Improving Project Quality through Integrating Planning and Sustainability:

The RINGIDEA Case Study Project on Information Literacy

Date:
Wednesday 4 February 2015

Time:
5.45pm for 6.00pm start - 8.00pm

Venue:
Room 326, 3rd Floor, Reginald Mitchell Building, Southampton Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton, SO14 0RD | Maps

Cost:
Free to both Members and Non Members
But please book through the BCS website both for BCS members and non-members  for arranging refreshments, and particularly as the numbers are limited.

Joint with the BCS Hampshire Branch, BCS Quality and eLearning SGs, Middlesex University and Southampton Solent University.

Presenters
Nawaz Khan, Elli Georgiadou and Harjinder Rahanu of Middlesex University

Agenda

  • 6:00  Welcome and Introductions by Geoff Staples, Chair of the BCS Quality Group
  • 6:05  Background: The RINGIDEA Tempus Project Dr Nawaz Khan, Middlesex University
  • 6:15 Integrating Project Plan, Quality Plan and Sustainability Plan : The RINGIDEA Case Study, Elli Georgiadou, Middlesex University and SEEQMA Ltd
  • 7:00 Bridging the Digital Divide: Towards Shortening the Road from Illiteracy to Information Literacy,Dr Harjinder Rahanu, Middlesex University
  • 7:45 Discussion

Project Management starts with Project Planning. A clear definition of the project scope, objectives, project participants, and roles and responsibilities form the foundation of a project plan. A project plan demands the inclusion of financial resources allocation, scheduling, and risk identification together with risk mitigation strategies. Ensuring the success of a project throughout its lifetime and beyond its completion, however, requires a quality plan and a sustainability plan. Often organisations, projects and individuals fail to gain adequate value, let alone added value, from their innovations and project results.

The EU has funded a large number of projects, for which value and impact have been difficult to ascertain.  In particular projects consisting of purely research oriented and/or technically oriented partners seem to lack awareness of the importance of dissemination, exploitation and valorisation for sustainable development and skills in carrying out such activities. We contend that quality and sustainability planning should form an integral part of the project plan and not be treated as afterthoughts. Techniques and templates for monitoring, tracking and continuous improvement of both process and product are presented, and illustrated through a case study of the European Union project RINGIDEA.

Living in an era of global connectivity, e-agoras, e-learning, e-government, e-health and fast changing mobile technologies we tend to forget that more than 80% of the world’s population who lack jobs, shelter, food, water, health services and have never even heard a dial tone, let alone surfed the Web. Illiteracy especially amongst women is widespread.

The gap between the information haves and have-nots is widening. Digital exclusion, which has been noted even among different social groups in advanced economies, presents a huge challenge to international agencies, governments, scientists and educators. The rapid advancement and accessibility of leapfrogging technologies have in the last 10 years presented opportunities to an increasing number of people across the world to participate in e-learning (e.g. MOOCs) and e-democracy. We report on the lessons learned from the Information Literacy movement and the RINGIDEA project in particular and explore ways in which Information Accessibility and Information Literacy can help disadvantaged groups, in both the developed and developing worlds, improve their opportunities for developing their intellectual potential.

Biographical Notes

Dr Nawaz Khan received his Ph.D. in  2004 on Mass Scale Heterogeneous Data Storage and Data Integration. He is currently the Coordinator for the School of Science and Technology e-learning programme and has developed the e-learning and e-learning quality enhancement framework. He is now responsible for wide scale adaptation and deployment of the e-learning framework. He was  Co-Investigator of the JISC Rapid Innovation funded project INVISIQUE (Interactive Visual Search and Query Environment, and is now the Manager of the TEMPUS project RINGIDEA for lifelong learning and information literacy.  He is actively engages in research in the area of IT and information strategy for e-learning. He is a Fellow of British Computing Society and  a member of the  BCS SIG for E-Learning.

Dr Harjinder Rahanu received his Ph.D 1995 on the development of a Case Based Reasoner that dispensed ethical advice concerning failed information systems projects. He is a Senior lecturer at the School of Science and Technology, Middlesex University London. His teaching responsibilities include: Object Oriented Systems Analysis and Design, Business Information Systems and Social, Legal and Professional Aspects of IT. Research interests include Computer Ethics, Information Literacy and E-Learning. He managed the latter stages of the EU Life Long Learning VALO Project and is actively involved with the TEMPUS project RINGIDEA for lifelong learning and information literacy.

Elli Georgiadou is an Open University graduate, a Fellow of the BCS and a committee member of the Quality Specialist Group. She is currently a Visiting Academic and EU Projects Advisor at the School of Engineering and Information Sciences, Middlesex University, London, UK, and the Managing Director of  the SEEQMA (Software Engineering, Education, Quality Management) Consultancy providing services to universities and companies within the UK, across the European Higher Education Area (EHEA  and further afield), in a diverse number of fields including Educational Management, Evaluation,  Valorisation, Project Management, Software Engineering, Software Quality, Process Improvement and Measurement, Knowledge Management, Curriculum Development and eLearning. She gained her expertise and experience teaching for 33 years as a Principal Lecturer (in 2 large London Universities), but also through on-going consultancy services mainly to SMEs and universities, and through holding many positions of responsibility. She has chaired several SQM and INSPIRE Conferences and has co-ordinated and participated in many European Lifelong Learning Projects funded by the Socrates, Leonardo and Tempus European programmes. Elli has published widely on Software Quality, Quality Management and Process Improvement as well as pedagogy, elearning and educational management.