5. Web conferencing Case studiesWeb conferencing is used to conduct live meetings, small events and Advancing Learning withmuch larger webinar events holding up to 1000 people over the internet. Functional Skills (ALFS) – LIVE TVIn a web conference each attendee sits at his or her desk and isconnected to other attendees via the internet. Depending on the type of The eLearning and Innovationsweb conferencing system being used attendees will need to download teams at Lewisham College, theand install software on their computer or access a web-based application Learning Technologies & Walsallwhere attendees simply click on a hyperlink link usually sent via email. College joined forces to investigate how the delivery of Functional Skills could beThere are countless different types of web conferencing systems, some streamlined through the use ofgeared more for businesses, some pitched for educational institutions. video conferencing and webinars.A new publication has been created by Matt Ewens from the JISC RSC http://www.excellencegateway.South West, which highlights the benefits of web conferencing, providing advice and support materials. Trialling new technologies -Main benefits of web conferencing: video conferencing and JANET Txt for teaching, learning and • Time savings, no physical travel involved student support • Cost savings by not needing to travel, food and drink not required, venue space not needed, car parking facilities not required This case study highlights how an • If the attendee is ill they can usually pick up the recorded event at independent specialist college is a later date using new technologies with help • The event can be made available through social media using sites and support from (JISC) services. like Vimeo to embed the video recording for delegates • The online event can be revisited, delegates can go over materials http://www.excellencegateway. at any time • No paper is needed for an online event, everything is made available online Video conferencing drives • Carbon savings from not having to travel, print paper, stay in distance learning and opens up hotels overnight collaborative learning • Many systems have in-built evaluation tools and can link into a opportunities for all customer relationship manager (CRM) • Events are easier to organise compared to a physical event Shrewsbury Sixth Form College • High level of participation saw the potential for video • Reaches a wider audience conferencing (VC), to support • More inclusive teaching and learning, whilst • If the physical doors of the college are closed due to snow for putting together a bid to example, the virtual doors can stay open deliver a shared Diploma with local schools. The response fromRead the publication online: learners has been very positive and the College hopes in theDownload a PDF version of the publication: future to offer more distancedia/171774/web_conferening.pdf learning provision as a result of the project’s success. Download an accessible version of the http://www.excellencegateway. publication: Would you like to try out media/173295/dysweb_ GoToMeeting, contact conferening.pdf Matt Ewens or more information: 5
  • 6. Karen Mullard, IT Access Supportand Gale Parris-Munn, ILT National Star College: DisabilityChampion decided to install the awareness programmes enhancing CPDECC resources within their VLE. National Star College hasCourses were trialled by a small successfully embedded ECCgroup from the Education Team (e-learning Content Creation)and the process for completing courses within Moodle. Thethe ECC courses is as follows: courses have been developed by AELP (Association of• Each course takes Employment and Learning approximately 1 hour to Providers) and are complete providing staff with the skills• Staff must answer needed to assist people with questions, displayed via text, specific difficulties, in particular images or audio those looking to retrain after• Once the course is completed coming off Invalidity Benefit. The embedded ECC courses are directly staff can take an assessment enhancing staff development and exponentially enhancing the students’• If staff achieve a score of 80% access to resources. or higher they have successfully completed the Main issues prior to development of the ECC: course and are able to download a certificate for their • Having to attend at a designated time and place; CPD • Reliance on paper-based resources and hand-outs Training can be specific and not personalised depending on staff needs;The 12 ECC Health & Social Care • If a session is missed due to illness, staff need to wait for another e-learning modules cover session to come up;subjects as diverse as: • Maintaining knowledge when access to resources was limited.• Acquired Brain Injury Outcomes Awareness;• Epilepsy Awareness; Major benefits of the ECC resources include:• Supporting People with Asperger’s Syndrome; • 24/7 access at any time to resources;• Supporting People with • Learning packages can be revisited/retaken to refresh knowledge; Autism; • Interactive modules offer both audio and visual content;• Supporting People with • Most of the resources can be accessed with a screen reader; Down’s Syndrome; • Staff can prepare much better than before;• Supporting People with • Enhanced understanding of a range of situations and issues; Learning Disabilities and • Staff can work at their own pace; Mental Health Needs; • The opportunity to gain CPD/acknowledge their improvements.• Understanding an Individual with Learning Disabilities. The content of the ECC resources are that they relate to many of their learners and they also give in depth information that staff can use toAll 12 modules have 3 or 4 support their learners.” Gale Parris-Munn, ILT Championchapters of informationincluding a built-in assessment As an online program aimed at staff to support people with disabilities wasand are available in e-learning piloted in February this year with 59 certificates attained to date, the takeand mobile learning formats; up of the training is monitored well and overall improvements in terms ofhowever, other materials were learning support, the quality of provision graded as significant progress.required to make this a rounded Ofsted monitoring reportoffering. The ECC projects alsoproduced a series of Initial Read the full case study on the Excellence GatewayTeacher Training modulesincluding some which focusedon inclusive practice and theseseemed to provide the requiredback up. 6
