Added to Creative Stoke, 11th February 2011

Have an innovative idea for a new online teaching/learning resource in the arts or media? Think you can create something that’s more impressive than clunky old Moodle? JISC are now offering £50,000 grants under the Learning and Teaching Innovation Grants Programme. The aim is to start sustainable projects that will… “support teaching and learning at the more innovative/high risk end of the spectrum”, while also meeting existing needs. FE and HE institutions are eligible, but your institution must offer at least 30% of the cost. Application deadline: 21st March 2011. Full details at the website.

Need design inspiration? Over 4,000 items in Staffordshire University’s unique Betty Smithers Design Collection can now be searched online at Jorum. No registration is required, and images are featured in the search results. How to search — in the full-text search box, paste: “Betty Smithers Design Collection” and then add your keyword. For example:

“Betty Smithers Design Collection” gloves

Students of Staffordshire University also have access to the actual objects in the collection.

New! 11.02.11   
The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery’s “Mountains and Landscape Photography Competition” has had its deadline extended to 22nd April 2011. The competition is for people aged 13 – 19 years old, and can be entered through the Mountains and Landscape Photo Competition group on Facebook.

New! 11.02.11   
Added to the Directory:  Sarah Barker (aka Speight Of The Art). Sarah is a visual artist in both digital and traditional, a photographer, and a writer. Sarah also does a nice line in gothic festival posters and logos.

The UK’s Society for Storytelling now has a West Midlands page for its new Directory of Storytellers.

Having spent two years making and refining my JURN search-engine, it’s about done. Your editor is now seeking to explore the possibilities of taking JURN to the next level by making it a fully independent search-engine with its own Web crawler. I’d love to keep things local, so in the first instance I’m seeking a local Midlands university able to offer me a free Web server with fast open Net connectivity, on which I can remotely self-install and run SearchBlox. The initial Web harvesting load from the crawler should be about a million documents, and thereafter the harvesting would be incremental. Your logo and student-recruitment link could appear on the main search page. JURN reaches a wide range of overseas students, and the average “time-on-site” for visitors is 4:36 minutes. Interested?

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