PRET a PORTER - Personalising Regional Educational Transitions and

					Cover Sheet for Proposals                                           JISC Capital Programme
Name of Capital Programme:          e-Learning - Cross-Institutional Use of e-Learning to Support
                                    Lifelong Learners (round 2)


Name of Lead Institution:           The University of Hull – Yorkshire & Humber East Lifelong
                                    Learning Network (YHELLN)
Name of Proposed Project:           ISPPS - Identity Supporting Personalised Progression Spaces

Name(s) of Project Partner(s):      Bishop Burton College, Doncaster College, East Riding College,
                                    Grimsby Institute, Hull College, North Lindsey College, Selby
                                    College and Yorkshire Coast College
Full Contact Details for Primary Contact:
Name:          Ian Dolphin
Position:      Head of eStrategy and eServices Integration
Email:         i.dolphin@hull.ac.uk
Address:       Brynmor Jones Library, The University of Hull, Cottingham Rd, Hull HU6 7RX
Tel:           01482 466841
Fax:           01482 465531
Length of Project:     18 Months
Project Start Date:    1st October 2007               Project End          31st March 2009
                                                      Date:


Total Funding Requested from JISC:                                     £175,713.15
Funding Broken Down over Financial Years (Mar–Apr):
               Apr07 – Mar08                                         Apr08 – Mar09
                £ 62,530.70                                           £ 113,182.45


Total Institutional Contributions:                                        £ 218,730.70
Outline Project Description: In common with many other Lifelong Learning Networks, YHELLN faces
several technical and socio-political challenges in the delivery of ICT enabled services to its
constituents. ISPPS addresses a number of the critical challenges related to enabling a personalised
experience for YHELLN participants. The project, based around an identity management solution, will
implement a coherent view of the learner and other constituents. It will involve implementing a flexible
framework for incorporating not only the delivery of personalised services, information and applications
from institutions, built around that identity, but also the incorporation of elements of external services
and content. The result will mean a more personalised experience for the learner, placing information
and content management firmly under their control.
To enable this, ISPPS will validate a series of widely used and mature open-source software
components in the context of a Lifelong Learning Network. This will contribute considerably to the
availability of a wide range of tested tools for the community which are ready to use and reduce the
extensive customisation required by deployments for this purpose. ISPPS will therefore not limit itself
to developing solutions for YHELLN, but will also be of benefit to UK HE and FE by adding to both the
toolset and body of knowledge around process and implementation available to them.
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ISPPS - Identity Supporting Personalised Progression Spaces

Scenario
Jordan started on an Applied Digital Media Foundation Degree course at Selby College over two years
ago and made extensive use of many of the ICT applications available to her, taking advantage of the
college’s status as a Centre of Excellence. She lived some distance from the college and her employment
sometimes meant she needed to stay in hotels when attending conferences. Accessing the college’s VLE
to submit her course work or contacting her tutor soon became a way of life and her e-portfolio was
starting to look impressive.

Last year, Jordan began a specialist ‘top up’ programme at the University of Hull in Scarborough to study
for an honours degree. Enrolment was ‘a breeze’ as she describes it, as many of her details passed
seamlessly to the University based around her Unique Learner Number. When she accesses her own
‘space’ to keep in touch with friends and tutors through the university portal, her login recognises who she
is and presents all the information she’s interested in, including RSS feeds, as though she’s reading an
interactive daily newspaper, designed just for her. It looks almost identical to the interface she started
using back at Selby College and all the information she accessed then is stored in an archive for her to
search whenever she needs it, including her e-portfolio, which she’s relieved she hasn’t got to re-type.

