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1 JISC Regional Support Centres Stimulating and Supporting Innovation in Learning Theresa Welch, Alan Crawford Thomas E-Learning Advisors, RSC West Midlands

2  Supporting the development of e-learning, working directly with learning providers since 2000.  Work though regional teams based in 13 locations throughout the UK  Broad remit covers teaching and learning, staff development, strategy and management, e- learning technology, learning resources and accessibility. Support for E-learning…

3 Identify and Share Best Practice If you have an example of good practice in e-learning that you would like to share contact Kirsty Hill by e-mail at

4 It could be you…! Regional Example

5 Regional Staff Development Workshops, bespoke in-house training events, regional events – includes development for teacher training Typical staff development activities include: Introduction to E-Learning Getting to Grips with Interactive Whiteboards Change Management Learning Technologies Showcase Day Online Conference E-Portfolios Forum See RSC website for details:

6 Other e-learning staff development Partner workshops and events: NIACE E-Guides : Three days of hands on, workshop - style training. Developing an action plan for cascade training E-CPD Programme : New Programme commissioned by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service. Opportunity for practitioners to support and enhance learning through the effective use of technology. LSIS Connect - focuses on the development of ILT strategies. One day interactive session followed up by distance coaching and half day mentoring. LSIS Realise : focuses on helping work based learning providers manage change. One-day leadership programme with ongoing support for up to three months. See RSC communications for details:

7 Signposting Funding Opportunities E-CDP Showcase Projects - Submit a showcase project - £2000 Closing date March 09. ALP’s Learning Innovation Grant (LIG) programme Already secured funding for Round 4. Further rounds may be possible. LSC Capital Grants – for staff development Last round of funding offered up to £22,500 per provider. See RSC website ( for more details of future opportunities. MOLENET: Mobile Learning Network - Opportunities to work with FE to secure funding.

8 Forums and online support

9 Demonstrate new technologies Assessing the need for technology Evaluation and selection process of technology Implementation of technology Examples of innovation and good practice Other Advice and Guidance…

10 JISC Digital Media

11 JISC Legal

12 JISC TechDis

13 JISC Netskills

14 JISC Infonet

15 Communications…

16 Tools for E-Learning

17 Asus EEEpcs Smaller than an A5 pad and weighing less than 1kg Combines the portability and quick-start of a PDA with the capabilities of a laptop. Solid-state hard drive provides fast boot-up / shut-down and preserves user files. Integrated webcam microphone and speakers Many come with Open Office and other Free and other free and Open Source Software Excellence Gateway Case studies

18 Digital Video Cameras Raised considerable interest in teaching and learning because of their portability, ease of use and starting at just £35 their price! The basic Disgo model has only three buttons so you can’t go far wrong with using it either making it a great tool for learners to use (to capture evidence for e-portfolios for example). There are a couple of models available, the basic Disgo video retailing at £35 or a disgo Video Pro at £99.99.basic Disgo videodisgo Video Pro Additions – new models with LCD displays. Extra memory Excellence Gateway Case studies

19 Micro Projector Ideal for impromptu meetings, small group presentations. Switch off instantly and put in your pocket, allowing you to take it anywhere Compatible with laptops, video MP3 players, video mobile phones and other multimedia devices. Powered by either on-board battery (up to 60 minutes continuous presentation) or AC mains. Projects video and 'still' content up to 1270mm (50") image size. Needs better resolution to be effective in classroom setting.

20 Ipod, ITouch Mobile wireless enabled device that allows the user the to access educational content online or by physical download. Audio playback (Podcasts of lessons; audio books etc). Audio recording - external microphone required Review videos or images (coursework, demonstration of new skills/evidence) Audio playback : Up to 36 hours when fully charged Video playback : Up to 6 hours when fully charged

21 Digital Notepads Looks like an ordinary notepad and clipboard, but stand-alone device that has storage capability built in. Digitally captures and stores everything you write or draw with ink on ordinary paper, without the use of a computer and special paper. Can then upload and digitally view, edit, organize and share your handwritten notes in Windows. Additions – Extra memory. New forms function. Excellence Gateway Case studies

22 Interactive Whiteboards Can be used for interactivity e.g. labelling activities, with PowerPoint. Showing photographs, scan students work and show on whiteboard. Who wants to be a millionaire type activities. Additions - voting pads and active slates Excellence Gateway Case studies Whiteboard resources on RSC wiki

23 Digital Voice Recorders Can be used to capture professional discussions. Record conversations with a learner. Files can be attached electronically as witness statements to the learners file. Additions – extra storage, more features. Easy to overlay audio onto images that show activity being undertaken. Excellence Gateway Case studies

24 Resources for E-Learning





29 JISC Digitisation Programme

30 Contact… Theresa Welch E-Learning Advisor (WBL) Tel: 01902 518976 Email: E-Learning Updates: Wobble Allen Crawford-Thomas eLearning Advisor - Teaching and Learning Tel: 01902 518930 E-mail: RSC Website:

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