Sessions at Here Be Dragons! on Friday 8th June

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  • Registration and breakfast rations

    Choice of hot breakfast rolls with tea or coffee and fresh orange juice on arrival.

    At 8:30am to 9:30am, Friday 8th June

  • Welcome Aboard & Introductions

    by Fionnuala Carmichael

    Fionnuala Carmichael, Manager - JISC RSC Scotland

    At 9:30am to 9:45am, Friday 8th June

  • Ship's Master and Chief Navigator

    by Derek Law

    Derek Law is chair of the JISC Advance Board and has worked in several British universities and has published and spoken at conferences extensively. He is a regular project evaluator for the EU. Most of his work has been to do with the development of networked resources in higher education and with the creation of national information policy. Recently he has worked on the use of wireless technology in developing new methods of teaching and learning. This has been combined with an active professional life in professional organisations related to librarianship and computing.

    A committed internationalist, Derek has been involved in projects and research in over forty countries. He was awarded the Barnard prize for contributions to Medical Informatics in 1993, Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1999, an honorary degree by the Sorbonne in 2000, the IFLA medal in 2003, Honorary Fellowship of CILIP in 2004 and was an OCLC Distinguished Scholar in 2006.

    At 9:45am to 10:15am, Friday 8th June

  • Morning Keynote

    by Dr Paul Howard-Jones

    Dr Paul Howard-Jones is a leading expert on the role of neuroscience in educational practice and policy, and he publishes in all associated areas. His current scientific research involves the use of brain imaging to understand the relationship between reward and learning. He is applying this knowledge in the development of educational learning games. Previous work has included a focus on creativity and brain function.

    He was recently asked to review the potential effects of the internet on the brain, and delivered his findings at the 2011 Nominet Trust Annual Lecture at the UK’s Royal Society for Arts. He was also a member of the UK’s Royal Society working group on Neuroscience and Education that published its report in 2011. In a previous life, he worked as a Technology teacher and as a trainer of teachers.

    At 10:15am to 11:00am, Friday 8th June

  • Freshly brewed tea & coffee with yummy rations

    At 11:00am to 11:30am, Friday 8th June

  • 1a - Moving into uncharted waters: are Open Badges the future for accrediting skills?

    by Tim Riches and Doug Belshaw

    Mozilla's new infrastructure for enabling the accreditation of informal learning, Open Badges, has been gaining momentum over the last year. Aiming to 'solve the problem' of recognition for skills and achievements gained outside of formal education, the initiative has heavyweight backers in the form of the US Department of Education, NASA and HASTAC. In this session, Doug Belshaw will explain the need for a new system of accreditation, as well as how Open Badges are well-matched to recognize 21st century skills and unlock career and educational opportunities. Tim Riches from DigitalMe (a DML Competition winner) will give a practical example of how they are testing Open Badges through the Supporter to Reporter (S2R) Medals programme, designed to recognise and reward the development of 21st century learning skills.

    At 11:30am to 12:15pm, Friday 8th June

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  • 1b - Keeping e-Safe From the Dragons!

    by Jason Miles-Campbell and Deborah Ferns

    If the pen is mightier than the sword, we might up the ante with sustained online bullying via social networks. The law, in addition to morality, funders and quality inspection regimes, places a duty on learning providers to provide a safe, secure learning and work environment – and that applies to the online world too. This session offers practical tips to be compliant, and deal with the dragon in the chat room.

    At 11:30am to 12:15pm, Friday 8th June

  • 1c - Are We Virtually There Yet?: Using 3-D Technology in Teaching

    by Kevin Wilson-Smith

    3-D technology can be used to add innovative and dynamically interesting dimensions to the teaching and learning process. The use of 3-D technology in a range of subjects can be used to emphasise, highlight and trigger attention processes to key learning concepts in the classroom. With research data supporting its use as an aid to more successfully identifying, describing and replicating diagrams and models during the assessment process, the technology is above all else a fun and engaging way of introducing anatomical models!

    At 11:30am to 12:15pm, Friday 8th June

  • 1d - Searching for Buried Treasure with BUFVC

    by Markeda Cole

    Have you been searching for suitable tv or radio clips to enhance your teaching? Not sure which direction to point staff or students? Help is at hand!

    The British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC) has recently added a brand new ‘all-in-one’ search function to its website, which provides users with access to nine of the BUFVC's online databases, containing almost 14 million records via a single entry point. The new search also links directly into BoB National – the BUFVC's innovative online streaming service for staff and students – to view over 60,000 archived programmes available immediately. Markeda will explain how this dynamic duo provides a comprehensive link to content and will demonstrate the new features of both resources. What’s more the new search function is free to use and you don’t have to be a BUFVC member to start searching!

