e-Learning Focus http://www.elearning.ac.uk e-Learning Focus http://www.elearning.ac.uk/logo.jpg http://www.elearning.ac.uk/ Using Enterprise WS to Connect Smirkboard to Perception http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/smirkboard2perception In this article Steve Bennett describes the Smirkboard to Perception toolkit demonstrator project which used Enterprise web services and the Sweet.net toolkit to transfer student and group data between Smirkboard (presentation software) and Question Mark Perception. No publisher christina demonstrator enterprise smirkboardtoperception sweet 2006-12-18 17:25:52 How to do Enterprise Architecture; a report from a session at the JISC Conference 2009. http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/EAsession There was plenty of practical advice on offer at the Paradox of the agile institution: Enterprise Architectures as a strategic enabler of change session at the annual JISC conference this week [1]. The session heard from a number of speakers from institutions now using enterprise architecture (EA) and service oriented approaches (SOA) in practice. No publisher christina soa enterprise architecture 2009-03-26 13:54:54 Lost in Translation: Getting teachers and techies talking http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/translation 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. No publisher christina bert enterprise making tracks pedagogy 2005-12-06 18:53:56 Educational Content SIG and Pedagogy Forum meeting report http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/ecsigandpedforum Liverpool Hope University hosted the joint JISC CETIS Educational Content Special Interest Group and Pedagogy Forum meeting last week which focused on the JISC Design for Learning programme (D4L). There were updates on the two Pedagogy Planner projects three projects at Liverpool Hope which are using the IMS LD specification, and reports were given on LAMS version 2 and the TENCompetence project. No publisher christina learning design pedagogy 2007-05-04 12:42:45 Effective Learning Design using LAMS http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/lamswshop A report from the LAMS (Learning Activity Management System) evaluation workshop held in Birmingham 11 January 2005. No publisher christina learning design pedagogy 2005-07-05 14:25:22 Can web service technology really help enable ’coherent diversity’ in e-learning? http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/pedagandws Scott Wilson explores technology and pedagogy and suggests that a service oriented approach to system design could lead to greater pedagogic diversity No publisher sarah elf key pedagogy web services 2005-07-05 14:25:38 Large Scale deployment of web services at London Met http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/wsatlondonmet There are as yet relatively few examples of web services being used on a large scale in an educational institution. Like other universities the newly formed London Metropolitan University faces the challenge of managing information located across different systems and departments. In response London Met have embarked on a cross-institutional project to integrate information from many of the university MIS systems, such as student records and finance systems using a service oriented approach. We talked to Paul Walk the Enterprise Information Integration (EII) Service Oriented Architecture project manager. No publisher christina case study enterprise web services 2005-10-26 13:16:46 Opening the Door to Learner Participation in Projects http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/learnerpartic The beneficiaries of institutional projects are often the students, but how often do we ask them about what they want out of a project? In putting together a bid to JISC, Paul Richardson and Graham Hall from Coleg Harlech asked a small group of students about the social software technologies they were using and why. The answers provide an interesting snapshot of the student experience at Coleg Harlech. No publisher christina 2007-06-20 17:11:44 MCQFM: Towards a Web 2.0 Approach to Objective Testing http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/mcqfm Steve Bennett describes the MCQFM (Multiple Choice Questions Five Methods) toolkit project which has produced a simple notation for multiple choice questions (QTEXT) to facilitate conversion into a QTI format. The project has also produced a web service with five functions which can be integrated into any application. Steve begins by discussing the difficulties of translating questions between different objective test formats. No publisher christina assessment mcqfm 2007-12-12 07:33:56 R2Q2: Rendering and Reponses Processing for QTIv2 Question Types http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/r2q2 Gary Wills and Lester Gilbert explain the R2Q2 toolkit project which has built web services to display and process questions using version 2 of the IMS Question and Test Interoperability specification. No publisher christina assessment r2q2 2006-10-30 17:51:25 CETIS 08:Technology for Learning, Teaching and the Institution http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/cetis08 The institution and IT managers were at the heart of the discussions at JISC CETIS's 5th annual conference two weeks ago in Birmingham. This report outlines the keynote presentations by Andrew Feenberg and Stuart Lee and collects the many lively tweets, blog posts, flickr photos and videos from the event. No publisher christina cetis-2008-conference 2008-12-09 20:14:56 Report from the JISC CETIS conference 2007: Beyond standards http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/conf2007 We report from the JISC CETIS conference; "Beyond Standards - Holistic Approaches to Educational Technology and Interoperability" held on the 20th and 