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Emerge Africa Digital Fluency workshop v1.1

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E/merge Africa Learning Festival Conference 2018
Digital Fluency Workshop - Brenda Mallinson & Shadrack Mbogela
5 modules: Digital Fundamentals; Working with OER; Course Design & Development for online provision; Academic Integrity in a Digital Age; Storage and Access of Digital Resources.

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Emerge Africa Digital Fluency workshop v1.1

  1. 1. Exploring the Digital Fluency course for Academic Staff Professional Development This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Workshop Facilitators: Brenda Mallinson (OER Africa) Shadrack Mbogela (OUT)
  2. 2. Workshop Objectives • Reflect - on the knowledge, skills and behaviour needed by an academic in the digital age. • Gain insight on how to: – develop a course using existing OER; and – re-use OER for your own context and purpose. • Explore one way of enhancing your digital K-S-B by: – engaging with the OUT Digital Fluency modules; and – ascertaining their relevance to your own context. • Become empowered: – find out how to access, download and restore these openly licenced modules for use at your own institution; and – maximise the availability of your own virtual learning environment or LMS for professional development.
  3. 3. Outline 3 Workshop Welcome & Introductions Concept & Purpose Open Development Approach Structured Walkthrough Explore further! How to reuse these OERs Module Evaluations & Workshop feedback
  4. 4. Where are you from? If not done so already: Please indicate your country of residence & home institution in the text chat Brenda Johannesburg South Africa Shadrack Dar es Salaam Tanzania Open University of Tanzania (HOD, Ed Tech) OER Africa (Consultant)
  5. 5. About the Digital Fluency Course Our motivation for developing this course: to enhance the capacity of academic staff in Higher Education Institutions in sub-Saharan Africa to increase confidence and competence in selecting and using appropriate digital technologies in an informed manner within the higher education environment.
  6. 6. The aim of the course is to: progress beyond the conventional notion of digital or computer literacy The move from literacy to fluency encompasses: • effective and ethical online communication • good quality resource creation and curation • knowledge co-construction online • an understanding of how to use these abilities to ‘open up’ education • with all these elements becoming increasingly standard and effortless over time.
  7. 7. The overall objective is to develop an ability to comfortably and ethically use digital technologies incorporating a variety of media types, both on- and off-line, to support your teaching and learning, research, and academic administrative duties. We believe that our 5 modules (Digital Fundamentals, Working with OER, Learning Design and Development for Online Provision, Academic Integrity in a Digital Age, Storage and Access of Digital Resources) shared openly, will support you in your journey towards this goal.
  8. 8. Specific DF Objectives Reuse / develop relevant OER for Guidance / Capacity Development for Academic Staff • Advancing general digital competencies • Developing specific competencies in a range of identified areas In order to facilitate: • Improved pedagogical practices • Enhancement of blended and online teaching and learning • Promotion of student engagement and interaction in the Distance Education context • Guidance to students to access and use supplementary materials • Efficiencies in working with paperless environments • Sharing resources across facility and institutional, regional boundaries.
  9. 9. Wider OER OUT Support community Senior Management Creative Commons Quality Assurance Open Directorate Repositories OER Team OUT needs OUT IEMT support OER Africa support OUT Library services Digital Fluency course for Academic Staff (ODF 001)
  10. 10. Modelling openness with respect to: Reviewing Design Process Materials development Pedagogical Approach Online Provision Licensing for Publication Openly Accessible 7Cs of Learning Design, Univ Leicester Use existing OER, where possible Use OSS - Moodle Creative Commons OUT Open Repository Reviews Internal @ OUT Tanzania HEIs SSA - ACDE Student centred, active
  11. 11. 2013 •OER workshop •Digital Fluency course conceptuali sed •Learning Design Workshop 2014 •Roles assigned •Course & modules framework developed - 2 formats •Materials developme nt Initiated •Facilitating Online Learning – capacity building course •Internal OUT content reviews 2015 •Module revisions •Language reviews •Module revisions •QA Reviews •Module Revisions •Pedagogical Review •Module revisions •Technology Alignment Reviews •Module Revisions 2016 •Copyright Clearance reviews •Module Revisions •Mount modules on Moodle •Pilot modules sequentially •Evaluation •Module Revisions 2017 •Final pilot modules •Evaluation •Module Revisions •Copy editing of text version •Copy changes to Moodle •CC Licenses •Publish as OER in 2 formats: text and Moodle backups •Mount in OUT Open Repository 2018 •Pilot at DUCE •Evaluation •Pre- and post-course surveys (research) •Any further revisions •Republish new versions Highly Iterative Process …
