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Best of the West 2010 - Programme

9.30 - 9.50 Registration


9.50 - 10.00 - Introduction & Welcome

Fionnuala Carmichael, Manager - JISC RSC Scotland South & West

10.00 - 10.40 - Keynote Speaker

Jason Miles-Campbell, Service Manager, JISC Legal
"Gonnae no dae that!"
Safeguarding - Meeting your e-Safety Duties. Jason will get the programme rolling with an entertaining and informative overview of e-Security for Education.

10.40 - 11.40 - Case Studies: Show & Tell

Box of Broadcasts - Glasgow Metropolitan College
Nicola Buddo, Digital Librarian, and Alison McCandlish, Historic Scotland Teaching Fellow for the School of Built Environment, describe the impact that the BUFVC service has had on their learners and academic staff.

infosmART - Glasgow School of Art
Duncan Chappell, Academic Liaison Librarian at GSA will present on the infosmART project. Aware that their students operate within visual worlds, and find text-heavy resources alien and intimidating, staff at GSA library created InfosmART, online self help modules for students.

11.40 - 12.00 Freshly brewed tea & coffee with a selection of Danish pastries


12.00 - 13.00 - Case Studies: Show & Tell

Workshop Wednesdays and e-CPD - Glasgow College of Nautical Studies
Fulton Dunn and George Howie from Glasgow College of Nautical Studies will present on an innovative approach to staff development. Since December 2009 the college has opened an hour later each Wednesday morning to allow all staff to undertake CPD between 9 and 10am with organisation of the CPD managed via their Moodle booking system.

Reframing Inclusion - Margaret McKay - eAdvisor, Access & Inclusion, JISC RSC Scotland South & West
In many organisations accessibility has been associated with a particular group of people (disabled learners), and a particular group of staff (learner support or disability officers). In many cases however, technology can offer a two way street. Assistive and enabling technologies can assist a wide range of students/staff and similarly ubiquitous and mainstream technologies can play a significant role in creating solutions for disabled users.
During this session, Margaret will highlight some of the case studies from the Best of the West portfolio that promote effective use of enabling and everyday technologies to support inclusive practice.

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch: Buffet selection with juice and freshly brewed tea & coffee

During lunch take time to wander round the Open Zone area and chat with the exhibitors and pop into the drop in sessions to find out more about these case studies:
Inclusion Zone - Listening 2 Learners - Students, Josh Duffy and Gary Copland, will be demonstrating the technologies they have used to aid their studies and you can find out what other students are using.
Meet BoB! - You heard about it in the morning, now see a demonstration of the Box of Broadcasts with Nicola Buddo and Alison McCandlish.
Wii Teach! - Have a go with the Wii Fit and Kenny Girvan and Colleen Hurren will be on hand to talk about how their colleges have used this equipment in their classes.

14.00 - 14.10 - Afternoon Introduction

Fionnuala Carmichael, Manager - JISC RSC Scotland South & West

14.10 - 14.30 - Afternoon Keynote Speaker

Professor Derek Law - Chair of JISC Advance
"O'er a' the ills o' life victorious: making the most of JISC's Services"
Derek will be talking about the kind of services to expect from the new JISC Advance company.

14.30 - 15.30 - Case Studies: Show & Tell

The strategic impact of using Focus Groups for consultation - Motherwell College
Brian Casey - Associate Director for Curriculum and Academic Planning at Motherwell College - will talk about the impact of working with the RSC to follow up the results of a staff survey carried out at Motherwell College during February 2009. Focus groups was the methodology chosen as they provide an opportunity to gain in-depth insights into particular issues and are a valuable means by which to collect detailed qualitative data. The aim was to obtain an overall picture of the perceptions and views of staff and students about the current use of technology to deliver elements of courses.

Enhancing Learning & Teaching with ICT - Cumbernauld College
Colleen Hurren from Cumbernauld College will describe a number of innovative ways that technology is supporting learning & teaching at the college. They include using Moodle Easy Voter and also how beauty therapy students are creating and using video resources to demonstrate the techniques involved in a variety of different therapies.

15.30 - 16.00 - Vote of thanks & round up of the day

16.00 - 16.30 - Prize draw and invitation to stay for a glass of wine & a chunk of cheese

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