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The Stage 2 Roadshows in London and Leeds brought together project representatives from across England – no mean feat given some of the weather conditions a number of participants had had to contend with.

The lists of delegates for the two days gave an interesting overview of the diversity of experiences of participants across the projects.  There were people from further education and higher education, from very large and relatively small organisations, based in urban and rural settings.  Job roles were diverse too with a wide range of areas covered – including web development, marketing, student admissions, registry, lecturing, management information systems, and quality.

Their experiences may have differed in a number of ways but there was a common theme on which there was widespread agreement across the board – the importance of getting the processes right in order to ensure the desired outcomes.

Leo Lyons of University of Kent blogged after the London event that reviewing of current workflows ‘might prove more problematical’ but he felt that, ‘it was good to hear people’s ideas and at least feel we were not alone’.

The chance to talk to colleagues and share ideas and concerns is very valuable and bodes well for other forms of cross-project activity throughout Stage 2.

Projects may find it useful to look at the information on process improvement and review available in the Process Improvement infoKit which is part of JISC infoNet’s wider collection of resources on Organisational Efficiency.  The infoKit includes material on analysing and reviewing processes, and provides tools and techniques to support the activity.

Check out the links below:

Fascinating insight into technologies being used by the JISC Digital Literacies projects

Sheila MacNeill from JISC CETIS wrote a fascinating post earlier this week about some of the technologies being used by projects who are part of the JISC Developing Digital Literacies programme.

Technologies being used by JISC DL projects

Interestingly, the larger bubbles (which indicate more planned use) all tend to have a social element to them.

Sheila will be following up this work throughout the programme. We look forward to her finding out more about how the projects are choosing and using technologies:

One of the things I was curious about was if these projects would be more “literate” in their choices of technologies to use, and what would be the balance between use of institutionally based services and more general web based services. I don’t think I have an answer to the question, but I have seen a healthy sense of pragmatism displayed by all the projects in terms of their approaches.

Sheila’s full post: http://bit.ly/AhGgLR