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The mechanics of digital wellbeing in HE: Beyond Google Garage Bu version digital wellbeing workshop


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‘Digital wellbeing’ is one of the fast emerging ‘hot topics’ for HE institutions, evident in its new prominence in Jisc’s DigCap (digital capabilities) and the EU’s digital competencies framework (DigComp). Work undertaken by Biggins et al (2017) points to gaps around digital wellbeing and future CPD. Current commercially created resources on digital wellbeing tend to be a series of apps and webpages, (often using images of white, female, middle aged women holding cups of tea (cf )

that typically (and paradoxically) suggest ways of digital detox, as if disconnection somehow magically produces ‘digital wellbeing’. Such resources typically do not address, what an EU project on wellbeing describes as “peer pressure, cyber-bullying, oversharing of personal information [which] can all cause significant problems, inhibiting a young person’s development as a confident online learner and citizen.” (EU Digital Wellbeing 2019)

The question for us then becomes: How do and how should HE providers of digital technologies for enhancing learning address, respond to, and mitigate these problems, and how can we ensure that our digital practices are inclusive and equitable?

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The mechanics of digital wellbeing in HE: Beyond Google Garage Bu version digital wellbeing workshop

  1. 1. The mechanics of digital wellbeing in HE: Beyond Google Garage Ben Goldsmith, Debbie Holley and Anne Quinney, Bournemouth University Contact: Photo by Kent Pilcher on Unsplash
  2. 2. EU DigicompJisc Digital Insights The UK (JISC) and EU (DigiComp) frameworks have both been updated to include digital wellbeing …
  3. 3. Image credits: DIGITAL WELLBEING MAN Google Garage Uniwellbeing Uniwellbeing Images of ‘digital wellbeing’
  4. 4. 2. What do staff need to support our students in Covid-19? 1. In the chat, identify the challenges our students can face in becoming confident online learners and citizens Creative Ideas for Wellbeing 3. We will collate your ideas, identify existing resources and write an FMC blog post to share with you We are happy to offer an interactive workshop for staff interested in developing these ideas further
  5. 5. Resources Biggins, D., Holley, D. and Zezulkova, M., 2017. Digital Competence and Capability Frameworks in Higher Education: Importance of Life-long Learning, Self-Development and Well-being. EAI Endorsed Transactions on e-Learning, 4 (13). Digital Wellbeing Educators Promoting the Digital Wellbeing of Students (2019) EU Erasmus Plus available online [accessed 10/11/2019] EU DigComp 2.0: The Digital Competence Framework for Citizens. jrc101254_digcomp 2.0 the digital competence framework for citizens. update phase 1.pdf Intro to digital wellbeing: learn how to develop and maintain healthy tech habits Free course from Google Digital Garage: JISC Digital Wellbeing McKenney, S., and Reeves, T., 2012. Conducting Educational Design Research New York: Routledge Nordmann E, Horlin C, Hutchison J, Murray J-A, Robson L, Seery MK, and MacKay JRD. 2020 10 simple rules for supporting a temporary online pivot in higher education. PsyArXiv Preprints. University of Edinburgh. 23 Things. (Online resource to develop digital skills and awareness)