SWGfL Merlin 6th Feb ‘08 - SWGfL choose RM and Netmedia partnership to deliver learning platform services Piloting in 3 phases between early May and late June Ready for early adopters in Sept ‘08
Funding Retained funding covering SWGfL Merlin licences for at least 3 years. Funding given to schools for purchase of further learning platform services such as VLEs (£3000 per school £20 per pupil)
Merlin Pilots Account Provisioning from SIMS (Early May) Functionality testing / admin tools (Mid May) Merlin-branded pilot - more functionality tests, uploading, customising etc - (mid/late June) Volunteer pilot schools may be sought when definite plans available Linda Duffy may be seconded 2 days/week until July to assist with training, implementation and engagement with SWGfL
Timelines Indicates milestone payments JanFebMarAprMayJunJulyAugSept - onwards Contract Hosting Install Pilots preparation Pilots Implementation - go live Testing and feedback Engagement and Training Early adopter Merlin available
Developing your school’s learning platform The foundation for your school’s learning platform – provided through SWGfL Merlin
A starting point… Building your school’s platform – plugging in your choice of tools An extended learning platform
What is happening in Dorset? Most Secondary schools have a VLE, but few have them embedded across the whole school A few Primary and Middle schools have tried out a VLE in addition to those that tried the SWGfL Portal Dorset e-ILP (Individual Learning Planner) - Chesil Partnership piloting in Summer term (plus others).The ILP has some VLE tools - primary schools already like the target setting module.
SWGfL Call-off contract The Grid is negotiating a call-off contract with suppliers from the Becta Learning Platform Framework Supplier catalogue for schools to help inform choice and save need for mini- tenders LA will pass on choices from schools to Grid for aggregated purchase, probably twice a year. LA will be the intermediary
What about the SWGfL Portal? Available as a central service until April 09 Purchase decision for individual schools thereafter (subject to approval by Dorset Schools Forum) Integrated with Merlin, so those schools still using it can continue, but Merlin will provide better community / communication tools.
SWGfL Portal Those schools wishing to migrate Portal usage to Merlin should talk to Linda Duffy about the logistics. Consider being a Merlin Early Adopter in Autumn or Spring Term Wind-down plans TBC. Old accounts need wiping and schools may wish to retrieve old content.