  12. 12. Module Name Identified Topics 1. Digital Fundamentals  Basic Computing concepts and operations  Digital Resource Editing  Internet Fundamentals  Virtual Learning Environments  Multimedia Fundamentals 2. Working with OER  OER Concepts  Creative Commons Licensing  Mixing, Adapting and Reusing OER  OER Production 3. Learning Design and Development for Online / Blended Provision  Models, frameworks and processes  Designing for learning  Digital development  Modes of provision  Basic learning analytics 4. Academic Integrity in a Digital Age  Introduction to academic Integrity  Intellectual property  Promoting academic integrity  Data and information privacy 5. Storage and Access of Digital Resources  The nature of digital resources  Storage of digital resources  Access to digital resources  Content management systems
  13. 13. Whew! - Tea/Coffee Break?o Questions on the Development Process?
  14. 14. 5 Digital Fluency Modules (+1?) Mod 1 • Digital Fundamentals Mod 2 • Working with OER Mod 3 • Learning Design & Development for Online Provision Mod 4 • Academic Integrity in a Digital Age Mod 5 • Storage & Access of Digital Resources Mod 6? • Facilitating Online Learning (Saide existing OER)
  15. 15. • 7Cs of Learning Design Toolkit (Univ. Leicester) • Detailed activity structure template (.doc) • Module development tracker (.xls) • Pedagogy - Technology alignment tracker (.xls) • Landing page & layering guidelines (LMS) • Copyright clearance guidelines • Online course evaluation instrument (Saide, 2012) • Technical note on restoring an online course (Mallinson, 2018) – in progress Supplementary Development Artefacts
  16. 16. Structured walk-through Explore the modules online (Moodle) Mod 1: Digital Fundamentals Mod 2: Working with OER Mod 3: Design & Development of Online Courses Mod 4: Academic Integrity in a Digital Age Mod 5: Storage & Access of Digital Resources
  17. 17. How to reuse these OER courses Download workshop resources from: Google Drive: https://goo.gl/g8FRkp Relevant folders: • emerge Africa 2018 o PPT & access details to explore online • DF Moodle backups (CCBY) (file type .mbz) o Download if you have a Moodle server o Restore on your own Moodle server OR port to your own LMS o Check links before adapting and reusing • Digital Fluency Text Files (CCBY) (file type .doc) o Download the text version o Upload text and activities to your own LMS o Provide course using other FOSS software
  18. 18. • Participants: o Are your participants are prepared for fully online participation? o Previous experience in engaging with online course? o Consider running pre-course survey to establish prior experience o Post-course survey to ascertain course experience • Facilitators: o Experience / training in facilitating online o Familiarity with the VLE/LMS used and use facilitator notes & coms o Establish level of support needed for each course instance • Institutional support: o ICT support at participant institution & facilitator / host institution o On-site participant support to remain engaged with the online course? o Recognition of participant achievement Lessons learned from our pilots:
  19. 19. Consider a blended approach: 1. Initial F2F meeting/workshop (1-2 days?) a) Iron out course access problems F2F b) Demonstrate navigation within the VLE c) Address any other participant concerns 2. Institute F2F Learning Circles a) Meeting frequency / duration b) Peer support groups 3. Institutional on-boarding incentives a) BY host institution FOR participant institution Ideas to sustain participants:
  20. 20. What is a Learning Circle? “Learning Circles are lightly-facilitated study groups for learners who want to take freely available online courses together, in-person.” P2PU Learning Circles Facilitator Handbook (2015) Why a Learning Circle? The volume of high quality online learning resources and the mounting evidence that they have not levelled the educational playing field. P2PU Learning Circles Facilitator Handbook (2015)
  21. 21. Practical Activity 1 – Explore! • Use your assigned login to the OUT Moodle server (eLMS) to explore the 5 Digital Fluency Modules. (Courses in dashboard) • This login will be active until 31st July 2018. • Brenda and Shadrack are available in the associated e/merge forum for queries & assistance.
  22. 22. Practical Activity 2 Please provide constructive feedback on the modules by undertaking the online survey. https://goo.gl/X1oqrS 22
  23. 23. Thank you for your time and attention. Brenda Mallinson and Shadrack Mbogela brendam@saide.org.za shadrack.mbogela@out.ac.tz SlideShare: http://www.slideshare.net/brenda6 OERs in the OUT Open Repository: http://www.out.ac.tz/ Resources on Google Drive: https://goo.gl/g8FRkp This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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