Archive for March, 2010

Virtual Training Suite – funding news

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Over the past few months, we have received a lot of feedback asking us about the future of the Virtual Training Suite (VTS).

We are pleased to be able tell you that we now have some good news about future funding for this service.

JISC have confirmed that they will provide a year’s maintenance funding from August 2010 to assist the Virtual Training Suite in moving towards a self-sustaining business model. During the next year, we will therefore be:

  • maintaining the current suite of over 60 subject based Internet research skills tutorials
  • developing a new toolkit to allow the community to adapt existing tutorials and/or create their own tutorials using their own content
  • to develop and implement a licensing model to sustain the Virtual Training Suite beyond August 2011

The project team are currently in the process of updating the remaining tutorials to be brought into the new design, to be launched in early Summer 2010, and are also starting work on planning our new tutorial toolkit. Very soon we will start some market research and requirements gathering work to find out what our users want most from the new Virtual Training Suite, so watch this space to get involved.

More information about the project will be posted on the Virtual Training Suite website soon. In the meantime, please address any queries to paul.smith@bristol.ac.uk