“Imagine walking down the street one day and seeing a billboard about you.”

“Imagine walking down the street one day and seeing a billboard about you. It’s right in the middle of your town centre and everyone can see it. What would you want to see on it?” Continue reading “Imagine walking down the street one day and seeing a billboard about you.”

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What does it mean to be digitally capable?

Today I had the pleasure of co-presenting a workshop kindly organised by Emma Thompson at the University of Liverpool with my colleague, Esther Barrett, on what it means to be digitally capable. The event was an excellent opportunity to showcase Jisc’s digital capability framework which (if you haven’t seen it yet) is based on the following six key elements: Continue reading What does it mean to be digitally capable?

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Access to HE Quality Development Network event

Yesterday I had the pleasure of presenting at the QAA annual networking event at Leeds Beckett University (Headingley campus) which was attended by a range of teaching staff and awarding bodies. The QAA Higher Education Review group has chosen two themes for reviews happening in the academic year 2015-6: student employability and digital literacy, and it was on the latter that I presented. Continue reading Access to HE Quality Development Network event

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Starting out with Google Cardboard

Today I had my first proper play with Google Cardboard and I must say it was a lot of fun!

What is it? You may well ask! I only came across it relatively recently myself via a friend at work – thanks Esther! It’s essentially Google’s answer to creating immersive virtual reality (VR) experiences that are “simple, fun and affordable.” Continue reading Starting out with Google Cardboard

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How can adults encourage young users of social networking to use it safely and responsibly?

It’s a simple enough question, but one which opens up a minefield of potential issues. Over the weekend my young nephew added me as a friend on Facebook – I’m sure this is a familiar scenario to many adults out there who have wrestled with the pros and cons of having younger relatives appear virtually into their digital lives. Do you accept their friend request or not? Should they be on Facebook or not? How do you manage what they see on your profile and what they post on their own? These are all questions that occur to the responsible adult and all need to be given careful thought. Continue reading How can adults encourage young users of social networking to use it safely and responsibly?

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“Students are more than students.”

Students are more than students, these words, taken from Paul Chapman’s presentation, became a kind of mantra for the two day Change Agents’ Network (CAN) event in Birmingham earlier this month. Paul was alluding to the multitude of roles students play at Birmingham City University to add value to the overall learning experience, from mentor and collaborator, to expert and leader (to name but a few), and this clearly struck a resonance with the audience, evidenced by the plethora of innovative projects and practices shared over the two days. Continue reading “Students are more than students.”

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FE Digital Student consultation events underway

Last week I attended the second in a series of events taking place throughout the UK as part of the FE Digital Student Project and was delighted to see plenty of stimulating discussions and thought-provoking presentations centred around the theme of learners’ expectations and experiences of using technology in further education.

The day included a range of practical and participatory workshops designed not only to tease out what the challenges are facing colleges in meeting the needs of different digital learners, but also, critically, what actions colleges can take forward to meet these challenges head on. One of the key findings from the focus groups was that it can often be all too easy to make assumptions on behalf of the digital needs of our learners, but a more appropriate and enriching approach is to ensure that an open dialogue between staff and learners is established from the start, which empowers learners to take an active role in the planning and provisioning of support. Continue reading FE Digital Student consultation events underway

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Making the Most of LinkedIn

When the topic of presenting yourself online in the best possible light and your digital footprint arises, it’s difficult not to mention LinkedIn at some point.  However, invariably the most common response from academics tends to be: “LinkedIn? Meh!”  It’s as if there’s an almost universal acknowledgement that in today’s competitive job market there’s definitely a need to give yourself every edge, but when it comes to actually doing something about it an overwhelming sense of apathy descends. Continue reading Making the Most of LinkedIn

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Ten Session Plan Ideas for Teaching Digital Footprint

I’ll keep this one brief, as the title’s pretty self-explanatory and it’s all covered in the introduction anyway so there’s no need to repeat everything here. Continue reading Ten Session Plan Ideas for Teaching Digital Footprint

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Observations on Moderating a Facebook Group

Facebook often provokes mixed opinions from teachers when exploring its educational applications and, as a fellow sceptic myself, I thought I’d take this opportunity to share my own experiences of moderating a Facebook group. Continue reading Observations on Moderating a Facebook Group

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