Welcome to the August issue of our e-books for FE newsletter. We hope your summer vacations and staycations have provided some relaxation before the start of the new term, at a time when travel and social interactions are still liable to sudden disruption and continuing uncertainty.
Win a £30 National Book Token
The monthly National Book Token giveaway is back! In April we suspended this regular prize, due to Covid-19 disruption in the workplace, but with the new term on the horizon we are ready to start this again.
Each month we will ask a question relating to our digital resources, whether e-books or Vocational Learning Resources, and invite you to respond via Twitter. The winner, chosen at random, will receive a £30 National Book Token.
The question for August is:
“How are you planning to embed our digital resources into your remote learning strategy in the new term?”
Your responses will provide ideas and inspiration for all institutions, as well as showcasing your own initiatives.
Deadline: 31 August.
The winner will be announced in the September newsletter. Good luck!
Welsh government guidance on blended learning
The Welsh government has published its blended learning guidance for post-16 providers, with key documents available at https://hwb.gov.wales/distance-learning/post-16-learning-and-skills/blended-learning-guidance-for-post-16-providers
This guidance was produced in consultation with Jisc, and provides a wealth of information that will be useful for library and teaching staff in the year ahead, so please share the contents with your colleagues. The key documents are:
Covid-19 Resilience Plan for the post-16 sector: guidance for blended learning (6 pages)
- What are the characteristics of effective blended learning?
- Planning blended learning programmes
- Teaching and learning strategies
- Digital wellbeing
- Accessibility and inclusion
Covid-19 Resilience Plan for the post-16 sector: basic principles in designing blended learning programmes (7 pages)
- Designing blended learning
- Support and guidance
The next webinar clinic will be on 26 August from 2-3 pm. There will be two topics:
We will discuss what JUSP is, why we work with COUNTER complaint data, how it can be used, and where JUSP fits in. Throughout the session there will be an opportunity to share your experiences and your challenges with e-resource usage data. Find out more about JUSP at https://jusp.jisc.ac.uk/
- Virtual Learning Resources (VLRs)
We will be giving an overview of our Vocational Learning Resources, outlining the new pricing model, and answering any questions you might have about using this service.
The clinic can be accessed at https://www.jisc.ac.uk/training/e-books-for-fe-online-clinic
In the coming months we will be updating the e-books for FE support site at https://support.ebooksforfe.jisc.ac.uk/
There is a fair amount of duplication in terms of content at present, so we aim to simplify what the site contains and improve the overall structure. An overview of the updated site will be given at a future webinar clinic, with an opportunity for feedback.
Top 20 users in July 2020
Well done to all organisations who reached a spot in the top 20.
|1||King Edward VI College, Stourbridge||470|
|2||Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College||378|
|4||Hereford Sixth Form College||254|
|5||Summit Learning Trust||238|
|6||South Thames College||233|
|7||The Manchester College||229|
|8||Shrewsbury Colleges Group||226|
|10||Farnborough Sixth Form College||222|
|11||Colchester Sixth Form College||189|
|12||The College of Richard Collyer||160|
|13||Burton & South Derbyshire College||158|
|14||New College, Pontefract||155|
|15||Capital City College Group – WKCIC Group||146|
|16||Luton Sixth Form College||138|
|17||New College, Swindon||134|
|18||South & City College Birmingham||133|
|20||Holy Cross College||126|
Mergers: If your organisation has recently merged with another, ProQuest may not have the most current merger information and your merger may not be reflected in the usage data. Please check with ProQuest and request that they update your account to reflect the merger. Their e-book support contact address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Top 20 titles in July 2020
|1||CACHE Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner||655|
|2||CACHE, Level 3 – Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning||345|
|3||AQA A Level Biology 1 : For A Level Year 1 and AS||327|
|4||US Government and Politics for A Level, Fifth Edition||324|
|5||OCR A Level Law Book 2||233|
|6||Edexcel GCE Geography Y2 A Level Student Book||229|
|7||CACHE Level 3 Child Care and Education : Early Years Educator||214|
|8||CACHE Level 3 Early Years Educator : for the Work-Based Learner||208|
|9||Law: The Basics||204|
|10||OCR A Level Mathematics Year 2||160|
|11||AQA A Level Psychology Book 1 : For A-level Year 1 and AS||157|
|12||Pearson Edexcel A Level Politics||149|
|13||OCR Psychology for A Level Book 1||147|
|14||BTEC Level 3 National Health and Social Care: Student Book 2||142|
|15||BTEC Level 3 National Health and Social Care: Student Book 1||139|
|16||AQA A Level Geography : For A-level and AS – Fourth Edition||128|
|17||BTEC Level 3 Nationals 2016 Applied Science Student Book 2||128|
|18||AQA A Level Law for Year 2||127|
|19||Civil Rights and Race Relations in the USA 1850-2009 for Edexcel||126|
|20||AQA A Level Biology 2||122|
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