Background
The Yorkshire & Humber East Lifelong Learning Network (YHELLN) was established in the sub-region in
January 2007. It consists of nine partner institutions in the east of Yorkshire and the Humber, within an
area bounded approximately by the towns of Scarborough, Doncaster and Grimsby. The lower part of the
region is almost completely bisected by the Humber Estuary. The sub-region is both relatively large
geographically, contains relatively distributed population centres and has areas of high social deprivation.
The distribution of population centres brings a concomitant distribution of HE and FE institutions (partner
institutions may be up to 110km apart), thus acting to reduce physical mobility between partner
institutions. Somewhat atypically for a Lifelong Learning Network, YHELLN contains only one Higher
Educational institution, The University of Hull. This latter factor offers a considerably less complex context
within which to trial innovative approaches to the support and augmentation of a Lifelong Learning
Network than is typically the case.

YHELLN’s prime focus is on accelerating the development of a framework for progression embedded in
partner institutions, with a particular emphasis on vocational learners and their learning pathways. Strong
linkages have been made with pre-HE learning institutions and agencies, including sixth form colleges,
LSCs and advice and guidance agencies. YHELLN has a reciprocal associate membership arrangement
with the Higher York LLN to reduce the impact of artificial geographical boundaries for learners. The
YHELLN business plan is available from http://www.hull.ac.uk/05/aboutus/news/aug06/yhelln.html.

In the highly distributed context indicated above, it is clear that ICT enabled systems will play a major role
in supporting the development of the policies, structures, and people involved. In YHELLN, systems to
support facilitation of progression by disclosure of mapped course related information are under
development (based around the XCRI specification), with investigative work to provide the basis of an
agreed ePortfolio solution featuring strongly in the future workplan. The potential for sharing other
elements of ICT application infrastructure, principally a shared Student Information System for the
Network, is the subject of a current HEFCE Shared Services feasibility study proposal.

Introduction and Rationale
In common with many other Lifelong Learning Networks, YHELLN faces several technical and socio-
political challenges in the delivery of ICT enabled services to its constituents. ISPPS addresses a number
of critical challenges related to enabling a personalised experience for YHELLN participants. The project,
based around an identity management solution, will implement a coherent view of the learner and other
constituents. It will involve implementing a flexible framework for incorporating not only the delivery of
personalised services, information and applications from institutions, built around that identity, but also
the incorporation of elements of external services and content. The result will mean a more personalised
experience for the learner, placing information and content management firmly under their control.

To enable this, ISPPS will validate a series of widely used and mature open-source software components
in the context of a Lifelong Learning Network. This will contribute considerably to the availability of a wide
range of tested tools for the community which are ready to use and reduce the extensive customisation
required by deployments for this purpose. ISPPS will therefore not limit itself to developing solutions for
YHELLN, but will also be of benefit to UK HE and FE by adding to both the toolset and body of knowledge
around process and implementation available to them.

Identity enabling personalisation
Without the management of identity no form of personalisation - provided, adapted or adaptive - is
possible. Information about an individual’s identity, their roles and their affiliations is required to provide
targeted information to a user in a personalised environment. This has been recognised by the University
of Hull for some time and the institution is deploying the Identity Management suite from Sun
Microsystems to fulfil this need. The University is implementing Sun’s Identity Manager for provisioning
and co-ordinating user identities and Sun’s LDAP-based Enterprise Directory to store the user profile data
required to enable personalisation. Sun’s software is available free of charge under an open source
licence and will be implemented centrally at the University of Hull to co-ordinate the required sharing of
identity information within YHELLN. The Sun solution is both flexible and robust, providing a platform for
integration across all the partners.

The deployment of Sun’s Identity Management software provides the necessary building blocks to
construct the basic identity infrastructure required by the LLN, although this should also be seen as the
first step towards membership of the UK Shibboleth Federation (such membership is outside the scope of
ISPPS). The government’s work on Managing Information Across Partners (MIAP) has specified the
creation and issuing of a Unique Learner Number (ULN). This project will investigate the use of the ULN
to provide a unique and universal identifier for everyone in YHELLN using systems and resources within
YHELLN.

