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newsbytes Issue 33 - Spring/Summer 2011

Stimulating and supporting innovation in learning

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e-Fair Preview 'To Bedford and back': a history of the e-Fair

3 • e-Fair Workshops • Your RSC in 2012

e-Fair 2011 - book your place now Returning for its eleventh year, e-Fair 2011 takes place on July 7th at Suffolk New College, Ipswich, pictured above. The Eastern RSC community was the first-ever to hold an ILT fair back in 2001, and many other RSCs have followed since. In what we hope will be another successful and fruitful day, there will be a keynote speech from learning technologist Geoff Rebbeck, as well as a range of workshops, drop-in show and tells and a selection of exhibiting service and resource providers. This year’s workshops include: • ‘Structured online sessions using LAMS’ - Charlie Williams, Oaklands College; • ‘Xerte production and resource bank’ - Maria Neary, Essex ACL & Bob Read, ACER; • ‘Horses for Courses - choosing

the right portfolio’ - Geoff Rebbeck, Thanet College; • ‘Virtually safeguarding? Current issues in e-safety with young people’ - Emma Bond, University Campus Suffolk; • ‘Using screen casting in teaching and learning’ - Phil Ackroyd, City College Norwich. There will also be a great variety of show and tells offering best practice. Adrian Rowe and David Hunt from Colchester Institute will show how they have used Articulate to create online staff training. Ross Midgley from People and Business Development will reveal his experiences of setting up a bespoke Moodle VLE. Suffolk New College's Chris Ash will look at ‘Distance Learning without a VLE’ and ‘Stepping Stones to e-Learning’.

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Excellence Gateway Case Studies Staff News

5 • Diary Dates • Comms Survey 6 • WBL Conference • eSkills

BOOK NOW!!! Be educated and inspired by workshops and show and tells, network with ILT peers from the Eastern region, and be in with a chance of winning ILT-related prizes. Book your e-Fair place now:

Bedford College ILT Fair 2001

To Bedford and back... a concise history of the e-Fair

For all of you nostalgic types out there, here is the review of the first-ever ILT Fair from 2001.

RSC Eastern has been supporting learning providers since August 2000. An annual highlight is the e-Fair which allows the learning provider community to share the latest developments in ILT.

"Colleges from the Eastern Region came together to share ideas and knowledge at the first annual ILT fair hosted by Bedford College on Friday July 13th. The event, organised by NILTA and supported by the RSC Eastern region was well attended and allowed staff from the eight exhibiting colleges, and those who came to visit, a chance to share best practice and voice problems with each other. The Fair attracted over 40 people, including staff from Bedford College who were keen to learn more about ILT and its use within their programme areas. South East Essex College gave two presentations on their 'Home-Grown' MLE and on the collaborative EESI project."

The first e-Fair was held at Bedford College in July 2001, pictured. The event featured a number of ‘stalls’ where open sessions (‘show and tells’) demonstrated examples of good practice developed by a range of colleges. From that small beginning, following e-Fairs grew in range and scope. Keynote speakers, workshops and exhibitions were introduced in 2002. The remark was made that the e-Fair was almost a “mini BETT”. The scale of the e-Fairs peaked in 2005 with a large exhibition area which included hardware and software vendors. Feedback from delegates resulted in downsizing the exhibition element to a more realistic and manageable scale.

The following colleges exhibited work at the fair: •

Bedford College - Online Tutorial Support;

Colchester Institute Interactive recipe book;

Harlow College - Technicals Virtual Campus;

Lowestoft College - Physics Online;

Otley College - Agritronics testing and diagnostics;

Suffolk College - LOIS project;

West Suffolk College MIMEO Interactive White Board.

Evaluations throughout the years have given top satisfaction ratings. This has been due to a variety of reasons. Right from those origins in 2001, people have devoted their time and energy in helping to plan and develop, by providing the ‘show and tells’, running workshops and helping to source expertise and experience across the complex world of e-learning. Also, not to forget that a fair needs a ‘showground’ every year, various providers have hosted the e-fairs, with staff devoting time to making sure that the day runs smoothly.

