RSC Northwest eLearning Focus An important date for your diary!
Volume 9 Issue 2 February 2010 RSCs - stimulating and supporting innovation in learning
In this issue... An important date for your diary!
Welcome to the newsletter
LLUK Application Guides
Working in Partnership how JISC Services support the FE communities
uNET 2009 - when North West learning providers met the technology suppliers
JISC Advance Services: Focus on JISC Legal
West Cheshire College Excellence Gateway case study
Several presenters have already been booked for the event, including Russell Prue, who is back by popular demand following his inspirational presentation and radio workshop last year.
RSC Northwest events news
Strategic self-assessment tools
Booking is now open for delegates for the Annual Event - you can register online at www.rsc-northwest.ac.uk/event2010.
Safeguarding and E-Safety
Make a note of it now!... ...the RSC Annual Event 2010 takes place on 22nd June 2010. The venue this year is the Reebok Stadium, home to Bolton Wanderers Football Club. The Reebok Stadium provides plenty of scope for a mix of exhibition stands, demonstrations, presentations and seminars, in the same vein as last yearâ€™s successful event. The theme for this year is Technology Enhanced Assessment.
Exhibition stands at the Annual Event will feature commercial suppliers, learning providers and other education organisations. If you would like to exhibit, demonstrating your technology enhanced developments, you can book online now at www.rsc-northwest.ac.uk/event2010.
Supporting functional (key) skills... An RSC Northwest eMagazine supplement No. 15: Functional Skills Resources - by eLearning Adviser John Dalziel is available online.
The supplement is aimed at managers, administrators and practitioners involved in the development and delivery of functional skills qualifications. The resources in the supplement support delivery of the functional skills standards and define and differentiate the skill requirements for determining a learner’s level of functional proficiency in English, Maths and ICT. You can access this eMagazine Supplement at www.rsc-northwest. ac.uk/acl/eMagArchive/ index.html 2
Welcome to the February 2010 issue of the RSC Northwest newsletter... ...from Andrew Quarmby, RSC Northwest Manager Looking back on my previous introductions, I notice I have a habit of referring either to the weather or the season! So I won’t mention snow and ice... ...except to observe that those of you with ‘mature’ online systems and a culture of learner-access to them will not have experienced serious gaps in the learning experience. You may also have smiled wrily (but not complacently, I hope) at calls for schools to open for additional hours once the snow had melted to ensure learning programmes were completed. A recent blog posting by James Clay (Gloucestershire College) highlights this issue http://elearningstuff.wordpress.com/2010/01/10/snow/ Many 24-hour days and 7-day weeks have passed since most learning providers developed the capacity to enable 24/7 access to learning. Are you working in a learning provider which now takes this model for granted? Is it built into the way you work, and what your learners expect? Indeed, are you about to mark an assignment online, or engage with the group work of your learners which has been achieved via technology since you last saw them? Or is your experience still that practice lags behind the capabilities offered by our technology? Whichever situation you find yourself in, we would be interested to know what that is. Please follow the link to our ‘snow-poll’ at www.surveymonkey.com/s/snowpoll so we can see whether or not the recent drifts obliterated the learning landscape! Including your name in our poll is optional, but those of you who do will go into a prize draw - the lucky winner will receive a copy of the recent Snow Patrol greatest hits album ’Up to Now’!
LLUK Application Guides Lifelong Learning UK has recently published on the Excellence Gateway a number of guides aimed at Leaders and Managers, Teachers, Tutors and Trainers and Learning Support Practitioners. Investment in appropriate technologies, in software to enable learning, and in network bandwidth and access has increased massively in recent years. Whilst the effective use of ILT is a matter of professional judgment based on a specific learning context, there are common threads and, increasingly, common expectations that technologies will be used appropriately within our professional roles. The LLUK Guides give a good insight into the questions to ask ourselves to check out whether we are making the best use of what is available both from our organisational systems and resources and from freely available web resources. They should also act as a good prompt for staff development managers who are tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that those in key roles in learning providers develop the appropriate skills. Not only are the LLUK guides an excellent interpretation of where the use of ILT is integral to the role – they also offer explanations of the part played by the various organisations who provide guidance in the FE and Skills sectors and give links to resources. The guides are impartial and informative – we strongly recommend them to you, and suggest you build them into your thinking and action-planning – don’t just ‘put them back on the shelf’! You can access the guides at www.excellencegateway.org.uk/ page.aspx?o=267451
RSC NW website feeds... You can keep up-to-date with news from the RSC Northwest website through RSS feeds. To get these updates, click on the relevant RSS feeds in the News section of the website at www.rsc-northwest. ac.uk/news There are also News and Training & Events feeds on the website homepage.
