e-books for skills new resources for work-based and adult community learning providers


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This session was an introduction to a new project that aims to make available free of charge a collection of e-books to WBL and ACL providers, including private learning providers, adult education services and the WBL/ACL services of FE colleges.

The collection is focussed on vocational skills, and at the moment covers Levels 2 and upwards. Subject coverage includes subjects as diverse as health and social care, business and administration, hairdressing, counselling andpsychology.

Anna also saught views on which other online content, including e-books JISC Collections might license for the ACL and WBL communities.

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e-books for skills new resources for work-based and adult community learning providers

  1. 1. JISC Collections: e-books for skillsAnna Vernon
  2. 2. A disclaimerI’m not Hugh Look
  3. 3. About JISC CollectionsWe exist to save our members time and money in their useand procurement of online resourcesOur dedicated licencing team negotiate the best prices onyour behalf, and work with as many suppliers as we can.We always welcome suggestions for suppliers that youwould like us negotiate withWe have invested in purchasing resources as well – theseresources are then made available either at a low price orwherever possible, free of charge.
  4. 4. E-books for Skills • Builds on JISC Collections’ highly successful E-books for FE project. The collection supports change• 87 colleges joined UK Access Management Federation – enabling off campus access• JISC Collections negotiated preferential terms• Collection is not vendor device dependent – can be used on learners’ personal devices – easing pressure on college PCs and infrastructure – 40 million pages viewedThe e-books for Skills Project aims to reach new types of learnerand learning provider
  5. 5. E-books for Skills: Who’s eligible ?– Any learning provider receiving SFA funding (also some other forms of public funding)– Learners in the community (ACL)– At work (WBL)– Offenders Starting with subset of E-books for FE catalogue, 60 titles– Licences allow very flexible use—e.g. cut-and-paste extracts to VLE– Identify and license further titles in consultation with LPs
  6. 6. How we want to do itIdentify some active, innovative learningproviders willing to try something new for theirWBL/ACL learnersIdentify the content that will work best for theirlearnersWork with the providers and publishers to gothrough all the processes and technical stepsneeded to deliver the content*Including authentication!
  7. 7. How we want to do it cont..Reduce barriers to accessEncourage the use of e-books Working with providers and tutorsMonitor usage carefully Follow up with tutors and learners on the benefits and any problems they encountered.
  8. 8. Immediate objectives• Get some demonstrators up and running – Identify learning providers willing to jump through a few hoops to provide additional resources to their ACL/WBL learners – Set up (and fund if necessary) small demonstrators• Identify content, areas of most interest to ACL/WBL learning providers and check our list against them – Need to start negotiating with other publishers – E.g. for materials on functional skills – Up to £400K to spend on licensing new resources• Work out authentication strategy – Publishers require individual authentication for using e-books – This is a complex problem – Needs learning providers to be able to give individual students credentials
  9. 9. What’s in it for learning providers?• The opportunity to work with JISC Collections and publishers to identify the best way to get e-books to ACL and WBL learners – Find out how to overcome the challenges involved in doing so.• Acquire vital knowledge of how to improve learning using e- books in WBL and ACL – And the practical steps needed to do so.• Access to free e-books during and beyond the demonstrator• A small budget for development or process reengineering• Set-up of authentication infrastructure for future use with WBL and ACL
  10. 10. The questions we need to ask learning providersWe need to speak to a wide range of learning providers assoon as possible, Including private learning provides, FEColleges, Adult Education Services To hear about real needs and issues for ACL/WBL To get a sense of their technical capacity to deliver (especially authentication) To find out what e-books they would like to provideWhat e-resources do you offer them at the moment? And how do they access the resources? Do they use PCs regularly?
  11. 11. Last questionsWhat additional e-resources do you want for them?Do they want to change or enhance the way they accessthem?How do you record and maintain contact with yourWBL/ACL students?Registration/enrolment systems linked to MISs?What websites/blogs/Twitter feeds/mailing lists dolearning providers follow/read?– We will need to publicise a couple of short surveys and the demonstrator programme
  12. 12. Contact informationHugh LookProject Manager, E-books for Skillshttp://www.jisc-collections.ac.uk/E-books-for-Skills-project/hugh.look@jisc-collections.ac.uk