TCOLC SharePoint – Branding

A first look at the new sharepoint portal being developed at The City of Leicester College – just the styling for now, not the content or features. The approach has been to follow the brand look-and-feel (from our public website) in terms of colours, characteristics, heading/title typography etc. – but without compromising SharePoint’s functions and features.

The design development site’s navigation elements (top bar) are currently dummies apart from ‘TEST PAGE’ and ‘TEST PAGE 2’ that show options for individual page layouts and colour treatments. The ‘Subjects’ link is to show the drop-down menu style. The homepage will carry the required portal ‘widgets’ and links – the full width picture has been added to show the option for full width ‘title’ images.

TCOLC Sharepoint branding - featuring full width image
TCOLC Sharepoint branding – featuring full width image

 

TCOLC Sharepoint branding - Dark on Light
TCOLC Sharepoint branding – Dark on Light

 

TCOLC Sharepoint Branding - Light on Dark
TCOLC Sharepoint Branding – Light on Dark
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Leicester Teaching and Learning Summer Conference – Saturday 25 June 2016

Leicester T&L Summer Conference at teh City of Leicester College, Saturday 25th June 2016
Leicester T&L Summer Conference – 25th June 2016

On Saturday 25 June 2016  The City of Leicester College will be hosting the “Leicester Teaching and Learning Summer Conference”. This will be a high-impact training conference for teachers run by teachers who want to make a bigger difference in the classroom.

This is a great opportunity for the Digilit Network to share good practice around use of technology in the classroom, and an opportunity to improve Digilit Skills across the city.  It would be great to see members of the Digilit Network taking an active lead in delivering workshops throughout the day, and promoting the event with colleagues.

Workshops will provide engaging classroom based research and/or practice that will provoke excitement, interest and inspire teachers and which will ultimately impact on the learning and life chances of our young people. Each delegate will be able to attend up to eight 20 minute, or four 40 minutes sessions, or do a mixture of these. The day will include lunch and a key note speaker.

Anyone can submit a workshop proposal – if it’s something you’ve tried out in your classroom, then others will want to hear about it. If you’re keen to give it a go please submit the proposal by Monday 18 April 2016 to PSanderson@cityleicester.leicester.sch.uk and include the following details:

  • Title:
  • Target audience:
  • Length: (20 or 40 minutes)
  • Expected outcomes:
  • Outline of the session:

The conference is free to anyone who runs a workshop and all TCOLC staff. Delegates will only pay £30 each or £50 for two delegates. City schools will get 2 for the price of one.

If you don’t run a workshop, we hope you will all attend (and tell every teacher you ever met ever!).

 

Reproduced with permission from @ http://www.cityleicester.co.uk/summer-conference/

The City of Leicester College – Office365/SharePoint Project

 

Communication, Collaboration & Participation

The City of Leicester College is looking to move much of its Team storage and collaboration spaces to SharePoint. We have already moved our email system to Office 365, and started to develop some useful online learning resources in some subject areas. Some staff are already making use of OneDrive as their primary storage area, and are using this to share work with each other and their students.

Two years ago, thc College used some innovation funding to help develop this further and to create useful learning resources for the Mathematics Faculty.  We are now ready for the next phase of development, which is to move our entire staff team away from using local network drives to store and share their work, and to make OneDrive and SharePoint Sites the primary repository for all our work.

There are many advantages to this approach for us as a college over the present situation, but mostly:

• One place for all our resources – no need to duplicate work to a separate VLE.

• Resources available anywhere on any device.

• Move to cloud computing lessens our reliance on onsite servers and technicians, prior to end of current ICT Support Contract.

• Streamlined workflows and better communication between staff teams and with students.

However, it is a massive undertaking and will require thoughtful implementation and plenty of training and development for staff. We have already begun to plan out the project and have a detailed timeline and costings for the first two phases. We have engaged a developer to help us think through this transition and to provide useful tools, support and training.

The project has been broken down into 4 main phases, the first two of which have already been developed in some detail:

Phase 1 – Design and branding, Information Architecture, Portal

A set of style sheets (css) and associated resources will be developed to allow for the presentation of the SharePoint sites using the college’s ‘brand’ values and preferred look-and-feel.  A set of content presentation options utilising Client Side Rendering (CSR) JavaScript techniques will be developed to allow for the re-rendering of standard SharePoint Web Parts.  Site and library templates will be created as a part of the definition along with a navigational model. Access and content opportunity permissions (read, write, edit) to defined areas will be advised as a part of this stage. PowerShell scripts developed to automatically deploy multiple sites from template definitions.

An alternative to the current MY-SCHOOL portal interface will be developed, supporting an extended single sign-on model to college applications where such an interaction can be supported.

Phase 2 – MIS integration and homework system

This phase provides for a first level of integration with the Management Information System (MIS) to automatically create staff and student timetables within each user’s Outlook calendar, and the automated creation of class security groups for use with Apps such as Teacher/Student Dashboard to support a full homework and assignment workflow.  The MIS-365 integration will be delivered through the installation and configuration of the SalamaderSoft AD integration middleware.

Teacher Dashboard Plus will be installed and configured to all teaching staff to assign, manage and track homework.

Phase 3 – Content migration

Migrate existing teaching resources from local storage into Office365/SharePoint

Phase 4 – Parent Portal

Develop a portal for parents to keep track of their child’s progress on homework tasks, coursework etc.

 

Digital Literacy

We are looking to move our admin and support teams over to SharePoint early in the project to pilot workflows, shared documents and to start populating it with key organisational information. Much of the initial training will be aimed at supporting this transition, and hence the key DigiLit strands we are looking to develop within these staff teams are:

• Creating and Sharing
• Communication, Collaboration & Participation

However, with a project with such a scope as this, all six strands will be touched on and we will need to ensure staff are adequately prepared to meet the challenges.

The way files are handled within SharePoint is very different from a more traditional hierarchical structure on a network drive, and Entry level staff in particular may struggle with the changes to working practices around shared documents. We need to ensure that staff fully understand this new paradigm as well as the basic skills of creating and sharing files with others.