Creativity is an important ingredient. Delegates have seen promotional artwork, the use of alphabet balloons to help sign post ‘show and tell’ zones, as well as e-Fair titles such as "See IT", "Fostering Success", "e4Me" and "e-asy learning". From its inception, the e-Fairs have reflected both current and future developments in ILT. Back in the early days we enjoyed CD-ROMs with hair and beauty videos, early adopters of VLEs, NVQ tracking software and interactive whiteboards. Four or five years later saw the growth in Moodle users, and the expansion of interactive whiteboard users. Web 2.0 started to take off in 2007 and 2008 with great interest in wikis, blogs and podcasting. Various agencies and partners have also played an important role, including Ferl, Becta, LSN and MoleNet. JISC services have provided both exhibition and often workshop resources and activities. Looking back a continuous theme is the value attached by delegates to the meeting with their peers, the ever popular ‘show and tell’, the expertise available and the opportunity to network. Many leave comments as to how motivated and inspired they are by the day. As July the 7th approaches, the RSCe team look forward to welcoming colleagues to the eleventh e-Fair at Suffolk New College, Ipswich for another valued event.

e-Fair 2011 - Digital Learning and much more

Your RSC in 2012 In these times of cuts and closures of agencies and services, what about the future of your Regional Support Centre? We all live in uncertain times, but our current situation is regarded as positive for the medium term.

This year's e-Fair will feature a variety of engaging workshops, which should both inspire and educate practitioners in the Eastern region.

portfolio and assesses their pedagogical merit. The session will also explore how portfolios fit into the e-learning triangle of portfolio, VLE and learning plan.

Oaklands College - Charlie Williams - 'Structured online sessions using LAMS' - An overview of how to use the open source Learning Activity Management System to create structured, controlled and collaborative systems.

‘Xerte production and resource bank’ - Maria Neary, Essex ACL & Bob Read, ACER - Using the Xerte Online Toolkit resources can be created by students and learners without access to the internet. Interactive resources include drag and drop activities, gap fill exercises, and hotspots. A resource bank can be created using materials such as YouTube clips and Flickr slideshows.

University Campus Suffolk Dr. Emma Bond - 'Virtually safeguarding? Current issues in e-safety with young people' Exploring current debates and the risks, rights and responsibilities of young people and online environments. The problems faced by practitioners will be discussed along with examples of good practice and practical suggestions. Thanet College - Geoff Rebbeck - ‘Horses for Courses - choosing the right portfolio' - Working on the premise that you can’t have the word ‘personal’ and ‘standard’ in the same sentence, this session explores the different types of

'Using screen casting in teaching and learning' - Phil Ackroyd, City College Norwich - A look at the different ways the college is using screen casting as a tool. All of our tireless workshop and show and tell contributors will be entered into a draw for a mystery prize. Enthusiastic e-Fair delegates will be given a free USB stick full of useful ILT content, and those completing an online evaluation after the show will be automatically entered into another mystery prize draw.

On March 4th, JISC Advance announced that the Department for Education (DfE) had agreed to support BIS in funding JISC Advance services for Sixth Form Colleges from April 1st 2011 to March 31st 2012. The continuation of this provision ensures that Sixth Form Colleges can benefit from the free advice and guidance provided by JISC Advance services, delivered primarily through the JISC Regional Support Centres (RSCs) ( JISC Advance have also recently advised that they intend to fund RSCs for the academic year 2011/2012. At the moment the level of funding is unknown as the various funding bodies need to make their allocations. The funding level will be reduced as compared to the current allocation. We will continue to offer a valuable programme of activities to help clients in a period when we are all required to do more with less funding and take advantage of the opportunities that ICT offers.

Staff News Kate Gregory has returned from maternity leave and is back supporting the workbased learning sector within the Eastern region. She said: “I am really excited to return to my WBL e-learning role and with the current economic stresses, and the changes that are occurring within the sector, I think this is a time for providers to be looking to save money whilst maintaining excellent training results. We can help to implement any changes to e-learning, online assessment, and mobile learning." Adult Community Learning (ACL) e-Learning Adviser, Shri Footring has been seconded to JISC Advance in the role of JISC RSCs Assistant Coordinator until the end of September. During this time, Shri will be playing a vital part in liaising with our colleagues in JISC Advance, RSC working groups and staff development. While Shri is away Ben Hutchens will be widening his role to support the ACL sector as well as retaining support for WBL providers in partnership with Kate Gregory. He said: "I am looking forward to working with Kate and the opportunity to be involved with ACL and meeting new people."