Learning environments, social networking, portals
Institutions within YHELLN make use of a variety of online Virtual Learning Environments, primarily
Moodle and Blackboard, with some residual use of the Bodington environment. The University of Hull is
reaching the concluding stage of a VLE evaluation process that is likely to result in the selection of Sakai
or Blackboard as the institutionally provided VLE. In addition to systems provided by institutions evidence
suggests that learners make extensive use of a range of external tools and services to facilitate learning.
A recent survey within the University of Hull indicated that some two thirds of learners make some use of
social networking tools, with one quarter reporting that they use them for purposes directly related to their
learning experience. Add to this the variety of institutional systems to support learning (such as Student
Information Systems and Library Management Systems), which are then multiplied by the potential for
undertaking elements of programmes of study at more than one institution, and the learner may face a
significant overhead in managing ICT enabled aspects of their learning experience. Not all learners will be
equipped, either in terms of time or available experience, to manage these aspects of their learning
experience effectively. How might this situation be simplified without imposing unnecessary restrictions?

One means of accomplishing this lies with the establishment of a multi-institutional web-based portal, or
meta-portal, which provides “dashboard” views of differing learning environments, access to a range of
tools, and enables aggregation of external (in addition to collectively provided and internal content)
services and applications. This will be based on the widely used uPortal framework and will incorporate a
series of portlets, providing dashboard views of Moodle (from MoodleRooms), Blackboard (from the
uPortal community) and potentially, Sakai (from Unicon), together with portlet outputs of JISC related
projects such as the CREE and SPP resource discovery portlets. This will be accompanied by the
deployment of a lightweight Content Management System enabling the management and aggregation of


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web-based content where partners have no internal solution deployed. The Sun Identity Management
Solution will underpin personalisation and customisation.

The integration of social networking tools such as del.icio.us, Flickr and others systems used by students
and educators will be investigated. This work strand remains exploratory, and the level of integration that
is required or achievable will be based on early investigation of user and technical requirements. It is
anticipated that a minimum level of integration could be achieved by means of RSS feeds, with richer
interactions provided via the creation of portlet interfaces to appropriate social networking tools.

uPortal version 2.6 will be deployed as the portal framework. This version offers several ease-of-use
enhancements necessary in the context of the project, specifically drag-and-drop based customisation.
Alternative, accessible portal skins will be made available, based on work already undertaken around
accessibility and uPortal by the University of Hull and the broader uPortal community. ISPPS will take
advantage of adaptive technology being developed for uPortal by the Andrew J Mellon Foundation funded
FLUID project (http://fluidproject.org/). ISPPS will provide input to the e-Learning Capital Programme,
TechDIS and the CETIS Accessibility SIG on lessons learned by the application of FLUID technology to
ISPPS as the project develops.

The approach provided by ISPPS has much to recommend it at a number of levels; for the learner, it
offers a coherent anchor point for part of a lifelong learning journey, including aggregating content from,
and enabling interfaces to a number of different organisations and virtual “places”. For the partner
institutions, it offers a shared framework to enable personalised and customisable content and services.
Whilst a coherent and consistent interface is offered to learners and other constituents, the portal
framework also enables flexibility of branding around this interface on a per-institution basis. This factor
should not be ignored when designing multi-institutional systems. Distinction in presentation enables a
sense of location within a system itself, and often speaks to distinct, identifiable and specific local
identities, needs and aspirations. Configurability and flexibility address the needs of learners, and
introduces a comfort zone for managers of partner institutions, particularly around visual identity and
branding, whilst providing a common interface for a variety of participants.

Work surrounding the portal established by ISPPS will explore surfacing the content it aggregates by
other means, including desktop tools where learners and educators judge them appropriate, but it should
be borne in mind that learners seeking access to them in the workplace - a key learner constituency for
YHELLN - may not be in a position to install or configure these tools. Web based delivery is therefore the
determining priority in the majority of contexts for the project. The overall conception, however, remains of
a thin, enabling layer, rather than a straightjacket. The project will result in the provision and coherent
presentation of services that are both personal and personalised for learners and educators within the
region.