  • 7. Video capture enhancing reflective Useful linkspractice and blended learning City of Plymouth College Google DocsAccountancy students at City College Plymouth are reaping the benefits Moodlethrough the use of video cameras to RSS information on Wikipediacapture group sessions as part of their UPC Technology in Practiceproblem-based learning projects. Therecordings are being used reflectively Links to related case studiesto encourage collaboration andimprove confidence, inspiring a Southwark College: The impactcollective learner voice. Technology of low-cost video cameras acrossAdvocate Kevin Burrows has the curriculumchampioned this approach to blendedlearning at the college and has also in- Derwen College: Trialling newtroduced Moodle and Google Docs to help support the students and also technologies - videoprovide staff with someone they can turn to for advice and support. conferencing and JANET Txt for teaching, learning and studentKevin Burrows works in collaboration with a team to offer supportaccountancy-based higher education courses at City College Plymouth, apredominantly FE college. Around 80% of some 150 students he teaches Gateshead College: Successfulare all international. This started to become a challenge to administer, staff coaching through videoco-ordinate, organise and communicate to all the students during the footage analysisboundaries of classroom time.To help facilitate a change culture to enable the students to communicate All case studies written by Mattbetter and improve access to resources, Kevin decided to adopt a more Ewens for the Excellenceblended learning approach to his teaching. Part of this change involved Gatewaya large investment of time from Kevin to setup the project and adopt newmethods and ways of using technology in the classroom.As part of a side project Kevin had introduced video cameras into theclassroom in order to try and aid external verifiers for assessments pur-poses. When this proved to be a successful model, Kevin quickly realisedthat it could be introduced as part of the students’ problem based learningproject.By capturing the students on video, particularlyinternational students, this has helped to developtheir critical analysis skills and has enabled themto review their performance and reflect.Kevin sums this up:I would say most definitely, by getting the studentsto reflect and getting them to review the videos toreflect on how they worked. They could also get achance to see how their peers operated.” - KevinBurrows, LecturerThe main impact has been the increase and improved communicationthroughout the project. Groups would normally be up to 8 students permeeting for the problem based learning sessions, this enabled Kevin tointeract much more with the students and provide feedback to them.Read the full case study on the Excellence Gateway 7
  • 8. Using blogging Facebook and Blogger: Using socialIn terms of offering more media to enhance communication, peersupport for her students and review and reflective practiceprovide greater access tocontent Millie setup a blog called Geography Teacher Millie Watts has successfully“What I taught in Geography this used social media, in particular Facebook andweek” this aimed to include not Blogger to enhance and improve her students’only what had been covered in communication, peer review and access tothe classroom, but also further resources. Such has been the impact of theseresources and links that the developments that one student in particular hasstudents could use. been able to forget real-life business links and work experience placements outside the collegeMillie enhanced the blog further as well as generate an e-portfolio that reallyby embedding what is called a stands out. Radio broadcasts are also being used to provide Q&A‘ticker’, which enables students to sessions for students that need extended support.ask questions through theCoveritLive app into the blog. One of the main challenges in the development of Facebook in particularMillie used this app to embed an was the sense of negative feedback amongst staff and the feeling that itanonymous service for students was something best avoided within an educational context. It was also ato ask questions about anything challenge to not only change the culture, but to develop a code of conductrelated to their studies. and educate staff about best practice.“The ability to ask things Providing the correct guidance and support for staff and helping them toanonymously is quite important manage their own privacy on Facebook and ensure that the rightbecause what we do tend to see procedures were adhered to was an important and serious considerationis a bit of a paradox in that the for the project as a whole.really quiet students who don’tlike to put their hands up in class Before they launched the college Facebook pages there was an extensiveare the ones that will engage the period of staff development and focus around the following key issues:most online.” - Millie Watts,Geography Teacher • How to use Facebook • Privacy settings Read the full case study on the“I definitely think that I have learnt • Advice and guidance Excellence Gatewaya lot of new skills, I have found a • Conductlove for researching through the • eSafety and safeguardingblogs which has really helped • Cyberbullyingwith my EPQ over the summer • Child protectionholidays. It really helps meconsolidate the learning that I do Main impact of using Facebook and Bloggerwhich is obviously something thatI think I have perhaps struggled • Parents are using their smart phones to access blogswith before.” - Vicki Taylor, a • Students have continued access to blogs after they leave collegekeen geography student • The college can measure the progress of past students • Students’ research, writing/communication skills are enhancedRead the full case study on • Staff can monitor student progressthe Excellence Gateway: http:// • Staff can provide more updates on content and • Vicki has seen an improvement in her gradesnode/18339 • Millie’s blog has been viewed over 20,000 times • Vicki’s blog has been viewed over 50,000 timesView the JISC RSC SW socialnetworking group to find out more “I think it’s better than communicating just verbally, if it’s online theabout Facebook safe use guides students can go back to it any time, they can access it, it’s interactive andand briefing papers as well as for some reason they are far more likely to click on a hyperlink and followa host of information: http://jisc- it through to something else to read.” - Millie Watts, Geography 8
