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bullet  Warwick E-Learning Award

The Warwick E-Learning Award programme will commence in week 1 of the Summer term. The deadline for applications is 13th February. Full details of the programme and information for applicants (i.e. those interested in applying) can be found on the WELA website. Informal discussions with the course leader are welcome. Please contact Dr Jay Dempster in CAP.

bullet  Faculty E-Learning Advisors

Four new E-Learning Advisors have been appointed.

  • Chris Coe - Social Studies
  • Robert O'Toole - Arts and Humanities
  • Stephen Brydges - Medicine
  • Steve Carpenter - Science

More information will be available on the E-Learning at Warwick website

bullet  New E-Resources at Warwick Library

  • Eighteenth Century Collections
    Access digital images of every page of 150,000 books published during the18th Century with full-text searching capabilities.
  • Film Index International
    Film Index International provides in-depth indexing of over 100,000 films - from the first silent movies to the latest blockbusters - and biographical information for over 40,000 personalities. It also includes coverage of international film awards and prizes as well as searchable plot summaries and full cast and crew lists.
  • Association for Learning Technology Journal Alt-J
    Currently there is online access to volume 10 (2002), Issues 1-3 and volume 11 (2003) Issue 1.

bullet  Teaching Development Fund

The Teaching Development Fund at Warwick provides financial support to enable individual and groups of academic staff in departments to develop and promote new methods and approaches to teaching and learning. It is intended that grants from the Teaching Development Fund will provide pump-priming finance for such initiatives which cannot be provided within existing departmental resources.

The next bidding round deadline for is 28 Feb 2004. Details of application process.

For an informal discussion on a potential project bid, please contact Graham Lewis.

IT Services training courses for staff and online training courses.

bullet  New web service for  Distributed IT Support Staff

UCISA's Staff Development Group announces a web service to Distributed IT Support Staff

The Distributed Support Sub-group is responsible for advising the UCISA Staff Development Group on the staff development needs of distributed IT support staff (ITSS) in HE/FE. These are staff, whose main role is IT support, who are working individually or in small groups away from the central IT/IS/Computer Centres (whether employed by the institution's IT Centre or by other departments, schools or faculties).  Their role in supporting an institution’s IT infrastructure and service is pivotal, hence the need to promote opportunities for their continuing professional development.

A new web service has been established providing the following facilities:

  • Membership and Terms of Reference of Group
  • Papers & Reports
  • Communication To and Between Distributed IT Staff
  • Conferences and Seminars
  • Staff Dedicated to Supporting IT Staff
  • Groups and Committees.

UCISA Survey

UCISA is currently eliciting feedback from ICT staff. A survey has been designed to inform and influence UCISA's future approach to supporting ICT staff in tertiary education and to gauge reaction to its current success.  The Survey takes no more than 20 minutes to complete, and there is a prize draw with an HP iPAQ h1940 Pocket PC and an HP Photosmart 735 digital camera as prizes for randomly-selected respondents. The survey deadline is 30/01/04.

bullet  Online Tutoring

A four-week intensive introduction to supporting student learning in online environments.

The online tutoring course has been designed for teachers and trainers who are just starting to use technologies in their teaching.

This short course aims to:

  • Support the development of your pedagogical and social skills needed to tutor online
  • Help you to exploit the potential of the Internet and particularly, of virtual learning environments, in designing your teaching, learning and assessment
  • Help you reflect on and continue to monitor and develop your teaching practice

There is really no other way to learn the skills required of the online  tutor than in the online environment. The course is structured around four main onlinelearning activities, each taking about a week.You will be supported through these scheduled activities by selected key readings, specially developed course resources, a personal tutor and guest experts. The course tutors are all experienced professional developers and skilled online tutors, bringing with them experience  from both the education and commercial sectors.

The course costs £195  and starts in February, April or July 2004.

bullet  Association for Learning Technology conference 2004

ALT-C is the UK's biggest and most important conference about learning technology. 2004 is the 11th International Conference of the Association to be held at the University of Exeter, Devon, England, Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 September 2004.

Blue skies and pragmatism: learning technologies for the next decade
To reflect the growth and diversity of learning technology as a research and development area, the 2004 conference focuses on future directions, in terms both of the technologies themselves, and of their impact on learning and teaching, organisational structures, and individual roles and responsibilities. The conference aims to reflect the diversity but also to take a critical stance as to future directions and implications.

Keynote speakers are: Vijay Kumar, Wendy Hall, and Ron Oliver

For full details about submitting: research papers, short papers, symposiums, workshops, demonstrations, and posters, please visit the ALT-C 2004 website.

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