Recently I was asked if I had anything to use with academic staff and/or students to give them some basic pointers on how to be a little more savvy with their social media use.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting one of my childhood heroes: Johnny Ball, the star of many a Childrens TV show from the late 70s right through to the 90s (remember Think Again or Johnny Ball Reveals All anyone?). For the younger readers who may not be familiar with his work Johnny Ball is perhaps best known for popularising Mathematics with his inimtable approach and style. Continue reading Being on the Ball with your Digital Identity
How do we approach staff development when it comes to a subject like digital capability? Continue reading Building Digital Confidence: Celebrating Successes whilst Identifying Needs
I’d like to start off by thanking Sue Beckingham for providing the inspiration for this idea initially. I chanced on a tweet linking to Sue’s great blog post about how you could have students create their own Snakes and Ladders games to raise awareness about their digital profiles on LinkedIn and this sparked an exchange on Twitter about how other gaming elements could be used too. Continue reading Gaming Ideas to Teach Digital identity and Wellbeing
I know, it’s a ridiculously facile question on the surface. With so many options out there it’s difficult to single out just one. Besides, the key consideration has to be what you are trying to achieve with your learners, but that isn’t the only consideration: context is everything. Continue reading What is your favourite collaboration tool for learning?
“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.”
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?
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
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?
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