Showing posts from November, 2010

JISC infoKits and Resources

Want to know about the Bologna Process? How to manage your email or use VLEs effectively? Project Management? Records Management? Risk Management? You could do worse than starting with JISC's 'infoKits and Resources', which they describe as "online infoKits, which promote the effective strategic planning and management of information and learning technology within institutions."

To be honest, there's just so much here that can have a direct impact on our professional lives in Higher Education, that all I'll say, really, is go have a look and also that JISC do such a great job!

Link: JISC infoKits and Resources

elearnCAL Learning Lunch on December 15

We are pleased to announce the first elearnCAL Learning Lunch. This will be held on December 15 in Room 112 in the Muirhead Tower, from 1200-1300.

The Learning Lunch is intended to be an informal event, where you can just walk around the room and have a look at the different elements being demonstrated and chat with the presenter.

We will be demonstrating the following:

Wimba Voice Email for Audio Feedback
Downloading & Converting Videos
PowerPoint & Video
Turnitin2 Plagiarism Detection

You will be able to take away Information Sheets on each of the above as well as an extra one about legal/copyright issues and Multimedia use.

There’ll be refreshments - it's learning and a lunch! Just come along on the day

For more information contact

Open Source and Free Software Directory

Jisc have provided a first port of call for those looking for free and/or open source applications on the Internet. As they rightly say, there is a bewildering array of such software and, as a result, the directory couldn't be comprehensive. In addition, the almost daily changes in existing applications and the constant arrival of new ones means that the accuracy of information can’t be guaranteed. Still... this is a really handy guide and there were some things I hadn't tried out before - I also quite like the attempt to categorise tools, although some clearly belong to more than one category.

How to use it: the tasks in the left hand column lead to one or more appropriate applications along with information about what machines it or they will work on. Simple. Just have a play, it's all learning after all :-)

The Pre-Raph Pack

The Pre-Raph Pack is Birmingham's own Museum and Art Gallery's website about Pre-Raphaelite artists, the techniques they used, a timeline that spans 100 years, and a collection of images

Have a browse, I really liked it:

elearnCAL staff survey now live!

elearnCAL has now released its online survey. The survey aims to:

Identify current use of learning technologies by staff within the College of Arts and Law
Identify the enablers and barriers staff experience in their use of learning technologies within the College
Identify staff needs in terms of future provision and development of learning technologies within the College of Arts and Law

The data collected will be used to inform the creation of a strategy for e-learning provision, generic and customised training within the College of Arts and Law.

The idea behind the survey is to give you people a soapbox from which you can shout out the things that you do, the things you love, the things you hate, the things that frustrate you about e-learning. What can we do for you? What can you show us? How do the systems work for you? And if they don't, which ones do?

If you require further information about the survey, please contact us on

Click here to take the survey

Endangered Languages to Endure on YouTube

A profoundly important use for cloud computing - YouTube as cultural preservation...

Many of the world's smallest and most endangered languages have no written form and have never been recorded or scientifically documented. The National Geographic Enduring Voices YouTube channel has launched and allows many of these tongues to have a presence on the Internet for the very first time. Linguists Dr. K. David Harrison and Dr. Gregory Anderson from the Living Tongues Institute have teamed up with to allow small and endangered languages that may have never been heard outside of a remote village to reach a global audience. Using YouTube as a platform, researchers, academics and communities can now collaborate more effectively on promoting language revitalization.

The YouTube channel features videos such as hip-hop performed by Songe Nimasow in the Aka language of India, songs by Aydyng Byrtan-ool, a talented young Tuvan singer and epic storyteller in Southern Siberia, and videos…