Digital futures in teacher education reflexive methodology

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This document outlines the reflexive approach to project methodology developed in the context of JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee)/HEA (Higher Education Academy) funded project "Digital …

This document outlines the reflexive approach to project methodology developed in the context of JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee)/HEA (Higher Education Academy) funded project "Digital Futures in Teacher Education" which took place at Sheffield Hallam University between October 2011-October 2012. For more information about the project, see project blog http://deftoer3.wordpress.com/ and project website www.digitalfutures.org

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  • 1. Digital Futures in Teacher Education reflexive methodologyThis document outlines the reflexive approach to project methodology developed in thecontext of JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee)/HEA (Higher Education Academy)funded project "Digital Futures in Teacher Education" which took place at Sheffield HallamUniversity between October 2011-October 2012. For more information about the project,see project blog http://deftoer3.wordpress.com/ and project websitewww.digitalfutures.orgOutline of reflexive methodologyThe team have developed a collaborative method of working with project partners, with anemphasis on reflection in the process of exploring digital literacy practice and open practiceswithin teacher education contexts. A guiding principle was that through structuredreflection, teaching practices can be critically reviewed and hence better understood. Thishelped in articulating approaches to digital literacies which mapped onto the experiences ofproject participants. In terms of practical realisation of that approach, all projectparticipants (core team, teachers, course tutors and students) contributed to a series ofreflexive tasks in which they responded to prompts provided by the project team at fivepoints in the project lifecycle. These prompts varied slightly for each of the groups inacknowledgement of their particular working context. Participants were encouraged to offertheir responses in a variety of formats such as text, audio or video, depending on personalpreferences. The responses were then collated to identify emerging themes and to gain asense of developing understandings of DL. A digest of these reflections was shared amongstparticipants shortly after each stage, thus contributing to a cumulative sense of meaningsgenerated by the group.Email sent to project participantsDear [insert name],The project team would like to capture our ongoing reflections on how the project is impacton our collective and individual understanding of digital literacy and Open EducationalResources. In order to do this, we would like to ask if you would engage in a number ofreflections on what your understandings are and how they change as the project develops.Therefore, at various points in the project, we will ask you to send us some reflections,based on a prompt question. You can respond either through sending written or oral(podcast or video) reflections. You may already be keeping ongoing reflexive notes/ diariesThis content is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 UK:England & Wales http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/ 2
  • 2. as part of the project and you may wish to send us these - you do not need to do this, ofcourse, we would be happy for you to keep these private if you would prefer. Any notes yousend us may be used in reports and publications, but they will be anonymised before anyfuture use. Please note that all team members will be taking part in this process ofreflection, as we feel it will be important to trace all of our changing understandings ofdigital literacy/OERs.Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about this process. In themeantime, we post the first prompt question below. Please could you let us have yourreflections/ comments by [insert date].Reflexive prompts for teachers1) What understandings of digital literacy underpin your work for the project? What digitalliteracy skills/ knowledge and understanding does your project aim to develop?Reflection point 22) How has your understanding of digital literacy developed during the project?3) How has Digital Bloom* influenced your understanding and practice?4) What impact did DeFT have on your understanding and practice of Digital Literacy/OpenEducational Resources?*The "Digital Bloom" installation celebrating the work of the pupils of schools participating in the DeFT projecttook place in Sheffield Winter Gardens between 9-13 July as part of Sheffield Childrens Festival. For moreinformation, see http://deftoer3.wordpress.com/category/digital-bloom-2/Reflexive prompts for PGCE tutors:1) What understandings of digital literacy underpin your work for the project? What digitalliteracy skills/ knowledge and understanding does your project aim to develop?Reflection point 22) How has your understanding of digital literacy developed during the project?3) What impact did DeFT have on your understanding and practice of DL/OER?Reflexive prompts for project team:1) What understandings of digital literacy do you have? How do you conceive of OERs?2) How is the project impacting on your understandings of DL/OER?3) What are your reflections on the Digital Bloom showcase?4) What impact did DeFT have on your understanding of DL/OER?This content is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 UK:England & Wales http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/ 2