Stakeholder Map
Category                               Sub-category
Sponsors                               JISC, HEFCE (LLN Initiative)/YHELLN, University of Hull
Stakeholders                           14-19 Partnerships and their members
                                       Employers, Sector Skills Councils, Learning & Skills Council
                                       Connexions
Users                                  HE Students, member institutions: FT/PT/young/mature/campus-
                                       based/work based/community based
                                       HE Staff, member institutions: administrative/learning
                                       support/academic/management/outreach
                                       ‘Guest’ users: employers/prospective learners/pre-HE practitioners
Other Interested Parties               LLN National Forum, JISC Community, Foundation Degree Forward



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Appropriateness and Fit to Programme Objectives and Overall Value to the JISC Community
ISPPS provides an exemplar method of combining tested components in an innovative framework to
augment the HEFCE priority area in the development of Lifelong Learning Networks.
ISPPS meets the objectives of the eLearning Capital Programme by providing a coherent personalised
and customisable cross-institutional space, supporting the location and organisation of a variety of
materials and tools to support learning. These include (a) VLE based tools, (b) tools to facilitate the
discovery and use of JISC resources, (c) tools to facilitate access to library based resources, (d) access
to a variety of general information, including IAG and support for employability and (e) social networking
tools.
ISPPS has been conceived with the objective of drawing lessons from and building upon other JISC
activity in the Core Middleware/eInfrastructure and ‘Portals and Presentation’ Programmes. The
implementation of a coherent approach to identity management on a sub-regional basis, in particular, will
model a route to eventual sub-regional membership of the UK Shibboleth Federation that others may
wish to follow.
ISPPS will also potentially contribute to the further elaboration, or provide additional validation of, Service
Genres, Expressions and/or Usage Models for the eFramework, particularly in a trans-institutional
context.

PROJECT PLAN
WP1 Project management
ISPPS will co-ordinate activity through a project manager reporting to a representative steering group
drawn from YHELLN partners and with acknowledged authority. This group will meet no fewer than four
times per year and will make extensive use of technology based conferencing solutions to augment face-
to-face meetings. A consortium agreement will be put in place by the end of month 1 of the project,
building on the YHELLN Compact Agreement. A project working group will meet on a monthly basis to
undertake detailed planning and monitor progress against objectives and decide on adjustments to the
project plan.
Deliverables
Effective project management for the duration of the project, ensuring the project delivers the expected
outcomes and identifies appropriate opportunities for sustainability at the end of the project.

WP 2 User requirements
An initial gathering of requirements will be used to identify the first phase of work. To ensure that at least
two further iterations of the portal and subsequent evaluation can be completed, this initial work will need
to be completed in the first three months of the project. The two subsequent rounds of evaluation also
allow for further iterative developments of portal functionality.
ISPPS will organise both focus and working groups along a series of axes throughout the YHELLN
consortium to ensure that user-centred design principles are followed, from initial wireframes (see
Appendix B) to systems implementation, including working with learners, educators and technical and
marketing staff.
Deliverables
    1. Initial report on requirements for incorporating into the first instance of the YHELLN portal
    2. Phase 2 user requirements gathering report
    3. Phase 3 user requirements gathering report

WP 3 Pilots
Pilots will be run with identified colleges and across subject domains identified as a priority by YHELLN
and facilitated by the YHELLN ‘Curriculum Focus Teams’. These teams include Sector Skills Council
representatives and involve extensive learner consultation as well as academic/support staff membership.
The exact nature of the pilots will be determined following the initial gathering of requirements and an
evaluation of the difficulty of integration with partner college’s systems. There will be three stages of


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pilots, the first going live after the initial requirements gathering, the second ready for the start of the
07/08 academic session and the third at the start of 2009. The third pilot will continue to be used after the
project has completed, as detailed in the section on Sustainability.
Deliverables
     1. Initial pilot:      months 4-9
     2. 2nd pilot:          months 10-15
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     3. 3 pilot:            months 16-18