  • 9. New tool provides insights into e-resource New Excellence Gatewayusage Website On February 1 2012, theA new tool launched by Cardiff University’s information services Excellence Gateway transformed.directorate and JISC allows people to assess the popularity and use of As a result of conversations withe-resources so they continue to deliver value for money. a whole range of people working across the FE and skills sector,Download Raptor for free: the new Excellence Gateway is faster, simpler, more effective with redesigned navigation andEileen Brandreth, director of university IT at Cardiff, said: “I am confident improved search technology.that Raptor will make a real difference to education institutions looking These innovations, together withto maximise value from investments in e-resources. The information that a sleeker look and feel, haveRaptor provides will enable institutions and individual Academic Schools enabled the team at LSIS toto assess the best value and most useful e-resource subscriptions for develop a site that is truly fit fortheir students and researchers.” the future.People using Raptor can produce statistics on e-resource use whenever The new Excellence Gateway -they are needed in as much detail as they require - for example, usage by discover what’s in it for individual university department. Brown, JISC e-Research Programme Manager, added: “TheRaptor tool has successfully gone through beta testing and incorporateduser feedback prior to the release of this version, which is ready forproduction deployment. With universities looking at the potential costsavings and efficiencies, the Raptor tool provides valuable statistics onresource usage. It can analyse a variety of log files and present importantinformation, not only promptly, but most importantly, in an easy tounderstand and visual way.”The fully-released Raptor system lets institutions view usage statisticsfrom different access management systems in use across the educationsector.Chris added: “The team at Cardiff have used their wealth of experience inthis area to build a tool that is easy to install, use and is extremelypowerful.”The launch of the tool follows the JISC webinar on the Journal UsageSupport Portal which can also help librarians assess their subscriptions.<>The Raptor system focuses particularly on federated access systems,where online resources request access authorisation from the ‘home’institution of the visitor, resulting in easier single sign-on access for users.Raptor is also now available for both Linux and Windows servers, furtherwidening the potential audience.Find out about a series of workshops for staff at institutions interested inbenefiting: how this project fits into JISC’s wider support for libraries 9
  • 10. Moodle Training Exeter College awarded outstandingProgramme Staff and students at the city’s college are celebrating getting the officialThe RSC recently successfully recognition that they are outstanding from Ofsted this week. Exetercompleted another of its regular College is the first college in the country to have been tested in aMoodle training programmes ‘no-notice’ inspection being piloted by the Government’s inspectorate toaimed at all provider staff who ensure, as Ofsted’s chief, Sir Michael Wilshaw, said that the process isneed to use Moodle in their job “credible and rigorous”.role. The programme was flexiblein its approach to delivery, which The inspection, lasting a full week, has graded the college outstandingresulted in a number of attendees overall, with the three key themes; Student Outcomes, Teaching andattending all 6 sessions with Learning and Leadership and Management also gaining an outstandingothers attending just those grade – the highest accolade possible and the best inspection profile ofsessions which suited their any college in an Ofsted inspection so far this academic year. Thetraining needs. The RSC would Inspectors graded teaching and learning as outstanding for the first timelike to run this programme again in a further education college in the last two years. They noted thatin the autumn term; although we teachers set high expectations, employ innovative teaching strategies andhave no date yet. deliver lessons with energy and pace, giving students confidence in their own ability. They also praised the college’s Learner Voice panel,The next programme will be ensuring student views are listened to and acted upon, and highlightedfocused on Moodle 2 and will be the personal development and employability skills that students gaina comprehensive training whilst at college.programme, which will takeattendees from near beginner Richard Atkins, Principal of the college since 2002 saidlevel to practised user, whilstretaining the flexibility for “This is an important national accolade for the staff and students of Exeterattendees to attend just those and the Heart of Devon and we are very proud that the college has beensessions which suit them. If you tested under such stringent conditions as the first no-notice inspection inwould be interested in attending the country. Our students’ results at all levels are well above the nationalthis programme please contact average, placing us in the top 5% of all colleges in England, andDavid Rowe the RSC’s WBL feedback from our parents and students of all ages tells us that they feeladviser for more details. they have outstanding support to help them succeed. Whether students are excelling in exams, in their vocational assignments, in musical or sports performances or in their community projects we are delighted that their achievements and the work of the staff has now received this national government recognition.” Colleges