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Stories in the August issue include: 1. North West projects given the JISC funding thumbs-up 2. A two page spread on our Annual Event 3. How to loan our assistive technology box of kit 4. Recognition of Innovation Award winners 5. New pilots for Adult Education; and 6. NW’s cloud computing success

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  • JISC RSC Northwest Newsletter

    August 2012

    RSCs - stimulating and supporting innovation in learning

    Three North West colleges have so far been successful in gaining JISC funding as part of the UK-wide FE and Skills Development and Resources programme. Ashton Sixth Form, Beaumont College and Kendal College are the first regionally to be given the go-ahead for their bids. Ashton Sixth Form plans to use their funding to produce an app across multiple platforms to help and engage students in their planning and monitoring of time and workload. The idea is to sync this app with the college MIS system to populate students

    timetables and to allow students to add events such as submission of work, exam, test or homework deadlines and meetings within college.

    Beaumont Colleges

    proposal is to meet the

    demand for support with

    Assistive Technology (AT)

    and development and

    training of AT focussed

    staff. This is in order to

    enhance the disabled

    learners experience

    through the effective use

    of AT tools/approaches for

    independence and self-

    determination. The College

    has successfully led the

    DART Disseminating

    Assistive roles and

    Technology LSIS funded

    project for 2010-12 and

    wants to continue to assist

    colleges that wish to

    participate.

    Kendal Colleges project

    aims to build on its

    creation of the worlds first

    Further Education

    Augmented Reality (AR)

    prospectus. Continued p2

    In this issue

    Bridge Colleges Bruno Mars performance P3

    Annual Event extravaganza P4-5

    Assistive technology trial kit P6

    ROI Award winners P7

    New pilots for Adult Education P8

    NWs cloud computing success P8+9

    Local projects given JISC funding thumbs-up

    The funding programme aims to improve the learner experience through technology.

  • The AR technology allows the viewing of real time videos through the portal of a standard picture. The college wants to develop this further to improve teaching and learning through introducing AR within learning materials.

    Their submission is to pilot this idea in Plumbing because a high proportion of plumbing students are assessed as visual learners and it is thought this format of supporting and enhancing the learning experience is likely to be successful. Nationally 245 bids were received for the JISC Advance programme and a number of projects have already been approved covering all aspects of the UK sector. Although this was a fantastic response, half of these bids were submitted on the last day so there is an unfortunate delay in marking submissions. As a result the timescale

    for projects has been updated:

    Small projects (up to 50,000) will run for six months from September 2012 to January 2013

    Large projects (over 50,000) will start from September 2012 and must complete by October 2013, depending on the circumstances of individual bidders. RSC Northwest Manager, Paul Deane, says; We

    are delighted that three of our colleges will receive funding to improve the learner experience, I look forward to seeing these projects come into fruition and we will help to disseminate relevant findings to the wider FE and Skills community. Our apologies to those that have not heard about their bids yet, all the RSCs are pulling together to get these marked as soon as possible and letters will go out to all Learning Providers by August 7th to let them know if they are successful and the reasoning for this decision. A progress update can be found via http://bit.ly/fes-drp.

    Thanks to those who took part in the RSC Northwests short survey asking about the three key challenges facing you and your organisation in the coming year and the three things you would like the RSC to help you with. The feedback is appreciated and has been used in a planning exercise for the coming year. Responses were separated into themes and below are the top scoring results: Your three key challenges: 1. Funding 2. Technology for learning 3. Student numbers Three areas you would like our help with: 1. Staff development 2. Technology for learning 3. Business Processes, in particular funding support (70% of these responses).

    Local projects get JISC funding (continued) Three challenges survey

    Bids will make a significant contribution to developing technology in the sector.

  • A fond farewell to Hilary

    Thomas who has finished her secondment at the

    Northwest Regional Support Centre (RSC) after

    nearly four years as

    eLearning adviser for the Higher Education sector.