WP 4 Evaluation and reporting
To ensure ongoing monitoring of the project and reporting on outcomes, this work package will run from
the launch of the first pilot to project end, evaluating the experiences of educators, learners and
institutions; both the University of Hull and other partners in YHELLN. Two phases of evaluation will take
place during the project, aligning with identified stages of the pilots. The evaluation will hold focus groups
and, where appropriate, individual interviews to gather thoughts and experiences. Additionally, this work
package will produce an analysis of the project and other reports identified by JISC, including a user
requirements analysis and transferable models. An independent consultant will be employed to assist
with the evaluation, whilst also providing a valuable external view on the project. Evaluation will also be
supported by TechDis, who will provide accessibility expertise. A reciprocal arrangement with Cumbria
Higher Learning will overlay an additional level of evaluation around the wider strategic aims of learner-
focused e-systems developments within a Lifelong Learning context, utilising the Lifelong Learning
Networks’ National Forum Peer Evaluation scheme.
Deliverables
     1. Phase 1 evaluation of learners, tutors and institutional experiences
     2. Phase 2 evaluation of learners, tutors and institutional experiences
     3. Project evaluation report
     4. Report on transferable models
     5. Report on user needs and user interactions



WP 5 Identity Management
This work package will build on the ongoing deployment of Identity Management services at Hull based
around the Sun IDM stack. Sun Federation Manager will be evaluated for appropriateness to ISPPS. The
project will identify a set of core attributes required for personalisation that can be commonly provided by
all the project partners. These attributes will be mapped to the eduPerson standard as mandated by the
JISC UK Federation and held in the YHELLN directory. The YHELLN directory will contain a set of service
connectors with each college to create and update directory profile data in near real-time. ISPPS will also
investigate the practicality of using the Unique Learner Number across the LLN. If this is not possible the
project will follow the eduroam practice of username@institution.ac.uk.

Authentication data will also be held in the directory. To enable flexible integration across the LLN, a
separate YHELLN authentication mechanism will be provided with self-service management of
passwords. This removes the need to manage an additional password.
Deliverables
    1. Install and configure Identity Management new version (7) of software
    2. Rapid evaluation of Federation Manager
    3. Report on attributes required for personalisation and their mapping to eduPerson.
    4. Implementation of YHELLN directory and service connectors to colleges
    5. Self service password management
    6. Investigation of ULN as a unique identifier


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WP 6 Portal framework
The portal framework will be based on uPortal version 2.6, which will be installed and configured at the
University of Hull. The portal will be deployed using Distributed Layout Manager (DLM), controlling the
content displayed to the user. DLM provides the flexibility and functionality necessary to aggregate and
display content from both YHELLN and individual colleges with the appropriate branding. The portal will
be integrated with the YHELLN directory for authentication and for personalisation and DLM will decide
content to a user based on profile data held in the YHELLN directory.
Deliverables
    1. Install and configure uPortal 2.6 with DLM
    2. Integrate with YHELLN directory for authentication and personalisation
    3. Ensure appropriate branding for portal content
    4. investigation of implementation of FLUID to meet accessibility requirements in conjunction with
        TechDis


WP 7 Systems integration
Identity management and portal developments provide the foundations on which the other technical
aspects of this project are built, the most important of which is integration with institutional VLEs. This will
be achieved through the creation of a generic dashboard concept with functionality identified as part of
User Requirements (WP2) that can be used across the VLEs deployed within the LLN. VLE integration
will require the ability to query the VLE about an individual, allowing the portal to display the correct
content and provide a single ‘sign on’ mechanism from the portal to the VLE, removing the need/barrier of
asking users to ‘sign in’ twice. The project will draw on experiences across a number of communities (JA-
SIG, eSUP, Moodle) and partners (MoodleRooms and potentially, Unicon) to identify and implement best
practice.