The Doctor is in! JISC Digital Media Online surgeries...
Working in Partnership - how JISC Services support the FE communities
Did you know that JISC Digital Media provide fortnightly one-hour online help and support sessions to answer any queries you have regarding digital media? You can join the JISC Digital Media team online (via Elluminate) between 1.30pm and 2.30pm every other Wednesday. Technical, workflowrelated or general queries regarding any aspect of still images, moving images (including video), audio and how they can be used for teaching and learning are welcome. No query is too simple to be explored. Details of the surgery dates, topics for the sessions, and the archive of previous surgeries can be accessed at www.jiscdigitalmedia. ac.uk/surgery 4
“Tailor-made advice and dedicated support from JISC Services help the FE communities to realise their ICT and technology goals.” In November 2009 JISC published ‘Working in Partnership’, demonstrating how the FE communities have used the expertise and experience of JISC-funded services to overcome challenges, to gain skills and to enhance the quality and value of what they offer. The JISC services featured in the publication offer: Access to high-quality digital resources to support learning, teaching and research Advice on the creation and preservation of digital resources Guidance on the implications of ICT, including legal and organisational issues Advice and training on technical and network matters
Opportunities to trial tools for resource creation and to share and repurpose resources Front-line support, through the JISC Regional Support Centres (JISC RSCs)
‘Working in Partnership’ shows the work of JISC Services through twenty concise case studies demonstrating how learning providers have used the services, resources, and expertise. The services highlighted through the case studies include JANET, DCC (Digital Curation Centre), JISC Legal, UK Access Management Federation, and OSS Watch. The high regard that many in the FE communities have for the JISC services is evident, with testimonies from senior managers, practitioners, sector associates and learners included in the case studies. These case studies are short and snappy. They have not been written with the intention of providing in-depth descriptions of developments and solutions within FE learning providers; but they do raise awareness of the JISC services on offer, how those services can be utilised, and the benefits they can provide. There's a table towards the front of the publication which helps to narrow down (into eight categories) which of the twenty case studies might be relevant if you are looking for those which are relevant for ‘Course management and delivery’ or ‘Staff development and CPD’, for example. In the introduction to ‘Working in Partnership’ there is an acknowledgement that the rapidly changing technological and educational environment means that the case study stories cannot be complete; however, it notes that “closely focused on the needs of users across the sector, JISC services continue to provide agile, high-quality guidance and support to the FE communities as they strive to meet the new challenges of the digital age”. You can access ‘Working in Partnership’ at www.jisc.ac.uk/ publications/documents/workinginpartnership.aspx.
Simple, free screencasting options... RSC Northwest eLearning Adviser John Dalziel has recently come across two free screencasting applications. Both have great possibilities; for example, to record and produce instructional material, or for work-based learners to produce ePortfolio evidence. Why not give them a go? Screencast-o-Matic not only enables you to make screencasts, it allows you to create a menu so that users can jump straight to a specific point in your screencast. http://screencast-omatic.com/ Screenr enables you to make ‘ready-to-tweet’ screencasts which publish straight to your Twitter account with a short URL that links direct to your screencast. http://screenr.com/ 5
uNET 2009 - when North West learning providers met the technology suppliers On 24 November 2009 RSC Northwest held a one-day event - uNET (Using New and Emerging Technologies) in Education 2009: Meet the Suppliers where commercial suppliers of technology were available to discuss, demonstrate and present their products and services to learning providers in the North West. The event, held in the Princess Royal Stand at Aintree Racecourse, was attended by around 120 delegates who were able to meet with over 30 suppliers. It provided access to a wide range of products and services for use in teaching and learning - many with particular relevance to recent funding initiatives including virtual worlds, digital signage, 3D interactive technology, e-portfolio tools, video hardware and software, wireless network solutions and much, much more. Delegates were able to visit the exhibition stands throughout the day, and were also able to attend seminar sessions and presentations from a number of the suppliers.