and schools ordinarily have three weeks warning but the senior managers at the college got the call just 45 minutes before the team of Ofsted inspectors arrived. The new Ofsted Inspection framework aims to conduct no-notice inspections in order to give a real reflection of the teaching and learning taking place. Richard Atkins added, “We were determined that the inspectors were able to experience the high standard of teaching and learning that goes on across the college and see the skills and talents of our staff and students. This new style of inspection meant a more meaningful test since they truly saw the college during a working week and spoke to many students while they were here, to check out their experiences of the college. Particularly important to us is that students not only achieve but feel supported as they prepare for the world of work or further studies. We were keen to show the inspectors that we focus our tutorial and pastoral work on issues that are important to the students with for example financial awareness this week but it’s also about ensuring students are happy and making friends.”10
  • 11. Impact of JISC-RSC support Other statements have been positive towardsProviders will be aware that the JISC-RSC South West has been acknowledging particularsupporting training providers in the Post 16 sectors for a number of years. instances of support whichWe are, as you might expect, required to measure the impact of what we the provider acknowledges asdo and the latest version of the overall impact report from JISC will shortly being transformative for thebe available. However, measuring the impact of an RSC on providers is organisation.not always as straightforward as it might appear. I suppose we could startby asking: Does the JISC-RSC actually have any impact on the activities “Without the JISC-RSC’s directof Post 16 training providers? If the answer to this is yes then, in what input and sector expertise it isareas does this manifest itself? Is this impact felt perhaps in unlikely that we would have beenimprovements in the efficiency of delivery, use of technology, successful in the bid and the costimprovements in learner experience or a host of other areas. of providing the required amount of training would have seriouslyTo get a clearer idea we recently completed, an admittedly completely delayed our progress towardsunscientific survey, seeking to identify providers willing to provide embedding e-learning across thefeedback summing up the impact of the RSC’s activities on their business.” - Helen Hart,organisations. The survey identified a number of organisations happy to Commercial Managerdo so and this information will be included in the JISC-RSC’s nationalreporting procedures. However, we wondered if it would be useful to GHQ Trainingshare with other providers across the JISC-RSC’s area some extractsfrom this feedback. Below are a number of short extracts from impact “In summary, I would like to saystatements the providers were kind enough to complete for us. that the services that JISC RSC SW provide are in my viewFor example the RSC is working with N-Gaged Training whilst it develops outstanding and extremelyits IT based solution to the problems its rapid growth as a provider had helpful in this very busy andpresented. This is an extract from the feedback provided by N-Gaged. changing world, the service is also very personal and“Before JISC RSC–SW became involved in advising N-Gaged were professional.” - Jon Winter,lacking a clear direction in our move towards implementing an IT solution. Managing Director, S&BIt would be vogue one month and forgotten the next. Since the Automotive Academy.involvement of RSC-SW we have been a lot more focused and can nowsee clear progress towards our goals.” - Simon Arnold, Managing If you have an aspect ofDirector, N-Gaged Training. e-learning you would like to talk to one of the JISC-RSC SouthOther measures of impact from providers may not be wide ranging or West’s advisers about or wouldprecise as that above but the following statements reflect genuinely held like to find out more about anyviews. aspect of e-learning or the use of technology in Post 16“Sorry that this may not be a lot of help, but if we were to sit down and education please contact us onwork out what it (JISC-RSC support) has saved us; I think we would be 01752 587031 or rsc-advice@rsc-more than pleasantly surprised.” - Mark Down, Curriculum Manager, Training“As you know we have always valued the JISC RSC and the supportprovided over the years and feel that the support provided to Rapido andlater Lifetime contributed to both financial savings and otherimprovements in terms of efficiency, quality, learner experience andaccessibility to our learners.” - Emma Barrett, E-Learning Manager,Lifetime Training 11
  • 12. JISC RSC South West Evaluation of e-learning contentNing creation materialsWhat is our Ning? The JISC-RSC South West has just completed an interim evaluation ofOur Ning is the place to go to find the use the Post 16 sector has made of the e-learning materials createdall our resources. This is by the three E-Leaning Content Creation projects. These projects wereparticularly useful for finding post funded by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills through theevent materials and webinar LSC/Skills Funding Agency. The projects were administered AELP whorecordings. the RSC’s across England in the operation of the projects. These materials were made freely available to all Post 16 education sectors fromWhat can you hope to find? the on-line repository Jorum Open in Jan 2011• Groups focussing on specific, like eSafety• Blog postings from Advisers The materials from the three projects consisted of a Functional Skills• Twitter feed for the RSC SW programme, Materials for Health & Social Care learners and a large range• Publications of resources for the Initial Teacher Training (ITT) qualifications PTLLS,• VIdeos QTLLS and DTLLS.