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The JISC Regional Support Centre (RSC) for the East Midlands produces a termly newsletter "intouch" that highlights current practice in e-learning/ILT in the region.

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<ul><li><p>Spring 2003 Volume 1 Issue 3</p><p>the termly newsletter produced by RSC East Midlands</p><p>Welcomefrom the Editor</p><p>Comments please! This is our third newsletter and we would like to hear yourcomments on how we are doing. For example: do you like the format of the newsletter, is it</p><p>too long or too short, do you find the articles interesting and relevant, do you like the regular</p><p>features, what would you like to see included? Send your comments/suggestions to us at:</p><p>support@rsc-east-midlands.ac.uk and help us to make this a newsletter worth reading.</p><p>Judi Millage, ILT Advisor</p><p>I N S I D ETHIS ISSUE</p><p>ILT and Inspection How can we help you?</p><p>Under the Raising Standards initiative,</p><p>Becta were tasked with consulting with</p><p>college practitioners and representatives of</p><p>the inspectorates, the LSC and other</p><p>interested bodies to consider and report on</p><p>measures that could be taken to assist both</p><p>colleges and college inspectors in</p><p>preparing for the inspection of good</p><p>practice in ILT. The result of this process</p><p>was the publication released at BETT 2003</p><p>entitled Managing Inspection and ILT.</p><p>The questions that are now going to be</p><p>asked of colleges will reflect this change in</p><p>emphasis and colleges should be prepared</p><p>to highlight how they are using ILT to</p><p>provide their students with a better learning</p><p>experience. There are various ways that this</p><p>can be demonstrated, it may be that</p><p>students are given the opportunity to</p><p>improve their research and study skills, that</p><p>there has been an improvement in the</p><p>flexibility of delivery or that there is</p><p>improved communications between</p><p>learners and teachers due to the use of</p><p>internet based communication technologies</p><p>and applications. However, it should be</p><p>remembered that ILT is not the panacea for</p><p>all eventualities; it only adds value when it</p><p>is used effectively and appropriately.</p><p>Our team at the East Midlands RSC can</p><p>help you plan for inspection in a number</p><p>of ways. We can help you identify areas of</p><p>good practice within your college; we can</p><p>provide staff development opportunities to</p><p>improve skill levels, we can provide a</p><p>Network Healthcheck to ensure that you</p><p>are making the most of what equipment</p><p>you have and we can also advise on</p><p>teaching and learning resources.</p><p>If you would like further information on ILT</p><p>and Inspection please dont hesitate to</p><p>contact us. You can find a copy of the</p><p>publication Managing Inspection and ILT on</p><p>the Ferl website - http://ferl.becta.org.uk</p><p>Lesley Price, RSC Manager</p><p>Welcome</p><p>ILT and Inspection</p><p>The Television and Radio Index for</p><p>Learning and Teaching (TRILT)</p><p>JISC Services: Whats on offer?</p><p>Hints &amp; Tips: Creating drop down boxes</p><p>using MS Word</p><p>Network Analysis: Knowing what is</p><p>happening on your network</p><p>University for Industry</p><p>Forthcoming Events</p><p>College Focus: West Nottinghamshire</p><p>College</p><p>w w w. r s c - e a s t - m i d l a n d s . a c . u k</p><p>The word inspection traditionally sent shudders of fear and dread through the minds of allcollege staff and that was before the introduction of the Common Inspection Framework andinspections carried out by Ofsted and Ali. During the past few years there has been significantinvestment both at a national and local college level in ILT. Until now, the emphasis duringinspection has been on resources - the numbers of computers, connectivity speeds, reliabilityand accessibility of the network to both students and staff - there has been very limitedcomment on the impact all this investment was having on the learner.</p></li><li><p>Page 2</p><p>intouch</p><p>JISC Services:Whats on offer</p><p>The Television andRadio Index forLearning andTeaching (TRILT) </p><p>The Television and Radio Index for</p><p>Learning and Teaching (TRILT) is a</p><p>JISC funded service which contains</p><p>programme and scheduling</p><p>information, web-links, bibliographic</p><p>information, keywords and images in</p><p>the form of a searchable database</p><p>accessible over the Internet. </p><p>TRILT is offered through the British Universities</p><p>Film &amp; Video Council (BUFVC) and enables staff</p><p>and students to see, at least five days before</p><p>transmission, what will be broadcast on around</p><p>300 UK terrestrial (including regional and</p><p>language variations), cable/ satellite television</p><p>and radio channels. </p><p>Under the terms of the Educational Recording</p><p>Agency (ERA) Licence, many higher and further</p><p>education institutions make extensive use of off-</p><p>air recordings from UK terrestrial television.</p><p>Knowing, in advance, what is about to be</p><p>broadcast is a key component of this process.</p><p>Identifying programmes from the Radio Times</p><p>and other listings magazines can be</p><p>unsatisfactory as it takes time to circulate listings</p><p>information to relevant staff. TRILT offers some</p><p>solutions; it is available over the Internet to all</p><p>users simultaneously, cutting out the need to</p><p>circulate listings and it allows the user to auto</p><p>alert themselves and others when relevant</p><p>programmes are going to be aired or repeated.