Feedback from delegates included that there was an effective mix of â€˜roamingâ€™ exhibition space and seminars, and good opportunities for networking. Whilst some delegates would have liked to see specific brands or types of technology that were not represented at the event, others highlighted that the event offered a good range of knowledgeable and friendly exhibitors.
Feedback also showed that many delegates planned to follow up on contacts they made with suppliers, or had plans to buy a product or service based on the exhibition stands they had visited. Positive feedback from suppliers included that it was “a fantastic event”, that they were “very impressed with the whole day”, and that it had “brilliant organisation”...pleasing and reassuring comments for us, knowing how difficult it is to provide every exhibitor with the ideal space to enable them to maximise opportunities with delegates! We ran prize draws during the uNET event and in relation to the event evaluation, with some of these prizes kindly donated by First Connections, ClickView and Webducate. There were lucky prize winners from Hugh Baird College, Knowsley Community College, Sefton Enterprises, Skelmersdale & Ormskirk Colleges, St Helens Chamber, System Training. Our special thanks go to IDNS for providing the digital signage for the uNET Event. Did you intend to follow up on one of the exhibitors from uNET 2009 and can't remember who they are, or you weren't able to attend but want to know who exhibited? Well, you can still access the list of exhibitors (with links to their websites) from 'Who's exhibiting' section of the event website at www.rsc-northwest.ac.uk/unet09.
Missed out on our previous newsletters?... Current and previous RSC Northwest newsletters can be accessed online in the Newsletter Archive section of our website at www.rsc-northwest. ac.uk/acl/eMagArchive/ newsletters.html The newsletters can be viewed online or downloaded in pdf format.
In an effort to be more environmentally friendly we limit the number of newsletters that we print. If you have colleagues who don’t receive a printed copy, please pass the newsletter Archive URL on to them. 8
JISC Advance Services: Focus on JISC Legal
JISC Legal, one of the eight JISC Advance services funded by JISC, works to ensure that legal issues do not become a barrier to the adoption and use of new information and communications technologies in further education, higher education and specialist colleges. JISC Legal aims to: 1. Disseminate information and raise awareness of the legal issues relating to the use of information technology particularly with reference to: Data Protection Intellectual Property Rights Human Rights Freedom of Information Disability and The Law E-Security (Monitoring and Encryption) Cyber-crime and Criminal Liability ISP (Internet Service Provider) Liability 2. Follow relevant court cases and legislative developments within the United Kingdom (and where relevant internationally) and examine the effect such developments may have on the sector. 3. Co-ordinate and liaise with FE and HE organisations, relevant regulatory bodies, projects and studies in areas related to the remit of the service. The JISC Legal Service works to achieve these aims through a range of activities, including: Generic research Maintaining an up-to-date website Operating an enquiry service by email, fax, telephone and post (with a target of answering within three working days)
Operating and contributing to email discussion groups Holding, sponsoring or presenting at a series of National and regional workshops across the UK Commissioning briefing papers and other content both for the website and in print by lawyers, academics and practitioners Working with other parts of JISC - in particular through the JISC Regional Support Centres (RSCs)
Legal Issues surrounding Web 2.0 Of particular interest to many learning providers will be the information and guidance provided by JISC Legal on the legal issues surrounding Web 2.0. The JISC Legal website contains publications, webcasts and resources covering a range of Web 2.0 related topics, including Intellectual Property Rights (and in particular ownership rights), data protection, liability, and accessibility. Upgraded JISC Legal website JISC Legal upgraded its website during 2009. A short ‘homemade’ video was produced to highlight some of the changes and features which make accessing its guidance more straightforward. You can watch the video on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFobiNAe7aM. The JISC Legal website is at www.jisclegal.ac.uk. You can contact the JISC Legal team via: Email—email@example.com Phone—0141 548 4939
JISC Legal case study... If you want to see an example of how the services JISC Legal provides play out in reality, take a look at a case study on South East Essex College. It provides an example of where a college wants “to ensure that policies and procedures are in line with current legislation, yet fair and encouraging to staff and students who increasingly rely on internet access both on and off site to facilitate flexible teaching, learning and assessment.” The study highlights that the college was “particularly satisfied with the service provided by the JISC Legal helpdesk”. The case study is at www.jisc.ac.uk/ whatwedo/services/ about/casestudies/ jisclegal.aspx. It is a fuller version of a case study from the JISC ’Working in Partnership’ publication, featured on pages 4 and 5 of this newsletter. 9
