It’s been a few days since my last entry as I’ve been preparing for and then travelling to London, where, over the past two days, I’ve been participating in a meeting between the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) from the UK and The Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) from Australia.
The focus of the meeting has been to explore how we can work collaboratively together to progress the work in developing the e-Framework (formerly known as the ELF . The e-Framework is essentially a services oriented framework for education, and a lot of the initial work has been done on this by JISC.
Over the two days we spent time looking at a management and governance structure for moving ahead with this development, and today, we spent much of the time reaching agreement on the nature of the reference models that will be used to inform the work of the e-Framework. In the UK JISC has already advertised a Call for proposals to specify reference models for the e-learning framework. These projects are being funded through the Distributed e-Learning Programme. Total funding of ??750,000 is available for this work, with up to ??150,000 available per project which will be expected to start no later than March 2005 and run until 31 March 2006.
Enough of this detail however – more to come next week when I will be attending the Alt-i-lab event in Sheffield.
In the meantime, I’m about to travel up to Newcastle for the weekend to spend time with some Kiwi friends, watching the Lions play Otago!