Aims of the SSBR project
Developing projects in a context where there is awareness of the wider activity in a field and an understanding of the alignments and gaps in that field should lead to better projects being developed.
The JISC development world has many aspects of a community of practice and is made up of many interlocking and overlapping sub-communities (Sarah Porter, JISC Innovation Forum, Keele, 15 July 2008). In the U&I Programme we focused on users in institutions. In the Institutional Innovation programme we are working with a mirror image: institutions with users. These institutional users may be people in all roles. User-centred design and development is community development and JISC programmes generally may benefit from a community development approach. We set out our ideas on the eFramework wiki. This project will be based on and contribute to the evolution of a community development approach to programme support.
By using community development processes and social networking the general quality of educational (learning) technology development projects may be improved, bringing benefits not just to the JISC but more widely to all sectoral funding agencies and stakeholders.
The SSBR project aims to:
- enhance capacity, knowledge and skills across the sector
- promote knowledge discovery and exchange
- provide access to strategic advice, demonstrators and guidance about educational innovation
- encourage the use of emerging technologies dynamically to showcase project outputs
- foster the development of communities of interest and expertise for the purpose of realising the benefits of the programme.
- contribute to the evolution of a network approach to programme support by facilitating interactions in four modes: peer to peer between the projects; between the projects and the programme; between project teams a
The work plan is here.