Thursday 8 March 2012

eLearning Group meeting

Yesterday I attended our JISC RSC Northern eLearning Group meeting which was held at South Tyneside College. This group is one of my favourite to attend and not just because I chair it.
We have the meetings at a different College or venue each time we meet which is termly.  The structure of the meeting is that we have one or two demonstrations then discussions about various topics.
This time we had a demonstration from Youth Media on EDD which "is a desktop application that pulls together all of the educational and social tools a student needs. With just one click, students are able to access all of your institutional systems and resources, support services, as well as communication and social media channels. All of this is made even more effective and intuitive through EDD's range of features, including apps and display messaging"
We then had a discussion about the JISC Advance Funding Opportunities which have recently been released and various institutions including ours said that they were looking for partners to collaborate with.  It is interesting to hear what ideas people have and it is a good opportunity to liaise with others in the region.
We then had the 'round the table, round the region' discussion which gives everyone the chance to tell the group what they are working on and any new developments that are happening in their College. 
There was a very good attendance at the meeting, approx 25 people from across the region which covers from Middlesbrough all the way up to Northumberland.

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