A Scaffolded Approach to DevelopingProfessional Communication and Digital Skills                                          ...
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A Scaffolded Approach to Developing Professional Communication and Digital Skills

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Introducing digital skills to level 4 students on an undergraduate module including social media and web 2.0 tools

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A Scaffolded Approach to Developing Professional Communication and Digital Skills

  1. 1. A Scaffolded Approach to DevelopingProfessional Communication and Digital Skills BACKGROUND: The aim was to introduce new Seminars introduced the importance digital skills to first year computing of developing a professional online students that would develop their presence and a practical exploration communication skills. The students of the tools now being used in a kept a private semester long professional context which included personal blog reflecting on their social media tools such as LinkedIn learning experience and career and Twitter, collaborative tools such aspirations. They also used this as as Google Drive, Diigo and Google+. a repository to evidence online YouTube videos were used to share group meetings and a digital about and discuss exemplars of poor me‘ video or screencast embedding digital CVs and presentation these into their personal blog. delivery, followed by good ones. CVs Introduction to professional social networking, digital CVs, exploration of video CVs. PROFESSIONAL WEB 2.0 USE Searched and located LinkedIn Twitter companies, professional bodies, careers info. COLLABORATION Shared space to record meeting agendas, WEB 2.0 COMMUNICATION minutes and group work. Key space to record work using blog tools Google outside of the VLE. Develop articulation of current and future skills verbally (embedded videos) Drive and in writing. Creative inclusion of visuals. ORGANISING RESEARCH Skype/ GROUP COMMUNICATION Students held, recorded and Social bookmarking evaluated resources: books, websites, Diigo G+ reflected upon online team videos, images etc. meetings and their contribution. Hangouts Sue Beckingham | s.beckingham@shu.ac.uk | @suebecks 2nd Annual HEA STEM Conference 2013

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