How Jisc supports FE members to embed digital resources into teaching and learning
Libraries Week 2019 celebrates the role of libraries in the digital world. FE libraries have a crucial role in ensuring that students are ready for the digital future, through further study or the workplace. To celebrate the incredible work that libraries do for the FE sector, we want to explore how Jisc is supporting the sector to develop digital skills, engage communities through technology, and encourage digital participation.
e-books for FE turns 10
Jisc’s FE and skills team are passionate about the benefits that e-books can bring to learners. We are currently creating promotional materials to support librarians with promoting e-books. Over the course of the academic year, we have plans to create further posters, bookmarks, and fliers to encourage the use of e-books.
This year e-books for FE celebrates its 10th birthday. To recognise this huge achievement, we are running a monthly competition to share best practice in promoting and increasing usage of e-books. Each month we will promote a theme on Twitter and invite all Jisc FE members to submit stories to be in with a chance of winning a £30 National Book Token for their college LRC. We know that librarians are incredibly creative in reducing barriers to finding and using e-books, and we want to highlight success stories and engage the Twitter community. Search #ebooksforFEis10 to get involved.
Teaching practitioners play a vital role in embedding digital resources into teaching and learning. Learners rely on teaching practitioners to direct them to relevant and high-quality learning resources. We know how important it is to encourage learners to be more digitally independent, so we are collaborating with the digital futures team at Jisc to create a chatbot.
Learners will be able to ask the chatbot questions such as ‘do you have anything about safeguarding?’ or ‘how can I contact the Jisc FE team?’ to find specific topics and types of resources. We have developed a demo for our Education and childcare training service – take a look at what it can do:
Virtual library – making discoverability easier
We know that one of the biggest obstacles to promoting digital resources is time. Not all libraries have a dedicated team of librarians and LRC staff who have the time to drive the digital revolution. We want to support members in making the most out of the digital resources available to them and increase discoverability for learners. Our team is currently working on a solution: Virtual library.
Virtual library aims to reduce barriers in getting learners to use digital resources, by providing a single platform that aggregates all available Jisc FE resources. Virtual library will be visually appealing to learners, making it quick and easy to find relevant content. It is self-contained and won’t affect existing LMS (library management system) set up, and covers a wide range of FE curriculum-relevant content to support learner achievement.
Virtual library is coming soon so make sure you’ve subscribed to our FE and skills Jiscmail list: we’ll share the new catalogue pages, where you’ll be able to licence, download and install the Virtual library to VLEs hosted on Moodle and Google classroom we’ll also be announcing pilots for Canvas and Blackboard very soon.
Offering advice and guidance to members
We are always looking for opportunities to increase digital participation and engagement through the online community. This year, we will be running a monthly series of webinars to support LRC staff with embedding digital resources. The programme will be announced in the coming weeks through our FE and skills Jiscmail list and will feature webinars covering our content offering in detail. Examples of planned sessions include embedding digital resources into teaching and learning, evidencing the impact of digital resources, and working with curriculum leaders.
Jisc Collections – sector negotiations
This year, we have been busy brokering deals with publishers to increase the provision of FE curriculum focussed resources that offer value for money for the sector. We have expanded the portfolio, diversified into subject areas not previously covered, and significantly widened the types of learning resource available. We have also negotiated FE pricing for range of journal content to support HE in FE.
Some exciting agreements to take advantage of are:
SAGE Critical Thinking: an interactive course for students, equipping them with the skills and habits of critical thinking. It teaches practical techniques for confident, discerning critical engagement with sources, evidence, arguments and reasoning.
Gale FE News, Reference and Business: This FE package comprises of three search platforms including current newspapers and journals, four newspaper archives, and business database. The individual components are the PowerSearch Platform, Business Insights Global Platform and Gale Primary Sources Platform
Coming soon… ProQuest Film Music and Performing Arts!