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Workshop for Macquarrie University, 5th December 2013, with Bill Johnston and Keith Smyth

Workshop for Macquarrie University, 5th December 2013, with Bill Johnston and Keith Smyth

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  • The logic of our overall discussion starts with the macro concept of Digital Participation which provides the wider societal backdrop to educational development. Information Literacy enables digital participation and in educational institutions is supported by Learning Environments which are themselves constantly evolving. All of this has significant implications for Curriculum and Course Design.
  • which influence effective student learning, and therefore offers systematic guidance on the redesign of course to create learning environments which:
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    • 1. Exploring the Digital University Bill Johnston Sheila MacNeill Keith Smyth Macquarie University Thursday 5th December 2013
    • 2. Part 1 Moving from ‘e’ to ‘d’ – what does a Digital University really look like?
    • 3. Overview • • • • • Background Introduction and explanation of matrix Case study – Edinburgh Napier University Mapping Exercise Group feedback and discussion
    • 4. The rise of digital Image: www.centerdigitaled.com
    • 5. “The new competition, the real threat . . . is the emergence of entirely new models of university which are seeking to exploit the radically changed circumstances that are the result of globalisation and the digital revolution.” An Avalanche is coming, Higher Education and the Revolution Ahead IPPR , March 2013 (http://www.ippr.org/publication/55/10432/an-avalanche-is-coming-highereducation-and-the-revolution-ahead)
    • 6. “There is no doubt that digital technologies have had a profound impact upon the management of learning. Institutions can now recruit, register, monitor, and report on students with a new economy, efficiency, and (sometimes) creativity yet, evidence of digital technologies producing real transformation in learning and teaching remains elusive” Decoding Learning, the proof, promise and potential of digital education Nesta, November 2012 (http://www.nesta.org.uk/library/documentsDecodingLearningReport_v12.pdf)
    • 7. What is a digital university?
    • 8. Where is a digital university? Image: newsroom.cisco.com
    • 9. A Digital University: key themes Curriculum & Course Design Digital Participation Learning Environments Information Literacy
    • 10. Our model for the digital university Digital Participation Information Literacy *Glocalization *Widening access *Civic role and responsibilities *Community engagement *Networks (human and digital) *Technological affordances *High level concepts and perceptions influencing practice *Staff & student engagement and development *Effective development and use of infrastructure Curriculum and Course Design Learning Environment *Constructive alignment *Curriculum representations, course management, pedagogical innovation *Recruitment and marketing *Reporting, data, analytics *Physical and digital *Pedagogical and social *Research and enquiry *Staff and Resources
    • 11. Digital Participation Digital Participation • Glocalization •Widening Access •Community Engagement •Networks (human & digital) •Technological affordances •(http://bit.ly/wMgL0W)
    • 12. Curriculum & Course Design Curriculum & Course Design •Constructive alignment •Curriculum representations, course management, pedagogical innovation •Recruitment and marketing •Reporting, data, analytics •(http://bit.ly/ypTdqx)
    • 13. Information Literacy Information Literacy •High level concepts and perceptions and influencing practice •Staff and student engagement •Effective development and use of infrastructure (http://bit.ly/zaZX7H)
    • 14. Learning environment Learning Environment •Physical and digital •Pedagogical and social •Research and Enquiry •Staff and Resources •(http://bit.ly/JJIDhJ)
    • 15. Information Literacy • "Information literacy is the adoption of appropriate information behaviour to identify, through whatever channel or medium, information well fitted to information needs, leading to wise and ethical use of information in society.” (Johnston, B. & Webber, S. (2003) Information literacy in higher education: a review and case study. Studies in higher education)
    • 16. Learning Environment: Key features • prepare students for lifelong, self-regulated, cooperative and workbased learning;
 • foster high quality student learning;
 • change teaching methods in response to students’ increasing metacognitive and self-regulatory skills, 
 • increases the complexity of the problems dealt with gradually and systematically. Vermunt, J.D, Student Learning and University Teaching (2007), British Journal of Educational Psychology
    • 17. Process orientated teaching: key features • lecturer skills - diagnostician, challenger, monitor, evaluator and educational developer. • self-regulation for students e.g. collaborative working spaces, complex projects and personal reflective spaces. • Institutional support to encourage this type of student in a self regulating researcher culture.
