It has been some times since I ‘blogged’
Since I last ‘put fingers to keyboard’ IÂ have beenÂ boring folk with my view that over the last year the ‘centre of gravity’ of learning technology standards developments have moved to the schools and FE sectors from HE. Driven by the e-Strategy and other governemnt schools based agendas suchÂ as ‘Every Child Matters’, Becta, MIAP and others have been obliged to deliver solutions. to strictly imposed deadlines.Â The focus so farÂ has been in two areas: joining social service systemsÂ up with school administration systems and learning platforms for schools. Both have required standards based developments: the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) underpinned by the adoption of a Unique learner Number (ULN) has been adopted for the formerÂ and Becta has produced specifications (all around standards and extendability) that suppliers of learning platforms have to satisfy. Additionally, the Qualification and Curriculum Authority, in order to meet the requirements of the new vocational Specilaised Diploma will have to produce data standards by the Autumn for course details and qualification achievements.
Obviously such developments will have anÂ impact for the JISC communities. Firstly, there will be aÂ concentration Â of minds around where standards are really needed (rather than ‘could be useful’) and there will be a requirement for JISC to focus on those areas of detail which could impede national projects if not attended to. Solutions to the problems of Identity Management and the scalability of SOA implementations are just two that need urgent attention.
So to surviveÂ , JISCÂ has to be sufficiently engagedÂ in influencing and engaging with learning technology based solutions in the schools and tertiary sectorÂ in order toÂ anticpate those areas that need the efforts and expertise of our community?
So what have I been doing for my one day per week in addition to boring my colleagues at mangement meetings with the above?
Well I have been supportng Peter with ePortfolio develovepment (around assessment) and with the help of Nottingham University finding out about Lifelong Learning Networks,Â