Cloud Computing for Support and IT staff

Date:
Monday 22 November 2010

Time:
5.30pm for 6.00pm

Venue:
Fareham College, Function Room,  Ground Floor, C Building,  Bishopsfield Road, Fareham, Hampshire, PO14 1NH

Speaker:
Neil Spurgeon, IT  Manager , Project Manager and Management Lecturer  at Fareham College

Joint with the BCS Hampshire Branch, BCS e-learning SG and Fareham College

This event is free, open to all, but please book through the BCS website, www.bcs.org/events/registration both for BCS members and non-members for arranging refreshments.

The computing press is full of “cloud computing” at present and it has become a real buzz phrase. Many people will have heard the expression but perhaps have little idea of exactly what this technology consists of and how it could potentially support and enhance their work.

In this session you will learn more about what cloud computing is, and what it is not, and start to see possibilities for using cloud tools in your own practice. You will also potentially have more knowledge to consider approaches by managers and staff to use “the Cloud” in your organisation.

This session will also introduce the new JISC RSC South-East Moodle Cloud Computing On-line course which has been written by the speaker and which could be made available to you or your own organisation.

Neil Spurgeon has worked in FE, HE and Local Government as an IT Manager, Trainer and Lecturer. He has been at Fareham College for 6 years first as IT Manager and latterly as Project Manager and Management Lecturer. He is also the college’s VLE Administrator. Fareham College were runners up in the 2009 Hi5 Award for Assessment for one of their innovative uses of Moodle VLE with their HNC Engineering external examiners, a private cloud initiative.

Neil is a very strong believer in using technology to support and augment the delivery and management of learning but is very clear that this can only be when the right tools and techniques that underpin good delivery and a great experience for learners are augmented by committed support staff that have the right understanding and skills to properly support the tools desired by others.

Neil is active in the BCS and is a BCS CITP Assessor.