Core Team meetings on 10, 19 and 25 Jan 2011

We have been very busy with DEVELOP this January, presenting at Durham Blackboard Users Coneference, working on the scope of the widgets, finalising ASSET widget for Bb v.8 and liaising with pilots.

We are working on producing short documents to describe the widgets that will be very useful for our pilot leads. We will circulate them to the technical stakeholder and to our Steering group for information and comments (by the middle of Feb).

We had three meetings to track progress and today we saw a demonstration of the ASSET widget which has been completed with the help of ITS. The widget is now going to be tested by Guy and Karsten so that it can be refined further. We have also identified an academic who would like to pilot it by the end of February.

The ASSET widget has also been developed in a beta format for Bb v.9 but what is now needed is for Blackboard Service Pack 4 to be applied to our test server for Karsten to access the functionality needed to develop the widget further. I have asked ITS to apply the pack by 18 February 2011.

Finally, we are looking forward to our next Steering group meeting on 7 March, to enagage the members in useful discussions and feedback.

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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