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1 Supporting further and higher education JISC Regional Town Meeting on Distributed e-Learning Pilot Projects

2 Agenda Morning session – briefing on the circular 10:30 Introduction and overview of the Distributed eLearning Programme Overview of the circular – Sarah Davies, JISC 11:00 Setting the regional scene – John Selby, HEFCE 11:15 e-Learning activity in the West Midlands – Peter Kilcoyne, JISC Regional Support Centre 11:30 The bidding and selection process – Richard McKenna, JISC 11:45 Question and Answer Session 12:30 Lunch

3 Agenda Afternoon session – workshop 13:30 Introduction to workshop. Presentation of priority regional themes identified by delegates in pre-meeting questionnaire. 13:45 Group discussions on ways of exploring the themes in the circular within the regional context Groups will share ideas on themes and potential projects, and begin to prioritise these in preparation to feed back to the rest of the group. 14:45 Tea 15:00 Plenary – feedback and discussion on priority themes identified by each group. 15.30 Close

4 Supporting further and higher education JISC e-Learning Programme Paul Bailey Programme Director Distributed e-Learning

5 JISC activities 1999-2004 Aims –To explore the concept of MLEs –To share effective practice £5 million Managed Learning Environments development programmes –Programmes in HE, FE, across sectors Awareness-raising Surveys and studies

6 Overview of the e-Learning Programme Four strands –e-Learning pedagogy –e-Learning framework and tools –Innovations in e-learning –Distributed e-learning Process of consultation, strategic networking, review and analysis, around a range of short studies, pilots and larger projects…

7 Supporting further and higher education Distributed e-Learning April 04 – Mar 06

8 Distributed e-Learning ( a definition ) Distributed e-Learning is the effective use of technology to assist learners to access, piece together and manage the learning they do throughout their life, in a range of institutional, informal and work-based settings.

9 Distributed e-Learning …will facilitate lifelong learning and wider participation in HE by providing learners with: A more seamless learning experience Better learning tools Easier access to personal learning information such as portfolios Access to greater quantities of quality- assured learning materials

10 Work Plan Regional Pilots of Distributed e-Learning Year 1 (Apr 04 –Mar 05) Q1 | Q2 | Q3 | Q4 | Year 2 (Apr 04 –Mar 06) Q1 | Q2 | Q3 | Q4 | Repositories Pilots e-Learning Tools Supporting Studies HE Academy Projects Reviews and guidelines on distributed e- learning Consolidate tools E-Learning Infrastructure

11 Work Packages WP1: e-learning infrastructure (£1M) WP2: Repositories for e-learning (£1M) WP3: E-learning tools (£3M) WP4: Exploring e-Learning HE Academy and Subject Centres (£1.3M) WP5: Studies/Collaboration (£2M) WP6: Regional Pilots (£3.6M)


13 For more information Paul Bailey

14 Supporting further and higher education Circular 7/04: Regional e- Learning Pilot Projects around Distributed e-Learning Sarah Davies Programme Manager

15 Aim of the distributed e- learning pilot projects To explore the use of e-learning systems and tools across a number of institutions within a region to facilitate wider participation in HE and provide better opportunities for lifelong learners.

16 Project themes 1: Facilitating progression Pilots which make it easier for learners from a wide range of backgrounds to find out about, apply for, and access HE. May also support progression from HE into further study or employment. For example: –Lifelong learner record –PDP, electronic application, online portfolios –Systems integrating HE & work-based learning –Systems facilitating enrolment and progression on collaboratively taught courses

17 2: Collaborative teaching & sharing of resources across institutions Pilots that extend the range of learning opportunities and learning materials available to learners by sharing learning resources or learning services across institutions For example, supporting: –Delivery of courses, modules or lessons… –Student collaboration on projects… –Teacher collaboration on course development… –Adaptation and reuse of learning resources… –Sharing of questions and tests… …across more than one institution

18 3: Supporting the independent lifelong learner Pilots that use e-learning technology to enable learners to access resources and manage all their learning in one place > Personal learning environment Bringing together formal study, independent study, informal non-accredited learning and work-based learning Examples of activities: –Planning and reflecting on learning –Communicating and collaborating with peers and tutors –Assessing progress or attainment –Engaging in learning activities –Maintaining a record of achievements

19 Key messages about the pilots Projects need to: Be centred on a good idea that meets a real regional need Be related to lifelong learning and widening participation Use e-learning Be from partnerships of institutions Demonstrate what is achievable –So that it can be adopted and built upon by others Be funded for 12-15 months Be sustainable and scalable