21st November 2007 at the Lakeside Conference Centre, Aston, Birmingham. The conference gathered invited delegates to debate the innovative systems of the future and how JISC could support their development. No publisher christina innovation standards cetis-2007-conference 2007-12-03 16:38:48 Group Calendar Web Service toolkit project http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/gcws Selwyn Lloyd describes the recent Group Calendar Web Service toolkit project which is designed to enable interoperability between institutional calendaring systems. No publisher christina calendaring enterprise toolkit 2007-12-03 15:44:34 New XCRI Course Locator http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/xcrimashup The exchanging course related information (XCRI) project has produced a prototype web service aggregator which will allow students to locate courses they’re interested in through a Google Maps like interface. No publisher christina e-admin enterprise xcri 2006-10-17 13:53:25 SWORD: Cutting Through the Red Tape to Populate Learning Materials Repositories http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/sword This in-depth article by Sarah Currier, the Product Manager for Intrallect Ltd., introduces SWORD (Simple Web-service Offering Repository Deposit) to those interested in sharing, reuse, repurposing and management of teaching and learning materials. The article provides an overview of the tool, technical details of how SWORD works and four case study vignettes, or SWORD Stories, on work that is already under way, which illustrate how SWORD streamlines the process of depositing learning materials into repositories. No publisher christina content content management repositories sword 2009-02-02 20:03:33 Report from the JISC e-Framework for Education and Research workshop http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/eFrameworkworkshop A report from the JISC e-Framework for Education and Research workshop which took place on February 12th at the Aston Business School Conference Centre where projects were updated on the latest e-Framework developments. No publisher christina 2007-04-02 11:30:16 Unleashing Enterprise Architectures report http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/unleashingEA In August TechWatch published their report on the recent JISC Enterprise Architectures pilot projects. "Unleashing EA:Institutional Architectures and the value of joined up thinking" offers a comprehensive overview of the successes and challenges faced by the projects and discusses the applicability of the approach to Higher Education. No publisher christina enterprise architecture soa 2009-11-18 13:13:20 CETIS09: A Brave New World? http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/cetis09 Reflections from the CETIS09 conference held in Birmingham last week. Everyone will have had their own experience, so this is not a comprehensive report but picks out some of our highlights of the event. No publisher christina cetis-2009-conference 2009-11-18 12:13:05 Managing quality and improving efficiency in the course validation process http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/covarmbriefing 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. No publisher sarah covarm del enterprise reference models 2005-12-09 11:26:03 Resources on writing successful JISC bids (updated) http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/bid2 It’s that time of year again – bid writing time. Given the number of JISC calls for proposals that are out at the moment I thought I’d update an article I published last year with some links to resources on how to write a good bid. No publisher christina bid-resources 2008-07-01 14:37:16 Open Educational Content for Informal Learners: Beyond the Horizon? http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/OERinformal This article by Paul Richardson of RSC Wales explores the world of Open Educational Resources from the perspective of informal learners. Paul argues that while open content offers many opportunities a number of barriers are preventing many informal adult learners from using these resources. The article explores technical issues, business models for resource production and the context of adult community learning, and suggests ways in which these barriers can be overcome. No publisher christina informal oer informal learning 2009-10-14 09:34:56 Transforming Institutions Through e-Learning http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/Transformation Two years ago the Scottish Funding Council funded six projects with the aims of achieving “accelerated strategic change using e-learning”. These projects have now reached the end of their funded period. We spoke to Lou McGill the JISC programme manager for the e-Learning Transformation Programme about what the projects have achieved so far. No publisher christina assessment eportfolio pedagogy 2007-11-05 15:51:31 E- Framework Services for Course Evaluation project http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/feature.2007-11-19.7325470764 Lester Gilbert describes the EFSCE project which developed a toolkit for course evaluation, and discusses the ease with which previously developed web services can be reused for new purposes. No publisher christina assessment demonstrator e-framework toolkit 2007-12-05 10:44:42 Transforming the Curriculum http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/curriculummeeting Some might argue that the National Curriculum is at the core of our education system. Curriculum is also at the very core of higher and further education, providing a blue print for what teachers teach and what learners learn. How to transform the curriculum was the problem being discussed at this week’s JISC Curriculum Delivery and Design Programme meetings, “Transformation: Managing and Measuring Change” at