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Future Tools of the Trade

CETIS/Becta Strategic Briefing
15th January 2004
Becta, Coventry

Becta and the FE Focus Group from CETIS are running a briefing to enable those engaged in the development and use of e-learning resources to review and comment upon new innovative tools. They will also have the opportunity to provide feedback on how such tools could revolutionise the use of, and hence the market for, learning technology within education.

The LAMS system will demonstrate how content will become no more than one of the resources to support a dynamic electronic lesson plan: providing a completely new model for content production.

The JISC Funded tools TOIA (for assessment) and RELOAD (for content packaging) will put free interoperable components into the hands of teachers. For the first time, academic staff will be able to experiment with software that supports their everyday teaching without having to familiarise themselves with a complete VLE. These tools provide an illustration of what the next generation of learning platform components could look like.

Both tools will be demonstrated and there will be opportunities to explore the use of such tools within the new architectural framework. This framework, that breaks down VLEs into tailor-made collections of interoperable elements, will be explained to ensure an informed discussion. .


1000 Coffee
1030 Welcome and introductory theme: Clive Church, CETIS
1045 Keynote: TBA
1115 LAMS demonstration and discussion: James Dalziel, Macquarie University
1230 Lunch
1330 RELOAD: Luke Bennett, Becta
1415 TOIA: Graeme Clark, Glenrothes College
1500 Feedback
1530 Tea

To Book

This event is aimed at policy and development staff familiar with existing e-learning tools wishing to understand the emerging models.

Places are limited. To request a place, please email stating your name, role, organisation and email address.

Date: 15 January, 2004
Venue: Becta, Coventry
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