16.506 JISC-NSF funding for "Digital Libraries in the Classroom"

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 506.
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             Subject: JISC-NSF Fund "Digital Libraries in the Classroom" Initiative

    News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
    from across the Community
    February 25, 2003

                       UK & US Collaborate on Digital Initiative
          JISC and NSF Fund "Digital Libraries in the Classroom" Projects

    Below is an announcement of the results of a collaborative JISC-NSF grant
    program: four sizeable transatlantic projects that will both create and
    deliver a major set of digital materials for the classroom and an
    investigation of how such materials can best be used and what the results
    may yield for the rest of us.

    David Green

    >Date: Tue, 25 Feb 2003 08:39:20 -0600
    >From: DLI2 Coordinator <info@dli2.nsf.gov>
    >>To: DLI2-ANNOUNCE@dli2.nsf.gov


    Press Release: JISC and NSF to collaborate on major digital initiative
    24 Feb 2003
    The UK and US to collaborate on major digital initiative
    The JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) and the US National Science
    Foundation (NSF) have agreed to fund a programme which will provide
    exciting new content and a range of benefits to education sectors on both
    sides of the Atlantic. The five-year programme, called 'Digital Libraries
    in the Classroom' will cost around #6m ($9.5m) and will draw on best
    practice in the creation and delivery of content from both the UK and the
    US, resulting in a range of resources in four key subject areas.
    The focus of the programme is to investigate and exploit the potential of
    online resources in learning and teaching across a range of pre-selected
    subject disciplines. But a key focus for each of the projects across the
    programme will be to combine the application of sound pedagogic principles
    in the creation, delivery and use of online materials, with new research
    to develop the underlying information technology . The result will be
    resources that will provide exemplars for the provision of digital
    resources in disciplines beyond the ones chosen for development.

    Malcolm Read, JISC Executive Secretary, welcomed the new programme,
    saying: "The JISC and the NSF have a long history of collaboration, but
    this is a particularly exciting programme which will bring a number of
    important benefits on both sides of the Atlantic."

    The programme consists of four projects, each of which will pool the
    resources and expertise of British and US Universities with long and
    distinguished track records in the use of information and communication
    technologies. The projects are:

    *The Spoken Word*

    New resources for transforming teaching and learning - Glasgow Caledonian
    University, Northwestern University, Michigan State University

    Sound remains an educational resource as yet fully untapped, but its
    possibilities in the digital realm are immense. Drawing extensively on BBC
    and other sound archives and using the latest technology at their
    disposal, this project will look at how audio resources can be
    manipulated, applied, and used within a variety of learning situations.

    *Teaching and Learning Anthropology*

    Using 'scalable' digital library platforms and innovations in approaches
    to content - London School of Economics and Columbia University

    Digital resources provide the opportunity to deliver new insights in a
    variety of ways. This project will develop digital tools and the
    approaches and methods to use them successfully in undergraduate
    anthropology courses. Many of the lessons of the project will be directly
    relevant to teaching in many other disciplines.

    *Digital Libraries in Support of Innovative Approaches to Teaching and
    Learning in Geography* - University of Southampton, University of Leeds,
    University of California, Santa Barbara, and University of Pennsylvania

    Important skills in the analysis of spatial information can be taught
    online and made available to undergraduates. This project will explore
    these and other possibilities and, crucially, will explore how
    cross-national collaboration can enhance and enrich the learning
    experiences of geography students.

    *Accelerating Globally Distributed Team Innovation* - University of
    Strathclyde and Stanford University

    This project will enable students to take part in global team-based design
    engineering projects in which they directly experience different cultural
    contexts and access a variety of different information sources via a range
    of appropriate technologies.

    Crucial to these projects will be the cross-disciplinary lessons that
    projects in other subject areas will be able to learn. They also represent
    the first instance of combining the use of rich electronic content with
    the technologies that enable innovative delivery in core use in the
    learning process. They will therefore provide an important testing ground
    for the application of digital technologies to the practicalities of
    learning and teaching in the classroom. Peter Freeman, the NSF Assistant
    Director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, said: "NSF
    is delighted to partner with JISC in the support of these innovative
    projects. We anticipate that they will help set the standard for the
    development of digital resources of the future."

    Taking these resources and these methods of teaching with technology out
    of the domain of the enthusiasts and into the broader arena where whole
    departments and institutions will have to engage will mark a significant
    cultural, educational and technological shift, one with important
    implications for the future. Howard Newby, Chief Executive of the Higher
    Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), fully endorsed this
    approach, saying: "These projects provide a model for the future. These
    institutions have put their full weight behind this programme. This will
    mean that the resources created by these projects will have direct and
    beneficial use in the classroom."

    For further information, please contact:

    Rachel Bruce - JISC
    +44 020 7848 2572

    Stephen M. Griffin - National Science Foundation
    +1 703-292-8930

    Notes for editors

    1. The JISC is a joint committee of the UK further and higher education
    funding bodies, and is responsible for supporting the innovative use of
    information and communication technology (ICT) to support learning,
    teaching, and research. It is best known for providing the SuperJANET
    network and a portfolio of high-quality resources. Information about the
    JISC, its services and programmes can be found at http://www.jisc.ac.uk/.
    Contact Philip Pothen on +44 (0)20 7848 2937, email

    2. NSF is an independent agency of the United States government that
    supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science
    and engineering, with an annual budget of nearly $5 billion. NSF funds
    reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 universities and
    institutions. Each year, NSF receives about 30,000 competitive requests
    for funding, and makes about 10,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards
    over $200 million in professional and service contracts yearly.
    Information about NSF can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/. Contact David
    Hart at +1 703-292-8070, dhart@nsf.gov.


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