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Options for tools and resources

There is a wide range of tools and resources that can be developed for use by different stakeholders. The JISC Design Studio is a web-based resource which draws together a range of JISC and other sector resources around curriculum design and delivery and in particular the role the technology plays in supporting these areas.  As a key output from the JISC Curriculum Design and Delivery programmes, the Design Studio is a vehicle for gathering and contextualising project outputs such as case studies, guidance and tools which can be taken up by other users.  This contextualisation of information allows users to adopt and adapt the outputs for their own contexts. See other examples of sector-level resources.


Examples of tools and resources that can be developed as part of project outputs are given below, though it is recommended that, for the full picture, the JISC Design Studio should be consulted.


Output type  Notes and examples 
Case study

JISC provide a variety of case study templates e.g. a practice example, an institutional example and a project level example.

Case studies can also be shared in EvidenceNet if appropriate.

Examples of case studies include:


A process could be, for example, a process model or process map or a workflow. It is useful to provide schematics to illustrate such processes, ensuring that the lay-reader will be able to understand symbols used. Examples are:


If possible, it can also be useful to others to include any schematics in a data format that can enable re-use/re-purposing.


e.g. Evaluation reports, lessons learned, key messages, issues, recommendations

 Discussion paper on working towards an evaluation report - word document

 Evaluation results from Dynamic Learning Maps

 Guides to evaluation/research methods: 


e.g. Video clips, quotes, data, testimonials.

Evidence that is free-standing from e.g. an evaluation report, but is valuable either alone or to illustrate general themes and findings. Evidence may be hosted on e.g. YouTube, slideshare, flickr, institutional and project web sites, with the relevant tags. 


Conceptual tool

e.g. model, method, toolkit, protocol, framework 


Demonstrations, exemplars

Demonstrations and exemplars will help stakeholders to better understand and visualise innovations and how these innovations can be applied. These can be walkthroughs, videos, screencasts, sample learning materials, screen-shots. Examples are: 



e.g. design tool, reflective tool, mapping tool, virtual learning space (may be represented as e.g. screenshot, video, walk-through, direct access etc) 



JISC normally provide project report templates.


Staff development resource, how-to guide, checklist: 


A win-win situation can be created when projects and institutions collaborate together to produce Guides, thereby increasing efficiency of working and reducing duplication and conflicts. It can also make is simpler to maintain and update such guides.


Briefing papers can be used as a short and concise way of briefing stakeholders about specific innovations without the protocols centred around journal/conference papers.


FAQs (frequently asked questions) can be a simple and effective way of providing guidance.


Recorded workshops

The use of conferencing and collaboration technologies such as Elluminate now makes it possible to record online conferences and workshops for later playback. This can be extremely useful as a resource for e.g. practitioners debating the application of a specific innovation. An example is St George’s Generation 4 project – showcase.


Representations of the learning approach e.g. learning design, pattern, plan, examples of learning resources, materials, OERs, RLOs etc.



There is potential to share these resources in Cloudworks.


Journal and conference papers The traditional way of dissemination! 
Online portal/network

A useful resource for a project to develop would be an online portal and/or network – which could potentially form into a community of practice or special interest group. Resources could be disseminated via the portal and it could provide an opportunity for stakeholders to feedback ideas and suggestions for development.