Yesterday we hosted a meeting for our cluster of JISC projects within the Developing Digital Literacies programme. Projects to attend included Cardiffs DIGIDOL project, Worcesters WORDLE project and PADDLE called in via video conference.
As hosts we began the day discussing how our project had been heavily involved in institutional change. Neil discussed this in legth with input from from Pauline Kneale (Pro-vice chancellor Teaching and Learning) and Mark Stone (Head of UK Partnerships). Following this each project had the opportunity to discuss their progress so far and any issues and concerns.
Overall it was a really useful day and we as a project felt it has given us a nice focus in tying up the project.
Attended a dissemination event for the TEL Research programme - http://tel.ioe.ac.uk/ . The Keynote was delivered by David Willetts, and Charles Clarke chaired and interesting debate about the utility of technology enhanced learning in relation to learning. Of course it being a room full of academics, no one could agree what the question meant, but it did lead to some interesting debate about the success, or otherwise, of technology in transforming the learning experience. Of course from out perspective it all hinged on digital literacies being key learning and employability skills requiring appropriate embedding and support for both staff and students.
Today was our second ‘Talking About iPads’ webinar. Great participation by the ALDinHE members made for a really enjoyable event. Thanks to all involved.
As part of a recent project meeting we created a number of flyers to help productise our outputs.
Digital Literacies and Digital Tools for Busy Academics
Talking about Digital Literacies – 90 minute workshop
Institutional Change – A Soufflé for Success
We have just held our first webinar ever; scary but in a good way.
The session run by Neil Witt (seedpod project director) with help from John Hilsdon (ALDinHE) and me was for a small, but perfectly formed, group of ALDinHE members on the topic of using ipads in teaching and learning. Everyone seemed to enjoy the event and we will be running another on 1 November.
Our thanks to Marianne at JISC infoNet and Christina at Netskills for their help with this.
The team attended the ALT conference which took place in a rainy Manchester earlier this month. It was a good opportunity to catch up with other projects working in the digital literacies area and look at some new software developments. We took part in a symposium called “digital literacies for learner success, achievement and employability”. It generated a lively debate with some good discussions; our thanks to everyone who came along.
SEEDPoD Stand at Plymouth VC's Teaching and Learning Conference 2012
The SEEDPoD project was heavily involved with the annual conference at Plymouth this year.
Two of our publications (Digital Literacies and Digital Tools) were distributed with every conference pack. We also had a stand setup with 2 posters and the new 4 pagers. The Technology Enhanced Learning team displayed some of the case study videos on screen we have been working with them on as part of the project.
Finally neil presented a well attended session discussing SEEDPoD and Digital Literacies at Plymouth. You can see the liveblog here.
We have developed this 4 pager as part of a series of outputs we have created to help support staff with Digital Literacies. It was inspired by a very popular 4 pager called ‘Web2.0 for Busy Tutors‘ we created a few years back as part of project called UsPaCe. We decided to create a new and modernised version. It aims to highlight a number of freely available tools which can be used within academic contexts. Examples of how the tools can be used are provided and also there is a five star guide to show easy each one is to use. We have worked closely with the Technology Enhanced Learning Team at Plymouth to ensure there is consistency between this and their publications to aid seamless embedding.
You can download the full version of the document here.
Digital Tools for Busy Academics
Digital Tools for Busy Academics Page 2
Digital Tools for Busy Academics Page 3
Digital Tools for Busy Academics Page 4
We are pleased to announce our latest 4 page guide is now complete. It provides an introduction to digital literacies and some examples of how and where they apply. It is aimed primarily at staff but may be of use for students too. We aim to release and distribute this to all the attendees at the Plymouth annual VC’s Teaching and Learning Conference.
This document can be downloaded from here.
Digital Literacies 4 Pager - Page 1
Digital Literacies 4 Pager - Page 2
Digital Literacies 4 Pager - Page 3
Digital Literacies 4 Pager - Page 3
We have created our second project poster which aims to provide an introduction to the basic areas of digital literacy. It is designed to be used in conjunction with the new 4 page guides we have produced that people can take away. We have colour coded each area and aim to continue this with all further publications in order to simplify things. The full version of the poster can be downloaded here.
SEEDPoD Poster 2- Understanding Digital Literacies