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  • Insight 2013 - Face-to-face days

    The face-to-face workshop day was repeated in two locations:

    • Stamford Court, University of Leicester (25th June)
    • EMFEC, Nottingham (26th June)

    Apart from the workshop slots we also ran 4 other sessions. You will find resources and a brief summary of them below:

  • Welcome session

    In this session, Kevin Spencer, Information Officer at the RSC, set out the format of the day. So not much in terms of resources.

    For back channels we were using:

    • The #RSCinsight hashtag - for which you see a summary of tweets in the right hand sidebar; and 
    • TodaysMeet - a free web tool which allowed all delegates to share their thoughts.

    Judi Millage, RSC Manager, gave a brief overview of Jisc RSC activity - see slides 6 and 7 in the presentation below.

  • Network Cafe session

    The Network Cafe sessions were informal 45-minute sessions which didn't have formal presentations. Instead topics were chosen on the day by delegates, and with a light touch of facilitation by RSC Advisors, delegates shared their ideas.

    The topics discussed were:


    • Induction
    • Social Media
    • e-portfolios


    • Social Media
    • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
    • Learning Platforms

    As these were informal sessions (and the technology didn't entirely work) there aren't many resources. Below are photos of flip-charts from the 3 sessions in Nottingham.

  • "What next?" session

    This session aimed to bring all the different activities and topics covered in the Insight series, both in the online webinars and the face-to-face workshops and activities together. It featured a short video clip and a group activity.

    • Insight video summary

      This short video clip featured examples of good practice from around the East Midlands region. It included a reminder of six of the online webinars from the Insight series webinars and a few video talking heads. It finishes with some further talking head videos of what people in the region are trying to achieve in the next year.

      There are a couple of caveats with the film:

      1. This is no Hollywood style cinematic production - fairly rough and ready (e.g. volume is quite low)
      2. The people featured were those who we had the opportunity to film and who were willing to go in front of the camera and tell us something interesting.

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    • Reflective Body exercise

      Groups of participants were asked to reflect on their personal experiences of what they had seen in the Insight series and in general.

      Reflective Body image

      They could then either electronically (by using the padlet wall) or manually (by using post-it notes and paper) to add comments to the Reflective Body image with regard to what they had seen, what they found hard to stomach, issues that were heartfelt, issues they’d like to shout about, what had given them cause to think and what their/the respective organisation’s next steps would be in using technology.

      Padlet is an Internet application that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily. It works like an online sheet of paper where people can put any content (e.g. images, videos, documents, text) anywhere on the page, together with anyone, from any device. Think of it like a multimedia friendly, free-form, real-time wiki.

      View the padlets from the workshops - lots and lots of ideas picked up by participants to try out, plus some worries about time, resources, and staff skills.



      The Reflective Body originated with our sister organisation Jisc InfoNet. There are a whole host of tools and advice in their Change Management InfoKit which you might find useful in making any changes in the use of technology in your organisation.

  • e-learning bingo

    The round-up session of the Insight day was based on a game of e-learning bingo.

    The e-learning words chosen were based on the 39 Steps to Digital Literacy designed by Scott Hibberson and the Jisc RSC Digital Literacy group.

    If you would like to do this activity with your own staff or learners then take a look at the instruction document below. You could play with the these words or amend to your own use.

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