    • 18. Digital Participation Aim 1: Our graduates and postgraduates make an impact in their chosen fields, with the skills and knowledge to shape and lead society in the professions, research, and the wider world. Information Literacy Aim 2: Our curricula are designed for breadth and depth allowing for experimentation, change and diversity: breadth to recognise the need for our graduates to experience inter- and cross-disciplinary learning; and depth, because our graduates need to develop critical enquiry and deep thinking skills, enabling them to have open minds to challenge problems. Curriculum & Course Design Learning Environment Aim 2: Our curricula are designed for breadth and depth allowing for experimentation, change and diversity: breadth to recognise the need for our graduates to experience inter- and crossdisciplinary learning; and depth, because our graduates need to develop critical enquiry and deep thinking skills, enabling them to have open minds to challenge problems. Aim 5: We will create a sustainable learning environment which exploits all the appropriate approaches and technologies, maximises income and ensures that all our students, in Dundee and elsewhere, are supported for success University of Dundee http://www.slideshare.net/sheilamac/dundee-symposium-31may13-21833957
    • 19. Digital Participation Information Literacy *Engagement – social interaction, *Personalisation – digital identity, individual learning journeys *Connectivity – social, professional and community Curriculum & Course Design Learning Environment *Curriculum and Research *Professional Practice *Personalisation *Learning Spaces (virtual and physical), *Supporting collaboration and interaction *Curriculum and Research University of Greenwich https://journals.gre.ac.uk/index.php/compass/article/view/79/121
    • 20. Glasgow Caledonian University http://www.gcu.ac.uk/media/gcalwebv2/theuniversity/supportservices/SfL%20%20Senate%2014%20June% 20(2)%20-%20final%20version%20approved.pdf
    • 21. Feedback/comments
    • 22. Part 2 Exploring Digital Futures at Edinburgh Napier University
    • 23. Where we’re currently at
    • 24. 3E Framework for TEL
    • 25. What’s making us think ahead?
    • 26. North Carolina State University Learning Space
    • 27. Cross-campus learning and support
    • 28. Digital Futures Working Group
    • 29. Background • Initial round table discussion about current digital practice and provision within the University in September 2012 • ‘Digital Futures: exploring Edinburgh Napier University’s technological ambitions’ Symposium December 2012 • Digital Futures Working Group formed to further explore current practice and future possibilities in six key areas, with input from Bill and Sheila as external critical friends
    • 30. Developing digital literacies Digital student support provision Digitally enhanced education Digital communication and outreach Digital research and leadership Digital infrastructure and integration
    • 31. Three key outputs 1. Initial ‘rich picture’ report of current practice 2. Short-term recommendations 3. ‘Visioning’ document of possible future options In addition to a Benchmarking document covering national policy, funded national initiatives and institutional practices within and beyond the UK Higher Education sector
    • 32. Consultation and dissemination • Directly via Working Group representatives • Through online reference group • Faculty Executives, School and Subject Group Meetings, attendance at NSA meetings and events • Faculty Open Events (November) • Wrap-up event ‘Digital Futures Symposium: shaping the recommendations of the Digital Futures Working Group’ to be held Thursday 19th December 2013
    • 33. Contact Details Bill Johnston b.johnston@strath.ac.uk Sheila MacNeill sheila.macneill@gcu.ac.uk @sheilmcn Keith Smyth K.Smyth@napier.ac.uk @smythkrs Blog posts: http://bit.ly/wUzP2p http://howsheilaseesit.wordpress.com/