The first consultation meeting for the innovation and digital literacy strand drew together a small number of staff but a wide ranging conversation. As a prompt to the discussion the attendees were provided with a summary of the questions that came out of the twitter conversations at the Teaching and Learning Conference in June [see list at end of post].
Key points from the discussion on the 9th October:
- Technology should not be seen as a driver but as an enabler for enhancing a student-centred teaching and learning approach.
- There is a need to more explicitly recognise the graduate attributes that are being developed in our students, which include digital literacies. This explicit recognition should include mapping of graduate attributes across courses.
- Graduate attributes should include creativity and collaborative spirit; technologies can be used to enhance and facilitate these.
- Technology can be used to help support and scaffold students better. This includes managing how we make information available to students and contributing to a supportive social environment.
- Mobile technologies are now very prevalent and this needs to be recognised through the strategy. The use of mobile technologies can be further encouraged however the context of its use is important rather than a simple broad expectation on use. Effective, appropriate and professional use of mobile technologies is a digital literacy.
- Learning technologies can be an important enabler for flexibility. But what does the institution mean by flexibility? For the learner, in teaching and learning, for the institution? Flexibility in one area can lead to restrictions in other areas.
- Support for the development of staff digital literacies is important. This includes how we design and present information to our students through existing systems.
- The university needs systems that enable personalisation of the student experience. The use of common standards across the university could be potentially restricting. Students should be able to choose.
- Not all technology use needs to be cutting edge.
Learning Technologies – issues raised from Learning and Teaching Conference
The learning technology broad theme incorporates the use of learning technologies and the digital fluencies that students and staff require to use them.
- Use learning technologies to provide greater flexibility to students.
- How do we accommodate more online and flexibility in current systems and infrastructure? What changes? What support is required by teaching staff? What learning designs are needed?
- Better support for students in the use of learning technologies; induction to include learning technologies? Need to help students understand and develop their digital identity. How do we recognise the development of digital literacies?
- How can we make better use of mobile technologies and social media?
- What are our requirements, what learning designs? Do we have the right technologies?
- Do staff have the right levels of digital fluency? Improve induction for the use of learning technologies.
- Strategic intent in the use of learning technology needs to be clear. Better IT governance. Do we need a more consistent approach to using learning technologies or flexibility in our strategy? Need to recognise sustainable technologies as well as disruptive.
- Learning environments need to facilitate digital fluencies.
- Is an online degree the same value as a campus-based?