The Exeter Cascade Project:Academic Practice in a Digital Age Dale Potter 11 July 2012
The context Exeter a research-intensive university High-achieving staff and students many of whom prefer traditional research and study approaches BUT an appetite for change if led by scholarship: New campus developments including Forum building with innovative teaching spaces New programmes and interdisciplinary research centres with digital elements History of successful initiatives led by students as change agents
Generic aim to design and implement a range of innovative strategies and curriculum activitieswhich ensure that researchers, students and staff develop their digital capabilities in the context of their own disciplines
Activities Baselining the situation as is, and priorities for change Developing people working with 15 postgraduate researchers to develop their digital expertise and local influence Developing the curriculum working across taught programmes to embed authentic, research- rich activities that enhance digital capability Developing know-how building online resources and activities, working in partnership with Colleges and professional services
Critical values Digital scholarship Knowledge practices that support learning, teaching and research, focusing on how knowledge is generated, grown, shared, critiqued and communicated in the discipline Collaboration Activities designed by staff and PGRs, following consultation about the needs of students and scholars in the context of different disciplines; partnerships with professional services Students as change agents Postgraduate students are key agents of change in this area, as early-career researchers, digital natives, and emerging teachers.
July 2012: web site launch Developing digital digital scholars – Breifng papers, learning journeys, Digital Researcher online module (mapped to Vitae), technologies researchers use, materials for arriving international students, video tips, what kind of digital researcher are you?... Developing the digital curriculum – Curriculum case studies, repurposable materials, writing in the digital university, digital blooms taxonomy, what kind of digital learner are you?... Developing the digital university – Findings, reports, recommendations, talking heads, resources from Supporting Academic Practice in a Digital Age...
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