Today Guy and I met with Julia Phelps and Sarah Morey to talk about HEAR and how this will influence the e-Portfolio developments within DEVELOP.
Sarah has recently been to a sector meeting and, in general, it seems that the sector is going ahead with the implementation of HEAR, with some institutions already being ahead of the game. However, guidance is not yet clear which means that further developments might be delayed.
At Reading, we are currently in the process of thinking about the HEAR issues and further discussions will take place to clarify the institutional position. The DEVELOP project has given us the opportunity to further the thinking around HEAR and to start identifying a model of linking PDP and HEAR within our own institutional processes and infrastructure. We need to explore issues around what kind of information needs to be recorded, who inputs the information and how, as well as the technical possibilities in linking Blackboard and TRIBAL SITS (who are apparently involved in the HEAR technical developments).
JISC have developed the HEAR readiness self-assessment framework which will be useful to us as well as talking to other institutions in the sector who are already ahead in this area. Sarah told us about her contacts at Gloucester University which we need to find out about.
As a result of the meeting:
- Julia is going to explore how the RED award might fit within DEVELOP and set up a meeting with Vicky Clarke.
- Maria and Guy will meet with Rachel Crabtree for a preliminary discussion on linking Blackboard and SITS.
- We will get in touch with Gloucester Uni in due course to find out what they are developing.