On the 13th October 2015 Esther Barrett and Scott Hibberson from Jisc delivered a workshop to university colleagues entitled ‘What are Digital Capabilities and why do we need them?’.
Emma Thompson (above), the Library’s Learning and Teaching Lead, opened the session, before Esther explained to attendees that digital capability is a journey, i.e you can’t simply ‘learn’ digital capability, you have to gradually become digitally capable.
Throughout the workshop we used TodaysMeet and Padlet (both of which were new to me) to share ideas with each other and ask questions throughout the session. We were also encouraged to use Twitter with the hashtag #digitalcapability.
To begin the workshop Esther (pictured below) asked us to discuss what device or app we could not live without. A digital pen, email, translating software, File Explorer, WhatsApp, and file sharing software such as DropBox were all mentioned.
Esther then introduced us to the five elements of Jisc’s digital capabilities framework which together add up to ICT proficiency, and then walked through each element, with a pause after each one for groups to discuss what it means and the impact of not having it.
iTeach is the online resource portal for those who teach and support student learning at The University of Liverpool .
Resources in key areas of learning and teaching are available. Recent additions include a glossary of teaching terms, discipline specific resources and access to other UoL teaching resources such as SPARK (new technologies in learning and teaching) and ‘how to’ guides in VITAL.
As examples, programmes going through approval have needed learning outcomes revision and colleagues have asked for information so these resources have been updated. Some discipline-specific examples can be applied generally, such as Engaging Students in Engineering through their everyday experiences,which illustrates how the course design can improve student study motivation and interest. Tackling the challenges of teaching large cohorts, the Department of Electronics & Electrical Engineering highlight the importance of involving students and using technology – their examples are here. Digital Literacy and Learning Capabilities are key strategic developments in Higher Education, so more is now available.
Three new areas will extend iTeach: Education for Sustainable Development, Placements and Students as Partners.
Join your colleagues today – take a look and we hope iTeach is a useful source of support for your teaching and your students’ learning.
Last week Harry and I launched the first of a series of workshops looking at digital literacies. What are they? How are we developing ours? And what should The University do to support us? Questions like these and more kicked off the first event with about 60 people in a bright new Guild building room.
You can read all about it in the Digital Literacies working group blog:
What was brilliant about the event was that the participants were staff and students all equally engaged with the same knotty digital issues. And, although different people find different solutions to the same sorts of challenges, it’s not about staff versus students, it’s more about what’s best in different work contexts.
The debate was noisy and enjoyable with more questions raised and more avenues opened up than we could cope with. The next event on 18th November will focus in a lot more when ‘Have you ever Googled yourself?’ and other questions about career and digital identity management come to the fore.