Technical Stakeholders Meeting, 25 Nov 10

On 25 Nov, we had our first meeting with the technical stakeholders group.

I opened the meeting with an introduction to the project and its ams and objectives. Then Karsten gave a report on the technical approaches that we have considered and Guy talked about the pilot initiative.

Having considered various Open Source tools suggested by JISC, we have decided to adopt a Blackboard building blocks approach. We aim that all our developments will be available to the community and could be customised beyond users of the Blackboard VLE.

The group agreed on the approach taken and made a number of suggestions on how to further develop the Building block approach. We also discussed the various widgets and asked for input form the group on their development .

We also started a discussion around the integration of Blackboard and RISIS (our SITS system) and identified a few areas that are now feasible to work on, which will continue and will address the e-portfolio issues as outlined in the project. We discussed one of the pilots (with the RED Award), and where the information might be stored and accessed by the students.

1. Guy will post on the details of the ideas discussed around the widget development.
2.Helena will work more closely with Karsten to ensure the sustainability of the developments beyond the funding period.
3. Helena B and Rachel Crabtree will bring together documentation on previous exploration with links between RISIS and BLackboard, inlcuding the Personal Tutorial Notes. In addition, they will send Kartsen the technical documentation based on their meetings with TRIBAL.
4. Guy to set up a meeting with Vicky Clarke, Rachel Crabtree to discuss where and how student information within the RED Award initiative might be stored.
5. Maria to arrange future meetings for the group.

About Maria-Christiana Papaefthimiou

My title is Enhanacement Manager (Teaching, Learning and Technlology) and I am curretnly project managing the DEVELOP project. My repsonsibilities include: 1. Management and direction of the work of a small team of Enhancement Officers (e-Learning), facilitating the development of cross-team working in CDoTL, including the effective integration of the team’s work across the University. 2. The management of the University’s Virtual Learning Environment and other e-learning tools with the aim to enhance and support the development of Teaching and Learning. 3. Work with academic Schools and academic staff, professional services staff and CDoTL team members to create an infrastructure of resources that support the development of courses through the use of Learning Technology. 4. Lead staff development and training programmes to be provided by the team or faculty/IT staff to ensure that academics are able to utilise learning technology approapriately and effectively 5. Promote the use of learning technology by planning and promoting university-wide workshops and faculty based staff development events. 6. Develop, as appropriate, university-wide participation and support for the engagement of academic staff with Technology Enhanced Learning. 7. Contribute to CDoTL’s strategic planning as a member of the CDOTL Senior Management Staff Team. 8. Identify opportunities for development and innovation, including accessing external funding sources, support the writing of bids. 9. Project management
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