LSIS Funding: Leadership in Technology (LiT) grant based intervention

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LSIS is inviting bids from learning providers for project grants of £6000 for technology based improvement activity. The grant is designed to support providers who identify a particular improvement need that can be tackled through the innovative use of technology. This should enable organisations to use technology to achieve measurable and/or clearly identifiable benefits. The scheme aims to take advantage of existing sector expertise and best practice through mentoring, coupled with support from a targeted LSIS Technology for Success workshop.

Applications for the LSIS Leadership in Technology (LiT) grant based intervention are to be made by completing all of the boxes on the accompanying form, including a breakdown of the total cost of the project. No additional documentation should be submitted with this bid unless specifically requested.

The completed application form should be e-mailed to eleadership@lsis.org.uk  titled ‘LSIS Leadership in Technology (LiT) grant based intervention’ by 12.00 noon on Monday 02 July 2012

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LSIS Funding: Leadership with Technology – Regional Collaboration Fund

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LSIS is inviting bids for project grants of up to £30,000 per consortium from groups of providers working collaboratively together to achieve a common goal through the use of technology.  The focus may be on improving teaching and learning, management or governance across the group of providers.

Bids should demonstrate how the consortium will:

  • work together/have worked together to identify the common goal;
  • drive towards a step change in performance through the use of technology;
  • pool existing  expertise and effective practice to the benefit of all; and
  • measure success.

Applications for the LSIS Leadership with Technology: Regional Collaboration Fund should be made by completing all of the boxes on the accompanying form, including a breakdown of the total cost of the project and an indicative estimate of the distribution of monies between members of the consortium. No additional documentation should be submitted with this bid unless specifically requested.

Bids must be submitted by email to eleadership@lsis.org.uk by 5 pm on Monday 09 July 2012 and titled LSIS Leadership with Technology: Regional Collaboration Fund.

Supporting documents:

JISC Advance and LSIS sign Concordat

LSIS logoJISC Advance logoJISC Advance and LSIS signed a Concordat earlier this month at the LSIS Embracing Technology for Success conference. The Concordat sets out how the two organisations will work together to ensure coherent support to the sector to maximise the benefits of technology.

The new formal partnership will eliminate unnecessary duplication and overlap, ensuring it makes the most cost-effective use of funding.

The concordat establishes a framework for JISC Advance and LSIS to work in partnership together in England to:

  • Identify the needs of the FE and Skills sector and its workforce, in the use of technology to improve learner outcomes and organisational effectiveness.
  • Support the improvement of the FE and Skills sector and the learner experience through the appropriate and effective use of ICT and learning technologies.
  • Ensure continued value for money of their expenditure and cost effectiveness of their services to the sector.
  • Demonstrate effective working arrangements to their respective Boards and the BIS representatives attending those Boards.

Full JISC Advance news item

Your feedback on the Excellence Gateway

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Between October and December 2010, LSIS asked for views about the Excellence Gateway. The online survey asked users to rate the current performance of the Excellence Gateway service.

The key outcomes from the survey are:

  • 67% of respondents rated the current service as satisfactory or very satisfactory (a further 20% were neither satisfied or dissatisfied with the service and 11% were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied: we will be focusing on what we need to do to improve on this);
  • 68% have recommended the service to colleagues (so we need to understand why 32% haven’t);
  • Your comments highlight that many resources on the site are of value, but it is difficult to use the navigation or search tools to find good resources.

LSIS is committed to redeveloping the Excellence Gateway service over the next 12 months. By 2012, it expects to deliver a new look service that is responsive and enjoyable to use.

If you want get involved or have any other feedback, please get in touch with LSIS  via the contact form.

New LSIS regional response fund

LSIS news article

Conversations with further education and skills providers lead to the setting up of a new LSIS regional response fund

With a deadline for applications of 25 February, the LSIS regional response fund will support immediate improvement needs in the further education and skills sector brought about as a result of changes to funding mechanisms and allocations.

LSIS recognises the need for support and is looking for bids that will enable providers in an English region, to deal collectively with operational, funding and planning challenges set by new government agendas.

Broadly, the fund can be used to:

  • set up a regional group involving LSIS Council members to use their regional intelligence on local/sectoral need and focus on priorities;
  • promote activity and share  outcomes, ideas and effective practice across all parts of the sector, and across a whole region;
  • help organisations to respond quickly to the challenges of   reduced funding and new priorities; and
  • promote collaborative, sector-led activities that allow providers to enhance quality improvement in straitened times.

To find out more about the fund and how to apply, contact your LSIS regional development manager. The LSIS regional development manager for London is:

Abigail Lammas London abigail.lammas@lsis.org.uk 07825 933 774

The idea for the fund resulted from recent conversations involving LSIS Council members and a wide range of participants across the further education and skills sector in England. The Council is particularly concerned to develop the creative and entrepreneurial skills that leaders and managers need to anticipate policy change and interpret, and respond to new freedoms and flexibilities.

The outcomes of the support will be disseminated widely to enable us to develop further, the leadership and management skills of a continuously changing sector.

Full article

300th case study on the Excellence Gateway

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Today, the JISC RSCs are proud to announce publication of the 300th case study on the Excellence Gateway.

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Our 300th case study demonstrates eco-friendly learning in FE

The case studies aim to stimulate and support innovation and improvement in learning and skills and are produced in partnership with the Excellence Gateway, the Learning and Skills Improvement Service’s online service.

The 300th case study looks at Linkage College’s eco-friendly, touchscreen PCs, which have improved access to communication for learners while delivering cost benefits. It joins a bank of case studies which show how learning providers across England are making the most of new technologies to help curriculum design, management and delivery, as well as improve organisational quality, planning and performance. The case studies of good e-practice represent an invaluable pool of knowledge from within the FE and skills sector.

Available exclusively on the Excellence Gateway, the case studies explore good e-practice by FE, Sixth Form and specialist colleges, adult and community learning providers and work-based learning providers.

Over the past year alone, the good e-practice case studies section received 130,204 views, averaging approximately 10,000 views per month.

Visitors can browse the case studies to find those relevant to their area of interest or to the type of technology they wish to explore. Key topics covered to date include:

• virtual learning environments;

• Web 2.0 technologies;

• social networking;

• continuing professional development;

• successful models of staff development;

• collaboration between learning providers and employers; and

• accessibility and inclusion for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

One of the most popular case studies of 2010 features Croydon Adult Learning and Training, which made use of its Moodle virtual learning platform to work collaboratively with a range of organisations to provide new learning opportunities and to meet the needs of specific groups of learners.

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