Institutional engagement with digital literacies at the University of Brighton has been promoted through the creation of a Digital Literacies Framework (DLF) aimed at academic staff. The DLF consists of 38 literacies divided into four categories that align to the following key areas of academic work:
Learning and teaching Research Communication and collaboration Administration
For each literacy, there is an explanation of what the literacy is, why it is important and how to gain it, with links to resources and training opportunities. After an initial pilot, the DLF website was launched in the summer of 2014. This paper discusses the strategic context and policy development of the DLF, its initial conception and subsequent development based on a pilot phase, feedback and evaluation. It critically analyses two of the ways that engagement with the DLF have been promoted: (1) formal professional development schemes and (2) the use of a ‘School-based’ approach. It examines the successes and challenges of the University of Brighton’s scheme and makes some suggestions for subsequent steps including taking a course-level approach.
Will classrooms still exist 20 years from now? Do we have traditional classrooms in a physical sense anymore? What is the classroom anyway? For most of us, a classroom consists of four walls, ‘closed’ doors, chairs, tables, perhaps a blackboard, and sometimes a desk - simple but efficient pieces of furniture. A quick glance at the history of pedagogical practices reveals that the classroom has scarcely evolved over a period of many years. Is the traditional classroom intrinsically outdated or has it rather survived the test of time because it is already self-reconfigurable and has been adapted in many different contexts of use? Do we even need a classroom anymore? Do we need a teacher in the classroom? What do we teach and what do we want pupils to learn? What kinds of knowledge and skills will be required in the future? These are some of the questions that we should bear in mind when thinking about the classroom of the future.
Over the last few decades, our understanding of learning and the conditions under which it is facilitated have substantially improved. In most contemporary theories, learning is conceived as a constructive and social activity, as a result of which the roles of the teacher and the learner within the classroom have been redefined. Development in technologies that can be used to enhance and support learning has been even more rapid. Nonetheless, it would appear that the majority of the classrooms in today’s schools and universities remain unreached by these developments. In our roles as students, parents, tax payers, policy makers, teachers, designers, or researchers, the future of the classroom is an important issue of concern to many of us. It is certainly an issue that has the potential to fire one’s imagination. It is also an issue that can unite people from various educational and vocational backgrounds or divide them even further. However, despite the wide range of ideas and perspectives on this topic, multi-disciplinary efforts to design the classroom of the future are scarce. Our presumptions surrounding the classroom are alive and well and for most of us, classrooms are something very physical. We therefore need multiple perspectives to shake up our own traditional way of thinking about classrooms and to stimulate a real discussion concerning what the classroom actually is.
e-learning, web2.0, web 2.0, aprendizaje, formación online, formación virtual, capacitación virtual, comunidad eLearning, technology, edublog, weblog, e-Learning, elearning, formación corporativa
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The FUTURA report that I co-wrote with Brenda Padilla, Lourdes Guàrdia and Cris Girona was recently published by the Open University of Catalonia's eLearn Center. It documents current and emerging practices in online teaching in higher education. We analysed over 100 initiatives from a wide range of higher education institutions which were seen as being innovative in…
Ruiz-Perez, S. La edición de revistas científicas en acceso abierto: características editoriales y modelos de negocio en el contexto del Proyecto SOAP (Study of Open Access Publishing). Trabajo Fin de Máster...
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Daniel Dominguez y Francisco Álvarez actualizan en esta entrada la clásica concepción de movilidad universitaria a la luz de sociedades conectadas por la digitalización. Desde universídad, queremos agradecer su tercera colaboración con nosotros y esperamos una cuarta entrega pronto.
e-learning, web2.0, web 2.0, aprendizaje, formación online, formación virtual, capacitación virtual, comunidad eLearning, technology, edublog, weblog, e-Learning, elearning, formación corporativa...
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Frente a las complejidades actuales y futuras de los mercados de trabajo, a los cuales la educación debe responder, la Comisión Delors plantea la siguiente interrogante: ¿Cómo enseñar al estudiante a poner en práctica sus conocimientos y, al mismo tiempo, cómo adaptar la enseñanza al futuro mercado de trabajo, cuya evolución no es totalmente previsible?
Como se podrá observar, la problemática no puede ser más compleja, por un lado la educación debe responder tanto a las necesidades inmediatas de la economía y de los propios estudiantes como sujetos de aprendizaje, y por otro lado, la educación debe dar respuesta tanto a las necesidades de los procesos productivos del futuro, como de las calificaciones de la fuerza de trabajo necesarias para su realización. La atención simultánea a estos dos imperativos del presente y del futuro, es lo que se conoce como pertinencia social de la educación, y por causas obvias deben estar presentes en los escritorios de los programadores de los currículos de las instituciones de educación superior y de la educación técnica y profesional, y de los Centros de formación docente en las Escuelas Normales y las Facultades de Educación.
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