Developing digital literacies - project Focus all JISC funded 'Developing digital literacies' projects 2011 - 2013 - (This space is managed by the DIAL) The project takes a community-based approach, enabling students and staff to support each other to realise their aspirations collectively and individually. Many learners enter further and higher education lacking the skills needed to apply digital technologies to education and arts practice
Last night we held the first web development training session of the online identities project 'Introduction to web development: Session 1' at Central Saint Martins, UAL. It was a first for many of the students who attended and everyone seemed to have really enjoy their first coding experience. The tutor was Simon King from Camberwell College of Arts, Simon demonstrated the basic principles of web coding, teaching the basics of HTML and CSS using free downloadable software called Sublime Text 2.
This pilot programme will explore the challenges and benefits of delivering web making support training for final year students and staff on the Performance Design and Practice (PDP) course at Central Saint Martins, although we would welcome all interest and contributions into future development from all UAL staff and students. Once we have the formal programme fully developed and tested we aim to showcase our findings and experience as good practice to UAL and the sector and look for this training to be better supported and embeded. We would also like to start developing online learning resources (short animations and videos) for all the programme activities and create a online course.
The DIAL project found many staff and students were lacking vital basic web building knowledge and skills, students and staff have told us they would appreciative some advice and support in this area. There was a general feeling that having a basic understanding of web environments, processes and developments should be viewed as a important requirement of any professional, training professional and practitioner. Read more about DIAL student engagement.
Please see below First results of DIAL Survey 'The use of Digital in creative & educational practice', a new survey for Impact study 'The use of Digital in creative & educational practice', this survey has been developed with students and is being used by students to gather and evaluate the impacts of digital of art and design education at UAL.
Survey by DIAL researcher Denisa Dumitrescu DIAL researcher: To enhance and build on DIAL student engagement and communication we commissioned a student rep/researcher, who helps communicate student perceptions and needs.
Support a cross college collaborative approach to policy and official terms associated to being a ‘digital literate university’ through referencing practice and active case studies:
Debate and define UALs institutional understanding of terms associated with ‘Digital literacies’ within all aspects creative practice, including media literacies, information literacies, digital practice, digital citizenship, online identities, digital/social/cultural competencies, participatory culture, digital scholarship, digital attributes, open practice, digital fluency etc. with an aim of publishing an ‘institutional’ evidence base of UAL glossary of terms based on an iterative process of practical, subject and interest specific case study evidence. With reference to JISC definitions
Chris Follows and Jess Crilly talk about University Projects DIAL and Process Arts and the Things Unlimited Information literacy project for Library Services part of the DIAL project at the Library Services Conference 2012
Today and we discussed the new UAL ‘Digital Life’ programme, a new institutional led digital programme/strategy (more details follow soon). I first met with Steve in June 2012 when Steve was in the first weeks of his post as Digital Life project manager. You can read about this meeting here – IT UAL and DIAL collaborations.
DIAL’s advocacy for sustained cultural change has been an invaluable inspiration in evaluating and refining our priorities and approach. DIAL’s participative, forward-looking and integrated perspective has highlighted the important areas of staff/ student collaboration, harnessing the power of mutually supportive practice communities and the merits of embedding relevant technology in purpose/subject-specific contexts. The DIAL resources attached to these core attributes have influenced a staged approach at GSA which aims to provide developmental and iterative initiatives to support existing expertise as well as encourage adapted forms of engaging with emerging technologies.
With the title Creating a virtuous circle, this conference focuses on how we can build on the last ten years of investment in open educational resources and move to the creation of a virtuous circle of open educational practice? How to be a virtuous rather than a vicious circle and an open rather than a closed one.
OER13 is inviting abstracts for papers/posters within its three key themes of: Evidence - Experience - Expectation
We anticipate presentations which will share lessons learned to inform the feedback loop, stories of current activity to share good practice, and creative solutions to achieve greater emphasis on openness in education.
Booking will open shortly with the price of this two day conference including one night accommodation on campus at £205 (including celebration reception and gala dinner). An exciting programme which we hope that many will want to be part of.
Following my meeting with the Strategic Development SMT 22 May 12 Stephen Reid, Deputy Rector put me in contact with John Brown UALs director of IT. We had a very productive and long conversation about the digital at UAL. John then introduced me to Justin Banbury and Steve Howells who are key IT contacts and potential DIAL collaborators to work with in the areas of digital capacity and demand, they are also involved in a UAL wide digital capacity project called ‘digital life’. John, Justin and Steve were all very interested in the UAL digital baseline project and I’ve invited them to join and contribute to this UAL wide network.
It was really great to meet some of the students from the Performance Design and Practice (PDP) course at Central Saint Martins who are helping us kick off the Online Identities Pilot Programme 2013/14.
We started the session by discussing and sharing our perceptions of Online Identities project, and there was a strong feeling around the table that the area of web making/development is very important to professional practice development and needs more support, so this project was very welcome.
We went through some of the details of the project and we continued an informal conversation, which we all really enjoyed and agreed that we should include ‘informal chats’ in future planning of the programme and maybe at the end of each session.
The use of Digital in creative & educational practice, in this video Matilde answers questions for the DIAL Impact survey. This survey has been developed with students and is being used by students to gather and evaluate the impacts of digital of art and design education at UAL. To enhance and build on DIAL student engagement and communication we commissioned a student rep/researcher, who helps communicate student perceptions and needs, these interviews are by DIAL student researcher Denisa Dumitrescu, see more details below. For all new videos see DIAL Vox Pox.
Set up and establish a DIAL/Digital life led UAL focus group around ‘Understanding digital literacies at UAL definitions and competencies‘ The group would debate and draw up collective ideas about how best to map digital literacies across UAL as a whole with an aim of understanding how UAL communicate art specific digital literacy definitions/ideas and competencies. The group will draw from existing digital literacy initiatives and from the JISC digital digital literacies programme findings – DL conceptual frameworks – http://jiscdesignstudio.pbworks.com/w/page/46601840/DL%20conceptual%20frameworks We would also like to set up a sub group of this to address the sector skills and competencies needs.
DIAL, Learn-IT, CLTAD and SEE are developing a joint pilot project addressing Professional Online Identities aimed at UAL students and staff. The project will identify and develop specific digital literacy skills for developing and maintaining professional online identities with the aim of enhancing student/graduate employability and industry readiness. The project will focus on ‘hard and soft skills’ include webmaking, new media literacies, social skills/skills of groups to connect and share with each other in a participatory culture, citizenship and employability skills.
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We presented on the DIAL project at our Library Services staff conference on 21st September, and asked Library Staff for their support in filling in a brief survey. We asked about their use of various digital tools. We had 52 replies, and the results were:
We would like to compile thoughts and ideas of how we can come together and explore the use and integration of iPads at UAL. We hope to collaborate and research in the broad area of ‘Networked Learning Technologies in Art and Design’ and examine the use of iPads in Art and Design.