Contact Details JISC RSC Eastern, Anglia Ruskin University, 3rd Floor, Ashby House, Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ Tel: 01245 684090 Email:

Latest Excellence Gateway Case Studies Colchester Institute - 'Laying foundations for the future: Virtual bricklaying suite' Brickwork Lecturer, Chris Holland has created a resource which allows students to lay bricks on a computer screen, pictured below. The former bricklayer has used the ActivInspire suite on the Promethean whiteboard to draw

learnt many lessons about how to deliver learning effectively. In the course of a year researching VLE platforms, looking for materials, such as interactive animations, pictured, and remapping NVQ courses for new QCF qualifications, the company realised that it was more important to deliver engaging content, rather than boasting the most innovative technology ITS Training - 'VLE - No distance too far: enhancing the learner journey and business processes'

various types of bricks, as well as other interactive tools from the building site. Students are now more engaged in the classroom as they can practise cavity walling, block work, and setting walls on foundation before they get out in the workplace. Learners using the resource range from 14-16-yearold school students, full-time 1619 year-olds completing diplomas in brickwork as well as apprentices completing NVQs. People and Business Development (PBD) - 'Learning to deliver learning effectively' In October 2010, PBD introduced its eQual Learning VLE to provide an online knowledge resource for its early years and playwork students. During the project, the company

ITS Training has undergone a revolutionary transformation in the past two years. The company has saved money, generated more business, improved recruitment,

retention and achievement and expanded throughout the world because of its virtual learning environment (VLE): the ‘Student Campus', pictured above. Under its previous paper-based distance learning programme it was a hard enough task to deliver lectures to students in Liverpool. Now, the company has a classroom of learners in Tokyo, Japan. To read more go to the Excellence Gateway website: http://www. If you would like to share best practice and promote the efforts of your educational establishment on the Excellence Gateway website, please email

Staff News Diary Dates Interact with ILT at Digital Creativity event

Kate 25/05/2011 Gregory has returned from Digital maternity Creativity leave Event, and is back RSC Eastern supporting and the RSCWorkLondon, based Islington learning City Learning sector within Centre, the London, eastern £50region.

This year's Digital Creativity event takes place on May 25th at the Islington City Learning Centre, London. Organised jointly by RSC Eastern and RSC London, and returning for the fourth successive year, the event promises to be exciting, interesting, interactive and very hands-on.

Uxbridge College;

The workshop programme will offer delegates a rich mix of individual and group activities throughout the day. Practitioners will learn how to use the latest technologies creatively to innovate in their teaching and learning. 

• 'Introduction to iBook Digital Publishing' - Neil Powell & MarieClaire Isaaman, Norwich University College of the Arts;

This year's programme at the ICLC, pictured, includes:

• 'Quick and Easy Content with Oaklands Templates' - Charlie Williams, Oaklands College.

• 'Using the GLO Maker authoring tool to create Reusable Learning Objects (RLO’s)' - Nicola Prime,

• 'Using LAMS for Structured Online Delivery' - Charlie Williams, Oaklands College;

To book go to:

RSC Communications Survey yields helpful feedback Here at JISC RSC Eastern we are always looking to improve and enhance our services to providers. As a result, we decided to begin 2011 by evaluating the popularity and efficiency of the media and communications-related services that we provide. We disseminated our 2011 Communications Survey back in early February and by early March we had received some valuable feedback from 40 practitioners. We have already responded to the information we have received. After 89.3% of respondents said

they would prefer Newsbytes delivered only electronically, we decided that this current issue will be the last-ever print version of the publication. Some of the feedback included: 92.5% of people had visited the RSC Eastern website; 75% visit the website 1-2 times a month; 87.5% use the website for news updates/newsletters and 84.4% also use it for events information; 77.6% thought that Excellence Gateway case studies were the most useful resource for their role.