Latest RSC Northwest case studies on the Excellence Gateway... Other case studies featuring North West learning providers published since our last newsletter are: St John Rigby College Look, no wires! The implementation of a pilot wireless network www.excellencegateway. org.uk/page.aspx? o=265265 West Cheshire College Online induction tutorials inform and engage students www.excellencegateway. org.uk/page.aspx? o=265217 You can access these case studies (and those from the other eight English RSCs) via the ‘Case studies on good e-practice’ section of the Excellence Gateway at www.excellencegateway. org. uk/page.aspx? o=case-studies-all
West Cheshire College: Fit for purpose! Exploring the Nintendo Wii and Wii Fit for interactive teaching and learning An Excellence Gateway case study - the article here is a summary. The full case study can be accessed at www.excellencegateway.org.uk/page.aspx?o=267486 As part of a wider project to develop more interactive and effective teaching and learning, West Cheshire College has been exploring use of the Nintendo Wii and Wii Fit, loaned from JISC RSC Northwest. Learning Resources staff Tricia Haddock (Senior Learning Resources Officer) and Anthony Beal (Learning Resources Section Leader) invited tutors to incorporate use of the Wii into their courses, and have been impressed with tutor responses and student engagement. Tutors wanting to use the Wii were asked to: provide lesson plans so that they could see how the tutors intended to utilise the Wii in their lessons; allow staff from Learning Resources to observe and video the technology in use, wherever feasible; and evaluate use of the technology. Learning Resources staff took the equipment out and supported tutors in setting it up for use. In most cases the set-up was simple, which instilled confidence in some tutors who were initially concerned about how complex they thought the process might be. Pilots with the Wii and Wii Fit include Childcare, where it has proved particularly versatile in supporting a range of topics. All the feedback has been positive, even from tutors who were sceptical, or had concerns about using it beforehand. As a result of the pilots, the team has purchased a Wii for each of the three College sites.
Tutors Margaret Maddocks (Health & Social Care) and Emma Jones (Sports) confirm observations that Tricia and Anthony made, that the Wii has drawn less confident students into getting involved in class activities, with a positive impact on confidence and self-esteem. They also agree that it was good for group working and, therefore, group cohesion too. Margaret is convinced that this has had a very positive effect on student learning too. About using the Wii for her lessons on child growth and physical development, she says: “Not only were they discovering things for themselves, experiencing the exercises gave them a better understanding of what it might mean for children and for older people. It then sparked deeper discussions about issues such as deterioration in old people.” Both Margaret and Emma plan to continue with use of the Wii. Tricia feels it has certainly opened staff up to the potential of learning through game playing and entertainment. She is impressed not only that the Wii brings interactivity into the classroom, but also with its flexibility, enabling tutors to get their students working individually, in small groups or in teams depending on the activity. Anthony thinks that growing use will put pressure on their Wii equipment for loan, and result in subject departments budgeting to purchase their own. Although some resource managers might see the Wii as a waste of money, Anthony's recommendation is that they should think again: “Even if you just think of the value for a Sports student, being able to look at health profiles and training programmes for development. You can spend a lot of money on subject-specific software but with the Wii, for just over £200 you can get something that can be used across many different subject areas. It might not be perfect, you may have to work with, and adapt what's available in the technology, but it certainly represents good value for money.”
More Wii case studies... Here are two other Excellence Gateway case studies, from RSC West Midlands and RSC South West, focused on using the Wii and Wii Fit with learners with disabilities. Walsall College of Continuing Education Breaking down barriers using a games console for learners with disabilities www.excellencegateway. org.uk/page.aspx? o=194803 National Star College Christmas treat brings long-term benefits for the disabled www.excellencegateway. org.uk/page.aspx? o=166814 11
RSC NW Podcasts revamped... 2010 sees a revamp of the RSC Northwest Monthly podcasts from eLearning Adviser Kevin Hickey. At http://feeds. feedburner.com/ NewLearningPodcast you can get details of how to subscribe to the new podcasts using a range of applications, including Netvibes, iGoogle and iTunes.
