Planning for Student Learning in a Digital Society

On Thursday 24th May,  Educational Development looks forward to hosting a day of educational development events facilitated by David Baume PhD SFSEDA FHEA.

David will  be delivering a guest lecture on digital Literacies and facilitating two staff development sessions. Guest Lecture: Digital Literacies – Fads or Fundamentals? 1 .00pm – 2.00pm The idea that we and our students need a range of digital literacies – the capabilities which fit an individual for living, learning and working in a digital society (from JISC 2010) – is probably mostly uncontentious. But issues remain. Which particular digital literacies? Who defines them? Where does responsibility lie for developing staff and student digital literacies? What are the best ways to develop digital literacies? Are digital literacies best treated as generic or discipline-specific capabilities? How do we deal with the fact that the capabilities that constitute digital literacy today will not be those of twenty years, five years, one year in the future – sometimes, it feels, of next week? Using current work by the JISC Developing Digital Literacies Programme, this session will address the questions above, and suggest some possible ways forward. Workshop: Planning courses that lead to good student work and maximise the value of staff teaching time. 9.30am – 11.30am
This workshop will be of interest to course designers, those working in quality assurance and those involved in curriculum development activities. We will explore ways in which we can use student and staff time more productively, in part by being more explicit about how staff and student time and effort are used. Starting from what is known about what makes for effective and efficient student learning, participants will be supported and encouraged to design courses as coherent and appropriate sets of learning activities. A major determinant of student success is the nature and quality of student effort and student work. A course which concentrates on helping students to do good work can also make more efficient use of staff time than a course which concentrates on teaching. Workshop:  Policy and practice in the development of digital fluency.2.30 – 4.30pm “I am digitally fluent when I confidently, critically and appropriately select, and skilfully use, digital technologies to achieve my goals.” The workshop will start from this and then support, and perhaps occasionally challenge, each participant to identify what digital literacy means in their work, in the various particular disciplinary and professional roles they occupy.   The outcomes should be some insights and some plans for further productive work on the develop of your digital fluency and the digital fluency of those for whom you have some responsibility. The Facilitator  

David Baume PhD SFSEDA FHEA is an independent higher education researcher, evaluator, consultant, staff and educational developer and writer. He was founding chair of the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA); a founder of the Heads of Educational Development Group (HEDG); and founding editor of the International Journal for Academic Development (IJAD). He was previously a Director of the Centre for Higher Education Practice at the Open University. He has co-edited three books on staff and educational development, and published some 60 papers, articles and reports on higher education teaching, assessment, evaluation, course design, portfolios and personal development planning. He is currently working on academic development and digital literacy for JISC. You can book onto any of these events on by visiting the CLL bookings site or visit the page at All are welcome to attend these free events and we look forward to seeing you there.

Symposium – Critical theories of ‘social representation and reality’

Organised in affiliation with the International Herbert Marcuse Society

University of Liverpool, Monday 18 June 2012 (1pm. – 5pm.)

A symposium that will be of interest to researchers, students and professional practitioners who are engaged with or use critical approaches in their work.

The multiple and proliferating streams of Critical Theory continue to enrich scholarly and research fields in the humanities and political sciences. In the fields of education theory to media analysis, from cultural theory to theories of ‘the city’, from aesthetics to theories of the law critical theorists continue to employ perspectives and approaches that challenge, provoke and subvert the standard clichés and tropes of empirical sociology and positivism in the humanities and political sciences. At this symposium we will hear papers presented by four scholars whose work questions and exposes the power dynamics and hidden conflicts that underlie and structure our social realities. Each in their different ways explore the myriad meanings of ‘representation’ in our culture. Alex Callinicos (King’s College London) explores Marx’s critique of political economy; Penny Burke (Paulo Friere Institue, Roehampton) interrogates the British widening participation agenda with a ‘critical eye’; Catalina Montoya (Javeriana University, Bogota) explores the changing role of the media in Colombian civil society using Chomsky’s ‘propaganda model’; and Mark O’Brien (Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Liverpool) considers the deceptions of language in the policy rhetoric of the UK Coalition Government. All critically-inclined researchers, students and professional practitioners are invited to this symposium. A collaboration between the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Liverpool and the Paulo Friere Institute at the University of Roehampton and organised in association with the International Herbert Marcuse Society, the event takes place at the University of Liverpool on Monday 18 June. To book your free place from within the University of Liverpool, go to:  (find the Symposium and click on the ‘date’ to book) To book your free place from outside the University (or if you are a student) go to: (please provide your institution, if relevant, your email and a contact number).

For more information contact Mark O’Brien at