Exploring Digital Capabilities at UR
eLearningMeet 2018. Post-event Blog.
In 2015 the House of Lords committee published the report: Make or break: the UK’s digital future. The report called for the higher education sector “ to give students the skills they need”. Indeed these Digital skills, or capabilities, are defined by Jisc as the following:
“ capabilities which fit an individual for living, learning and working in a digital society.”
So Shri Footring (Senior co-design manager. Jisc) launched us into this elearningMeet by talking about the elements that make up the Jisc Digital capability framework. Elements that were present in all the presentations by Roehampton practitioners and students at this year’s eLearningMeet; such as digital identity, creation, collaboration and participation as well as critical literacy.
Shri also shared some of the student data collected across universities through the Jisc digital student tracker project that give us an idea about what students’ expectations and experiences of technology are across the country. She also talked about the Discovery self assessment tool where staff are able to reflect on their own digital capabilities- See Jisc blog about it here.
‘In pursuit of personal development in the online classroom: insights and lessons learned’ (Dr Michelle Hunter.Business)
Dr Michelle Hunter is a Senior Lecturer in HRM,Programme Convener of HRM and IB, Module Convener for ‘Understanding self and others’. In addition, Michelle is a Chartered Psychologist, who specialises in selection, psychometric testing, assessment, change management, coaching, personal development and international assignments. Michelle’s presentation was about the experience of designing and delivering the first PGCert programme that uses a blended-learning approach. Michelle talked about the lessons learnt as well as some of the challenges involved.
Worry Monster- digital artefact (Monica Lucia Madas.)
Monica is a student on the MA Art psychotherapy course. Her highly creative digital artefact is a 5 min stop motion animation exploring a specific emotional material experienced in the course of the other Arts therapies workshops: dance, music, play and drama. The aim was to understand how the verbal and non-verbal expression of emotions can be articulated within the therapeutic relationship. This experience provided Monica with the opportunity of acquiring more knowledge of the Creative Arts Therapies as well as, with the use of technology, how to research, probe and create new types of visual engagements in the ‘image-making’process.
Developing grammatical ability through audiovisual resources: how do we know what works for whom and in which learning context? (Christina Weichselbaumer and Dr Eva Duran Eppler, MCL)
Christina Weichselbaumer is an Erasmus + Workplacment student from the University of Graz, Austria. She is working with Dr Eva Duran Eppler, Reader in English Language and Linguistics, on an information literacy project which aims to foster a critical approach to selecting online audiovisual grammar learning and teaching resources.
Eva and Christina introduced the project and showed examples of developing a critical approach for students and tutors to find, select and use digital L&T resources to enhance their literacy skills. They also showed us some examples of how to exploit videos for teaching and learning. Including getting participants to record the commentary over a video of a football match to develop their use of adverbs.
Managing your Digital Identity (Sebastian Krutkowski.)
Sebastian is an Academic Achievement Librarian who runs a series of managing your Digital Identity workshop, where students are invited to critically reflect on the patterns of their engagement with digital services and platforms – especially their use of social media which is increasingly monitored by employers. In light of the recent data breach scandal involving Facebook as well as the changes brought by the GDPR legislation, recent sessions specifically focused on discussions of data protection, privacy and wellbeing in the digital environment. Sebastian shared some of the workshop content and how students have responded to it.
Blogging with international students. Media and the City (Irene Wise.Senior Lecturer, Media,Culture and Languages )
Irene trained and works as an artist. Her experience of working with elearning includes curating an app for iPad on Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl. At Roehampton, Irene convenes and teaches a Study Abroad course, taking visiting students to places of cultural interest. The submission for the final assessment is a blog of the student’s reflections and research. Irene talked how she supports students to develop their reflective digital practice.
We were also very happy to hear from one of Irene’s students Ashleigh Brown. Ashleigh, who is already a keen blogger, talked about her experience of writing, designing and planning her own blog. She also reflected on what she has gained by doing so such as thinking about her digital identity as well as some really strong employability skills.
The Tudors MOOC (Dr Suzannah Lipscomb)
Dr Suzannah Lipscomb is a Reader in Early Modern History. In a bid to drive student recruitment and to associate Roehampton with the highest-quality research, the Department of Humanities are currently preparing a MOOC (massive open online course) on The Tudors, to be hosted by FutureLearn. Dr Suzannah Lipscomb explained the project, how it works, and their goals and aspirations with it. So look out for this new Mooc in the new year.