Friday, 8 July 2011

JISC Regional Support Centres

The last couple of weeks I've been doing the rounds of a few JISC Regional Support Centre "eFairs".

The RSCs, as they have come to be known, are a conduit between the JISC Advisory Services and learning providers, particularly in the FE, Adult and Work-Based Learning sectors.

They field queries and signpost providers to the appropriate service and they also host and administer a number of workshop activities that we deliver on their behalf.

Within each of the RSCs are a number of knowledgeable and skilled advisers who support use of technology in colleges and other providers in their region.

Many of them host an annual event where practitioners from the sector can meet, network, listen to experts amongst their peers, demonstrate what they have done, and learn what other support and resources might exist from the somewhat complex range of services that make up JISC.

This week I've been in Ipswich at Suffolk New College for the RSC Eastern region's eFair.

Together with colleagues from JISC Legal and JISC Digital Media, who together with my own service, JISC infoNet, come under the umbrella of JISC Advance, I ran a "Show and Tell" session throughout the day, talking to delegates and showing them some of the resources we have to offer the Sector.

It was good to talk to some of the other services and agencies working within the Sector as well, it being particularly nice to hear about our resources being used and promoted by others.

If you work in the UK post-16 education world and haven't come across your regional JISC RSC or other JISC Advance services then you can find out about them on this page from the JISC Advance website.