Collaborative Online Tools for Business and Community Engagement

JISC infoNet is pleased to announce a new infoKit (online resource) that examines the use of collaborative online tools to support the interactions between further and higher education and its business and community partners.

The infoKit is the result of a JISC funded project – The Trialling of Collaborative Online Tools for Business and Community Engagement – in which 8 trials, situated in different contexts, used a variety of tools. The contexts include lifelong learning, collaboration within and across regions, international businesses involved in curriculum delivery, a community of practice, and Knowledge Transfer Networks.

Collaboration with business and community partners has become increasingly important to further and higher education as a means of ensuring the curriculum meets the demand of employers and of income generation. Collaborative online tools can enhance, and in some cases enable, this collaboration and be of benefit to all stakeholders.

Those involved in the project were: University of the Arts, Birmingham Metropolitan College, University of Glamorgan, University of Huddersfield, Knowledge House, University of Leeds, New College Swindon and Northumbria University.

The infoKit can be found at: www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/infokits/collaborative-tools