Aston University [1], [2]. No publisher christina curriculum design curriculum delivery transformation change 2009-05-15 12:26:10 ResourceBrowser: Using Social Networking and Ontologies to Share Learning Resources http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/resourcebrowser In this article John Scott from the Chimera Institute, University of Essex, introduces ResourceBrowser a toolkit demonstrator project which links learning resources with the network of practitioners that created them. No publisher christina content content management delta eprofile ontology pedagogy resourcebrowser 2007-12-05 10:52:21 The community sets priorities for the e-Framework http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/edinburgh_conf 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. No publisher sarah assessment e-framework elf elp enterprise eportfolio integration learning design personal learning reference models repositories 2007-01-17 15:36:02 Taking a creative approach to our future http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/ims2009 Attendees at the recent IMS Learning Impact Conference 2009 held in Barcelona agreed that creativity and innovation in education were of critical importance in enabling us to adapt to the radical changes taking place in our environment. No publisher sarah innovation international standards creativity 2009-06-04 14:10:17 Evaluating the Toolkit and Demonstrator projects http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/toolkitsreview Wilbert Kraan and Scott Wilson from JISC CETIS review the 22 JISC toolkit and 12 toolkit demonstrator projects completed to date. One of the findings is that a strong developer community is a vital part of sustaining and building on any individual toolkit or demonstrator project. Another is that these smaller projects were successful in building up open-source development capacity and soa expertise in UK universities and colleges. No publisher christina demonstrator e-framework elf elp key toolkit 2007-07-12 18:41:06 Enterprise and e-Portfolio SIG meeting Report http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/entportsig A brief report from the Joint meeting of the JISC-CETIS Enterprise and Portfolio Special Interest Groups where the LIPID, SUNIWE and XCRI projects reported on the highs and lows of using web services. No publisher christina enterprise eportfolio lipid pdp suniwe xcri 2006-09-25 13:29:47 Paul Bailey's reflections on e-learning http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/paulbailey 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. No publisher sarah elearningprogramme 2006-03-25 16:07:00 JISC Next Generation Environments Conference http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/nextgenevent The Next Generation Environments Conference held at Aston Business School on 27 April 2007 explored the role of new technologies and next generation environments in higher education. The conference was aimed at senior policy-makers and influencers in the area of learning, teaching and research within higher education institutions. No publisher sarah web2.0 next generation 2007-07-18 15:11:53 An interview with the new Director of the e-Learning Programme http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/interviewtr 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. No publisher sarah elearningprogramme 2006-07-24 16:33:24 Leap2A: Developing Portfolio Interoperability http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/feature.2011-05-16.6960676617 With the launch of a new web site for Leap2A http://www.leapspecs.org/2A/ we look back over the last five years of development of the Leap2A portfolio specification and talk to some of the project teams about what has been achieved so far. No publisher christina portfolio leap2a piop 2011-05-16 15:24:19 Report from Innovating e-Learning 2008 http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/feature.2008-11-06.7675176246 The first two days of the JISC online conference, Innovating e-Learning 2008: Learning in a digital age - Are we prepared? has been attended by 400 delegates. Theme 1 looked at embracing the future today, with stimulating discussion sessions about web 2.0, e-portfolios, supporting staff, listening to learners and learning space design. The conference continues today with Theme 2: Going boldly into the dark. No publisher christina conference e-learning elp innovation 2008-11-06 14:36:04 Enterprise Web Services Projects http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/entws In the UK the enterprise community has been one of the first to embrace the concept of web services and service oriented approaches. Enterprise is the area of e-learning focusing on interoperability between VLEs and Student Record Systems. Vashti Zarach, co-ordinator of the CETIS Enterprise Special Interest Group (SIG), gives an overview of current Enterprise projects in UK Education that are exploring the service oriented approach. No publisher christina enterprise web services 2006-01-09 15:46:47 JISC announces a further £11.5 million funding for e-learning at its annual conference http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/jiscconf2006 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. No publisher christina e-framework myworld open mentor openmentor2 petal 2006-03-22 15:52:43 DesignShare: Linking up IMS Learning Design tools and systems http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/designshare We spoke to Mark Barrett-Baxendale from Liverpool Hope University about the JISC DesignShare Toolkit Demonstrator project, which focussed on the use and storage of Units of Learning defined by IMS Learning Design. Mark concludes that the project “demonstrated the utility of the service oriented approach” by linking the Open Document.Net repository to the Reload IMS Learning