RSC Northwest events news
There’s a wide variety of engaging and innovative events coming up over the next few months; we’ve included a list for you below, and continuing on the page opposite. For further details and online booking visit www.rsc-northwest.ac.uk/eventcalendar. More online events will be added as we move towards summer. To keep yourself up-to-date, why not set up an RSS feed so that you receive information on new events as booking becomes live? There’s an RSS link on the ‘Training and Events’ section on the homepage of the RSC Northwest website.
You can even sign up to get the podcasts delivered by email.
In addition to these events we work with various regional ILT Forums. If you are interested in attending the ILT forum in your area please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
If you use iTunes you should be able to find the New Learning podcasts by searching for jisc rsc nw.
If you have any questions about events, ideas for new events that would be relevant for you and your colleagues, and feedback on events or on how events are publicised, contact the RSC NW events team at email@example.com.
Unfortunately, if you were already subscribed to the podcasts you will have to re-subscribe to the new service; however the new service does contain an archive of all previous podcasts.
Tue SharePoint User & 02 Feb Interest Group
Full Day FREE
Wed CofHE AGM 03 Feb
Manchester Afternoon FREE
Mon RSC NW ‘In-Touch’ 08 Feb live TV broadcast
Thu Podcasting – JISC Online 11 Feb Netskills (part 1 of 2)
MonThu 15-18 Feb
Taming the Mac Technical series
Full and halfday workshops £100 per day
Wed Online Resources 24 Feb Showcase No 11 – Jorum
Wed EduApps – Note03 Mar Pad++ OR eBooks
Mon RSC NW ‘In-Touch’ 08 Mar live TV broadcast
Thu Podcasting – JISC 11 Mar Netskills (part 2 of 2)
Tue Getting Your Email & Ormskirk 16 Mar Information Under Control - JISC infoNet
Full day FREE
Thu Why Hot Potatoes 25 Mar are still HOT
Wed 14 Apr
Mon 19 Apr
RSC NW ‘In-Touch’ live TV broadcast
Tue 20 Apr
Animations and Car- Online toons
Thu 29 Apr
JISC Pathfinder Blackpool ‘Identity Management’ workshop
Full day FREE
Mon RSC NW ‘In-Touch’ 10 May live TV broadcast
Fri LearnApps 14 May
Mon 14 Jun
RSC NW ‘In-Touch’ live TV broadcast
Tue 22 Jun
RSC NW Annual Event 2010
Full day FREE
Mon 12 Jul
RSC NW ‘In-Touch’ live TV broadcast
Advance notice of new JISC infoNet event...
In May 2010, we are hoping to host a new Embedding BCE workshop from JISC infoNet. This follows an 18-month project working with five institutional partners, that reviewed how core business functions such as Finance, IT, Information Systems etc. support or raise barriers to working with employers and external partners. The workshop will cover both the methodology used, including bespoke tools, and the generic findings from the institutional case studies. It will be of interest to any institution wishing to review its own external engagement activities. Find out more about the Embedding BCE programme at www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/ bce, and access the infoKit at www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/ infokits/embedding-bce 13
New JISC TechDis toolbar launched...
Strategic self-assessment tools
JISC TechDis has recently launched a Beta version of its new browser toolbar.
The simple answer to this is 'yes'. The generic eLPS (eLearning Positioning Statement) and WeLPS (WBL eLearning Positioning Statement) Tools** are divided into seven components; these can be utilised individually when appropriate, and offer all stakeholders the opportunity to become engaged in the self-assessment process. The seven components cover:
This free application can be installed on a website or downloaded onto an individual PC to provide benefits for anyone using the internet, especially those in education or with a disability. JISC TechDis has worked with the University of Southampton's School of Electronics and Computer Science to create this updated and enhanced browser toolbar. It replaces the original toolbar which was developed in 2005. The toolbar can be downloaded at www.techdis.ac.uk/ gettoolbar, where you can also find further information about the toolbar and its features, including details of a ‘Lite’ version, as well as installation instructions. 14
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In light of the introduction of Becta’s online Generator* self-assessment tool (promoted in our last newsletter), staff in some of our learning providers have asked whether other self-assessment tools which RSC Northwest had previously made available and promoted are still relevant.
