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Sarah Holyfield, 24 Jul, 2006

Tish Roberts has recently taken over as Programme Director of the e-Learning Programme. This seemed an opportune moment to interview Tish about how she sees the next phase of the programme.

Sarah Holyfield, 12 Jul, 2006

This article explores the role reference models are playing in the e-Framework, and describes the projects that have been developing this approach.

Christina Smart and Sarah Holyfield, 12 Jul, 2006

A light hearted exploration of how people think about technological concepts like service oriented architecture.

Eddie Gulc, 15 Jun, 2006

In this article Eddie Gulc describes the work of the Higher Education Academy and how it is working in partnership with JISC to support the implementation of the HEFCE e-Learning Strategy through a variety of initiatives.

Christina Smart, 15 May, 2006

For small open source development projects sustainability is always an issue. Project teams must constantly worry about where the next phase of funding will come from to continue developments. This article looks at some of the sustainability issues for technical development projects in the e-Learning Programme, illustrated with discussions from the recent OSS Watch conference, Open Source and Sustainability 2006, and looks at what JISC is doing to address these critical issues.

Sam Easterby-Smith and Christina Smart, 09 May, 2006

During 2005, JISC commissioned a set of eight demonstrator projects designed to take selected e-Framework for Education and Research Toolkits and integrate them with other systems. In addition to the technical integration work projects were also expected to conduct evaluations to gauge the quality and usefulness of the technology. This article discusses some of the first phase demonstrator projects, their achievements and the issues they faced.

Neil Fegen, 24 Apr, 2006

Neil Fegen, Assistant Co-ordinator of the CETIS Metadata Special Interest Group, provides an overview of the JISC funded search related web service projects and illustrates the potential benefits of this work with useful two scenarios.

Jane Plenderleith and Veronica Adamson, 25 Mar, 2006

Paul Bailey left his post as director of the JISC e-Learning Programme at the end of March 06 to pursue a different life. Glenaffric talked to him about his experiences, his views on educational technology developments in further and higher education, and his vision for the future of the e-Learning Programme.

Christina Smart, 22 Mar, 2006

A report from the JISC conference held on the 14th March 2006. From the e-Learning Programme there were sessions on the e-Framework for Education and Research, Transforming the Student Learning Experience, demonstrations of Petal and Open Mentor tools and the launch of the Designing Spaces for Effective Learning guide.

Martin Weller, 08 Feb, 2006

Martin Weller from the Open University discusses the reusability rationale behind the SLeD (Learning Design integration software toolkit) project and the challenges that arise from integrating IMS Learning Design with a service oriented approach.

Christina Smart, 17 Jan, 2006

The Distributed e-Learning (DeL) strand of the e-Learning Programme is funding the development of innovative, standards based, open source tools for students and teachers which aim to provide new opportunities for learning. This article looks at the rationale behind these projects and the tools that are being produced.

Rowin Young, 09 Jan, 2006

Assessment is a relatively mature e-learning area so its not surprising that there have been a number of successful JISC funded web service projects in this domain. In this article Rowin Young co-ordinator of the CETIS Assessment Special Interest Group discusses why assessment is important for the student learning experience with the aid of two scenarios and summarises the progress of some of the web service projects to date.

Balbir Barn, 09 Dec, 2005

Professor Balbir Barn’s article discusses the COVARM reference model project and how the approach they are taking will help institutions who are facing increasingly large bureaucratic demands.

Sarah Holyfield and Christina Smart, 08 Dec, 2005

The second JISC/CETIS Conference was held at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, on the 15th and 16th November. This, now annual, conference brings together many of the development community, particularly those working on JISC funded projects, along with domain experts and policy makers from further afield including the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.

Christina Smart & Sarah Holyfield, 08 Nov, 2005

A report from the Connecting Teachers and Technologists (Joint CETIS Enterprise SIG and CETIS Pedagogy Forum) meeting held in Manchester in the 18th October 2005. The focus of this meeting was on developing an understanding between the two communities and looking at the question of how teaching and learning can more closely inform technical developments.


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