Design editor. No publisher christina learning design repositories 2008-04-15 10:50:13 Using Ontologies to Support the Sharing of Learning Resources http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/delta Michael Gardner describes the development of DELTA, a tool for practitioners which enables them to submit, search and retrieve distributed resources, based on standardized metadata and identified pedagogical contexts. This article will be of interest to those following the current debates around pedagogic ontologies versus folksonomies. No publisher christina delta delta2 e-models pedagogy 2007-01-16 12:56:29 Developing an SOA at SUNY; Lessons learned http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/masson We spoke to Patrick Masson former Director of Technology for the SUNY Learning Network about what happened when they tried to implement a Service Oriented Architecture at the State University of New York, an institution with 64 campuses, 30,000 faculty and 414,000 students. Patrick reflects on the lessons he’s learned and how he plans to implement Service Oriented Architectures in his new role as CIO at SUNY Delhi College of Technology. It’s quite a long interview but will be of great interest to anyone thinking about implementing SOA in their institution. No publisher christina calendaring e-admin soa web services 2007-03-19 12:29:54 e-Learning Support@The Higher Education Academy http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/hea 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. No publisher sarah 2006-06-19 10:05:45 Interview with Sarah Knight about the e-Learning and Pedagogy strand http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/knightint We talked to Sarah Knight (SK) the programme manager for the e-Learning and Pedagogy strand of the e-Learning Programme about the strand aims and what has been achieved so far. No publisher christina key pedagogy 2005-10-10 17:01:18 Exploring e-Assessment: A practitioner’s perspective http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/eassessment e-Assessment promises lecturers and tutors the opportunity to both streamline the assessment process and to allow for greater variety and creativity in testing students. We asked Helen Ashton, an active member of the JISC CETIS Assessment Special Interest Group and a lecturer specialising in the design and development of e-assessment systems, to explore e-assessment from a practitioner's perspective. In this article she looks at each stage of the e-assessment life cycle from what to assess to how to measure student performance. No publisher christina assessment pedagogy teaching and learning practitioner 2008-11-17 17:54:28 A non- technical guide to technical frameworks - Part One http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/nontechguide1 An exploration of the technologies underpinning the e-learning framework (ELF) for the non-technical among us - this first part looks at the IT world and new technologies No publisher sarah elf key soa web services 2005-07-05 14:25:57 Bolton launches a new XCRI-CAP enabled course catalogue http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/boxcrip Yesterday the University of Bolton launched a new Course Catalogue that can export data in the exchanging Course related information (XCRI) CAP (Course Advertising Profile) specification format, one of the first institutions in the country to do so. We interviewed Patrick O'Reilly Bolton’s Head of Information Systems and Technology to find out more. No publisher christina course-information xcri xcri-cap 2009-04-01 15:39:43 Why focus on pedagogy? http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/whyped Including a strand of work looking at the practice of teaching and learning along side developments in technical infrastructure is a new venture for the JISC. This article looks at why the e-learning programme is taking this new approach. No publisher christina key pedagogy 2005-07-05 14:27:22 New online resource on soa in education http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/soapacklaunch JISC CETIS have produced a new online publication on service oriented approaches to technology change in education. Several authors explore why you might want to move in this direction, how to assess your readiness, approaches you might take and some of the technological options available to you. No publisher sarah elearningprogramme key soa 2009-03-24 16:19:32 Developing Standards based e-Learning Tools http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/etools 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. No publisher christina asap assis e-framework epet interactive logbook open mentor ramble serving maths web services econtent 2006-10-06 13:42:15 Resources on writing successful JISC bids http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/bidwriting The current JISC capital call for projects closes on the 21st June so for many this is a time of frenzied bid writing. But what makes a proposal successful? With success rates for JISC proposals sometimes as low as 10% bid writers will be keen to know what will make their proposal stand out from the crowd. We’ve pulled together a number of resources from the JISC and the RSCs about how to write that winning bid. No publisher christina 2007-05-15 19:51:24 CETIS10:Never Waste a Good Crisis http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/cetis10 Resources and Reflections from the seventh JISC CETIS conference, Never Waste a Crisis, Innovation and Technology in Institutions, held in Nottingham this week. No publisher christina 2010-11-18 10:01:17 Web Science - a new academic discipline? http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/webscience Hearing Sir Tim Berners Lee on the Today Programme last week, talking about the Semantic Web as the next big phase of