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  1. Teaching and Learning in a Digital Age Sue Watling Festival of Teaching and Learning June 2014

  2. Digital Education Plan • The University will… • ‘……promote the wider and more creative use of the VLE and other technologies for enhancing and enriching students’ education.’ • Promote OER • Develop digital literacies

  3. Educational Development and Enhancement Unit - EDEU • Continuity of support for Blackboard • Extension of support for content and activity development on Blackboard • Support for online communication through Blackboard Collaborate • Opportunities for digital teacher education and continuing and professional development

  4. Myth of technological determinism e-learning will: • cut costs • increase efficiency • do more for less • be intuitive • user friendly • enhance learning • transform education

  5. Not everyone… • has a smart phone • uses track changes • manages their email • knows about html view • optimises images • chats online • uses a webcam • works with wikis • blogs …or tweets… Image from

  6. SCONUL • Seven Pillars of information literacy through a digital lens • Criteria to Identify, Scope, Plan, Gather, Evaluate, Manage and Present digital information.

  7. JISC Developing Digital Literacies •

  8. Myth of the Digital Native Image from

  9. Digital literacies • CIBER research into the information behaviour of young people • e-learning • e-teaching

  10. Teaching and Learning in a Digital Age(TELEDA) • 30 credit Postgraduate short course • Emerged from Embedding OER Practice; HEA Change Academy programme • Learning Blocks include online design, communication, collaboration, assessment, feedback and intro to open ed • Encourages critical reflection on practice through Blackboard Journal tool • Assessment by eportfolio

  11. After TELEDA – EDEU futures • TELEDA 2: social media and e-resources approved • Both courses to be validated as PG Cert in Digital Education • TELEDA led to development of online workshops • Unaccredited, typically lasting 3 weeks • Include: discussion forums, journals, working with wikis and introducing OER and MOOC • Stress on developing digital literacies and pedagogic practice

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  13. Advantages • Experiential learning • Repositioning staff as students • Research informed and engaged • Situated within wider sphere of social impact of the internet on higher education • Introduces pedagogical concepts like ABC Model (Activity Based Content) • Includes eportfolios • Promotes holistic digital literacies • Accreditation

  14. don’t Disadvantages • Doesn’t reach everyone • Digitally shy less likely to join in online • Can reinforce existing prejudices • Can produce resistance • Can create a community of dislike for elearning in general and Blackboard in particular • Requires time and commitment • Digital engagement not currently rewarded

  15. am finding that doing this course online is useful in enabling me to identify with the way students navigate information on blackboard • I think I need to simplify some of my blackboard information and make more use of announcements and site links to show students where to find information • . I think adopting the role of student is a useful experience as it reminds me of the pressures involved in studentship and enables greater empathy to students and their experiences.

  16. I have not used sign up before with my students and think this might be a useful tool in the future to get students into self selected groups.  • I have largely used [Blackboard] as a ‘read only’ site and have not really designed online interactive activities. However, I can see through my experiences on the TELEDA course that there is some value in utilizing Blackboard in a more interactive way.

  17. Pedagogy of Uncertainty • Recognition of E teaching alongside E learning • ABC Model – Activity Based Content • Myths of digital competence

  18. Myths of digital competence • Digital Natives Digital Immigrants outdated • Divide between techies and teachers • Techies work with the technology • Teachers are subject experts not technicians • Myths …. based on assumptions • MEE Model • Digital shyness to digital confidence

  19. Sue Watling Educational Development and Enhancement Unit (EDEU) @suewatling on twitter

  20. Achieving the vision… • Professional support for producing learning experiences … • Technological expertise underpinned by a sound understanding of pedagogy…. • Developing the digital literacies to enable the full benefits of technology to be realised…. • Promoting and rewarding engagement with the philosophy and practice of flexible delivery and the use and reuse of OER… • Promoting and supporting principles of inclusive design…