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November 2012

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InConTact Regionalisation Support from JISC RSC Scotland Our new Regionalisation Programme has been matched to regional outcomes, to help you easily identify relevant advice and support that is freely available from the JISC RSC Scotland and the wider JISC community. Whether merging or federating, JISC RSC Scotland can offer services to support you through the process, including advice on the integration of systems and sharing of services. Providing the Right Learning in the Right Place and High Quality and Efficient Learning requires new approaches to course design and ICT can provide innovative solutions to enhance learning. Contact us to find out about our free training courses where curriculum staff can learn about the tools and technologies that support the changes in the changing FE landscape. More information about our Regionalisation Programme can be found in our brochure, available from our website.

This update from the JISC RSC Scotland covers: • ETNA survey update • Staff news from JISC RSC Scotland • Technology bids • JISC Advance NEXUS • Events

Staff News image from flickr by Nick in exsilio licensed through CC image from flickr by Alun Allcock licensed through CC

ETNA 2012 survey Our thanks to all who recently participated in the 5th survey in the series of Enhanced Training Needs Analysis (ETNA). For over a decade, the ETNA survey has provided a timely snapshot of the changing use of technologies in Further Education throughout Scotland. The results of ETNA provide valuable strategic information to decision makers in tertiary education in Scotland as well as helping the JISC RSC Scotland align our services and support to accommodate your future training needs. The results of the ETNA survey will be published in a report which will be made available later this academic year.

Working with Partners Launch of Re:Source New Shared Service for College Staff We are delighted to announce the launch of a powerful new shared service for college staff. Re:Source is a web-based service, dedicated to enabling the open sharing of learning and teaching resources. It will allow you to: • easily find resources specific to the Scottish curriculum • share materials that others may find useful • discuss the resources and practice you use • access a single point of discovery to a variety of sources, not previously shared through a national or open platform. Re:Source is managed and supported by the JISC Regional Support Centre Scotland, Scotland’s Colleges, SQA, and Education Scotland. It has been developed and hosted by Jorum, the UK body funded by JISC to facilitate the collection and sharing of OER in the UK.

Shelaine Douglas joined the JISC RSC Scotland team in September as part-time Advisor: Curriculum support. Shelaine joins us from Angus College and is based in that region, providing additional support to some of the RSC Scotland’s geographically remote institutions. Contact Shelaine for advice and information or if you have an idea for a Case Study that you would like to share with the sector. Shelaine would be happy to help!

iTech Awards 2013 **** STOP PRESS****

We are adding to our awards categories for 2013 so that more of you can carry off an iTech trophy, recognising your innovative work using technology in an academic institution! The following categories will be awarded at our annual conference in June which will take place in Edinburgh: Technology & Business Systems Learning & Teaching Access & Inclusion Learning & Support Services Assessment Higher Education Regional Collaboration Learner Ambassador If you’ve got an idea for a case study, contact Theresa and she will talk you through the very easy process. We will write up the case study – you just need the idea and we’ll take it from there! Contact:

New Showcase Website from JISC RSC Scotland Have you seen our fabulous new Showcase website? We are in the process of creating a dedicated gallery, specifically designed to show off our amazing collection of webinars, videos and case studies demonstrating innovative practice and ingenuity in Scottish Further and Higher education. With such a huge gallery, it’s taking a bit of time to tag and make the collection fully searchable but we’re well under way! The gallery will continue to grow as we add the new case studies currently coming in for for the 2013 iTech Awards. Why not have a look at what is there so far? Be sure to bookmark the Showcase so that you don’t miss out as the collection grows! -------------------

Harnessing Technology Toolkit Do you want to know if your institution is a technologyeffective provider or if your use of technology has engaged and empowered your staff and students, we have just to tool for the job! ‘Harnessing Technology’ is a free service from the JISC RSC Scotland, designed to help explore the impact of technology adoption and its use with learners to add value to their learning experience. Find out more on our website:

Technology bids in Scotland set to contribute to enhanced learning and teaching across the UK We are pleased to announce that four of the successful bids in the FE and Skills Development and Resources programme came from Scotland. JISC Advance will manage the projects, funded by BIS. Guy Lambert, Managing Director of JISC Advance commented “We received an unprecedented number of bids which demonstrates how important technology is for the future of post-16 teaching and learning.“ The successful bids that have a share in the £1.4M funding came from Borders College, Scotland’s Colleges, Cardonald College and Beaumont College partnered with Scotland’s Colleges.

Nexus So what exactly is JISC Advance Nexus? In short, it is a commercial service from JISC Advance which uses enterprise service bus technology to connect software applications for the purpose of exchanging information. This hub is the key building block which we use to deliver intelligent connections between administration systems and to external agencies. System interconnections and process improvements result in a better staff and student experience. Interested in learning how Nexus could help your institution? image from flickr by Ben Cooper licensed through CC

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Sharing stories

Our new series of joint webinars, delivered in partnership with Scotland’s Colleges. Remaining sessions are:

DSA Needs Assessment via VC Using iPads in Learning & Teaching Using Voice Thread Adobe Virtual Classroom

Nov 22 @ 12.30 Nov 29 @ 12.30 Dec 6 @ 12.20 Dec 13 @ 12.30

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We have a few sessions left before Christmas - look and book!

Finding images you can use YouTube from start to finish

Nov 28 @ 12.30 Dec 12 @ 12.30

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Friday 7 June Annual Conference & iTech Awards


Joint event between Scotland’s Colleges and JISC RSC Scotland. A mix of workshops, teach-meets and interactive sessions to inform and inspire you to try something new in 2013. Tuesday 11 December 2012 Argyll Court, Stirling

Get in touch: 0141 585 0022

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JISC RSC Scotland digest 2012

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