Working with Scotland’s communities is a national study to find out more about the diverse range of paid workers and volunteers that provide community learning and development across Scotland. The online survey aimed at the organisations that employ these workers and volunteers is now open until Friday 10 April.

We know that community learning and development approaches are used by workers and volunteers with a variety of job titles in a range of different organisations in the community, voluntary and public sectors.

We want to hear from as many of these organisations as possible to build a current national picture of how many workers and volunteers there are, what they do, and what their training and development issues are. Please be aware that we’re only looking for one response on behalf of each organisation or service.

The findings from the survey will be used to inform national community learning and development policy and planning.

Working with Scotland’s communities is being carried out by Education Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government, with help and support from the following national partners – Youthlink Scotland; The Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC); The Workers Educational Association (WEA); The CLD Standards Council for Scotland; and CLD Managers Scotland.

Take the online survey.

Each year we run a survey to track what eLearning tools and topics are of importance to the members of the eLearning Alliance Project.

By completing the survey, you help to provide guidance on the areas which are of relevance to the eLearning community.  In turn, this will help the Project to run events which are of greatest value to the community.

We'd be grateful if you could spend a couple of minutes filling in the form.

We will publish updates on the barometer in our newsletter and on our website.

Barometer survey

 

World of Learning 2015 has announced its 'call for speakers' for its 2015 Conference in Birmingham this September - traditionally one of Europe's most influential annual L&D events. Speakers are being sought from the across the L&D sector.

This year’s World of Learning event will be held at Birmingham’s NEC on the 29th & 30th September and is set to be one of the biggest and best yet.

Event organisers, Venture Marketing Group, are currently seeking conference speakers from across the Learning & Development industry.  Those who can provide valuable insights and knowledge to a very receptive audience and would like to speak at this year’s event should contact Tracy Shah (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Presentations need to be case study-led, for example, using data or research based on outcomes from a project which was successful (or lessons learnt from an unsuccessful project).  The World of Learning audience want to see new ideas and practical solutions that they can apply within their organisations.

Learning & Development professionals who feel they can provide new knowledge, insight and perspective to an audience of L&D professionals should contact Tracy Shah (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for consideration as a speaker at World of Learning 2015.


eLearning Alliance Survey
Historically, we have run our survey annually, but with change now a common feature of our industry, we will be keeping our survey open at all times.   As your eLearning needs change, let us know via the online survey, and we will update the reports to reflect these ongoing changes.  Complete the survey today (and again in the future) here.
 
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Upcoming Events:
Synergy Learning Webinar – Multi-tenancy
How do you make it possible for different parts of an organisation to access some, but not all, of a Learning Management System (LMS)?  The answer: a multi-tenancy LMS.

In this free webinar on 26th March, Synergy Learning will draw on real life examples using Totara LMS to achieve multi-tenancy, exploring how to allow different organisations and departments within a large enterprise to have their own identity in the LMS.

University of Glasgow, Learning & Teaching conference - 'Learning and Teaching in a Changing Environment'
The Conference will be of interest to all members of the higher education community with an interest in teaching, learning and assessment, and will be open to a limited number of external delegates.
 
OER15 Conference - ‘Mainstreaming Open Education’ 
This year’s Open Education Conference (OER15) will take place at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.  It is one of a series of conferences which discuss research and practice in the adoption of Open Education in all sectors of Education and Training.  The conference runs on 14th & 15th April 2015

Opening Educational Practices in Scotland Advisory forum
The next forum meeting is being held on Thursday 19th March 2015 at the Stirling Court Hotel, University of Stirling.  The forum encourages you to explore the latest developments in open educational practice and pedagogy.  Highlights of this free one day face to face event include a keynote by Laura Czerniewicz, an update on OEPS project progress and a series of interactive workshops during the afternoon.
The next eLearning Alliance Members Meeting is scheduled to take place in Edinburgh on Friday 24th April, whilst we will be running a workshop (Getting Started with eLearning) on 20th May, also in Edinburgh.  Further information on these events (and an Aberdeen based Members Meeting Meeting) will be published once venues are confirmed.
 
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Macquarie University present the outcomes of a typological analysis of Web 2.0 learning technologies, covering a comprehensive review (including over two thousand links) which led to identification of 212 Web 2.0 technologies that were suitable for learning and teaching purposes.  The analysis resulted in identifying 37 types of Web 2.0 technologies that were arranged into 14 clusters.

Results of this study show there's a wide variety of Web 2.0 tools available, but, perhaps, they've yet to be fully harnessed by learning designers and practitioners.

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Quality Scotland's aim is to make excellence a national characteristic of Scotland. 

We are committed to continuous improvement and to ensuring that our products and services meet your needs.

We highly value your feedback and would appreciate it if you could complete our 2015 Quality Scotland Customer Survey before 10th March 2015. It should take you no more than 15 minutes to complete.

If you have any issues opening the link or would like the survey in another format then please contact 0131 225 5765 or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

How do you make it possible for different parts of an organisation to access some, but not all, of a Learning Management System (LMS)? The answer: a multi-tenancy LMS.

But everyone has different needs for sharing, and different parts of a system and content that need to be kept separated.

In this free webinar from Synergy Learning on 26th March at 12pm -1pm, we draw on real life examples using Totara LMS to achieve multi-tenancy, exploring how to allow different organisations and departments within a large enterprise to have their own identity in the LMS.

Through the webinar, we’ll explore;

  • different interpretations of multi-tenancy
  • common issues around user management, branding, reporting, and ongoing maintenance
  • multi-tenancy with themes for the user and organisations for the administration
  • sustaining future upgrades
  • typical solutions Synergy Learning have developed to meet multi-tenancy requirements

You can register for the webinar, here

Bookings are now open for the second Opening Educational Practices in Scotland Advisory forum on Thursday 19th March 2015 at the Stirling Court Hotel, University of Stirling, FK9 4LA.

Highlights of this free one day face to face event include a keynote by Laura Czerniewicz, an update on OEPS project progress and a series of interactive workshops during the afternoon. The forum will enable you to explore the latest developments in open educational practice and pedagogy, discover how the OEPS project can help your organisation and how you can get involved. It will also help you build your network of open educational practitioners.

Professor Laura Czerniwicz is the founder and Director of the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at the University of Cape Town and has worked in the field of educational technology at UCT for over a decade. She will be joining us via Video Conference.

Please book your place on Eventbrite.

Programme
9:30 am     Registration, networking with coffee/tea
10:00 am     Welcome and update from the OEPS project team
11:00 am     Keynote address and questions: An international perspective on opening educational practices by Professor Laura Czerniewicz
12:15 pm     Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 pm     Parallel workshops 1:
    1a. Exploring Openness
    1b. Open, collaborative and sharing practices in Scottish Further Education Colleges
    1c. The Scottish Open Education Declaration
    1d. Open Education – does it work in practice?
2:00 -2:15 pm     Coffee/Tea/changeover between workshops
2:15 – 3:15 pm     Parallel workshops 2
    2a. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
    b, c and d repeated
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm     Interactive plenary session

Further details about the sessions from OEPS website.