JISC RSC YH Exchange News

E-Learning news and events from the JISC Regional Support Centre for Yorkshire & Humber

We’ve moved!

4 January, 2011 by · No Comments · ***HOT NEWS!*** - The must-read posts

JISC RSC YH’s Exchange Blog will now be hosted here – http://vle2.rsc-yh.ac.uk/rscyhexchange/

If you would like to receive notifications of new posts by email, you’ll need to subscribe to the new blog. To subscribe, enter your email address in the box on the left of the blog front page (under the Flickr images).

If you’re already an e-Bulletin subscriber, you don’t need to do anything – you’ll continue to receive fortnightly updates from the new blog. If you’re not already an e-Bulletin subscriber and would like to be, please email us at [email protected]

We hope you enjoy the new blog!

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New Year, New Blog!

4 January, 2011 by · No Comments · ***HOT NEWS!*** - The must-read posts

Happy New Year from all at JISC RSC YH!

We will shortly be changing all links to our Exchange blog to point to this new platform. Please visit this new blog for regular updates on your RSC, your sector and other relevant news. Posts on this blog will shortly be discontinued, although the platform will remain as an archive. We hope you’ll enjoy using the new blog and welcome your feedback. Changes include the look of the blog, and the way posts are tagged and categorised.

We hope that you will use the new blog to share your views and join discussions. Click on the ‘Discussion and Debate’ tab for posts that specifically invite debate, although please feel free to comment on any post on the blog.

Our fortnightly e-Bulletin will continue to link subscribers to blog highlights. Please email us at [email protected] if you would like to subscribe.

New blog

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Thinking big in times of cuts

22 December, 2010 by · No Comments · ***HOT NEWS!*** - The must-read posts, Resources

You have a great idea that will save time, money and make the student and teacher experience better. Trouble is, it will cost many thousands of pounds to implement. How do you persuade the decision makers?

This discussion has been contributed by e-Learning Advisor Ken Scott. Please join the discussion by commenting on this post. We’d love to read your ideas, opinions and concerns.

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Snow, snow and more snow: is education coping with the big freeze?

21 December, 2010 by · No Comments · ***HOT NEWS!*** - The must-read posts

Trains, buses, planes cancelled. Pavements too icy to walk on, temperature freezing, authorities telling us not to travel unless necessary. Sound familiar? Freezing weather puts a stop to a lot of things but should it put a stop to education? How many educational organisations and tutors could continue to teach online if they are not able to get to the learning provider and/or the learning provider closes the building? In these days of extreme weather and the prediction of more shouldn’t we be planning to use online delivery so that learners do not lose out and miss sessions that would normally be delivered face to face?

Thank you to e-Learning Advisor, Kathy Boyer, for contributing this discussion. What do you think? Please let us know your thoughts on the topic by commenting on the post.

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The future of the NLN Materials service

21 December, 2010 by · No Comments · ***HOT NEWS!*** - The must-read posts, Resources

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The NLN Materials programme has seen the growth of a well-respected and widely used body of e-learning content over the last 10 years. The programme had been funded by government grants, which came to an end in October 2010. LSIS, the Skills Funding Agency and JANET(UK) have worked together to provide additional funding for the service until the end of the current academic year in July 2011. However, beyond July 2011 no further funding is available to continue the service in its current form.

Since 2006 delivery of the materials has been maintained through the nln.ac.uk domain, which has been managed successfully by JANET(UK).  All of those involved with the site acknowledge the excellent quality of the service and its contribution to learning and to learners, but without funding it cannot be maintained in its current form.  LSIS has taken over ownership of the materials and feels it is important to find a way to continue to make them available to teachers and learners. The first step is to identify the viable options and carry out a survey to find out what practitioners want to do. This will be available from the Excellence Gateway from Tuesday 21st December to Friday, 28th January.

The outcomes of the survey will be analysed and shared with the sector and a planned programme of action will be developed and published by mid February.

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Call for exhibitors – eLearning in HE Conference

21 December, 2010 by · 1 Comment · ***HOT NEWS!*** - The must-read posts, Events (All), Events (RSC YH), Higher Education



We are currently planning our JISC RSC YH Annual eLearning in HE Conference, this year entitled “Towards a New Horizon: Using Technology to Deliver HE in a Changing World”, and would like to offer you the opportunity to exhibit this year.

The eLearning in HE Conference typically attracts 30-50 delegates and is targeted at those working in the HE in FE and small HEIs in the Yorkshire and Humber region. The conference is of interest to managers, teaching staff, curriculum managers, Foundation Degree leaders and teachers. This conference also typically attracts library and technical staff responsible for HE and is attended by HE partner organisations for example, lifelong learning organisations.

The Conference will be held at The Rosebowl, Leeds Metropolitan University on Wednesday 2nd March 2011. Throughout the day there will be a choice of workshops for delegates to choose from and you are more than welcome to submit a workshop proposal in addition to having an exhibition stand.

The cost is £200 and the advantages of exhibiting include having direct contact with potential customers on the day and we can also offer free wi-fi, lunch, tea/coffee throughout the day, as well as publicising your organisation’s details in promotional information given to delegates.

If you would like to reserve an exhibition space please contact Ali-Marie Ladwa ([email protected]) or Deborah Judah ([email protected]) by January 21st 2011. Your dietary requirements, workshop details, etc, can then be confirmed in advance.

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New Excellence Gateway Case study – Wyke College

20 December, 2010 by · 1 Comment · ***HOT NEWS!*** - The must-read posts, ARTICLES

Wyke College are using the Google Docs tool to encourage detailed, collaborative revision for an important A2 Biology question. Students’ unwillingness to collaborate is overcome with a tutor-led session in which they are given ownership of the class-created document as an important revision tool. Students edit the document into a student-friendly revision tool from their own Google accounts. Wyke students who received the class-created revision document have performed significantly better on the question than groups from similar centres.

Read the case study

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Online Seminar – Using technology in new builds to inform, inspire and engage

9 December, 2010 by · 1 Comment · Events (All)

(source: RSC South West)

11am, 13th December, online

South Devon College has recently opened a new state of the art University Centre that uses technology to inform, inspire and engage. A range of technology is featured throughout the building and in learning spaces.  This presentation will use images of the building and technology to take you on a virtual tour of the facilities and will explain how the learning spaces are being used and how the use of technology has been planned.

The presentation will be delivered by Becky Barrington, Learning Technologies Manager.  She has worked with the Computer Services teams and college staff to identify the best technologies for the use of the building and supports staff in using it.’

Full details and booking

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East Riding College win STAR award

6 December, 2010 by · 1 Comment · ARTICLES

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(source: lsis.org.uk)

Congratulations to Dennis Young from East Riding College who has won an LSIS STAR award for outstanding contribution to the learning and skills sector. The College were given the award in the Learning Support category, one of ten winners chosen from thousands of nominations.

Guests at the House of Commons awards event included John Hayes MP, Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning.

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Becta launches ICT Services Framework

3 December, 2010 by · No Comments · Resources

(source: becta.org.uk)

BECTA has announced the ICT Services Framework, incorporating 25 approved suppliers, ‘to help the schools and further education and skills sectors save time and money.’

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