The digital literacy development menu- a varied menu

On drafting my recent IMT paper I reflected on why some colleagues ‘appeared’ to not be actively developing their digital literacy. A natural first step was to consider whether the traditional offering of centrally based workshops was meeting the needs and wishes of colleagues. As a TEL enthusiast I do regularly attend and generally they are of very high quality so quality per se is not the issue. Obviously each approach has advantages, disadvantages, cost and staffing implications. Here are a few thoughts of what the variety of options for developing staff capability could look like:

Internal (UW staff)- centrally run, optional workshops (LTTU). These typically relate to institutional level developments (e.g. VLE) and some generic L&T technologies available.

Internal (UW staff)- centrally run, optional workshops (Personnel). These are typical related to MS Office tools and similar.

Internal (UW staff)-  workshops requested by and delivered to institute/centre/course team/group to reflect priority areas and projects. These are typically responded to an ad hoc basis. Do we have the capacity to support these and how can we raise awareness of this as an option, if appropriate?

Internal (UW staff)- 1 to 1 support from LTTU requested by individuals

Internal (UW staff)- online demonstration materials/ how to guides from LTTU, ILS, Registry, IT, DMU etc. Academics can come across materials related to their teaching and learning in a variety of places. Could we support colleagues by providing a map of who does what etc?

Internal (UW staff)-  self-organising interest groups naturally occurring  N.B. What mechanisms and tools can be used to support these innovation groups during their work and at the dissemination stage?

Internal (UW staff)- projects with colleagues focussed on a self-selected relevant outcome N.B. What mechanisms and tools can be used to support these innovation groups during their work and at the dissemination stage?

Internal (UW staff & students)- projects with colleagues & students focussed on a self-selected relevant outcome

Externally hosted (UW staff)- face-to-face course on a particular topic. How do colleagues know what is available? How is attendance supported?

Externally hosted (UW staff)- online course on a particular topic. How do colleagues know what is available? How is attendance supported?

Externally hosted (UW staff) Moocs– Massive Open Online Courses

Twitter and/other Social Media are rapidly becoming important CPD tools. From personal experience an academic can quite quickly connect and feel grounded in a community of counterparts and other professionals engaging with innovation in similar contexts.

Externally hosted (UW staff) online training solutions- subscription per person or across institutions for staff and students e.g. Lynda.com

Quality was highlighted as key above. Timing is also key- typically, as an academic we want flexible or ‘just-in-time’ access to capability development opportunities with a personal and/or collaborative dimension. Sometimes, learning in partnership with students is key to ensuring the outcomes are fit for purpose in terms of the student experience.

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