Vision & Strategic Planning Teaching & Learning Assessment & Verification Learner Support
Staff Development Infrastructure & Equipment Managing & Implementing ILT & eLearning The application of, and outcomes from, the two tools can provide Common Inspection Framework evidence of engagement, self-awareness, priorities, and strategic direction.
You can access the WeLPS tool online from the RSC Northwest zipped eXe Library, at www.rsc-northwest.ac.uk/acl/ ZippedeXeLibrary/zippedeXelibrary.htm. You can contact RSC Northwest for access to the eLPS tool by emailing a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. *Generator is an online self assessment tool to enable learning providers to improve their strategic deployment of technology, the relevance of which is enhanced by its link to current and possible future funding. RSCs support Generator with training and guidance.
**The WeLPS and generic eLPS tools were adapted from the eLPS tool originally developed by NIACE, in partnership with Becta and CEL.
Safeguarding and E-Safety Safeguarding and E-Safety is rightly a hot topic at the moment. Following on from the Byron Review (March 2008), the Government recently launched its web safety code alongside a policy to make using the internet safely a compulsory part of the curriculum for primary schoolchildren in England from 2011. The whole topic of Safeguarding and E-Safety is not easy to cover well in a brief newsletter article, but with Safer Internet Day taking place close to the time of publication of this newsletter, we thought it might be useful to offer you a few useful links to follow up on.
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eLearning Adviser Lisa Valentine highlights that the new version provides features which add functionality that was not in the previous Toolbar: Spell Checker Select the Spell Checker button while writing in a plain text form. Dictionary Select the Dictionary button after highlighting a word in the web page and a definition from Wiktionary will appear.
YouTube Videos featured on RSC TV in January 2010: Detecting Lies and Staying True www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXFbQKz3anw Playing and Staying Safe Online www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQ5zJvA0NYY Staying Safe on YouTube www.youtube.com/watch?v=nI2tmiKdPnU
Text-to-speech Select the Text-to-speech button and have a whole page read or a highlighted section of text.
E-learning and E-Safety - RSC East Midlands Moodle course with information, resources and links http://moodle.rsc-em.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=79
References Select the References button and the toolbar will scan the page gathering referencing information.
eSafety Series - RSC South West website information, resources and links www.rsc-south-west.ac.uk/index.php?p=126 Safer Internet Day 2010 website www.saferinternet.org/web/guest/safer-internet-day There are more Safeguarding and E-Safety links and resources in the RSC Northwest February eMagazine. You can access this at www.rsc-northwest.ac.uk/acl/ eMagArchive/index.html
JISC TechDis notes that features on the Toolbar will not work with all websites due to the nature of individual web pages. 15
RSC Northwest team... Manager Andrew Quarmby email@example.com Administrators Christine Hulme Helen Smith firstname.lastname@example.org eLearning Advisers John Dalziel (Adult & Community Learning) email@example.com Colin Gallacher (Work Based Learning) firstname.lastname@example.org Kevin Hickey (Further Education) email@example.com Anita Holt (Further Education) firstname.lastname@example.org Hilary Thomas (Higher Education) email@example.com Chrissie Turkington (Senior Adviser) firstname.lastname@example.org Lisa Valentine (Inclusion) email@example.com Keith Wilson (Technology & MIS) firstname.lastname@example.org Events Co-ordinator Helen Metcalfe email@example.com Information Officer John Davey firstname.lastname@example.org
JISC Regional Support Centre Northwest 2nd Floor Bailrigg House, Lancaster University Lancaster. LA1 4YE Phone: 01524 593797 Fax: 01524 593798 Email: email@example.com
www.rsc-northwest.ac.uk All RSC Northwest staff contribute to the newsletter. Please send any comments and feedback about the newsletter to John Davey, Information Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org This newsletter has been produced on 9lives 55 - certified as a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) mixed sources product.