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Activity Week

The conference Activity Week was from the 15th November. The activities were from a variety of JISC projects, universities and colleges, and individuals, and are there so that people can share, and get feedback on, the resources they have produced, and the projects they have worked on. 

Recordings of presentations and associated materials are available below, where possible.

Presenter(s)  Organisation  Title  Description 
Doug Belshaw JISC infoNet Mobile Learning infoKit A practical guide for educational institutions planning to implement a mobile learning initiative.

John Kelly JISC Legal Mobile Learning – Identifying and Reducing the Legal Risks at your College Highlighting good legal practice for institutions as they launch and support mobile learning technologies

Geoff Rebbeck Consultant Beyond the VLE: Mapped qualifications in a Personal learning space

Demonstrating how the properties of REFLECT (Pebble Pad) can be used with a completely redesigned curriculum to allow the completion of an City & Guilds externally verified formal qualification, mapped to outcomes, using a reflective approach. 

Simon Bates and Judy Hardy University of Edinburgh Familiarity breeds content: using PeerWise to enhance online engagement and learning

Showcasing the PeerWise online environment, to illustrate to participants how it can be used by students to generate their own original assessment content in the form of multiple choice questions.

Jo Lambert and Matt Ramirez SCARLET SCARLET project  (Special Collections using Augmented Reality to Enhance Learning and Teaching)   

Pioneering Augmented Reality (AR) using mobile devices to enhance students’ use of special collections (SC) in libraries

Ralph Holland South Tyneside College iTunes U

Using iTunes to distribute digital information.

Peter Samson Middlesbrough Community Learning Service Amigos

Enabling learners in Spain to improve and practice their English and learners in the UK to improve their Spanish. 

Bex Ferriday Cornwall College Facebook in teaching and learning

Communicating with learners using Facebook.

Richard Speight Cartrefi Cymru You 2.0

A workshop exploring how and why using social media can help you to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.

Sheila MacNeill, Judith Pickering, Guy Pursey, Stephen Vickers Open University, University of Reading and Edinburgh University Enhancing and creating student centred portfolios in VLEs

Demonstrating a number of portfolio centric integrations and widgets being developed as part of the JISC DVLE Programme.

Peter Miller University of Liverpool Introduction to OpenSim Tour of a science-oriented immersive environment based on OpenSim, an open source equivalent to Second Life (TM), with opportunity to discuss broader implications for education, including networking via the Hypergrid.
Loretta Newman-Ford University of Wales Institute GradSpace

Using an online learning environment designed to support graduates’ transition into the workforce.

Sarah Cornelius and Carole Gordon University of Aberdeen Towards learner-informed guidelines for Virtual Classroom facilitators Guidelines for virtual classrooms covering practical matters such as the preparation of learners, effective protocols and the use of breakout rooms as well as issues of relationships, the impact of ‘minimalist’ learners and the role of the tutor.

Phil Ackroyd City College Norwich Screencasting Variety Showcase

A look at the different uses screencasting is being put to at City College Norwich. 

Helen Brady Worcester College of Technology Digital Literacy A project researching into digital literacy.

Tim O'Riordan JISC Digital Media It’s good to EdMediaShare Making it easier for educators and learners to find useful online video to support teaching, learning and research.

Amy Robinson VADS Spot the Difference Project Investigating the complex and nebulous concept of ‘visual plagiarism’ and the relevance of visual search technology in this area.

Tony Delahunty College of North West London Mobile devices in the classroom

Converting existing resources for mobile devices, and accessing these in class. Using screencasts, videos, apps, and web content with students in Automotive Studies. 

Ellen Lessner Abingdon and Witney College Digital literacy induction for the whole college

Designed to be delivered in tutor groups with a choice of text or video. No expertise required by the teacher!


Alan Masson and Simon Cross The Open University and University of Ulster Identifying and changing key curriculum design practices  

Examining the process of how institutions identify and then seek to change the curriculum design processes and practices. (This session complements the main conference session on curriculum design).

Paul Bartholomew and Jim Everett Birmingham City University and the University of Strathclyde Socio-technical ramifications of a new technology-supported approach to course design and approval

Demonstrating new technology-supported approaches to designing and approving courses. (This session complements the main conference session on curriculum design).

Frances Bell and Lou McGill Salford Business School, and Consultant  Digital Literacy - a conversation between Frances Bell and Lou McGill

We will discuss issues around teacher/learner roles, dialogue, identity,reflection and storytelling.