Integration with social networking tools will also be undertaken, starting with an investigation into which
tools users would be interested in integrating. It is expected that integration will start with simple
approaches such as RSS feeds before moving on to more complex activity using portlets.
Deliverables
    1. VLE dashboard integration
    2. VLE single ‘sign on’ integration
    3. Investigate and report on social networking tools
    4. Simple and complex social networking integration



WP 8 Content Management System
In order to provide current and correct information to users of the portal, a Content Management System
will be deployed providing the ability, without the need for technical skills, to edit content to be displayed
within the portal. This will make use of the existing CMS at Hull (HyperContent open source software
sponsored by JA-SIG) and requires configuration for users at the colleges and training for those identified
as editors of content.
Deliverables
     1. Configuration of CMS sites and users for colleges
     2. Training sessions for editors at each college




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Project Schedule
                                                                   Month
            O       N       D    J     F      M     A      M     J    J        A      S      O      N     D      J      F      M
            1       2       3    4     5      6     7      8     9    10       11     12     13     14    15     16     17     18
WP 1
WP 2
WP 3
WP 4
WP 5
WP 6
WP 7
WP 8

Statement of IPR
The primary focus of ISPPS is the re-use and integration of software components. It is not intended to
retain any IPR over the documentation detailing this, but the reverse; it will be made available under an
appropriate Creative Commons licence. In the event of specific software outputs being produced by the
project, they will be licensed under the Apache Licence Version 2.0. This is endorsed by the Open Source
Initiative, http://www.opensource.org. It allows any commercial or non-commercial exploitation of the
software and is widely recognized as being one the most liberal licences in circulation. Several OSS
communities are currently converging around this licence. Full licence at:
http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0.

Risks
 Factor                          Likelihood       Impact       Mitigation Strategy
 Failure to recruit staff        Medium           High         Minimise number of staff to be recruited. Ensure recruitment cycle
                                                               begins as rapidly after project approved as possible. Ensure
                                                               remuneration adequate to level of responsibility and expertise. Use
                                                               specialist recruitment agency if necessary. Other staff seconded
                                                               from other duties and additionally trained as triage solution.
 Underestimate difficulty of     Low              Medium       Close integration with OSS community effort to mobilise additional
 specific technical                                            resource to bear on problem space. Involvement of Moodle specialist
 development                                                   for this aspect of work (Moodlerooms)
 Difficulty integrating with     Medium           High         Deploy Identity Management software based on open standards.
 college data sources for                                      Direct engagement with systems specialists at each partner college.
 identity
 Non-engagement or               Medium           Low          The YHELLN Directorate will work to strengthen the relationship
 withdrawal of one or more                                     between partners across a range of strategic issues including e-
 college partners                                              systems. However, the withdrawal of a partner would not
                                                               significantly diminish the value of the project overall.
 Project fails sufficiently to   Medium           High         Staff within YHELLN, particularly the Workstrand Manager (Learner
 engage learner                                                Support), will ensure that the ‘learner voice’ is represented
 communities                                                   throughout the project, inclusive of the broad diversity (including
                                                               geographic) of learners represented within the partnership.


Sustainability
In the year following the conclusion of ISPPS, the infrastructure resulting from the project will be
integrated with the existing infrastructure at the University of Hull. YHELLN will support this transition with
an allocation from existing budgets ‘post project’ to retain a dedicated Developer for a further 6 month
period. YHELLN will also continue to fund the Project Manager for a period of at least 9 months. These
remaining staff will be given the task of ensuring full integration with existing systems within the partner
institutions and addressing any further staff development needs. YHELLN will also ensure the strategic
deployment of its own funding to ensure that staff and learners across the member institutions are


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incentivised to make use of the portal. They will also provide additional dissemination throughout the HE
Community in partnership with JISC, including via the LLN National Forum, which has a sub-group on e-
systems in which YHELLN plays a major role. By project conclusion +12 months, the ISPPS identity and
portal infrastructure will be fully integrated with existing University portal, identity governance and
technical infrastructure.

