Category Archives: Digital Practice

Re-invigorating Bluetree blog

So, it’s been a while since I’ve posted here and those that I have posted have been a little irregular. Part of the reason is that I’m heavily involved with the Changing the Learning Landscape programme, which is great and a fantastic experience but I’d like to capture some of my personal reflections on that.
In addition, I’ve been helping build up the Digital Practice team blog which is starting to develop a really good set of resources and information.
I’ve been blogging on and off for a substantive amount of time- initially starting out as a contributer to the Auricle blog as part of the eLearning team at the University of Bath.
But as a leader of my own team, wanting to encourage the sharing and reflection of our team experiences I really need to be more proactive in this myself.
So what am I doing to see if this can achieved? I’m going to take part in DailyPost’s ZerotoHero project over at WordPress.com. Let’s see how it goes.

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Digital Practice at NTU

So this afternoon I gave a presentation on the work we’ve been doing around Digital Practice Framework to help the Digital Practice team conceptualise the staff development activities that we should be developing.
Our concept of Digital Practice draws heavily on the ideas and concepts of digital literacy.  We have outlined our principles and current services here. However, we support a broad range of staff from those who are involved in learning and teaching to our school based admin staff and those who lead and manage at NTU. So our choice of ‘practice’ versus ‘literacy’ was a deliberate one to make what we are trying to achieve accessible to a broad range of staff learners.
Our framework draws heavily of the ‘Framework for developing digitally literate learners’ presented at ALT-C, 2009 by Sharpe, Beetham and McGill. We’ve interpreted this framework very much from a practitioner’s perspective and asked ourselves what are some of the relevant staff development activities and methodologies that are appropriate to where someone is on that framework.

Digital Practice Framework

There’s a brief guide to using the framework that’s available via the Sharing Beyond NTU open repository: https://now.ntu.ac.uk/d2l/lor/viewer/view.d2l?ou=6605&loIdentId=39805

The presentation is also available via the repository: https://now.ntu.ac.uk/d2l/lor/viewer/view.d2l?ou=6605&loIdentId=39815

One of the interesting questions that came up at this afternoon’s session, was individual’s response to locating themselves on the framework. While, we’ve identified the benefit of using the framework to analyse the support for digital literacy across our Professional Services at an institutional level and with our own provision, we’ve not currently considered using it on an individual basis. So an avenue for some future exploration.

I’d be interested to hear if anyone finds the framework useful in their own work.

We’re starting up a Digital Practice Blog as part of a pilot at NTU so you can also find a replica of this post over at: http://blogs.ntu.ac.uk/digital_practice/2013/09/10/digital-practice-at-ntu/

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Changing the Learning Landscape

Yesterday I attended one of the Changing the Learning Landscape events promoted by the HEA on Influencing strategy and change processes to enable the embedding of digital literacies, hosted at  University of Leeds. As we’re starting out on our own small Changing the Learning Landscape project, this was a really opportune event to attend as we start put the flesh on the bones of our proposal, working with Myles Danson from JISC.
I certainly came away with plenty of food for thought in terms of some examples of how Digital literacy has been taken forward at different institutions, see for example the Digitalis project and Leeds Met Student Union working with the Head of eLearning to explore the use of Google Nexus tablets with staff and students on a non-techie course.
Some of the discussions sessions led by Lawie Phipps from JISC around student engagement and some of the tools and models introduced will be of help with the project team discussions with Myles as we take our own CLL project forward.

Equally useful were the sessions from Elizabeth Cleaver, University of Hull and Susannah Quinsee, City University around strategy and change processes; getting us to think about the levels through the organisation that we need to deal with and a thought provoking look at change management with HE institutions and how flexible those processes really need to be.  Sometimes a challenge in an institution as large as NTU.

Overall a really useful and constructive event.

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