• Latest content• News The evaluation showed that the materials were in use with a variety of• Other events users across the majority of post 16 sectors with the heaviest use in the• Social media South West. Comments from respondents were overall very positive towards the quality and effectiveness of the materials, with 87% ofFind out more and join up: participants rating the quality as high or very high, with 85% similarly rating their effectiveness, with 46% rating this as very high. 86% of respondents found the materials either easy or very easy to use. Of the reasons given for their response one participant suggested that “they were most effective in ‘getting the message over’”. The way in which the materials are being used was as varied as the types of users themselves, with staff picking modules, which supported particular aspects of the programme they were delivering; or using all the materials from one area i.e. Functional Skills in a linear fashion, so that learners benefited from the complete programme. If you want to know more about these free e-materials please contact your RSC adviser. Jorum Jorum is a JISC-funded Service in Development in UK Further and Higher Education, to collect and share learning and teaching materials, allowing their reuse and repurposing. This free online repository service forms a key part of the JISC Information Environment, and is intended to become part of the wider landscape of repositories being developed institutionally, locally, regionally or across subject areas. We use a modified version of DSpace for Jorum. Jorum is run by Mimas, based at the University of Manchester. The word ‘Jorum’ is of Biblical origin and means a collecting (or drinking) bowl. For assistance with support and general enquiries, please contact the Jorum team as follows: Telephone: 0161 275 6109 Email:
  • 13. E-Books for skills project S.P.A.C.E campaign raising eSafety awarnessThere are many learners working hard at developing their skills throughwork-based study, apprenticeships, and adult learning in the community. The Weston College haveE-books for Skills project aims to provide these learners with free access to developed a new e-safetya valuable collection of e-books, and to identify and provide other relevant campaign, called S.P.A.C.E. Thisresources. has not only enhanced the students’ understanding ofThe Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is sponsoring the safeguarding issues, but alsonew project so for at least the first two years the e-books will be licensed enabled them to develop theirand paid for by JISC Collections on behalf of learning providers. own resources. The e-safety campaign is helping students toA wide range of learning providers will be able to access the E-books for ‘think before they post’ and learnSkills collection, in fact any provider who receives some of their funding how to change their Facebookfrom the Skills Funding Agency. The content of the e-books can be used in privacy settings.many different ways, and can be incorporated into a VLE. Sheena Palmer - LearningThe project builds on the success of JISC Collection’s E-books for FE: a Technologies and Resourcesdigital library for FE Colleges project. E-books for FE has helped FE Manager came up with the ideastudents across the UK by providing access free at point of use to for S.P.A.C.E, which stands for:students studying a wide range of vocational and academic course in FEcolleges. To date teachers and students have viewed thirty million e-book S = Select online friends carefullypages. P = Protect personal information A = Act wisely – protect yourSome of the publishers taking part in the E-books for FE service have online reputationalready agreed to extend access to other learners and learning providers, C = Control privacy settingsand we will be negotiating with other publishers over the next few months. E = Expose cyberbullying orThe project will work with providers learners and publishers to ensure that abusecontent is accessible when and where people want to learn, on thedevices they wish to use. The highly recognisable logo and marketing campaign has reallyYou can find more information about the project at connected with students. The college supported theIf you are would like to take part in a demonstrator project for e-books or project and there was a dedicatedare interested in making e-books available to your work-based learners e-safety day held on the 7th Feb.and adult community learners or have some suggestions for e-books that Students had the opportunity toyou think would be useful for the sectors please contact Hugh Look at JISC talk to HE computing studentsCollections via and seek expert advice. They could also take away with them a special pack, containing branded products, such as a USB card and stress ball. The campaign has really proven to be very successful and something that the college is keen to run every year. Watch out for a forthcoming case study, published on the Excellence Gateway. 13
  • 14. FE and Skills XchangeDevelopment andResources Programme Xchange is a new system developed by the JISC Advance service Procureweb, which is now open on an equal basis to both WBL and FELaunched on Friday 17th providers.February 2012, as part of a £1.4million project, JISC Advance is Xchange is an on-line system that enables anyone within Post 16seeking proposals to enhance or education to advertise, buy and sell surplus equipment. It operates a littlerepurpose existing resources to like e-Bay, once you have registered and set up your password, you canbe used in the FE and Skills then set up your own adverts or purchase equipment from other advertssector across the UK. The focus as you require. The systems primary aim is to save organisations moneyfor the programme is to improve by breaking the cycle of buying and then disposing of fully functionalthe learner experience and equipment.increase efficiency andeffectiveness of providers in line The Initiative & Reasons for doing itwith the policies for the sectorbeing led by each of the UK An important part of an organisation’s procurement strategy is to ensuregovernments. that it complies with all relevant environmental legislation, and will expect and promote such compliance in its procurement of goods and services.This opportunity is two-fold and A sustainable procurement policy includes consideration of the following:offers sector providers and agencies the chance to: • Encourage the use of whole life costing including environmental factors and sustainability policy impacts in major procurement• apply existing resources to decisions.their work and adapt them for • Encourage review of consumption of goods and services internallytheir needs to minimise costs and reduce environmental impact.