development of the WWW, made me realise that this was now becoming part of a more mainstream discussion and not just the world of computer scientists, technical developers and futurologists. No publisher sarah semantic-web web-science 2008-07-16 14:46:29 Creating flexible user applications using widget technologies http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/feature.2008-07-08.2311704736 Widgets and gadgets are small applications that run on your desktop or in your web browser which enable you to keep track of things like the weather forecast or share prices. But widgets and gadgets can also be used to add additional functionality to existing applications to create flexible and personalised learning environments. We spoke to Scott Wilson from JISC CETIS and the Institute for Educational Cybernetics at the University of Bolton about the potential for using widgets in educational technologies. No publisher christina applications e-framework soa web services widgets tencompetence 2008-07-18 14:40:20 The SLeD project: Investigating Learning Design and Services http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/sledproject 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. No publisher christina LD tools e-framework learning design sled sled2 slide 2006-02-08 15:03:56 VLEs at the heart of curriculum innovation http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/vlesindelivery This article looks at how VLEs are being used to support curriculum innovation in four of the recent Transformation Curriculum Delivery through Technology projects, and discusses why, despite all their shortcomings, VLEs are still are the heart of curriculum development. No publisher christina curriculum delivery vle 2011-02-07 17:04:53 JoinIn project: Sharing Groups between LAMS and Moodle http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/joinin Alex Little introduces the JoinIn project which has developed a toolkit which enables groups to be shared between the Moodle and LAMS open source VLEs. No publisher christina enterprise lams learning design moodle 2006-12-18 17:26:57 Annual JISC Conference explores innovation http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/jiscconf2008 Over 700 delegates from all over the UK and further afield, attended the annual JISC Conference in Birmingham on 15th April. No publisher sarah 2008-04-21 09:43:10 Delegate numbers reach an all-time high at Innovating e-Learning 2010. http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/onlineconf2010 Proving once again the value of online conferencing, the fifth JISC Online Conference has attracted its highest ever numbers – 475 delegates from 11 countries. No publisher christina 2010-11-29 10:51:14 Search Service Projects http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/searchprojects 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. No publisher christina d+ dice mdc repositories resourcelist web services 2006-04-24 18:11:03 Metaphors for understanding the e-framework http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/feature.2006-07-11.6699700574 A light hearted exploration of how people think about technological concepts like service oriented architecture. No publisher sarah e-framework reference models soa 2006-07-12 15:56:20 OERs Matters at ALT- C http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/oermatters Different perspectives on Open Educational Resources were explored yesterday at the “OERs Matters – vision, reality and uncertainty” symposium at the Association for Learning Technology Conference in Manchester. No publisher christina oer 2009-09-09 10:37:20 Choosing Open Source Solutions http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/oss Open source learning environments are becoming widely adopted by educational institutions, this article explores some of the reasons for this trend. No publisher christina 2005-07-05 14:28:11 Tackling Sustainability http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/sustainability 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. No publisher christina e-framework open source sustainability toolkit 2006-05-15 10:51:41 Report from Innovating e-Learning 2008, theme 2 http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/feature.2008-11-10.3044505990 The second two days of the JISC online conference, Innovating e-Learning 2008: Learning in a digital age - Are we prepared? focused on Theme 2: Going boldly into the dark. Topics covered included; the impact of mobile technologies, achieving transformational change and using multi-user virtual environments. No publisher christina conference e-learning elp innovation 2008-11-10 20:37:59 The TReCX toolkit for distributed tracking http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/trecx Alexis O'Connor and Adam Marshall introduce the TReCX (Tracking and Reporting in e-Learning Contexts) toolkit project which has developed interfaces and libraries to allow educators to gather tracking data from a range of e-learning toolks including blogs and wikis. No publisher christina toolkit trecx 2006-11-27 18:38:21 Building the ELF (e-Learning Framework) community http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/oxfordconf A report on the JISC/CETIS Conference on e-Learning Tools, Standards and Systems held in Oxford on the 4th/5th November.This report contains links to the conference presentations as well as presentations from projects and domain maps presented during the second day of the conference. A detailed snapshot of the current state of the e-learning framework and the associated e-learning domains. No publisher christina elf key 2005-07-05 14:25:07 IMS Summit Report: Is Higher Education and Further Education fit for SOA? Only if the right governance is in place. http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/ims_summit That seemed to