</p><p>Any missed recordings for UK terrestrial</p><p>television can be retrieved through the BUFVC</p><p>Off-Air Recording Back-Up Service. The</p><p>BUFVCs existing television database - the</p><p>Television Index - will gradually be incorporated</p><p>into TRILT, supplying selected television records</p><p>back to 1995, ensuring that TRILT is the most</p><p>comprehensive record of British broadcasting</p><p>available on the Internet.</p><p>For more information about TRILT or BUFVC go</p><p>to www.bufvc.ac.uk and then select: Television</p><p>&amp; Radio Index.</p><p>Chris Bell, e-Information Officer</p><p>?Did you know that the first national serviceto tackle the growing problem of Internetplagiarism is now available to the UKhigher and further education communities?</p><p>College staff and students are now able toobtain free advice and guidance onpreventing and detecting plagiarism.This service is funded by the JISC and basedat the University of Northumbria. </p><p>This new service will assist institutions intheir task to prevent plagiarism by:</p><p> Providing help to lecturers, teachers andadministrators with verifying that workfrom students is original.</p><p> Assisting staff in identifying plagiarism toallow them to concentrate on the issue ofprevention.</p><p> Giving students guidance and advicerelating to the key areas of essay writingand study skills and providing them withguides to good practice</p><p> Promoting good practice and providingonline access to information aimed atsenior managers, academic staff andstudents.</p><p> Offering advice on prevention ofplagiarism.</p><p>The Plagiarism Advisory Service alsoprovides a link to the Electronic PlagiarismDetection Service which checks submittedwork against material available on theInternet and held in the service database.</p><p>Further details on this new service areavailable on the JISC website(www.jisc.ac.uk) or alternatively to accessinformation directly from the University ofNorthumbria go to (www.jiscpas.ac.uk).</p><p>Gwen Callaghan,Events and Admin Co-ordinator</p><p>JISC Plagiarism Advisory Service</p><p>H i n t s &amp; T i p sC r e a t i n g d r o p d o w n b o x e s u s i n g M S W o r dMS Word can be used to create simple interactivelearning materials. One technique is to converthandouts into cloze activities using the forms feature. </p><p>Open the file or type in the text you wish to use. Youthen need to use the forms toolbar. You can find it under:</p><p>View - Toolbars - Forms</p><p>Before you start make sure you have the form fieldshading button turned on - </p><p>Highlight and delete the words in your text that youwant to create choices for. The drop down box will havean arrow next to it so the spaces need to be slightlylarger than the word that will fill them.</p><p>Put the cursor in the first space and click the drop downform field button on the forms toolbar.</p><p>A grey box will appear in the space. Right click on this boxand select the properties option from the sub menu. Thedrop down forms fields option dialogue box will appear.</p><p>In the Drop-down item field type in the first word(s) youwant the user to choose from and click the Add buttonbelow it (Hint: enter select one of the following first asthe users will see this in the gap first). Repeat this for allthe words you want to appear in the drop down list. Byhighlighting a word in the Items in drop-down list fieldand using the arrows next to it you can change the orderby which they are listed. Once you have entered all thewords click OK.</p><p>Highlight the greyed box and copy and paste it to theother gaps. Then to complete the activity you need toprotect the document by clicking on the protect buttonon the forms toolbar.</p><p>You could also provide differentiation for your exerciseusing the add text help button in the drop down formsfields option dialogue box. This can be used to providethe user with a hint by using the F1 key.</p><p>The exercise is now completed and ready to use, butremember to make any changes you must unprotect it first.</p><p>John McKenzie, ILT Advisor</p></li><li><p>Page 3w w w. r s c - e a s t - m i d l a n d s . a c . u k</p><p>learndirect, Ufis network of online learning</p><p>and information services, uses Information</p><p>Communications Technology (ICT) to</p><p>revolutionise where and how people learn.</p><p>There are now over 170 learning venues</p><p>throughout the East Midlands providing access</p><p>to learndirect. Working in partnership with Ufi,</p><p>the RSC assists these venues in providing a</p><p>quality learning experience by providing ICT</p><p>advice and guidance.</p><p>To date the RSC has worked with learning</p><p>venues and Ufi regional offices on projects</p><p>covering many aspects of ICT. These include</p><p>giving advice on upgrading Internet connections,</p><p>troubleshooting network and desktop PC issues</p><p>and providing information about new</p><p>technologies such as Satellite Broadband and</p><p>wireless LANs. In addition we have provided</p><p>training for learning venue staff and have</p><p>recently initiated a regional ICT Forum to</p><p>facilitate the sharing of ideas within the region.</p><p>If you would like more information about the</p><p>advice service, the RSC, Ufi and learndirect, or</p><p>have a problem you think we can help you</p><p>with then please contact me at the RSC.</p><p>Ian Houseman, Ufi Technical Support Officer.