A good starting point to thinking about the student’s expectations of a digital university is this JISC publication
‘Enhancing the student digital experience: a strategic approach’
Supporting institutions to develop digital environments which meet students’ expectations and help them to prepare for higher study and employment:
Defining ‘bring your own’ (BYO)
“ ‘Bring your own’ is the term used to describe the use of personal devices, services, data, apps and software in institutional settings. Many institutions manage this through a policy or set of policies” (http://www.jisc.ac.uk/guides/enhancing-the-digital-student-experience/develop-coherent-byo-policies )
I love the idea of the ‘seamless digital university’. This links these ideas to the UKPSF and although they are talking about PGCertHE is transfers more generally to our work.
JISC and Professional Associations Guide to Implementing the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) in the Digital University
“How are PGCertHEs adapting to digital technologies, in their design and operation and in the educational practices for which the PGCertHEs are preparing staff? This guide offers answers and links, including analysis of sources and case studies, from professional associations concerned with the development of teaching and learning in higher education” (JISC via link above).
I have found this document a really useful way to reflect on where we are with TEL and where we want to be with TEL by 2018. I have copied some of the suggested review questions across from the document.
QAA Higher Education Review Group themes 2015-2016 Student Employability and Digital Literacy
How providers manage and show leadership in their approach to digital literacy and enabling students to develop digital skills: Possible review questions from QAA
- How do you communicate your vision and position on enabling students to develop digital literacy?
- Can you cite any examples at provider level of how you have identified and removed barriers to enabling students to develop digital literacy?
- What steps have you taken to resource digital literacy?
How digital literacy is embedded in the curriculum: Possible review questions from QAA
- Can you cite any examples at provider level of how you have identified and responded to opportunities to embed digital literacy in the curriculum?
- How are students engaged in ongoing discussions and decision making about ICT, and the use of technology in their programmes of study?
- How do employers inform the use of technology in programmes?
- How do you ensure that your provision promotes students’ digital literacy?
- How do you promote the use of technology in learning and teaching?
- How do you use technology in assessment and feedback?
- How do you embed authentic technology-enhanced assessment tasks in discipline areas?
- How does assessment feedback support the development of students’ digital literacy?
- How do you showcase technology-enabled academic and professional practice through your teaching/
Staff development to support inclusive provision: Possible review questions from QAA
- How are staff informed of their responsibilities to promote digital literacy within their curriculum area?
- Can you cite any examples of how you have enabled your teaching staff to ensure students are supported to develop their digital literacy?
- Can you cite examples of opportunities for staff to develop their digital literacy in the curriculum and fully realise all that technology-enhanced learning has to offer?
- What resources and support do you have for staff to enhance their use of technology enhanced learning?
- How are staff supported to develop a professional online presence and engage in open online practice?
On my list of things to explore more with my students next year is how they engage with online portals, Blackboard and/or Pebblepad, using their mobile devices and applications.
Do you know about these? Are you using them? It would be great to hear your experiences. (Apologies- I’ve only put the iOS links so far).
Blackboard Mobile Learn https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blackboard-mobile-learn/id376413870?mt=8
This week I have been inspired reading about how other universities are developing the digital literacy of staff and students. One concept that has really caught my attention is the impact that Student Ambassadors for Digital Literacy. It seems very effective and importantly student driven. The website for LSE is particularly impressive.
Links to Student Ambassadors for Digital Literacy schemes (SAfDL): e.g.
Please do leave a comment with your thoughts. Also please post links to any other schemes you know of.
Following Moira and Anthony’s recent book Digital Literacy for Primary Teachers, the authors have commenced an 18-month project to explore the relationship between employability and digital literacy from multiple perspectives.
This page will provide an overview of the project’s four stages and outline progress so far.
We will also focus on how we will use these insights to improve the experience of trainee and experienced teachers with whom we work. In particular we will report on phase 1 in which we re-examined the drivers including the Computing National Curriculum Programmes of Study (DfE 2014); the Higher Education Review Group Themes for 2015-2016 (QAA) and institutional measures to embed student digital literacy development opportunities within courses.
We will then match particular elements of our previous work using a simple model of values, dispositions and capabilities to underline the limitations of viewing digital literacy as a narrow set of skills to be attained.
We will exemplify the model with an employability focus which includes scrutinising elements implied (or not) in the Teachers’ Standards, inspection guidance, graduate attributes and popular digital literacy models from the UK and global context related to ‘the key tools a 21st century teacher needs’.
This is very much an open and practice-based project and we welcome collaborators- leave a comment and we will get in touch.
There is a free webinar on e-assessment next Wednesday 20th May 10-11am which may be of interest. As long as you have speakers you can access the webinar- usually text is used for asking questions. (They usually use Blackboard Collaborate so you can see what it looks like as this should be available here next academic year.) You can borrow a headset with a microphone from Sue Scott firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to.
A webinar on the Jisc Assessment and Feedback programme and current Electronic Management of Assessment project is taking place next Wednesday, 20th May at 10am – 11am UK time as part of a series being run by the Time to Assess Learning Outcomes in E-learning (TALOE) project. If you are interested in joining us, please see here for more information and details of how to participate.
See you there (virtually)