“7-9/06/2011 I am really excited to return to Essentials my WBLofelearning Training role Skills: and with BTECthe Certificate, current economic JISC stresses Netskills,and London, the changes £995 that are occurring within the sector, think this is a time for 10/06/2011 providers be looking to e-LearningtoForum, save maintaining Westmoney Suffolkwhilst College, excellent training results; and Free Event we can help implement any changes 15/06/2011 to e-learning, online assessment, ACL/WBL Forum, mobile SmartLife learning Centre, etc...Cambridge, which can help to achieve Free Event this.” Contact 15-16/06/2011 Kate at k.gregory@ International Blended Learning Conference, The Fielder Centre, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, £225 21-23/06/2011 E-learning Essentials: BTEC Certificate, JISC Netskills, London , £995 22/06/2011 Semantic Technologies For A More Powerful Web, JISC Netskills, London, £128 22/06/2011 Eastern Region Technical Managers Forum, Hertford Regional College, Broxbourne, Free Event 23/06/2011 CSS: A Complete Web Style Toolkit, JISC Netskills, London, £128 30/06/2011 Learning Resources Managers Forum, ACER, St Ives, Free Event 07/07/2011 Digital Learning - e-Fair 2011, Suffolk New College, Ipswich, Free Event

eSkills The new eSkills for e-Learning 2010 has been updated with an e-Safety and Safeguarding module. The eSkills course has been designed to cover the essential skills and knowledge needed by teaching practitioners to enable them to use technology for teaching and learning.

Work Based Learning Conference 2011

In 2008, the course was piloted in the Eastern Region with FE colleges and an HE provider. Since then, Adult Community Learning providers have delivered the course, and other providers have embedded the course in their initial teacher training programmes. The materials can be downloaded and delivered by you. RSC Eastern offers support by providing a half day briefing for delivery staff which includes guidance on customising materials, delivery methods, plus ongoing advice throughout the delivery. The modules are a mixture of presentations, discussions and practical activities, and feature 9 x three hour modules listed below. Read more at Module 1 - An Introduction to e-Learning; Module 2 - e-Resources & Copyright; Module 3 - Creating Interactive Resources (1); Module 4 - Designing an Inclusive Curriculum; Module 5 - Creating Interactive Resources (2); Module 6 - Online Communications & e-Tutoring; Module 7 - e-Assessment; Module 8 - Learning Platforms & Going Mobile; Module 9 - e-Safety & Safeguarding Call RSC Eastern on 01245 684090 or email the team at

On the March 2nd 2011, around 60 work-based learning providers from the Eastern, South East and London regions attended the Joint WBL Conference held at Hamilton House, London.

institutions work with SMEs in the local community.

After Lunch, Jade Scutt, Youth Co-ordinator at Oakleigh Training and Development gave a presentation on how the open source e-portfolio Mahara is being The purpose of the event was to used to support online learners in show how learning technologies WBL. The organisation aims to get can help to promote effectiveness all their students to take full and efficiency, raise awareness ownership of their learning with a of how ILT can improve learner firm grasp of aims and engagement and demonstrate objectives. Jade was brought into the opportunities offered by Web the company to develop the 2.0 and mobile Moodle VLE and technology. various “A good range of assess e-portfolio options. technologies were The day began with an Following on from showcased.” insightful Jade, Ross Midgley Delegate testimonial workshop from from PBD in Suffolk, Ron Mitchell and Lilian Soon, gave a presentation on eQual pictured, who showcased a range Learning, a training delivery of engaging Web 2.0 system that uses the power of technologies. Some of the technology to enhance the resources they featured included educational experience for – an learners in the early years and interactive blogging aggregator playwork sector. Ross ‘walked’ and – an online the delegates through the phonecasting tool. product, which is compatible with either web or paper-based Punam Khosla, Project Manager at portfolios and incorporates a JISC TechDis demonstrated their range of learning styles, new Business and Community including videos, podcasts Engagement (BCE) toolkit, and interactive animations. Acumen. It combines a selection of information, resources and Read more: advice to help staff in education

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