BCE webcast from the JISC Advisory Services

July 3, 2007

JISC Legal will be hosting a free to view webcast on 18 July 2007 on Business and Community Engagement – The Legal Issues. The aim of this webcast is to raise awareness of the legal issues involved in BCE activities (for instance, copyright) and show how JISC Legal, through its guidance publications and case studies, can assist colleges and universities with these issues. There will also be contributions from the other JISC Advisory Services (JISC infoNet , Netskills , TechDis and TASI) to show how they can use their expertise to support institutions with their BCE activities.

The webcast is directed at UK further and higher education staff working in areas related to knowledge transfer, work based learning, community links, outreach, CPD, employer engagement, wider participation, and lifelong learning.

You can find further information about the programme and how to access the webcast by visiting the webcast section of the JISC Legal website.

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e-Learning Gathering Momentum

July 3, 2007

I am attending an RSC SW Event at City of Bristol College, e-Learning Gathering Momentum.  Interesting for me as I am back at City of Bristol college where I was a Business lecturer for many years. Meeting old colleagues has been nice.

At the moment Angela Harvey from the RSC SW is introducing the door, but is also mentioning the CAMEL approach.

Should be an interesting and informative day.


100 ways to use a VLE – #33 Preparation

July 3, 2007

It is very useful for a student to undertake reading or similar before the lesson, it prepares them and gives a background to the topic of the session.

Often in a course you may require students to read a chapter from a textbook in preparation for the next session.

You can do something similar with resources on a VLE.

Resources you could ask your students to read or go through could include one or more of the following:

• NLN Learning Object;
• resource from Ferl/QIA website;
• resource downloaded from the JISC JORUM repository;
• a specific web link (or selection of web links);
• a resource you have created and uploaded to the VLE;
• a series of questions to ascertain the previous knowledge.

One of the advantages of a VLE is that the use of the resource by learners can be tracked so you will have an idea of who has actually done what you asked.

A specific example of this to show how you can do this.

For the GCE AS History you need to study the Russian Revolution.

NLN History Learning Objects 

There are a range of NLN Learning Objects which cover History and one covers 1917 – the year of revolution: The failure of the provisional government and the success of the Bolsheviks.

Prior to starting the topic you could ask your students to look at and read the learning object on the VLE in the same way you may get them to read a chapter from a book.

They will then be able to have a background to Russian Revolution of 1917 which will enable you to focus on the issues rather than starting from scratch.