be one message emerging from the panel discussion on service oriented architectures (SOA) at the recent IMS Global Learning Consortium Summit on Interoperability. The session provided an opportunity to reflect collectively on whether service oriented architectures/approaches offer benefits to HE and FE institutions, and if so how institutions might start adopting SOA. No publisher christina soa ims-sept08-soa 2008-10-01 13:20:46 Using Learning Design: It’s all in the tools http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/ldevent It is five years since IMS released its Learning Design Specification and this week JISC CETIS held a meeting in Manchester this week to reflect on the last five years and to look at the tools currently under development which could bring the concept of learning design to a wider audience. No publisher christina LD tools learning design 2008-05-22 15:35:13 MathTran: Translation of mathematical content as a web service http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/mathtran Jonathan Fine introduces the MathTran toolkit project. Correct rendering of mathematical notation and equations on the web has always been tricky. MathTran has developed a web service that translates mathematical content from TeX encoding to a variety of graphical formats in order to simplify the teaching of maths online. No publisher christina mathtran web services 2008-01-29 11:32:52 A vision for the ELF? http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/feature.2004-12-01.9019548453 We asked some of the international e-Learning framework partners, Dan Rehak, Kerry Blinco and Neil McLean, where they hoped that the ELF would be in five year’s time. No publisher christina elf 2005-07-05 14:24:22 The Reference Model Approach - using services to meet our needs http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/refermodels2 This article explores the role reference models are playing in the e-Framework, and describes the projects that have been developing this approach. No publisher sarah e-admin e-framework elf key reference models 2006-10-06 13:37:44 SOAs and SOLAs http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/sola In this article Brian Clark and Andrew Booth of the SOCKET toolkit project introduce the concept of the Service Oriented Learning Architecture (SOLA). "the vision of a SOLA presented here is one with a large number of diverse services that are micro-managed in an academic domain structure that is integrated using federated Web service registries. The means to quickly introduce and edit, new service compositions must be readily available with close working relationships between academics and developers." No publisher christina soa socket vle waffle web services sola 2006-12-21 14:09:12 SOCKET and the WAFFLE Bus for Beginners http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/socket In this article Brian Clark and Andrew Booth give a non-technical introduction to the SOCKET (Service Oriented Consumer Kit for ELF tools) project which enables external resources to be plugged in to an existing VLE. No publisher christina e-framework elf socket vle waffle 2006-10-23 15:06:42 Reference Model/Domain map projects: Surfacing complexity http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/refmodel3 For the last 18 months a group of six JISC funded projects have been mapping and modelling a number of e-learning domains to provide a link between the e-Framework for Education and Research services and users. On the 10th October these projects gathered at Aston University to share and reflect on those experiences and to pass on their wisdom to those wishing to bid into the next round of funding. No publisher christina covarm e-framework elf ep4ll frema key ladie ple reference models xcri 2006-11-07 12:41:41 The Pspex project: Creating a Curriculum management domain map http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/pspex The Pspex project which started in April 2007 undertook "a case study based analysis of the business domain impacting and containing all interactions with Programme Specification production and usage". Developing a programme specification is a key part of creating new university courses, and yet the processes involved are often poorly understood within institutions. In this article Dr Samia Oussena, the Pspex project manager, and Professor Balbir Barn discuss the approach the project team took to domain modelling and the development of the problem frames technique. This article will be of interest to those modelling the curriculum design process in their institutions, particularly the current JISC projects in this area. No publisher christina curriculum design 2009-07-27 12:55:12 Demonstrator Projects: Putting toolkits through their paces http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/demonstrators 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. No publisher christina demonstrator dld elf search service ict4biz jelfad making tracks sled2 slide 2006-05-15 10:52:08 ALT-C 2006: Moving from the institution to the individual http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/altc2006 Last week was the 13th International ALT conference held in Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. There was a lot of interest in personal learning environments and what effect their widespread use will have on institutions. No publisher christina personal learning socialsoftware web2.0 2006-09-15 15:45:55 Report from the JISC conference 2007 http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/feature.2007-03-20.2085249432 Developments in the e-Learning Programme were well represented at last week's JISC conference. Of particular interest was the announcement of a JISC Enterprise Working Group to evaluate The Open Group Architecture Framework for HE and FE. No publisher christina e-framework