Thursday, 8 December 2011

Little Guides for Digital Media Topics

JISC Digital Media have created a series of 'Little Guides' to address some of the queries and questions that they are often asked. See below for the list of current titles (all in pdf format):

The Little Guide to Finding Digital Media Resources
The Little Guide to Copyright
The Little Guide to Cloud Computing
The Little Guide to Podcasting
The Little Guide to Screencasting

If you would like to suggest a 'Little Guide' subject area yourself you can do so, just comment using their helpdesk form.

I look forward to seeing more of these little guides emerge as they are useful for signposting and nicely summarising some of todays popular topics.

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Discovering Mentoring and using it to Enhance Student Experience

Wherever you work in the FE and skills sectors, the forthcoming changes in our education system increases the pressure to stay competitive. This makes it important to meet or exceed student expectations and find new ways of enhancing the student experience.

Providing mentoring opportunities, from peers and partners, offers opportunities to fulfil this need effectively, helping to improve retention and student success. What's more, mentors and mentees can gain confidence and skills that will be of substantial benefit to them personally.

A free webinar will take place online next Wednesday (14th Dec) between 12:30 and 13:45 and will offer an overview of Mentoring – outlining what it is & how it may be useful, followed by actual examples of schemes that are running for current students in the region. It will also talk about encouraging new learners and bringing employers and students together. The session will define the concept of mentoring and its benefits examine processes and technology for putting mentoring schemes in to place and illustrate these with practical working examples aimed at first or final year students.

The event is suitable for all staff concerned with employability and learner experience including senior managers, e-learning and quality managers, course leaders, particularly those involved in HE teaching provision, and support staff concerned with student welfare, careers, retention and employability. HR staff may also be interested with regard to staff CPD.

Find out more or register for your free place on our Event booking page.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Same great service – one new website

JISC Regional Support Centres (RSCs) are pleased to announce the launch of their new website -

The 12 RSCs - operating as a UK wide support network - have a proven track record across the sector for providing expert advice and guidance in the effective use of technology. The website provides a common route to news, events and resources, increasing user access to a richer seam of information from all RSCs, whilst maintaining regional connections.

Key features of the new website include:

  • Seamless access to information from both a UK and regional perspective

  • Up-to-date news and event listings

  • Advice and guidance on how RSCs support you and your organisation - from maximising efficiencies to enhancing the student experience.

***The West Midlands Regional Support Centre's website can now be found at Please note that although our old website address has a redirect in place (which will take users straight to the new website), you may need to update any existing bookmarks***