This group meets regularly to help steer and inform (and be informed) the JISC e-elearning programmes. I was invited along by Sarah Knight who heads up the curriculum delivery programme and was responsible for the very useful Design Studio infokit, which is one of the many excellent quality infokits to help busy educators embed technologies. Starting from a curriculum design perspective has really got be the most effective approach?
This meeting covered updates on many JISC funded projects currently in the research phases. The day included very interesting presentations and project updates, including an overview of the TLRP Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Programme, by Richard Noss, Director of the TLRP-TEL Programme, Institute of Education.
The TEL programme has two new publications out (to download) covering digital inclusion and digital literaces. On the subject of digital literacies and supporting learning in our modern times, Helen Beetham gave a very good presentation that is synthesising the outputs of many JISC projects on this topic of the learners expectations and digital literacy. Her slides (summarised) said.
As knowledge is increasingly accepted as being multi-modal, always potentially capable of digital capture and sharing, then the significance of ‘the digital’ as a separate space for living, learning and working may recede. … We are not rethinking some part or aspect of learning, we are rethinking all of learning in these new digital contexts.
The (Oxford Brookes) SLIDA and JISC LLiDA projects are investigating this support for our 21st C” learners. Helen’s work with the LLiDA project is a meta analysis of learners and institutions views of digital literacies and the support (or not) thereof. The LLiDA wiki site is choc’ full of interesting discussion papers. You could download any of these and and run in-house workshops, to garner views and opinions -to help integrate the use of technologies. Especially this one : challengesv2.doc | Meeting the needs of digital learners. The “pinch points” at the end of this doc’ are especially pertinent to help understand how to effectively support learning in an increasingly digital age – please read on:-