• identify gaps in theseresources and/or current uses Xchange aims to support this by:made of technology in the sectorand create new resources for use • Reducing the deterioration of equipment through lying in other providers • Reducing the amount of waste created through redundant equipment being discarded.An initial £450,000 will be • Enabling departments/schools/colleges to recover some of theiravailable to adapt existing outlay on equipment that is no longer needed.resources with a further £900,000 • Reducing the necessity for money and resources to be expendedavailable for development on buying new items which may already be available with theprojects to address any gaps. organisation. • Enabling institutions to comply with the Waste Electronic andThe project will be supported by Electrical Equipment (WEEE) Regulations.the Regional Support Centres(RSCs) who will provide advice The current economic climate has placed procurement practices withinand support for providers in education under greater scrutiny. Organisations are facing everdeveloping and implementing increasing demands for greater efficiency gains through sustainable andtheir projects. effective procurement practices. Xchange helps organisations achieve this by breaking the cycle of always looking to buy brand new equipment,Bids should be sent to: when there may be a perfectly adequate piece that is no longer from elsewhere.1st March 2012 at 9:00 Organisations are increasingly introducing the demand challenge intoBid submissions close - 31st May procurement practices, or simply asking why a particular product is2012 at 12:00. being purchased for use and whether it can be found elsewhere within theClosing date for re-submissions - organisation or the wider sector. Xchange helps to support this process30th June 2012 at 12:00 by offering buyers an alternative and sustainable place to look for a wide range of items including: research equipment, furniture and IT equipment.Find out more: https://jiscsup- For further information on this exciting new development please go the Procureweb website or direct to thepage/50869004/Overview Xchange site itself or contact your RSC adviser.14
  • 15. JISC Advance work-based learning JISCprocurement project An organisation that brings together the collective expertiseJISC Advance has secured funding from the Department of BIS to of eight established JISCestablish a new procurement service for the work based learning sector. services:The aim is to help establish “a level playing field for purchasing” for theWBL sector. This is because other providers such as colleges, schools • JISC Digital Mediaand universities already have access to well established purchasing • JISC infoNetconsortia with national and local contracts. These contracts facilitate cost • JISC Legalsavings and other benefits such as access to a wide range of • JISCMailconvenient and quality approved agreements. These consortia have • JISC Netskillsnegotiated contracts for a large number of goods and services. • JISC Procureweb • JISC RSC UKThe project has three strands: • JISC TechDis 1. To establish consortium-based procurement practice amongs work based learning providers. This could be achieved by engaging with one or more of the existing educational purchasing ICT to support disabled consortia. To this effect negotiations are currently taking place. people 2. The GeM system, which is a generic e-market place which is ENABLE project questionnaire currently available to providers including universities and colleges. – looking for examples of how The aim will be to make this electronic tool available to WBL, ICT can support disabled people which will enable providers to access the contracts, agreed in across the UK: strand one. A network of 16 European 3. Negotiation of specialist contracts for areas of high educational Partners and four third country spend such as qualifications with Awarding Organisations. partners will develop an EU wide platform to gather information andThe project has been underway since December last year and we hope investigate how ICT is currentlythat we will reach some initial agreements with consortia by the end of used to support lifelongJune, so that they can start to make some of these new contracts avail- learning by disabled adults andable to work based learning providers from Autumn 2012. how it could best be used to overcome barriers and increaseThis national project is managed for JISC Advance by Steve Durham who opportunities. The project isis based at RSC Northern. You can contact Steve at: operating with the support of the Lifelong Learning programme the European Union. We are seeking examples of the use of ICT* to support disabled adults across the UK and Ireland. As many as possible of these examples will be collated and added into a comprehensive da- tabase for dissemination and use across Europe and beyond dis/news/detail/2012/Seeking_ex- amples_of_ICT 15
  • 16. By enabling the wireless accessacross the college it has really New build utilising innovative wirelessstreamlined not only delivery of infrastructure to streamline serviceservices but enhanced mobileconnectivity. The main benefits of delivery and provide a wireless annexethis are: New College Swindon have taken advantage of a new build project to• PCs and laptops can be implement a complete wirelessmoved anywhere in the college connectivity solution throughout theand connect, the limitation is a college, and within their own newplug socket and not a network building. This result has been direct costcable socket. and time efficiency savings and enabled• More freedom and versatility policy change to enhance access to thewith services. college network and resources for both• Students bring in their own staff and and resources moreoften now, reducing pressure onfinite college facilities. The wireless infrastructure has increased the flexibility of the building and• The reporting tools allow benefited the administration of course delivery, which in turn has alsomonitoring of usage and allow enhanced room bookings and group activities. The wireless networkfuture improvements and service is proving a reliable and first choice usable system, buildingchanges to methods for IT service confidence in electronic content to be made.