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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>Our conclusions are based on theresults of a survey conducted at theBecoming e-enabled event held inNovember to launch the RSCs revisedfocus on strategic support. The surveyhad responses from 72% of the regions40 further education, specialist andhigher education colleges and Adultand Community Learning managingagents. </p><p>Only 20% of the regional learningproviders see their organisations use of technology as embedded (or better) so they cannot imagine doing the job without it.</p><p>The majority (80%) feel they have not reached this stage; most (45%) regard the use oftechnology as transitional and starting to make a real difference, whilst in 35% it isrestricted to parts of the organisation and its use is at best co-ordinated. </p><p>A minority of learnersexperience new andemerging technologyblended into their course in most regional learningproviders. In 72% of learningproviders, less than half ofthe learners experience that blend.</p><p>The key to becoming e-enabled lies in staff skills.Again, only a minority feelthat staff have the skills toexploit the potential of newtechnology. In 79% oflearning providers, less than half of the academicstaff are skilled in the use ofe-learning and its pedagogy. </p><p>Its our job at the RSC tosupport you in reaping thebenefits of technology toimprove recruitment,retention and achievement.If you would like us to helpyou become e-enabled, get intouch.</p><p>Becoming e-enabled: the results</p><p>Your SayIn future editions of intouch we plan to feature more details of whats beenhappening in the learning providers inthe region. So we would like to hearfrom you. Do you have a project that you needto disseminate? Would something youare doing make a good case study? Ifso please get intouch.</p><p>intouchthe termly newsletter produced by RSC East Midlands Spring 2008 Volume 6: Issue 2</p><p>You are e-enabled when you successfully embed technology so it supports allthe key functions of your organisation and in the last edition of intouch weasked Are you e-enabled?. Now we can tell you how e-enabled a significantpart of the Learning and Skills sector is in the East Midlands .</p><p>Stimulating and supportinginnovation in learning</p><p>Contents1 Becoming e-enabled: </p><p>the results</p><p>2 New advisor starts</p><p>2 Round Three launch</p><p>3 Focus on: RSC technicalinfrastructure service</p><p>3 Hints and Tips</p><p>4 Work Based Learningupdate</p><p>4 Technology ExemplarNetwork</p><p>4 Forthcoming events</p><p>localised 10% innovative 3%</p><p>embedded 17%</p><p>transformative 45%</p><p>coordinated 21%</p><p>What proportion of your learners experience new and emerging technology </p><p>blended into their course?</p><p>Per</p><p>cent</p><p>age </p><p>of </p><p>Lear</p><p>ning</p><p> Pro</p><p>vid</p><p>ers</p><p>in t</p><p>he E</p><p>ast </p><p>Mid</p><p>land</p><p>s 40%35%30%25%20%15%10%5%0%</p><p>0 - 25% of learners</p><p>26 - 50% of learners</p><p>51 - 75% of learners</p><p>76 - 100% of learners</p><p>What proportion of your staff are skilled in the use of e-learning and its pedagogy?</p><p>Per</p><p>cent</p><p>age </p><p>of </p><p>Lear</p><p>ning</p><p> Pro</p><p>vid</p><p>ers</p><p>in t</p><p>he E</p><p>ast </p><p>Mid</p><p>land</p><p>s</p><p>45%40%35%30%25%20%15%10%5%0%</p><p>0 - 25% of staff</p><p>26 - 50% of staff</p><p>51 - 75% of staff</p><p>76 - 100% of staff</p><p>How would you describe the use of e-learning in your organisation?</p></li><li><p>We were delighted to welcomeGordon Millner to RSC East Midlandsin October last year as the newadvisor for Technical Infrastructure for the region.</p><p>I have worked in engineering andcomputing for thirty years, but Ivealso combined it with twenty years ofteaching experience, the last ten beingin FE Colleges in the East Midlandsregion either as a lecturer or acurriculum manager for IT. Alongsidethose roles I have also run my ownpart-time IT consultancy for small andmedium-sized businesses (SMEs). </p><p>I have always been enthusiastic inbeing able to combine technology with my own teaching and latterlyhave also helped others improve theirteaching in the classroom through theuse of Moodle, interactive whiteboardsand software programming tools.</p><p>With the identification of factors fromboth a curriculum and a technicalperspective, combined with therevised scope of my technical rolewithin the RSC (see opposite page), I hope to provide a much morestrategic level of IT infrastructureadvice. This will help to ensure thatappropriate resources are allocated toprovide IT value for money and tomeet long term technologicalrequirements for both curriculum andadministration.</p><p>If you want some advice on atechnically-related matter or just wantto give me an update of whatshappening at your organisation thenplease get in contact.</p><p>Gordon MillnerTel: 01509 618120Mobile: 07799 470287Email: gordon.millner@rsc-em.ac.uk</p><p>New Advisorfor TechnicalInfrastructure</p><p>Round 3 LaunchBecoming e-enabled: support for the strategic and effective use oftechnology was the theme of the RSCs launch event to cover thefunding phase from 2007 to 2010.</p><p>2</p><p>The aim of the launch event was toshowcase the extended supportavailable from the RSC and establish aneffective link between the RSC andstrategic managers in learning providersin the East Midlands who cover areassuch as curriculum, quality, technicalinfrastructure and staff development.</p><p>Tony Burgess, Senior Policy Manager,Technology for Learning at the national LSC delivered the keynotepresentation outlining LSC priorities and expectations for e-learning, in orderto set the national picture in which weare all operating.</p><p>The event was also an opportunity for three of the learning providers in the East Midlands to present regionalcase studies on the service provided by the RSC. </p><p>Delegates using interactive technology during</p><p>the RSC round 3 launch event</p><p>The examples were drawn from differentsectors that we work with and thepresenters were: Dawn Green, Vice Principal at </p><p>Portland College Clare Holden, Learning Resources </p><p>Manager at Loughborough College Jim Beizsley, Quality and </p><p>Curriculum Manager at Derby Adult Learning Service</p><p>The presentations gave a chance forcolleagues at other learning providers tosee the full range of services that theRSC has on offer and for collaborationbetween providers.</p><p>It was also an opportunity for delegatesto network and discuss priorities andissues within their organisations.</p><p>Chris Hill, Manager of the RSC,summarised the day as an excellentopportunity for some new faces to learnabout the RSC and for some familiarfaces to see where the RSC is focusingits attention over the next three years. </p><p>A short film and photos from theevent are on the RSC website.</p><p>We were saddened to learn of the sudden death of Tony Burgessover Christmas. Tony was anenthusiastic supporter of thebenefits that the use oftechnology gives and will begreatly missed. </p><p>What service is on offer?RSC East Midlands have created a series of Information Sheets that outlinethe services on offer to learningproviders throughout the region thatwill help you to realise the full extentof the provision available.</p><p>Kevin Spencer, Information Officer at the RSC explained: the idea is that people should be able to get a good understanding of what we can do for them at a quick glance and then get intouch with us for moreinformation so that we can advise youon an individual basis.</p><p>Fifteen Information Sheets are currentlyavailable but as we progress there willbe more services identified by the RSCand learning providers, so more sheetswill be created to reflect the newservices on offer, as part of a process ofconstant improvement.</p><p>The Information Sheets can beaccessed and downloaded via the RSC website or please get intouch and we can send you copies.</p><p>The JISC R</p><p>egional Su</p><p>pport Cen</p><p>tre (RSC) e</p><p>xists to en</p><p>able </p><p>learning p</p><p>roviders to</p><p> realise th</p><p>e opportun</p><p>ities creat</p><p>ed </p><p>by new tec</p><p>hnologies.</p><p>It provides</p><p> a wide va</p><p>riety of se</p><p>rvices on </p><p>an individ</p><p>ual </p><p>and sector</p><p>-wide basi</p><p>s for the L</p><p>earning an</p><p>d Skills se</p><p>ctor.</p><p>Introduction</p><p> to your RS</p><p>C</p><p>Informatio</p><p>n</p><p>Sheet</p><p>1</p><p>Stimulating</p><p> and supp</p><p>orting </p><p>innovation</p><p> in learnin</p><p>g</p><p>Does e-learning make a difference in your organisation</p><p> and how do you know? What effect does investment in a learning platform </p><p>or interactive whiteboards have? </p><p>Does training staff in the pedagogy of e-learning raise</p><p>the quality of learning and teaching?</p><p>Measuring the impact of e-learning</p><p>InformationSheet</p><p>10</p><p>Stimulating and supporting innovation in learning</p><p>The JISC Regional Support Centre (RSC) can offer </p><p>you advice and guidance on a whole range of issues </p><p>relating to the use of new technology and e-learning.</p><p>Advice and Guidance</p><p>InformationSheet2</p><p>Stimulating and supporting </p><p>innovation in learning</p></li><li><p>3Focus On: TechnicalInfrastructure Service</p><p>Hints &amp; Tips</p><p>The latest remit has given rise tochanges in the support provided by the RSCs. This particularly applies to thetechnical support role which nowfocuses more directly on the strategicdevelopment of the technicalinfrastructure underpinningorganisational network systems, ratherthan providing direct technical support. </p><p>The role also advises on the key ITelements to be incorporated in thedesign of a new build, as well as adviceand guidance on the procurement andoperation of Management InformationSystems (MIS).</p><p>The technical infrastructure is of coursethere to support learning and teachingin the classroom and ever mindful ofthat, advice and guidance at thetechnical level will often focus onoptimising the learning environment. </p><p>This could be advice ranging from howto connect the interactive whiteboardsto the network system or advice on bestpractice to maintain the security andconfidentiality of information sharedbetween student and lecturer. </p><p>The security of the network will alsobecome increasingly challenging as the need for social networking sitesbecomes a focus for learning in theclassroom and the student who requiresaccess to the network on a Martini any time, any place, anywhere basis. </p><p>Institutions possibly now more than everneed to ensure that their networksystem is running at an optimum level.This is due to growing network demandsfor increased security requirements andinternet connectivity for downloadableresources requiring yet more bandwidth.</p><p>The RSC can help by undertaking a free,independent Network Healthcheckanalysis to understand how your currentnetwork infrastructure is performing.</p><p>This will help identify network trafficlevels and any actual and potentialbottlenecks within your network. Anadditional aim of the RSC NetworkHealthcheck is to encourage bestpractice in networks, systems andprocedures.</p><p>Part of the Network Healthcheck alsoinvolves identifying any skills gap thattechnical staff may be experiencing inorder to fulfil their role. The RSC would make recommendations fortraining and provide guidance on wherethis training could be undertaken. Itcould be a skills gap identified for some new technology that is on thehorizon, in which case the RSC wouldconsider providing a regional workshopand the formation of a forum group. Weare presently undertaking an analysis ofthe use of Microsoft SharePoint in theregion with this intention.</p><p>Other technologies affecting institutionsat the present time are those associatedwith wireless networking, e-portfoliosand Federated Access Management.There are institutions across the regionthat are currently installing, or haveinstalled, these and other systems andthe RSC will continue to facilitate thesharing of their expertise via the mailinglists, forums and workshops. </p><p>For further information on any of thetechnical infrastructure services weoffer please take a look at ourInformation Sheet 15, which isavailable on our website at www.rsc-em.ac.uk or alternativelyplease get intouch with our advisor,Gordon Millner (see opposite page for contact details).</p><p>Did you know that you can download the How to and Ask the expertfilms from Videojug to your phone, PSP and iPod? If not, it is worth a look as the process is relativelystraightforward providing you withease of access whenever your learnersor you want them.</p><p>Step 1If already registered login, if not followthe steps to register with Videojug.Search and find the video clip you wantto download.</p><p>Step 2Click on the download tab below thevideo clip and select the device youwant to download to. </p><p>Step 3Save the clip to your PC/laptop thenBluetooth or download to your phone,PSP or iPod.</p><p>www.videojug.comThe JISC Regional Support Centre (RSC) can offer you advice and guidance on a whole range of issues relating to the use of technology and help ensure your technical infrastructure is sound.</p><p>Technical Infrastructure Advice and Guidance</p><p>InformationSheet</p><p>15</p><p>Stimulating and supporting innovation in learning</p></li><li><p>ForthcomingEventsJanuary30</p><p>th(full day) Web2.0: emerging</p><p>practice and practicalapplication</p><p>February8th (pm) New Build Forum</p><p>14th (am) LRC Forum</p><p>14th (pm) EMIS Information Skills Meeting</p><p>18th (full day) Making the most of e-learning - a Work BasedLearning perspective</p><p>21st (full day) Getting your email and information under control</p><p>26th (full day) Strategic embedding of Moodle</p><p>Lucy Stone(Leicester College), Ruth Mable (Derby City LEA) &amp; Gill Coker(Connexions,Nottinghamshire)presented at the ILTForum last autumn</p><p>March4th (am) ILT Forum</p><p>4th (am) Heads of IT Forum</p><p>6th (am) Specialist CollegesForum</p><p>11th (am) Technical Forum</p><p>13th (am) Moodle Users Group</p><p>18th (full day) RSC Higher EducationConference 2008</p><p>April1st (full day) Effective Professional</p><p>Development for QTLS</p><p>8th (full day) Project Management</p><p>17th (am) Accessibility andInclusion Forum</p><p>June24th (full day) e-fair 2008</p><p>Get intouchJISC RSC East MidlandsLoughborough CollegeRadmoor RoadLoughboroughLeicestershireLE11 3BT</p><p>Tel: 01509 618110Email: support@rsc-em.ac.ukWeb: www.rsc-em.ac.uk</p><p>We have been visiting several learningproviders across the region operatingwithin different subject areas to raiseawareness of the RSC and what weprovide. These meetings have also beenused to research the use of technologywith providers and see what individualorganisations view as their priorities, inorder to gauge how e-learning can help them in the future.</p><p>The RSC has been working closely withthe existing WBL networks that are inplace in each of the counties that make up the East Midlands region. As well as visits we have delivered briefpresentations to several of thesenetworks, which have had goodrepresentation from the WBL providersin those areas.</p><p>The next stage for WBL is a regionallaunch for this sector which takes placeon Monday 18th February at EMFECConference Centre in Nottingham.The morning session will outline in moredetail the service provision that will beavailable to WBL providers, includingdetails of upcoming WBL forums, thelaunch of a WBL mailing list, and furtherinformation on which RSC services canbe accessed and how. There will also be</p><p>presentations by WBL providers whohave successfully embedded e-learningin their provision.</p><p>The afternoon session will be a series ofworkshops covering some of the mostpressing topics in the sector anddesigned to introduce WBL providers toe-portfolios, web 2.0 technologies andvirtual learning environments.</p><p>This event is free and available toanyone delivering Work BasedLearning in the region with an LSCcontract. Bookings can be made onour website at www.rsc-em.ac.uk andplaces will be on first come, firstserved basis.</p><p>Learning from each otherIn order t...</p></li></ul>