Archive for February 2011
HEFCE’s review of JISC has been published – by JISC – as a commentable document. I thought that Fred Garnett (of the Institute of Education among other organisations) described the value of JISC very well:
“All funders want ‘high-impact’ but in an age of disruptive technological change and global uncertainty this is difficult to identify. … JISC wants to make a difference but will need an ecology of projects to enable it to do so. It might better learn from the ‘Fail Fast’ principles of Silicon Valley, than the accountants of the City of London. Educational leaders do not ‘get’ what JISC does, so I am not sure what is meant by sector leadership. What JISC does do is to provide project-based developments which allow the *next* generation of educationalists to emerge with an understanding of learning, and the attendant processes and technology that can deepen that. This issue is how to mainstream their learning for the benefit of the sector. … JISC represents sector-wide CPD on learning in the 21st Century. JISC funding should remain top-sliced, it is one of its glories and a source resilience. It should have clearer governance structures, but these should be both dialogical and adaptive enabling better links with institutions.”
We haven’t fixed a date to upgrade to Moodle 2.0 yet, but we’re gathering together some preparatory resources. Dave’s Moodle 2.0 Adventures, a visual introduction to File management from Mark Drechsler with a rom-com twist, gives an overview of the changes to come and anticipated reactions from users who have a Teacher role.