20 These projects are NOT: A complete regional solution –but rather demonstrations of what can be done in a region –They do not have to include all institutions within a region Technical development projects Research projects Content creation projects

21 Deliverables Pilots showing demonstrable examples of distributed e-learning Evaluation report Illustration of achievements, eg: –Use cases and scenarios –Case studies –Technical specifications within ELF –Exploration of implications, benefits and opportunities of distributed e- learning

22 Building on existing work Pilots should build on existing work in the following areas: Institutions own initiatives Regional initiatives JISC development work –See briefing document

23 Technical approach Service-oriented approach –Each component in the system is defined in terms of the services it provides to other components –Standards define how each service works – commands, replies, data transfer –Technology used inside component is irrelevant to system as whole –Services map onto business processes –E-Learning Framework Open systems approach –Open standards and open source

24 Technical approach Projects should aim to work within this approach where practicable Can incorporate proprietary and legacy software if need be In your proposal, explain what you would like to do and JISC will work with you to develop full technical plan if project is funded Demonstrate an understanding of the approach and technical ability to work within it

25 Using Shibboleth in pilots Open-source, standard-based technology for access management Additional funding of up to £40K per project available for acting as early adopter of Shibboleth Possible examples of use: –Students from one institution access content or services from another –Students from different institutions collaborate and share resources –Addressing the requirements of students that are members of multiple institutions. Budget Shibboleth effort separately

26 Supporting further and higher education The regional context Setting the regional scene John Selby, HEFCE e-Learning activity in the West Midlands Peter Kilcoyne, JISC Regional Support Centre

27 Supporting further and higher education Bidding Process and Criteria Richard McKenna Programme Manager Distributed e-Learning

28 Funding JISC Distributed eLearning Programme –HEFCE funding source Up to £350k allocated per region –1-3 project per region –Additional fund may be allocated to larger regions or inter-regional collaborations Up to £40k per project for Shibboleth early adopters Note - proposals can only be funded that meet criteria – even there is only one proposal per region

29 Timetable Sep- Oct 04 Town Meetings Oct 04 – Nov 04 Bid Writing and Coordination –Follow regional arrangements for coordination and bidding Nov 15 th 04 Submit proposal Mid-December 04 Successful bidders notified January 05: Projects develop a detailed technical plan with JISC January–April 05 Start project

30 Bid writing and coordination Partnership of institutions, led by HEI to include FE Colleges and others e.g. schools Role of HE Associations –Coordinate proposals (optional) –Ensure regional focus –Avoid second stage selection Ensure your project meets –Regional criteria and bidding process –Theme(s) and criteria of the circular

31 Structure Introduction Consortium details Project description –State how you meet the regional priorities –Demonstrate an understanding of a service-oriented approach and the eLearning Framework –Include user scenarios –Address IPR and sustainability issues Budget Key personnel Contact

32 Budget & Project Plan Clear & Detailed –clarifying total cost to JISC Breakdown across partners & project activities Staff costs –proportion of time, include salary increases Travel & subsistence, consumables Dissemination & Embedding Evaluation

33 Institutional Contribution Overheads –space, heating, lighting Staff resources –HR time, Finance dept. Use of existing equipment & software Contributions –e.g. Dissemination Institutional contributions help show value for money

34 Evaluation Criteria Quality (20%) –How well it fits the brief and regional priorities. Impact (20%) –Benefit to teaching and learning. Sustainability (10%) –Plan beyond end of funding. Partnership/dissemination (10%) Value for money (10%) Strength of the consortium (15%) Previous experience (15%)

35 Selection Review –Regional Advisory Group Marking –members of the Distributed eLearning Advisory Board Selection Panel –members of the Distributed eLearning Advisory Board

36 Checklist for Final Stages Deadline (12 noon on Monday 15 November 2004) –Letter(s) of support from Partners, HE Association, Senior Manager –Cover Sheet –Main body of proposal - max. 10 single- sided A4 sheets (do not exceed) –Optional appendices, e.g. staff CVs Hard copy & electronic copy by deadline Do not rely on first class post!

37 Relevant URLs Distributed e-Learning Copy of the Circular JISC Strategy Project Management Guidelines Terms & Conditions of Grant

38 Supporting further and higher education Questions Summary of Q&A session and afternoon session will be available at

39 Supporting further and higher education Lunch Dont forget to hand in your completed pre-meeting questionnaire Please be back here at 1.30

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