The Heads of eLearning Forum (HeLF) is a network of senior staff engaged in promoting, supporting and developing technology enhanced learning (TEL). We have 140 nominated Heads from UK higher education institutions and a regular programme of well attended events.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Booking form for University of Birmingham event is open

Roll up, roll up ... the bookings page for the 31st HeLF Meeting at the University of Birmingham, on the 19th February, is now open :-)

I will be updating the events page on this blog early next week.

The booking form and password has been sent via the JISCMail List to our members.

The broad theme for this year is eLearning at Scale - internal and external: Tensions for Heads of eLearning

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Monday, 13 January 2014

The value of HeLF: A comment from a member

Kyriaki Anagnostopoulou, Head of e-Learning at University of Bath has started to review the results of a recent HeLF survey (November 2013). When browsing through Question 33, the following jumped out:

Question 33: How/from where do you think leadership development will be provided?

One respondent wrote: “Mutual support from other Heads of e-learning through HeLF. We have been involved in some LFHE and ALT initiatives and neither have had any benefit due to total lack of understanding of the role or remit from those involved so for me HeLF is the only organisation that supports me in my role.”

A feel good reply for us, a need to engage with ALT to ensure they are aware of our roles and a call to our members (you) to ensure everyone takes advantage of the Forum, and what it offers. Hopefully see you all at the next meeting in February, 2014 :-)

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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Summary of HeLF JISC Mail traffic: TurnItIn & HeLF Steering Group Elections

I am hoping all HeLF members you've read the HeLF JISC Mail list about two important issues being discussed which need your input. The actual emails contain information on how to submit your thoughts.

Input to TurnItIn User Group

As many of you are aware there is a TurnItIn User Group is next month in Birmingham. Will Murray from TurnItIn has indicated that the CEO of iParadigms is planning to attend this meeting and has asked HeLF if we would raise specific questions which he can address at the meeting.

The email Neil Ringan sent contains information on how you can submit questions

Elections to HeLF Steering Group

The Terms of Reference for HeLF specify that a full election for the HeLF Steering Group is required every 3 years when the period of office for each Steering Group expires. The 3 year period during which the current Steering Group has been in operation came to an end on December 31st 2013 and I would therefore like to formally announce that nominations to join the Steering Group for a new period of office until December 31st 2016 are now open.

Nominations to join the Steering Group are submitted on your own behalf (i.e. you indicate that you want to nominate yourself rather than nominating someone else). Nominations may be submitted by the named HeLF institutional representative only, including existing members of the Steering Group. Nominations from any other party will automatically be excluded from consideration.

Nominations to join the Steering Group can be submitted via the following form, and should be received by 17:00 on Tuesday 21st January 2014.

The email Neil Ringan sent contains information on how you can submit your nomination