Category Archives: jisc

Pineapple Project Overview Video

We’ve put together a short video providing an overview of the project and a demonstration of the PINEAPPLE tool.

Pineapple Outputs

The project has now finished but the work continues. You can find links to all of our outputs on the Project Deliverables tab at the top of this page and in the next week or so we will be linking to a video that explains the functioning of Pineapple. If you have any questions or [...]

Benefits Realisation

Apologies for the lack of news from us but we’ve been busy working away on the last few aspects of the project. One additional part of this is the benefits realisation work we have been funded to do by JISC in collaboration with Staffordshire University. We have been looking at their APEL policy, drawing it [...]

SSBR Festival of Assemblies

The Pineapple and Telstar projects ran an APEL Assembly at JISC  event in Oxford yesterday. It was a good chance to have indepth discussions about some of the more knotty issues, such as group APEL claims, and to get colleagues’ views about some of the issues we have encountered. We were very pleased to see [...]


Pineapple attended the JISC Joint Information Forum event at Egham this week. This was the first JIF I have attended and I found it a really useful event from a practical project management perspective.  We were delighted to get the award for best poster.

Pineapple Workshop

The team attended the Sustaining Innovation via Organisational Development Workshop on Monday June 7th at Staffordshire University. There were plenty of interesting debates during the workshops that were held throughout the day and we contributed a session on APEL and the Pineapple tool.

Pineapple Field Trip

In London fo the JISC annual conference, some of the pineapple team took the opportunity to visit its namesake the Pineapple Dance Studio. No sign of Louie though!

SAMSON: Employer Engagement Assembly, 24th March 10

We (Kirstie & Stuart) from the SAMSON project attended the JISC Employer Engagement assembly at Leicester College yesterday. It was organised by Lucy Stone of the HELLO project to bring together the Lifelong Learning & Workforce Development projects to discuss project interaction with employers and how these could be improved. We heard from the following projects: HELLO, our own, SAMSON and iWoBLE. guest speaker was Anita Pickerden from Foundation Degree Forward (fdf), who gave an excellent overview of best practice for working with employers.  From the SAMSON point of view (and other projects present), we have an interest in engaging employers in using new technologies. For this to be successful, there needs to be a good reason why an employer would want to use technology – how would it benefit them.  Also, the picture includes learners and tutors – so for a pilot to work, all parties need to know; why they are using it,  what it is, what it is for and how it will benefit them. As highlighted by presenters yesterday, the relationship with employers needs to be maintained and agile. They do not need to see the ‘wiring’ – true when discussing curriculum or technology – just what they need to know/see for their particular and individual purpose.Watch your languageWe try hard not to use jargon – as Anita pointed out, even “employer engagement” is jargon. When unpacked, what it really describes is the nature of the working partnership. E.g. The institution has X which will help you do YWe learnt a lot from rolling out ePortfolios for the LLN project in terms of how to engage disparate parties in using technology. It is not easy, and not every partnership will work, but there is plenty to learn.Some recommended resources”Do’s and Don’ts” when working with employers, from the Colleges, University of Leicester Network”Employer and Provider Partnships”, from fdf

JISC Programme Meeting

Attended a JISC Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development Programme meeting last week. It was a good opportunity to talk to people from other projects and find out what they are doing and it turns out that there is a lot of common ground when it comes to tackling APEL issues. I made some interesting contacts [...]

iBorrow Assembly

On 11th December, 2009, a delegation from the University of Sheffield (weCAMP Project) and Buckinghamshire New University (SMART Project) visited Canterbury Christ Church University to take part in a JISC sponsored assembly with the iBorrow Project team. Also in attendance was Adrian Wheal (the project’s Technical Consultant) and Stephen Steadman (the project’s external Evaluator).
The delegation were [...]

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