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Call for Proposals - SOLSTICE 2010 Conference

Proposals for papers, workshops, presentations and posters are invited which consider:

knowledge that has been applied and integrated to informpracticeshow we know and predict that practices  may work  through usingevidence?what has been learned  that may positively influence the studentexperience in the future?insights gained into existing challenges and into new researchagendas that are unfolding
The deadline for receipt of proposals (up to 300 words) is 5pm on Tuesday 26th January 2010 and should be submitted via the electronic proposal form at:

Full details of the call for proposals are available from the SOLSTICE Conference website

I went to the Solstice conference a few years ago and thought it was brilliant!

JISC publishes funding roadmap for 2009/2010

The tagline is 'UK education is to benefit from over £7 million in grants and funding opportunities'. They say: 

Over the next nine months JISC will be investing in a range of projects across universities and colleges to support innovation in research, teaching and learning to aid the management of institutions. Projects will range from 12 months to three years in duration.

Among the areas JISC will be funding are:

Cloud computing for researchLearning and teaching innovation grantsBusiness modelling and sustainability for online content and collections to develop best practiceA ‘digipedia’ prototype to bring together resources, standards, best practise and expertise on the digital content lifecycleShared best practice for university researchers working with business and community groupsAccess and identity managementMore info here:

A one day conference about the use of audio feedback in higher education

They say: The practice of using digital audio to provide feedback is an important area of emerging academic practice. The diversity of approaches and associated issues evident in higher education will be demonstrated and discussed through 16 short papers, 14 posters, and 3 workshops. There will also be a series of 'Challenge Circles' during the day in which participants will be invited to post and respond to key challenges. [Listen to Andrew Middleton introduce the theme of diversity that will be evident in the event on the conference podcast

Conference Date: Friday 18 December 2009
Timings: Registration opens at 8.30 am with the Welcome address starting at 9.30. The final session will conclude by 4.45.
Cost: £70.00
Venue: Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus, Howard Street, Sheffield S1 1WB. [Map] [Directions]

Podcasting for Teaching and Learning

A really fabulous list of practical podcast uses for teaching and learning, courtesy @DuncanGreenhill:

Tutors as authorsPreparation materialThis can be used to prepare students for face-to-face sessions such as lectures or tutorials so that the session time can be used for something other than the transfer of information. The rationale behind a particular practical could also be explored in a podcast.Recap of lecture materialExpansion of lecture materialThis could include discussion of content demonstrating particular perspectives, formation of academic arguments, sharing enthusiasm and providing a basis for further academic discussion.Expert witnessAn interview or discussion with a prominent subject expert to explore a topic in depth, or describe current and future research directions. The expert could also talk about having a career in their particular academic area.Student ReflectionA tutor could pose questions to promote student reflection on a topic. This could include questions o…

WebCT Downtime

WebCT will be unavailable from 12:30am on Saturday, 21 November 2009 for a period of up to two hours. This downtime is required to amend the SSL settings and resolve a number of issues.

Just before the start of the Autumn Term there was an attempt to remove SSL encryption from all WebCT traffic. As Blackboard were not able to complete the process within one hour as planned, the attempt was abandoned and the original settings were restored. Since then, Blackboard have been investigating the reasons for the failed attempt and we have reached the point where we are ready to try again. The planned downtime has been extended to a maximum of two hours and scheduled for the early hours of Saturday morning to minimise disruption. Please let the Central elearning team know if you are aware of any significant reason why this work should not go ahead as planned:

Free workshop on finding free images

Jisc's training coordinator Dave Kilbey will be running a short workshop on Finding Free Images Online at next week’s RSC Northern event: The North East’s Got Talent: A Showcase for Best Practice in e-Learning.