enterprise soa 2007-03-20 19:13:35 Reference models - the next important step http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/refmodels2 One of the key steps in moving towards the implementation of a service oriented approach is the development of reference models. This article is an attempt to understand what reference models are, the role they might play, and to contribute to the discussion that is taking place about what these might constitute - at a general and non-technical level. No publisher sarah elf key reference models soa web services 2005-11-08 16:38:38 A non-technical guide to technical frameworks - Part Two http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/nontechguide2 The second part of this guide looks at the relevance of technical frameworks for education, in particular the e-Learning Framework (ELF) No publisher sarah elf key soa web services 2005-07-05 14:27:41 JISC Learning and Teaching Innovation Grants: funding bright ideas http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/ltig Two years ago the JISC e-learning team launched the Learning and Teaching Innovation Grants Programme to encourage innovative approaches to learning and teaching for projects that didn't easily fit into its current development areas. Now in its fifth round we asked Heather Williamson, the current manager of this programme, about some of the projects funded so far and what the JISC has learned about funding the "bright ideas" that people have. No publisher christina innovation 2010-04-09 09:36:17 Regional Pilot projects explore service oriented approaches http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/feature.2008-06-18.9311460391 A number of the Distributed e-Learning Regional Pilot projects explored the potential of web service technologies to provide flexible tools and systems to support regional learners. This article focuses on those projects that piloted service oriented approaches and will be of interest to those using web services in their institution. No publisher christina del elp enterprise soa suniwe web services 2008-06-18 14:12:54 JISC-CETIS 2006: Linking Formal and Informal learning http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/conference06 A report from the JISC-CETIS conference held in Salford on the 14th and 15th November. This year, the focus was on "the gap between learning within the (fire)wall of a well-established institution and learning on the wild web and beyond." No publisher christina assessment e-admin e-framework econtent elf enterprise eportfolio formal informal learning design pdp ple reference models soa standards vle web2.0 xcri 2006-11-27 13:24:43 Assessment Web Services Projects http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/assessmentws 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. No publisher christina apis asap assessment assis isis pyassess serving maths spaid web services apisms 2006-01-10 17:29:09 PyAssess Project: a toolkit for QTI2 migration http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/pyassess Steve Lay talks about the PyAssess project in the e-assessment domain which aimed to create an IMS QTI v2 compliant assessment system using Python and a means of migrating content between QTI versions 1 and 2. In the article Steve details the language incompatibilities that arose during the project and suggests that web services may provide the answer allowing: "better defined web services may help applications to break out of their language community silos". No publisher christina assessment pyassess 2007-04-27 12:10:12 HEA/JISC e-Learning Benchmarking and Pathfinder Programmes build capacity and understanding in UK Institutions http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/feature.2008-10-13.9794193538 Last month the HEA and JISC published their report on the three year Benchmarking and Pathfinder Programmes. Using resources released from the UKeU, and guided by the 2005 HEFCE Strategy for e-Learning, the Programmes helped teams in 77 institutions to adopt methodologies to assess their e-learning maturity (benchmark) and teams in 36 of those institutions to strategically plan future e-learning developments (pathfinder). No publisher christina benchmarking e-learning soa 2008-10-13 15:17:06 Tools for designing a flexible curriculum http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/cddtools A day after the Curriculum delivery programme meetings it was the turn of the Curriculum Design projects to gather at Maple House Birmingham to catch-up on progress and see some examples and tools being used to support curriculum redesign. Here are my notes from of the day. No publisher christina curriculum design 2010-05-19 13:21:22 Taking a Regional Approach to e-Learning http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/regional Exploring why the e-Learning Programme is funding 21 large scale regional projects as part of the Distributed e-Learning strand. No publisher christina distributed regional 2005-08-23 16:38:59 Redesigning the curriculum http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/curriculuminterview We interviewed JISC programme managers, Sarah Knight and Lisa Gray, about what the JISC Institutional Approaches to Curriculum Design and Transforming Curriculum Delivery Through Technology Programmes aim to achieve and progress to date. No publisher christina covarm curriculum delivery curriculum design 2009-07-21 13:04:39 Sustaining curriculum change http://www.elearning.ac.uk/features/cddsustain Unlike the political turmoil at Westminster there was an atmosphere of consensus at the Curriculum Delivery Programme meeting in Birmingham last week. The consensus emerging was around how best to sustain and embed project outputs after funding has ended. Here are my reflections from the day. No publisher christina curriculum delivery 2010-05-19 13:18:10