    Hilary has left to take up a

    new post as Co-ordinator for Research, Training and

    Learning Services in ISS

    support at Lancaster University.

    She says that what she

    enjoyed most about her

    role in the RSC was the tremendous breadth of

    knowledge and skills of the colleagues she worked with

    both in the RSC team and those working in

    Learning Providers in the

    region.

    Bridge College marks move with Bruno Mars performance Staff and students from

    Bridge College paid a special visit to the builders

    working on their new Openshaw Campus site at

    The Manchester College to

    teach them Makaton sign language.

    You can watch the Wates

    Construction team, in the

    video opposite, trying out

    Hilary adds; It is the connection with people

    that makes the role of the Regional Support Centre so

    distinct and I shall truly miss the mix of contacts

    that brings.

    Ive learned such a lot about all sorts - about people and their ways of

    working, about the different attitudes and

    learning cultures that (continued above)

    the newly learned sign language to the Bruno

    Mars classic, Marry You.

    characterise different

    sectors, about technologies

    and the ways they can be used.

    Its been a privilege to have worked with the

    RSC and it's given me much to take away that

    will help me in my new role. It doesn't end

    here, mind, I'm an RSC

    services 'user' now.

    eLearning Adviser Mark

    Ayton has now taken over responsibility for

    supported providers in Higher Education and

    can be contacted using

    email ma@rsc-northwest.ac.uk or by

    phone on 01524 510060.

    The College will move to the new campus in

    September this year.

    Pastures new for eLearning Adviser

    Goodbye to Hilary Thomas.

  • Using social media to engage learners, discovering new emerging technologies and trying out the latest exhibitor kit were just some of the things enjoyed by delegates at JISC RSC Northwests Annual Event on June 27th. An impressive 233, delegates, presenters and exhibitors from a range of North West Learning Providers and suppliers made it to Southport for the All the Fun of the (technology) Fair event.

    Delegates arriving at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre were greeted with fun fair music, balloons and bunting and were given the opportunity to choose a

    pick and mix of sessions they wished to attend. Of those who gave feedback about the day, 98% rated it excellent or good. Exhibitor Linda Lamb, Assistant Manager of Engineering and Construction from West Cheshire College said; It has been absolutely fantastic, its been so much more than we thought and weve been busy all day with visitors. We also had a chance to share apps and learn new things we can use to make the learner experience more enjoyable. Tim Blackburn, UcLAN eLearning Developer added; I found it really useful. I particularly enjoyed the eAssessment for Work Based Learning session and learning about remote learners.

    A host of JISC RSC resources are available from eFairs that have taken place across the UK for Learning Providers to benefit from. The events showcase technology in teaching and learning through workshops, online sessions, hands-on expertise and guidance. Click on the first link to access recordings, links and presentations from the North West event and access all others from the link below:

    North Wests All the Fun of the Technology fair

    UK wide eFair resources.

    All the Fun of the eFair resources

    Preston College shows visitors a range of technologies from their Beacon award-winning Innovation and Excellence Room.

    Presenter Gary Cookson from Wigan and Leigh College gets attendees thinking about technology in teacher education.

  • Attendees at RSC annual

    events in the North West and

    East Midlands were asked

    how they are currently using,

    and planning to use

    technology in the next year.

    Interviews provide valuable

    insight to the RSCs on

    areas which Learning

    Providers are interested in.

    Filming was done through

    using miituu software on

    an iPad supplied by

    exhibitors SBP Digital.

    There are 13 North West

    interviews from a range of

    supported providers.

    Click below to see what was

    said...

    Twitter users were out in force using #nwae12 for the Annual Event. 295 tweets were received under the event hash tag leading up to and at the event. Tweeters also got to see what was being said on a tweet wall displayed in the exhibitors area on the day. Key words from #nwae12 tweets have been put into a wordle below so you can see the topics that gained the most mentions.

    Technology Fair Tweeting up a storm

    Video Responses from delegates on their technology use

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