The Digital Practitioner in Context and Practice
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  • 1. Jisc RSC Scotland The Digital Practitioner and Mobile Technologies Event John Maguire Joan Walker Shelaine Douglas
  • 2. Aims and Objectives To broaden your understanding of the Digital Practitioner in the context of FE/HE education. To engage in a practical approach to determine the skills and knowledge required to become a more effective Digital Practitioner. To give an overview of technologies for learning to meet the challenges of becoming a Digital Practitioner. Through a variety of ‘hands-on technology’ sessions, gain practical experience of their uses, with an emphasis on Mobile Technologies.
  • 3. The Digital Practitioner in context New Professional Standards Key Trends Restructuring Learner Expectations
  • 4. Digital Literacies Your Skills as an Educator? How did you come across your digital literacy skills? Was it primarily: A. Self-taught? B. Peer –taught? C. Formal training? POLLEVERYWHERE: http://www.polleverywhere.com/joanwalker OR Text a CODE to +447624806527
  • 5. Digital Literacies Your Perception as an Educator? From an educator’s perspective of learners’ ICT skills? Is the general perception: A. Accuarte? B. Learners ICT skills are below their expectation? C. Learners ICT skills are above their expectation? POLLEVERYWHERE: http://www.polleverywhere.com/joanwalker OR Text a CODE to +447624806527
  • 6. ‣ Learners’ ICT skills are less advanced that educators think (Nicholas et al. 2008, JISC 2008-9) ‣ Learners’ experience many difficulties transposing practices from social context into formal learning (Cranmer 2006) ‣ Some aspects of learners’ everyday practice with technology are at odds with practices valued in traditional academic teaching (Beetham 2009) Digital Literacies - Digital Natives?
  • 7. ‣ Effective integration of digital literacies in Learning and Teaching Strategy ‣ Tutor skills and confidence with technology is critical to learners’ development ‣ Support in migrating to more ICT based study practices ‣ Digital literacies need to be supported as learners engage in academic and authentic tasks Digital Literacies – Supporting Learners Thriving in the 21st Century: Learning Literacies for the Digital Age (LLiDA project) 2009. (phase 1)
  • 8. The Digital Practitioner Competency How Basic skills in the digital realm Literacy What Capabilities which fit an individual for living, learning and working in a digital society Fluency When and Why Agile, instinctive, sophisticated and multifaceted use of technology.
  • 9. T3S1: Digital Literacies with Dr. Doug Belshaw - #etmooc session. 18th Feb 2013 http://slidesha.re/YkcTCk
  • 10. content communication creation The 3Cs
  • 11. creationcontent communication Sorting Activity “Let’s Get Talking”
  • 12. creationcontent communication Sorting Activity Example
  • 13. creationcontent communication Sorting Activity Example • SELECT RESOURCES (FIND POEM) • DEFINE A TASK • COPYRIGHT • PEER LEARNING/ REVIEW • DISCUSSION FORUM • ASYNCHRONOUS • NETIQUETTE • E-SAFETY • BLENEDED LEARNING DESIGN • DELIVERY MECHANISM • VLE • PUBLISH POEM • CREATE QUESTIONS/SPARKS FOR DISCUSSION This is an example solution to help contextualise the process.
  • 14. Technologies for Learning Icons by http://dryicons.com
  • 15. Technologies for Learning The Challenges Of Becoming A Digital Practitioner Case Studies – Highlighting Innovative Practice Of Technology Used For Learning
  • 16. The Challenges Of Becoming A Digital Practitioner Overarching Challenge: To stimulate effective learning through the use of suitable technology within a sound pedagogical design Considerations: High Learner Expectations Considerations: Institutional Barriers
  • 17. New Methods of Delivery New Ways to Communicate • Understanding New Mediums • Tutor Tutor / Tutor Learner / Learner Learner – Socialisation - Collaboration - Peer Learning • Providing effective feedback The Challenges Of Becoming A Digital Practitioner FACE TO FACE LEARNING ONLINE LEARNING BLENDED LEARNING
  • 18. The Challenges Of Becoming A Digital Practitioner Understanding Evolving Pedagogies to Enable Effective Course Design • Social constructivism / Connectivism • Structure – F2F / Online – Loose / Tight • Contents – Sourcing suitable resources – e-Tivities – Synchronous/ Asynchronous
  • 19. The Challenges Of Becoming A Digital Practitioner Using Equipment and Technology Confidently eSafety of Tutors and Learners • Netiquette • Dealing with Conflict
  • 20. Teaching Out With The Classroom •Teaching a course across different campuses •Working with remote learners Personalising Learning •Promoting Independent learning •Meeting Individual Needs Blended Learning •Integrating face to face with remote •Supporting learners in an online environment Communicating and Collaborating at a Distance. •Using online communication tools effectively •Developing online skills-set Meeting Different Scenarios
  • 21. creation iTech Case Studies Jisc RSC Scotland promote the use of technology in academic institutions through our Case Studies, which capture and showcase innovative use of technology for learning and teaching; shared in a timely fashion in a bite-sized way. iTech Case Studies Awards - 7th June 2013 The Digital Practitioner – In Practice content communication
  • 22. Content – Communication - Creation Stranraer Cutting Crew Facebook @ Dumfries and Galloway College • Student Requested and Led – Set Up Facebook Page • Secure Groups • Initially for General Communication • School Links • Local Salons – Employability • Community Collaboration Learners Facebook Confident – No Training – Nearly Always On! The Digital Practitioner – In Practice
  • 23. Content – Communication - Creation The Learning Technologies Team Supporting Staff in a Newly Merged College @ City of Glasgow College • High Quality Support Required Over 11 Campuses • 1 Learning Technologist dedicated to 3 schools • Blended Training Session – ‘Training’ VLE • Dedicated Help Desk • INSPIRE monthly e-Newsletter • Postcard projects “Meeting needs : 650 Academic Staff and 40,000 Learners” The Digital Practitioner – In Practice
  • 24. Content – Communication - Creation Pinterest: The Art of Digital Curation @ Cumbernauld College • Pinboard style photo-sharing website • Create and mange pinboards in different topics • Share / Follow / Like other users’ pinboards • Excellent visual research & referencing tool • Effective collaboartive learning tool “16000 pins – 87 boards and counting ...” The Digital Practitioner – In Practice
  • 25. The Digital Practitioner – In Practice Content – Communication - Creation Delivering a full HNC Engineering Course on the VLE @ Anniesland College • Prospective students – working away from home • VLE to be used to create more flexible learning • Challenge – make concepts/theorems ‘come alive’ • PDFs/WORD docs discounted –negative student feedback • Short videos – good but time consuming - compressed • Sourced short animations free for educational use “Geographical span : North Sea Oil Rigs to Middle East”
  • 26. More iTech case Studies… • TQFE Induction Pathways @ University of Dundee • Webinar Tutorials to support TQFE Distance Learners @ University of Dundee • Student Led e-Portfolio Training Sessions @ Angus College • Using Cloud services- delivering learning in the field to Gamekeeping Student @ UHI The Digital Practitioner – In Practice Image from Flickr by paulm licensed through CC
  • 27. Digital Practitioner http://www.scoop.it/t/supporting-the-digital-practitioner http://www.jiscrsc.ac.uk/scotland