Raising Awareness

"The IWMW event provides an opportunity for those involved in the provision of institutional Web services to hear about institutional case studies, national initiatives and emerging technologies and to actively participate in a number of parallel sessions."

IWMW 2010 is the fourteenth workshop. This year's theme is 'The Web in Turbulent Times'.
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Institutional Web Management Workshop 2010

Plenary Talk P8: The impact of SharePoint in Higher Education

P8: The impact of SharePoint in Higher Education
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Wednesday 14 July 09:15-11:00
James Lappin and Peter Gilbert, University of the West of England.
Microsoft's SharePoint has seen a massive uptake in UK Higher Education Institutions. The vast majority of institutions are making some use of SharePoint to some extent. Some have used it for their website, some for their intranet, some as a student portal, many for team collaboration and document sharing. A small number of HEIs are even using it as a VLE. This upsurge in usage has occured relatively suddenly. The HEI community has had little opportunity to reflect on both the opportunities, and the threats, that the rise of SharePoint poses.

In this session James Lappin and Pete Gilbert will answer questions on the nature of SharePoint, its strenghts and weaknesses, and the uses that HEIs have been making of it.

James researched the usage of SharePoint in UK Higher Education in a Northumbria University research project (funded by Eduserv). Pete has led an innovative SharePoint implementation at the University of the West of England.


Contact Details

James Lappin
Thinking Records
Phone: +44 (0)7595 998457
Twitter: jameslappin
Peter Gilbert
University of the West of England
Frenchay Campus
BS16 1QY
Phone: +44 (0) 117 965 6261
Twitter: pete_gilbert



Photo of James LappinJames Lappin is a records management consultant and trainer. He writes on records management topics for his blog Thinking Records.

James is the co-author of Northumbria University's 'Investigation into the use of SharePoint in UK Higher Education Institutions' published in January 2010. He is an accredited trainer for the European Commission, for whom he provides records management training.

James obtained his MA in Archives and Records Management at UCL in 1994, after which he held records management roles at The National Archives, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, and the Wellcome Trust. He worked as a consultant and trainer for TFPL between 2004 and 2008, before founding his company Thinking Records, at the start of 2009.

Photo of Peter GilbertPeter Gilbert is a SharePoint evangelist and "developer" working at UWE. He works in SharePoint technologies using C#, InfoPath, Skelta and blog about their good and bad points. In his "spare" time he is an artist and photographer and helps organise the Southbank Bristol Arts Trail as well as running other arts events throughout the year.

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Note there were no slides for this plenary and that due to technical problems no video is available.

Final Report
Investigation into the use of Microsoft SharePoint in HEIs [Online Version]