Gaming Ideas to Teach Digital identity and Wellbeing

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

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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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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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