    At 11:30am to 12:15pm, Friday 8th June

  • 2a - Navigating the Journey with Augmented Reality

    by Steve Boneham

    While mobile learning is really about the mobility of the learner and allowing them to move seamlessly between contexts, mobile devices do play an important role in this. It can also come from objects that the user is interacting with via for example, QR codes. In the future, it is likely data will increasingly come from smart objects with sensors that broadcast information (Internet of Things). By ‘knowing’ about people, networks, location and personal preferences, mobiles filter ambient data and present it in real time at the right time and place, leading to augmented cognition.

    At 12:15pm to 1:00pm, Friday 8th June

  • 2b - Making Waves – The Portable Sign language Translator (PSLT)

    by Dr Ernesto Compatangelo

    How can sign language users communicate with members of the wider community around them, who are often non sign language users? Ernesto and his team are developing the PSLT, an application that translates signed sentences into text on the fly, for use on a wide range of popular devices ranging from smart phones to desktops. The PSLT can also translate hand gestures into commands to control a wide range of appliances and devices. Book this session to find out how the combined use of leading-edge software technologies is empowering sign language users to overcome communication challenges.

    At 12:15pm to 1:00pm, Friday 8th June

  • 2c - Clouds on the Horizon: Are they storm clouds or silver lined?

    by Steve Grier

    Are your focusing on Cloud Services for your institution and wondering if the Cloud denotes a dark storm cloud ahead, or will they break into a bright rainbow and reveal a silver lining for your IT needs?

    If you are struggling to understand how Cloud Computing can work for your institution, Steven from Microsoft is on hand today to guide your way! That “brave new world” you seek could be a hybrid world, where MS Office 365 brings together cloud versions of familiar communications and collaboration products with the latest version of desktop. Book this session to find out!

    At 12:15pm to 1:00pm, Friday 8th June

  • 2d - 11 Jewels in the Crown: Improving Quality and Efficiency

    by John McCann

    A group of staff in Scotland have been searching for jewels in the form of examples of practice which illustrates use of ICT in improving the quality of the learner experience AND achieve efficiencies in delivery. And they have identified the top 11. Quality AND efficiency – that is where it is at. Want to find out what they are? Book this session!

    At 12:15pm to 1:00pm, Friday 8th June

  • Lunch: Buffet selection with juice and freshly brewed tea & coffee

    You’re bounty like something from this feast

    At 1:00pm to 2:00pm, Friday 8th June

  • Ship's Master and Chief Navigator

    by Derek Law

    Derek Law is chair of the JISC Advance Board and has worked in several British universities and has published and spoken at conferences extensively. He is a regular project evaluator for the EU. Most of his work has been to do with the development of networked resources in higher education and with the creation of national information policy. Recently he has worked on the use of wireless technology in developing new methods of teaching and learning. This has been combined with an active professional life in professional organisations related to librarianship and computing.

    A committed internationalist, Derek has been involved in projects and research in over forty countries. He was awarded the Barnard prize for contributions to Medical Informatics in 1993, Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1999, an honorary degree by the Sorbonne in 2000, the IFLA medal in 2003, Honorary Fellowship of CILIP in 2004 and was an OCLC Distinguished Scholar in 2006.

    At 2:00pm to 2:10pm, Friday 8th June

  • Afternoon Keynote

    by Colin McLeod

    Described by the Daily Record as “… a Sherlock Holmes of the mind”, psychological illusionist, Colin McLeod has been using his unique ability and incredible skills to motivate, inspire and educate thousands of pupils across the country. Originally trained as a forensic scientist, Colin quickly learned he had a real passion for working in Education and making a real difference.

    Colin is also the inventor of the ‘Eye-Pout’.

    At 2:10pm to 3:15pm, Friday 8th June

  • iTech Awards Ceremony – Carrying off the booty!

    Who dares, wins .... find out if your institution will be carrying off an iTech trophy! As a finale to the day, the JISC RSC Scotland will be presenting iTech awards for the best case studies written this year. It could be YOU collecting a trophy if you submitted a case study! Not an iTech contender? There is still a chance to be a winner with the iPad lucky draw at the conference close!

    At 3:15pm to 3:45pm, Friday 8th June

  • What, no rum?

    Winner or not, join us for a post conference glass of cheeky Pinot or saucy Sancerre and indulge in a chunk of Green & Black's chocolate - probably the best end to a conference in the world!

    At 3:45pm to 4:30pm, Friday 8th June

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