</p><p>http://www.ufiltd.co.uk</p><p>http://www.learndirect.co.uk</p><p>intouch</p><p>UNIVERSITY for industry</p><p>As systems become more and more powerful and capable ofgenerating ever-increasing amounts of network traffic, it isextremely important to know exactly what types of traffic areflowing around the network and where this traffic is travelling to andfrom. Network analysis and traffic monitoring can help with this, butit does not include the actual contents of emails, or details ofwebsites that have been accessed. </p><p>There is a large quantity of legislation in place, defining precisely whocan carry out these kinds of network monitoring and also for whatpurpose. More information about this legislation can be obtainedfrom the following websites.</p><p>The JISCs Legal Information Servicehttp://www.jisc.ac.uk/legal/</p><p>Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000http://www.hmso.gov.uk/acts/acts2000/20000023.htm</p><p>The JISCs Senior Management Briefing Paper 14http://www.jisc.ac.uk/pub01/smbp14.pdf</p><p>With the increasing use of IT systems in colleges for administration,management and teaching purposes, there is now a frequent demandfrom senior management and auditors to have information about thereliability and performance of the college network and systems. Thismay simply be a calculation of the overall uptime of main collegeservers, but there may also be a need for information on theavailability of the college website or email system, both from withinthe network and also from outside the college. This is particularly thecase when remote learning is considered, as students may be loggingin at any time of the day or night and will require access to systemsin exactly the same way as other students that attend college duringthe day. </p><p>There are many products commercially available that can beconfigured to monitor the availability of systems. In many cases they</p><p>will also provide customised reports and can be used to contact</p><p>technicians (by email or pager) should a system fail to respond for a</p><p>certain period of time. Information about some such products can be</p><p>obtained from the following websites.</p><p>WhatsUp Gold</p><p>http://www.ipswitch.com/Products/WhatsUp/index.html</p><p>Nagios</p><p>http://www.nagios.org/</p><p>It is also important to consider the types and quantities of traffic passing</p><p>around a college network. Some areas of a network may be heavily</p><p>congested, due to the concentration of large quantities of network</p><p>traffic and this will result in degradation in the level of performance of</p><p>the network. If this congestion involves main college servers, then the</p><p>effect on network users will be even greater. Again, there are a number</p><p>of commercially available products designed to assist in determining</p><p>network traffic levels to help avoid network bottlenecks.</p><p>Fluke Network Inspector</p><p>http://www.flukenetworks.com/us/LAN/Monitoring+Analysis+Diagra</p><p>mming/Network+Inspector/Overview.htm</p><p>The JISC East Midlands Regional Support Centre is keen to assist</p><p>college technical staff in ensuring their networks are as free as</p><p>possible of congestion and problems. For this reason the RSC Network</p><p>Healthcheck Service has been developed for colleges in the East</p><p>Midlands. The service is currently free of charge. For more</p><p>information contact the RSC either by telephone on 01509 618110 or</p><p>by going to the RSC website: http://www.rsc-east-midlands.ac.uk</p><p>James Higham, Network Specialist</p><p>Knowing what is happening on your networkNetwork Analysis:</p><p>Ufi is working towards the Governments concept of a university for industry to help adults improve theiremployability by acquiring new knowledge and skills and help businesses become more competitive. </p></li><li><p>Forthcoming</p><p>EVENTS</p><p>intouch</p><p>Page 4 w w w. r s c - e a s t - m i d l a n d s . a c . u k</p><p>March4th LRC Forum</p><p>4th JISC Conference: Exploitingthe potential of ICT</p><p>6th Using ILT in Science</p><p>18th JISC Workshop: Physical&amp; 25th Learning Spaces</p><p>25th Wireless Technologies</p><p>AprilDate to be Using ILT in Hair &amp; Beautyconfirmed</p><p>MayDate to be Netskills: Effective learning confirmed with VLEs</p><p>Date to be Web Developers Forumconfirmed</p><p>Date to be Embedding ILT into Staff confirmed Development</p><p>JuneDate to be Resource Discovery confirmed Network Roadshow </p><p>For further details see our website</p><p>www.rsc-east-midlands.ac.uk</p><p>West Nottinghamshire College operates out of tenmain centres and some eighty community venues inand around the Mansfield and Ashfield Districts ofNorth Nottinghamshire. The college has a policy ofsignificant annual investment in the support and useof ILT in terms of infrastructure, hardware andstaffing. This has included:</p><p> Network connectivity to outlying centres, datacabling to teaching/learning areas and staffworkrooms.</p><p> Wireless LANs and bridges.</p><p> New servers and switches.</p><p> PCs and laptops, for both staff and students.</p><p> Installation of data projectors and SMARTBOARDSin teaching areas.</p><p> Granada Learnwise (Virtual Learning Environment)</p><p> Appointment of an ILT Development Co-ordinatorto work with tutors to embed the use of Learnwise.</p><p> Time given to ILT Champions to embed ILT inteaching and learning.</p><p> The creation of a materials development team</p><p>Needless to say once you are on the IT conveyorbelt, it is very difficult to get off as...</p></li></ul>