New e-Learning Publications launched at ALT-C

The JISC e-Learning Programme will be launching three new publications at the ALT-C Conference in Manchester on Tuesday 8th September.

Managing Curriculum Change
A new publication, Managing Curriculum Change, introduces two major JISC programmes of research commencing in 2008 that investigate how the use of technology can help make curriculum design processes more agile and responsive and the experience of learning more engaging, inclusive and rewarding. ‘Managing Curriculum Change’ gives an overview of the aims of the Institutional Approaches to Curriculum Design and Transforming Curriculum Delivery programmes alongside a vision for the enhancement of the curriculum design and delivery lifecycle through technology. The publication introduces the projects involved in the programmes and illustrates through a combination of text and graphics what might be achieved at different stages in the curriculum lifecycle, with a focus on who needs to be involved to enable institutional aspirations to become a reality.

The JISC Curriculum Design and Delivery programmes are supported by web based resources in the Design Studio . The Design Studio is a dynamic toolkit which draws together a range of resources around technology-enhanced curriculum design and delivery, including those that result from the work of the Curriculum Design and Delivery programmes and resources from previous JISC and Higher Education Academy programmes and other relevant sources.

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Responding to Learners
This resource pack synthesises the outcomes from the Learner Experiences of e-Learning theme of the JISC e-Learning Programme which funded a total of ten projects from 2005 to 2009, and had the sustained involvement of over 200 learners and more than 3000 survey respondents to explore learners’ perceptions of and participation in technology-enhanced learning in a digital age. The content of Responding to Learners includes a series of five guides and a set of key messages postcards containing quotes from learners. The postcards summarise the key findings from this JISC-funded research and can form the basis for staff development activities. The series of guides offer recommendations on how institutions can better respond to learners’ expectations and uses of technology and offers practical guidance on how to embed the learners’ voice more effectively into institutional processes and practice.

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Learning Literacies in a Digital Age
A new briefing paper summarises the recent JISC e-Learning Programme report, Thriving in the 21st century: Learning Literacies for the Digital Age, which explores examples of learning literacies provision in UK further and higher education. The Learning Literacies for a Digital Age (LLiDA) project reviewed the evidence of change in the nature of work, knowledge, social life and citizenship, communications media and other technologies, in the context of learning, and also explored the current responses to these changes from the further and higher education sectors. The project has collected substantial original data (available online) concerning current practice in literacies provision in UK further and higher education, including 15 institutional audits and over 40 examples of forward-thinking practice. Based on this, and on the body of existing research evidence, LLiDA offers a set of recommendations for institutions to consider as they examine their own provision and support in this area. By engaging with real examples of academic and learners practices we have provided compelling evidence of how effective digital learners develop and can be supported.

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