• Staff with laptops, move The existing wireless network in the college was failing to meet thearound the college more often to demand and was unable to provide sufficient coverage due to a lack ofwork in ad-hoc groups with peers access points (AP) and bandwidth across the campus. Therefore it wasand students having access to all limited to providing connections to college owned and domain registeredtheir resource. computers.• Students have access to theLive@Edu service for their email, The college also wanted to be able to increase the flexibility of theadditionally many have Google teaching space and provision of wireless services, particularly within theirdocs accounts, connecting via new flagship build project. Therefore a big challenge was to come up withwireless gives these student a solution that would be able to cope with and promote use of theirgreater mobility in working, wireless service. Especially considering the popularity of mobile smartaccessing on-line resources that phone devices amongst most students.are required. A major benefit of the wireless set up is that it can increase the bandwidth“ I’ve monitored usage across the and types of content data, such as audio and video. The multiple radios49 arrays that we’ve got going provide overlapping coverage and can be set to only accept a givenacross the site - bandwidth number of connections ensuring service quality, passing additionalmonitoring - a lot more people connections onto under-utilised radios.accessing than expected - 1,800unique accesses each day, In total the college has around 400-600 users accessing the wirelesswireless connected. Bandwidth services at any point in time and of these there are around 200-400currently does not go over 70MB mobile devices connected.a second over all of them.” - PhilQuinn - ICT Manager Phil gives his advice and guidance for providers that are interested in moving to a wireless system: • Keep an eye on future developments, you’ve got to look at the demand that the growth on the wireless side is going to have on your network; • As mobility becomes more embedded into staff and student practice, there may well be many more requests to consider. • Don’t underestimate it, it’s a difficult thing to do because you might not know exactly what the demand will be, but plan ahead, give yourself more time. Read the full case study on the Excellence Gateway16
  • 17. TechDis transformers: tools for changing Techdis Tuesdayslives TechDis Tuesdays are online fortnightly workshops where we:Since 2011, JISC TechDis has been working with the Department forBusiness Innovation & Skills (BIS) on three projects to ‘improve take up • present a short videoand understanding of assistive and mainstream technologies for the conversation on a specificbenefit of disabled and disadvantaged learners.’ accessibility theme; • facilitate a live ‘accessibilityOutputs from the first two projects (Toolbox and the TechDis Voices) will clinic’ on the day’s topic, providingbe formally launched at the National Digital Conference on the 30th and an opportunity for people to swap31st of May stories, compare experiences and discuss good practice; • signpost relevant resources from JISC TechDis and otherToolbox partner organisations.A collection of resources and tools specifically aimed at helping disabled How long does it last?or disadvantaged learners to understand, gain and improve those skillsthat are most valued by employers. Designed for users to access and Sessions are scheduled to lastexplore themselves, the Toolbox contains many hints and tips that you 30 minutes but lively discussionswon’t find in standard training materials. could go on for longer. Sessions start at 13.00 on the appropriateThis is the first time that we have sought to provide tools and resources day.directly to end users themselves rather than to teaching or support staff. How do I join?The TechDis Voices Grab a pair of headphones forJISC Techdis is working with CereProc to create two high-quality, youth- your computer, load a browserful and modern voices (Jack and Jess) that can be used with free Text to and go to www.instantpresenter.Speech tools. This project gives every post-16 learner in every com/techdisonline100 a fewpublicly-funded learning provider in England the chance to support their minutes before the starting time.studies. They can be installed on your network, downloaded to staff PCsand learners will also be able to obtain the voices directly without staff Different access needsassistance. We can adapt the session forWe anticipate benefits for many learners including those with visual specific needs (eg visualimpairments, dyslexia or for students whose first language is not English impairment, hearing impairment(as often their aural skills exceed their reading skills). We anticipate etc) if you contact us in advance.creating new markets by bringing the power and potential of text-to- Email the helpdesk@techdis.speech to a wider mainstream audience. For instance learners can listen with the subject line “Onlineto textbooks or lectures while they engage in other activities such as Workshop Accessibility Support”commuting or exercising. or phone 01904717580.Find out more: Find out more by visiting thesistivetech/texttospeech/thevoice Techdis website: http://www. 17
