Caroline welcoming participants

SAMSON project

Co-Gent's Martin and Phil


HELLO's  Lucy

Anne of Pineapple


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Feedback Report

Document: SSBR1010_feedback_report

Word cloud of event aspects most valued

Word cloud of event aspects viewed negatively or requiring improvement


Theme: Development of Systems

How do institutions cope with APL?

This assembly will explore how higher education institutions (HEIs) could be better equipped to facilitate and attract learners via the accreditation of prior learning (APL) route. The use of technology to facilitate the APL process will be discussed. A previous TELSTAR Assembly highlighted some of the issues between HEIs and APEL which included the need to provide flexible frameworks, institutional policies, transparency and support for staff and students alike. These issues will be expanded on by questioning how they are being, or how they could be, overcome. Best practice amongst various institutions that are addressing these issues will be shared and participants will explore the issues in small groups.

Background: It would be useful for attendees to read the report from the TELSTAR Assembly held in February 2010:  APEL_Assembly Report_1Feb2010

XCRI and CCLip assembly

Embedding XCRi in partnership 

1. Lessons learned from CCLIP

This first part of the assembly will discuss the challenges encountered and the lessons learned from the CCLIP project, i.e. the development of a CPD portal to promote and support the needs of both cultural partners and the educational institution partners.

2. XCRi – the UK eprospectus standard, enhanced capabilities and resource savings

The second part will introduce the BR XCRi Project, and invite constructive criticism on the BR XCRi Knowledge Base and its degree of ‘ fitness for purpose’. The XCRi Knowledge Base has been developed to provide an enhanced, consolidated and accessible resource of high quality information and guidance for a range of target audiences – layperson, institutional decision maker and technical implementer staff -  in relation to XCRi and thereon, to encourage its uptake.


XCRI: Erica Jones 

CCLIP: Trish Lunt

SMART and HELLO assembly

Supporting mentoring through the use of technology

This assembly will share the experience of the SMART and HELLO Projects, discuss good practice and key current thinking. The facilitators will outline staffing, technology and development experiences.

The SMART team will demonstrate the main system developments and identify other influences of the system, both from within their own institution and other JISC projects.


SMART: Richard Jones

HELLO: Lucy Stone

Creating a sustainable community

EPPSME BR e-portfolio community assembly

This assembly will discuss the project aims and objectives and plans for setting up a sustainable e-portfolio community. The facilitators will discuss links with other projects and invite contributions.

Contact : Alison Felce

A maturity toolkit for WFD projects

WELL and iWoBLE BR project assembly

This assembly will discuss a recently awarded BR project run by the WELL team. The session will review and distil the lessons learnt from a range of institutions undertaking LLL-WFD projects and use them to support the creation of a “WFD maturity toolkit”. This will be trialled with a CAMEL group of institutions as one of the outputs of the BR project.

Contact: Ibrar Butt

CPD-Eng and SAMSON Assembly

Portals, roles and responsibilities: A Window into the University

This assembly will explore managing access to data through portals/interfaces and discuss the following issues:

  • Why do external stakeholders (employers/other institutions etc.) need to see institutional data?
  • What are the benefits to all stakeholders?
  • Giving access to the relevant data to the right people
  • How can institutions manage this?
  • What would they need to change?
  • Infrastructure to enable new interactions between University and business: what do future services look like?

Contact: David Sowden

Festival of Assemblies – theme ‘Personalisation’

The JISC-SSBR Institutional Innovation Festival of Assemblies, on the theme ‘Personalisation‘, takes place as follows:

Date: Wednesday 20 October 2010
Time: 9.30 am – 4 pm (doors open 9.00 for those setting up project displays/outputs/products)
Venue: ‘Conference Centre Oxford’, Cantay House, Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1JD.
The centre is a few minutes walk from the Oxford Rail Station. (See details of location, transport and park and ride). View Conference Centre Oxford in a larger map, and this small map shows exactly how to get from the station to the centre.

* View the updated programme schedule.

The JISC will pay travel expenses for two delegates from each of the Phase 3 LLLWFD projects and provide lunch, coffee and tea at the meeting. Should you wish to send more than two delegates we will be operating a waiting list and will allocate available places on a first-come-first served basis. Please indicate your wish to be on the waiting list under “Any additional comments” in the booking form.

We cannot re-imburse accommodation costs. If you require accommodation, please book and pay from your project budget. There are a limited number of self-catering OXSTAY apartments alongside the conference centre. As there are other events in Oxford at that time you do need to book early. Contact Mark Iles, Reservation Manager, Tel: 01865 254077. Other accommodation details can be found at Visit Oxford. The closest hotel is the Royal Oxford Hotel, across the road, rooms from £89 single per night.


Activities include parallel sessions of collaborative Assembly sessions led by LLLWFD – Phase 3 and BR projects. Assembly spaces are in 2 hour sessions and an assembly can take one or two sessions. More about Assemblies can be found here.

Trade fair
All phase 3 (LLLWFD) projects are invited to bring for display and ‘sale’ some form of ‘productised’ project outputs/products. Other attendees, including JISC managers and representatives from other JISC programmes, will select from those displayed their choice in terms of assessed value to the sector. There will be prizes for those projects with most ‘sales’.

Your products will be determined by your project outcomes and outputs. They will demonstrate to the outside world how your project is transferable, or has elements, documentation or lessons, that other institutions could find useful and put into practice. It’s important when deciding on your products that you think about your final report and outputs – what will be in there that you can use for this?

Obviously the services or outputs you offer don’t have to be finished, salable commodities by the time of the meeting. They don’t all need to be large and complex. Products could be small, quick-win type solutions, for example.

Contact your project’s SSBR team member (Patsy or Ellen) if you would like to discuss further any aspect of your contribution.

Please address any inquiries concerning registration for the Festival of Assemblies to
Caroline Coultas (

We look forward to seeing you at the Festival of Assemblies!

Best wishes
George Roberts
JISC Institutional Innovation Support Project

Programme schedule

TIME ROOM Activity
Open from 9:00 Byron Room Projects set up displays for Trade Fair
10.00 – 10:30
Opening Plenary in Shakespeare Room
10.30 – 12:30 Blake Room TELSTAR & PINEAPPLE: Development of APL systems
Milton Room CCLIP and XCRI BR project: Embedding XCRi in partnership
Shelley Room CPD-Eng & SAMSON:
Portals, roles and responsibilities – a Window into the University
12.30 – 14:00 Buffet lunch and Trade Fair in Byron Room: Projects with products/outputs at their displays and ‘buyers’ select with coloured stickers.
14.00 – 16:00 Blake Room SMART & HELLO: Supporting mentoring with technology
Milton Room BR project: WELL and iWoBLE: A maturity toolkit for Life Long Learning and Workforce Development projects
Shelley Room EPPSME BR project: Creating a sustainable eportfolio community
16.00 – 16:30 Trade Fair results and closing remarks in Shakespeare Room
16:30 Depart