Engagement with the Community
ISPPS has the support of the YHELLN partnership and the Senior Management Team of the University of
Hull. YHELLN is based upon a collaboration of HE delivery partners and associate members. It’s an
inclusive network and therefore involves broad representation from the learning and teaching community.
The support for lifelong learning initiatives has been established in the form of a ‘Compact’, an agreement
signed by all partners, which sets out their commitment to ‘…initiate developments for action in the sub-
region’ and ‘to facilitate and broker links between partners through the support of initiatives…’. A major
strength of the network is also the added value created through strategic accords developed between
partner organisations.

Without this measure of buy-in, it would be impossible to put the necessary underpinning Identity
Management process and technical infrastructure in place. The project will work closely with
administrative and technical staff at partner institutions to ensure this level of buy-in is consolidated and
extended. A representative project governance council will be established by YHELLN to act as a project
steering group. This will transition into service governance after the conclusion of the project.

The University of Hull has a proven track record of involving a variety of end-users in the software design
and implementation process 1 . ISPPS will organise focus and working groups along a series of axes
throughout the YHELLN consortium to ensure that user-centred design principles are followed, from initial
wireframes (see Appendix B) to systems implementation and includes;
    •   ensuring that application functionality and content is desirable and compelling [Learners]
    •   determining the learning and resource discovery content made available to learners, and the
        degree of customisation which will be enabled [Teaching staff]
    •  determining component integration and design of appropriate visual appearance/s [Technical and
       marketing staff]
Outputs from each of these discrete but related constituencies will be published as project deliverables.

The University of Hull has a proven track record of participating in JISC related and other dissemination
activities during the lifespan of funded projects and beyond, and working flexibly with programme staff to
ensure the maximum community benefit is obtained from funded activity. In addition to reporting directly
to the eLearning Capital Programme and potentially contributing to eFramework Service Genres,
Expressions and/or Usage Models, it is clear that ISPPS outputs may well be of significant interest to the
Portals and Presentation Programme, and broader Information Environment work, including Core
Middleware/eInfrastructure. As far as possible, ISPPS will work with the JISC Executive to ensure that
appropriate lessons are carried into these areas of work, whilst recognising that the project funding profile
is designed to support active engagement with the eLearning Capital Programme and making
contributions to the eFramework.

ISPPS will also report progress through the variety of communities engaged by the University of Hull and
partner Colleges. These include, but are not limited to, the JASIG and JASIG UK and Sakai communities.
ISPPS will report progress with practical benefits provided by the Andrew J Mellon Foundation funded
FLUID adaptive technology project (led by U Toronto, UBC and Berkeley) to (a) TechDIS, (b) The CETIS
Accessibility SIG and (c) the eLearning Capital Programme. Travel costs associated with engagement

1
  The JISC funded PORTAL and CREE projects provide examples of this, together with published user
requirements analysis around institutional portal deployment.


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with FLUID will generally be covered by existing budgets for community engagement within the University
of Hull. The University is happy to consider any augmentation of this work by negotiation with Programme
management staff or the JISC Executive.

Budget
                                                                       Year 1         Year 2
 JISC Funded
 Directly incurred costs
 Personnel              Staff




 Travel & Subsistence                                                   £ 3,000.00     £ 5,000.00
 Dissemination                                                          £ 1,000.00     £ 4,000.00
 Evaluation                                                             £ 2,000.00     £ 5,000.00
 Other                                                                  £ 1,000.00     £ 2,000.00
 Directly allocated costs
                        Estates                                         £ 2,054.70     £ 4,109.25
 Indirect costs
                        Services                                        £ 3,204.00     £ 6,409.20
 Totals                                                                £ 62,530.70   £ 113,182.45   £ 175,713.15
 Institutional Contributions
 Directly incurred costs
 Personnel              Staff
                        Project Manager
                        Technical Liaison Officer
                        Project Director
                        Management Accountant
                        Support Officer
                        Communication Officer
                        Bishop Burton College -Technical Academic
                        Doncaster College -Technical Academic
                        East Riding College -Technical Academic
                        Grimsby Institute -Technical Academic
                        Hull College -Technical Academic
                        North Lindsey College -Technical Academic
                        Selby College -Technical Academic
                        Yorkshire Coast College -Technical Academic
                        Tech Dis - Evaluation Support
                        Consultants:
 Travel & Subsistence
 Dissemination                                                          £ 1,000.00     £ 2,000.00
 Evaluation
 Other                                                                  £ 7,500.00     £ 8,000.00
 Directly allocated costs
                        Estates                                        £ 11,643.30    £ 23,286.60
 Indirect costs
                        Services                                       £ 18,156.00    £ 36,318.80
 Totals                                                                £ 77,511.30   £ 141,219.40   £ 218,730.70
 GRAND TOTAL                                                          £ 140,042.00   £ 254,401.85   £ 394,443.85