  • 18. ACCESS ALL AREAS - Cool tools for teachingNational Star College Here are some useful links to FREE software and tools.National Star College is currentlyworking on an LSIS funded Labyrinth: Mind mapping tool: to disseminate good rinth.htmlpractice in the use of assistiveand enabling technology called Flixtime: Create nice presentational videos quicly and easily by uploadingAccess All Areas. images and videos: http://www.flixtime.comThey are running a free one day Creaza: An integrated, web-based toolbox for creative work: http://www.workshop (lunch included) and creazaeducation.comtwo follow-up webinars (lunch notincluded!) around the structure Sketchcast: Record a quick sketch, with or without voice - share andand use of assitive technology for embed on a blog or website: http://www.sketchcast.comlearners with additional accessrequirements. Screencast-O-matic: Capture your screen quickly and easily in the browser, share your captures using social media: http://www.screencast-• Outline of the assitive o-matic.comtechnologists role and models ofpractice Google Drive: 5GB of free space to store any file using this cloud-based• Outline of assessment practice system:• Exploring the appropriate Mobile Quiz: Create quizes for mobile phones: and use of assitivetechnology Unitag: Custom QR code generator, add images to spice up your QR• Listening to learners about codes: use of specific technology TypeWithMe: Create collaborative documents with one click, no login orParticipants will be asked to use password required. Share documents and download, save on hundredswhat they learn on the day to of emails! their practice in their owncollege. There will be two QWiki: Find out about almost anything, with this visual online wiki, simplywebinars as follow up activities type in an area of interest and you will be played a video, with audio andaround particualr themes - The images all about that subject area: will be around structure andprocess and the second about Inkscape: An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similarpractice and impact. In each of to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalablethe webinars participating Vector Graphics (SVG) file format: will be asked tofeedback on the developments LiveLoop: Collaborate on the same Microsoft PowerPoint presentationin the use of assistive technology using this software: in their own college. 3dTin: A simple way to draw 3D models in the browser: http://www.3dtin.The webinar dates are yet to be com/published by likely to be at thebeginning and end of June. Stypi: Another text creation and sharing document creator: https://www. would like to invite up to 5staff from your college to the Create vidual publications using your Twitter lists, tags andseminar who are managers or more, very easy to use and automatically publishes everyday: http://pa-practitioners involved with who have additionallearning needs. Jolliprint: Save web articles as PDF for reading later: Fern Faux for moreinformation: 0124252763118
  • 19. The SW VLE forums Further topics discussed by the Forum group during the past yearWay back in April 2004 the RSC SW offered its very first regional VLE/ have included:Intranet Developers’ Forum, led by Lyn Bender (eLearning Advisor, RSCSW). Since then, Forum participation has steadily increased along with • Moomis: Moodle tools foran inimitable collective aptitude to explore the latest issues and share competency Assessmentnew findings. Perhaps one reason for the longstanding success of this • Using a learning platform toForum is the fact that the agenda is largely driven and informed by the increase attainment, attendance,attendees themselves. Certainly, it is thanks to participants’ enthusiasm efficiency and engagementand expertise that the 2011/2012 Forum meetings have vibrant and highly • Thinking Outside the Blocksinformative, addressing topics such as VLE Audits, Moodle2 upgrades - how to use Moodle a Little Bitand Making the Most of Mahara. Read on for a summary of some of the Differentlykey issues we’ve explored this year: This popular forum group willLeap: a free and open source e-ILP at South Devon College continue to meet on a termly basis and our next VLE ForumThis session was delivered by Kevin Hughes and Paul Vaughan from will take place at Taunton SchoolSouth Devon College. They demonstrated the powerful bespoke e-ILP on October 18th 2012. Bookingssystem which, although still under development, incorporated can be made through our websitefunctionality such as target setting, timetabling, reviewing, attendance by visiting the events section attracking, and much more. Available to everyone under an open source, participation and development at all levels is welcomed and west.encouraged - contact Due to its popularity, Moodle willReflect Connect - using the IfL’s on-line CPD tool via an undoubtedly feature as a keyorganisational Moodle based platform topic for discussion and, as ever, the meetings will provide ampleDelivered by Kerin Burke (IFL Regional Advisor), this interesting session networking opportunities andshowed the REfLECT Connect Moodle block which links a Moodle VLE dissemination of best practice ofto the IFL’s REfLECT system. Contact kerin_burke@learning-southwest. issues relating to virtual for further information and a step by step user guide. environments.Using a learning platform to increase attainment, attendance, So, on behalf of the RSC SWefficiency and engagement I look forward to meeting with you at our future VLE Forums inSimon Evans & Kat Thorne from ITS Learning began their session by which we will continue to exploregiving all delegates a mars bar and asking them to open it with just one the pedagogical, technical andhand! This lively opening served as a great ice breaker as well as user aspects of using learningconveying the importance of making resources easy to get at! platforms. If you would like to suggest future agenda items or discuss any issues I would be pleased to hear from you at: lynbender@rsc- the VLEGloucestershire College had recently undertaken an external audit ofboth their current VLE setup and their recent procurement process withoutsourcing the VLE to ULCC. The audit process was a useful way oflooking at the systems and processes an institution may have in place forsuch a mission critical system like the VLE. James Clay’s session wentthrough the key aspects within an external audit and delegates discussedhow they would “fare” if they were to undergo an external audit.Contact for further information. 19
  • 20. RSC South West Team Notes:ManagerJohn MckenzieAdministrator/Event CoordinatorJan HolteLearning AdvisersDan McCaffreyDavid RoweJulia TaylorLyn BenderNoel DavisTracey MorrisDavid BevingtonInformation OfficerMatt EwensJISC Regional Support CentreSouthwestUniversity of Plymouth,Babbage Room 316Drake CircusPlymouth. PL4 8AAPhone: 01752 587031Email: