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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.


  • 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Becoming e-enabled: the results

    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.

    intouchthe termly newsletter produced by RSC East Midlands Spring 2008 Volume 6: Issue 2

    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 .

    Stimulating and supportinginnovation in learning

    Contents1 Becoming e-enabled:

    the results

    2 New advisor starts

    2 Round Three launch

    3 Focus on: RSC technicalinfrastructure service

    3 Hints and Tips

    4 Work Based Learningupdate

    4 Technology ExemplarNetwork

    4 Forthcoming events

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    embedded 17%

    transformative 45%

    coordinated 21%

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    How would you describe the use of e-learning in your organisation?

  • We were delighted to welcomeGordon Millner to RSC East Midlandsin October last year as the newadvisor for Technical Infrastructure for the region.

    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).

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Gordon MillnerTel: 01509 618120Mobile: 07799 470287Email:

    New Advisorfor TechnicalInfrastructure

    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.


    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.

    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.

    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.

    Delegates using interactive technology during

    the RSC round 3 launch event

    The examples were drawn from differentsectors that we work with and thepresenters were: Dawn Green, Vice Principal at

    Portland College Clare Holden, Learning Resources

    Manager at Loughborough College Jim Beizsley, Quality and

    Curriculum Manager at Derby Adult Learning Service

    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.

    It was also an opportunity for delegatesto network and discuss priorities andissues within their organisations.

    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.

    A short film and photos from theevent are on the RSC website.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    The Information Sheets can beaccessed and downloaded via the RSC website or please get intouch and we can send you copies.

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    Does e-learning make a difference in your organisation

    and how do you know? What effect does investment in a learning platform

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    Does training staff in the pedagogy of e-learning raise

    the quality of learning and teaching?

    Measuring the impact of e-learning



    Stimulating and supporting innovation in learning

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    you advice and guidance on a whole range of issues

    relating to the use of new technology and e-learning.

    Advice and Guidance


    Stimulating and supporting

    innovation in learning

  • 3Focus On: TechnicalInfrastructure Service

    Hints & Tips

    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.

    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).

    The technical infrastructure is of coursethere to support learning and teachingin the classroom and ever mindful ofthat, advice and guidance at thetechnical level wi


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