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Previous Experience of the Project Team
The University of Hull has participated in, or led, the following JISC funded projects;
ICONEX (5/99 Programme), PORTAL (FAIR Programme), CREE, VSM (Video Sound and Moving Image)
(Portals and Presentation Programme), REPOMMAN, RIDIR, REMAP (Repositories Programme), ISIS,
ASSIS, WebPA (eLearning and eLearning Capital Programme/s), FREMA (eFramework Reference
Model), eRESS (Virtual Research Environment Programme).

Ian Dolphin (Project Director,            ) has directed or directs several of the projects listed above and is
Deputy Chair of the JISC committee for the Integrated Information Environment (JIIE). Ian has a
background as a teacher in Secondary Education and FE and has worked in a variety of roles within the
University of Hull for eleven years, including his current role as Head of eStrategy and eServices
Integration. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the JASIG and Sakai Foundations and the Curriki
Advisory Board.

David Sowden (Project Manager,              ) is currently the YHELLN MLE Manager and has many years
of experience in the FE sector, including managing the ICT Centre of Excellence at Selby College,
overseeing the development of e-learning tools and modules. He is a successful project manager, having
been involved in managing RDA, ESF and LSC funded projects in the past and has been instrumental in
the design and implementation of OnLiNM, a development of the Bodington VLE system.

Robert Sherratt (Technical Liaison Officer,            ) is Head of Systems Integration for the e-Services
Integration Group, responsible for the services delivered within the evolving framework of the institutional
portal using an open source portal framework (uPortal). The Systems Integration Team are also
responsible for the University Content Management System (HyperContent). Robert has been working in
Higher Education since 1994 and has continued his interest in eLearning through the management of
three JISC-funded projects (ISIS, ASSIS and MakingTracks) and work on interoperability and
eFramework JISC projects (FREMA, eRESS).

Identity Management Administrator (to be appointed,                     ) This post requires a systems
administrator with experience of Java to install and configure the Sun Identity Management software for
the project. In addition, they will liaise with technical staff at partner colleges to ensure the YHELLN
directory has service connectors to their systems.

Portal and Systems Integrator (to be appointed,              ) This post requires a Java developer to install
and configure the portal framework for the project. In addition, this post will undertake the tasks identified
in WP 7, providing dashboards to each college’s VLE and integrating social networking tools.




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Appendix A

FOI Withheld Information Form



We would like JISC to consider withholding the following sections or paragraphs from disclosure, should
the contents of this proposal be requested under the Freedom of Information Act, or if we are successful
in our bid for funding and our project proposal is made available on JISC’s website.

We acknowledge that the FOI Withheld Information Form is of indicative value only and that JISC may
nevertheless be obliged to disclose this information in accordance with the requirements of the Act. We
acknowledge that the final decision on disclosure rests with JISC.




Section / Paragraph No.         Relevant exemption from         Justification
                                disclosure under FOI
Budget                          s.40 Personal Information       Contains information about
                                                                living individual’s personal
                                                                financial details (salaries),
                                                                the disclosure of which could
                                                                contravene the 1988 Data
                                                                Protection Act.




Please see http://www.ico.gov.uk for further information on the Freedom of Information Act and the
exemptions to disclosure it contains.




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