Contents
Feature article
Google Wave in Education
In my opinion
Even August
Interview with the University of Manchester's Faculty e-Learning Managers
Project updates
The impact of OpenLearn: making The Open University more "Open"
Learning Pool
How to
How to create a live online learning event
Case studies
Develop Me! Support Me! Engage (and retain) Me!
E-learning to work
ALT news
Chief Executive's report
News
JISC launches strategy for 2010-2012
E-books for FE
Editorial
Sections
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Editorial
by Morag Munro


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Chief Executive's report
by Seb Schmoller


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Google Wave in Education
by Alan Cann, Jo Badge, Dick Moore and Cameron Neylon

Google Wave logoElectronic publishing remains rooted in the print era while at the same time educational practice is moving beyond the "document-centric" approach.  Google's new Wave technology shows one way in which new forms of publishing and interactive educational approaches might come together.


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How to create a live online learning event
by Phil Green

In the first of two articles Phil Green explores the possibilities for live collaborative online learning and the implications this will have for trainers and educators.

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JISC launches strategy for 2010-2012
by Malcolm Read

In the coming years, higher and further education in the UK will face increasing economic pressures as well as trying to meet the demand for an ever more enhanced student experience. With the launch of its 2010-2012 strategy, JISC shows how it can support institutions to manage the transition and the benefits gained through exploiting digital technologies.


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Develop Me! Support Me! Engage (and retain) Me!
by Becka Currant

Develop Me! ScreenshotThe University of Bradford have provided a social networking space for students and staff to engage in since 2006. This article explains why a social network was created, describes how Ning has been utilised to provide the space, and outlines the Develop Me! approach to skills development and student engagement.


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Even August
Learning Technologies at the University of Oxford
by Melissa Highton

Melissa Highton reflects on her first year as Head of the Learning Technologies Group at Oxford University. The group provide IT services, teach skills to thousands of members of the University, publish open code and carry out pedagogical research. Oxford projects in podcasting, community created collections, virtual worlds, green IT and computer modelling have all hit the headlines this year.


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Interview with the University of Manchester's Faculty e-Learning Managers
by Graham McElearney

In November 2009, I was very fortunate to be able to cross the Pennines and go and interview the University of Manchester’s four Faculty e-Learning managers about how they tackle the provision of e-Learning at Britain’s largest campus-based university.  The following represents a heavily edited digest of two hours lively discussion in which we talked about everything from the pressures on university funding, to the latest Web 2.0 initiatives. We have made the full interview available both as an audio podcast, and as a transcript.


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The impact of OpenLearn: making The Open University more "Open"
by Patrick McAndrew and Andy Lane

Openlearn screenshotIn 2006 The Open University launched the OpenLearn site offering access to free and open resources from The Open University. The OpenLearn initiative is having a lasting impact in several ways: influencing actions in the University, attracting new actions in the UK Higher Education sector, and leading to new research work to extend our understanding of the value of OER.


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Learning Pool
Sink or swim
by Donald Clark

Donald Clark shows how enabling public sector organisations to share the design, development and delivery of online training has resulted in savings to the public purse of £1,422,500.
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E-learning to work
How e-learning is being used in prisons to teach offenders practical work based skills (and help the environment!)
by David Patterson, Gillian Broadhead and Peter Murphy

18-prison-coverThis article outlines development of a bespoke piece of e-learning supporting offenders in prison to acquire new skills in disassembling redundant IT equipment as per the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive. The findings highlight the role that well designed e-learning can play when working with disadvantaged and difficult learners. 


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E-books for FE
3000 e-textbooks now live and free to FE colleges
by Anna Vernon

The Learning Skills Council/JISC funded e-books for FE project provides every Further Education (FE) college in the UK with access to 3000 e-books for 5 years. As a result FE students have access to a digital library 24 hours a day, 7 days a week under unlimited, simultaneous user access, meaning that unlike the print world, a text book will never be out of stock.
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