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JISC Regional Town Meeting on Distributed e-Learning Pilot Projects. Agenda. Morning session – briefing on the circular 10:30 Introduction and overview of the Distributed eLearning Programme Overview of the circular – Paul Bailey and Sarah Davies, JISC

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Jisc regional town meeting on distributed e learning pilot projects

JISC Regional Town Meeting on Distributed e-Learning Pilot Projects



Morning session – briefing on the circular

10:30 Introduction and overview of the Distributed eLearning ProgrammeOverview of the circular

– Paul Bailey and Sarah Davies, JISC

11:00 Setting the regional scene – David Noyce, HEFCE

11:15 e-Learning widening participation projects in the South West – Daniel McCaffrey, JISC Regional Support Centre

11.25 Regional coordination of bids – Deborah Watson, HERDA-SW

11:30 The bidding and selection process – Paul Bailey, JISC

11:45 Question and Answer Session

12:30 Lunch



Afternoon session – workshop

13:30 Introduction to workshop. Presentation of priority regional themes identified by delegates in pre-meeting questionnaire.

13:45 Group discussions on ways of exploring the themes in the circular within the regional context

Groups will share ideas on themes and potential projects, and begin to prioritise these in preparation to feed back to the rest of the group.

14:45 Tea

15:00 Plenary – feedback and discussion on priority themes identified by each group.



Jisc e learning programme

JISC e-Learning Programme

Paul Bailey

Programme Director

Distributed e-Learning

Jisc activities 1999 2004

JISC activities 1999-2004

  • Aims

    • To explore the concept of MLEs

    • To share effective practice

  • £5 million Managed Learning Environments development programmes

    • Programmes in HE, FE, across sectors

  • Awareness-raising

  • Surveys and studies

Overview of the e learning programme

Overview of the e-Learning Programme

  • Four strands

    • e-Learning pedagogy

    • e-Learning framework and tools

    • Innovations in e-learning

    • Distributed e-learning

  • Process of consultation, strategic networking, review and analysis, around a range of short studies, pilots and larger projects…

Distributed e learning

Distributed e-Learning

April 04 – Mar 06

Distributed e learning a definition

Distributed e-Learning (a definition)

Distributed e-Learning is the effective use of technology to assist learners to access, piece together and manage the learning they do throughout their life, in a range of institutional, informal and work-based settings.

Distributed e learning1

Distributed e-Learning

…will facilitate lifelong learning and wider participation in HE by providing learners with:

  • A more seamless learning experience

  • Better learning tools

  • Easier access to personal learning information such as portfolios

  • Access to greater quantities of quality-assured learning materials

Work plan

Work Plan

Year 1 (Apr 04 –Mar 05)

Q1 | Q2 | Q3 | Q4 |

Year 2 (Apr 04 –Mar 06)

Q1 | Q2 | Q3 | Q4 |

Regional Pilots of

Distributed e-Learning

e-Learning Tools

Consolidate tools

Reviews and guidelines on distributed e-learning

Repositories Pilots

E-Learning Infrastructure

HE Academy Projects

Supporting Studies

Work packages

Work Packages

WP1: e-learning infrastructure (£1M)

WP2: Repositories for e-learning (£1M)

WP3: E-learning tools (£3M)

WP4: Exploring e-Learning HE Academy

and Subject Centres (£1.3M)

WP5: Studies/Collaboration (£2M)

WP6: Regional Pilots (£3.6M)

For more information

For more information


Paul Bailey


Circular 7 04 regional e learning pilot projects around distributed e learning

Circular 7/04: Regional e-Learning Pilot Projects around Distributed e-Learning

Sarah Davies

Programme Manager

Aim of the distributed e learning pilot projects

Aim of the distributed e-learning pilot projects

  • To explore the use of e-learning systems and tools across a number of institutions within a region to facilitate wider participation in HE and provide better opportunities for lifelong learners.

Project themes 1 facilitating progression

Project themes 1: Facilitating progression

  • Pilots which make it easier for learners from a wide range of backgrounds to find out about, apply for, and access HE.

  • May also support progression from HE into further study or employment.

  • For example:

    • Lifelong learner record

    • PDP, electronic application, online portfolios

    • Systems integrating HE & work-based learning

    • Systems facilitating enrolment and progression on collaboratively taught courses

2 collaborative teaching sharing of resources across institutions

2: Collaborative teaching & sharing of resources across institutions

  • Pilots that extend the range of learning opportunities and learning materials available to learners by sharing learning resources or learning services across institutions

  • For example, supporting:

    • Delivery of courses, modules or lessons…

    • Student collaboration on projects…

    • Teacher collaboration on course development…

    • Adaptation and reuse of learning resources…

    • Sharing of questions and tests…

      …across more than one institution

3 supporting the independent lifelong learner

3: Supporting the independent lifelong learner

  • Pilots that use e-learning technology to enable learners to access resources and manage all their learning in one place > ‘Personal learning environment’

  • Bringing together formal study, independent study, informal non-accredited learning and work-based learning

  • Examples of activities:

    • Planning and reflecting on learning

    • Communicating and collaborating with peers and tutors

    • Assessing progress or attainment

    • Engaging in learning activities

    • Maintaining a record of achievements

Key messages about the pilots

Key messages about the pilots

Projects need to:

  • Be centred on a good idea that meets a real regional need

  • Be related to lifelong learning and widening participation

  • Use e-learning

  • Be from partnerships of institutions

  • Demonstrate what is achievable

    • So that it can be adopted and built upon by others

  • Be funded for 12-15 months

  • Be sustainable and scalable

These projects are not

These projects are NOT:

  • A complete regional solution

    • but rather demonstrations of what can be done in a region

    • They do not have to include all institutions within a region

  • Technical development projects

  • Research projects

  • Content creation projects



  • Pilots showing demonstrable examples of distributed e-learning

  • Evaluation report

  • Illustration of achievements, eg:

    • Use cases and scenarios

    • Case studies

    • Technical specifications within ELF

    • Exploration of implications, benefits and opportunities of distributed e-learning

Building on existing work

Building on existing work

Pilots should build on existing work in the following areas:

  • Institutions’ own initiatives

  • Regional initiatives

  • JISC development work

    • See briefing document

Technical approach

Technical approach

  • Service-oriented approach

    • Each component in the system is defined in terms of the services it provides to other components

    • Standards define how each service works – commands, replies, data transfer

    • Technology used inside component is irrelevant to system as whole

    • Services map onto business processes

    • E-Learning Framework

  • Open systems approach

    • Open standards and open source

Technical approach1

Technical approach

  • Projects should aim to work within this approach where practicable

  • Can incorporate proprietary and legacy software if need be

  • In your proposal, explain what you would like to do and JISC will work with you to develop full technical plan if project is funded

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the approach and technical ability to work within it

Using shibboleth in pilots

Using Shibboleth in pilots

  • Open-source, standard-based technology for access management

  • Additional funding of up to £40K per project available for acting as early adopter of Shibboleth

  • Possible examples of use:

    • Students from one institution access content or services from another

    • Students from different institutions collaborate and share resources

    • Addressing the requirements of students that are members of multiple institutions.

  • Budget Shibboleth effort separately

The regional context

The regional context

Setting the regional scene – David Noyce, HEFCE

e-Learning widening participation projects in the South West – Daniel McCaffrey, JISC Regional Support Centre

Regional coordination of bids – Deborah Watson, HERDA-SW

Bidding process and criteria

Bidding Process and Criteria

Richard McKenna

Programme Manager



  • JISC Distributed eLearning Programme

    • HEFCE funding source

  • Up to £350k allocated per region

    • 1-3 project per region

    • Additional fund may be allocated to larger regions or inter-regional collaborations

  • Up to £40k per project for Shibboleth early adopters

  • Note - proposals can only be funded that meet criteria – even there is only one proposal per region



  • Sep- Oct 04 Town Meetings

  • Oct 04 – Nov 04 Bid Writing and Coordination

    • Follow regional arrangements for coordination and bidding

  • Nov 15th 04 Submit proposal

  • Mid-December 04 Successful bidders notified

  • January 05: Projects develop a detailed technical plan with JISC

  • January–April 05 Start project

Bid writing and coordination

Bid writing and coordination

  • Partnership of institutions, led by HEI to include FE Colleges and others e.g. schools

  • Role of HE Associations

    • Coordinate proposals (optional)

    • Ensure regional focus

    • Avoid second stage selection

  • Ensure your project meets

    • Regional criteria and bidding process

    • Theme(s) and criteria of the circular



  • Introduction

  • Consortium details

  • Project description

    • State how you meet the regional priorities

    • Demonstrate an understanding of a service-oriented approach and the eLearning Framework

    • Include user scenarios

    • Address IPR and sustainability issues

  • Budget

  • Key personnel

  • Contact

Budget project plan

Budget & Project Plan

  • Clear & Detailed

    • clarifying total cost to JISC

  • Breakdown across partners & project activities

  • Staff costs

    • proportion of time, include salary increases

  • Travel & subsistence, consumables

  • Dissemination & Embedding

  • Evaluation

Institutional contribution

Institutional Contribution

  • Overheads

    • space, heating, lighting

  • Staff resources

    • HR time, Finance dept.

  • Use of existing equipment & software

  • Contributions

    • e.g. Dissemination

  • Institutional contributions help show value for money

Evaluation criteria

Evaluation Criteria

  • Quality (20%)

    • How well it fits the brief and regional priorities.

  • Impact (20%)

    • Benefit to teaching and learning.

  • Sustainability (10%)

    • Plan beyond end of funding.

  • Partnership/dissemination (10%)

  • Value for money (10%)

  • Strength of the consortium (15%)

  • Previous experience (15%)



  • Review

    • Regional Advisory Group

  • Marking

    • members of the Distributed eLearning Advisory Board

  • Selection Panel

    • members of the Distributed eLearning Advisory Board

Checklist for final stages

Checklist for Final Stages

  • Deadline (12 noon on Monday 15 November 2004)

    • Letter(s) of support from Partners, HE Association, Senior Manager

    • Cover Sheet

    • Main body of proposal - max. 10 single-sided A4 sheets (do not exceed)

    • Optional appendices, e.g. staff CVs

  • Hard copy & electronic copy by deadline

  • Do not rely on first class post!

Relevant urls

Relevant URLs

  • Distributed e-Learninghttp://www.jisc.ac.uk/programme_edistributed.html

  • Copy of the Circular http://www.jisc.ac.uk/funding_circular7_04.html

  • JISC Strategy http://www.jisc.ac.uk/strategy_jisc_04_06.html

  • Project Management Guidelines http://www.jisc.ac.uk/proj_manguide.html

  • Terms & Conditions of Grant http://www.jisc.ac.uk/proj_tocgrants.html



Summary of Q&A Session and Regional Selection Criteria will be available at




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