Today I am at the Connect More with Jisc in England (Leeds) event being held at Shine, a social enterprise in a big old school building – a lovely venue but very warm! Unfortunately it is also a bit patchy for wifi, hence this live blog being a wee bit late in the day.
Introduction from head of region – Will Allen, head of Jisc North
Thanks for coming to Leeds on this sunny day. This is the third Jisc Connect More event – there have been two, one in Scotland, one in NI. And there will be three more – one each in Bristol, London and Cardiff.
There are various parallel sessions today, do go along to those.
Feedback is central to Jisc North, we want your comments, engage with me, engage with my colleaguesâ€¦ I trust that you all share in Jiscâ€™s vision â€œto make the uk the most digitally advanced education and research nation in the worldâ€� – I suspect if you donâ€™t share that vision you are in the wrong place!
I believe that Jisc makes a considerable difference to the education difference, but what matters is that we strive to make the best difference we can. But we have to do that in a way that is realistic in the current climate. And we want to engage with all of you. And Iâ€™d like all of you to think about what might your institutionâ€™s provision look like in 2020. Iâ€™ve done a lot of work in scenario planning and found that looking to the future, disrupts the present, so I urge you to look to the future!
Changing tackâ€¦ What links these words? Goat; strut; kit; nurse; palm; northâ€¦ They are part of a lexical set which allows socio-linguists to understand what part of England you are fromâ€¦Try those out with the person next to youâ€¦ Iâ€™m sure we have a real range in the room! But there is some method to this madnessâ€¦ I was a researcher and I worked in linguistics and languageâ€¦ I was an undergrad in York, a post grad in Newcastle Universityâ€¦ And I did a lot of talking with 7-13 year olds just as they formed their identityâ€¦ And that connection between language and society, language and identity, that work was underpinned by technology. In those days we had to store our sound recordings on DAT tape as we didnâ€™t have the space to store them on servers.
And I then worked on a project using the Tyneside Linguistic Survey – a transformative and massively complicated transcription system. They used technology to try to analyse these – tying the transcription to a code for a punchcard computer. I was part of a project that digitised the old reel-to-reel tapes and made them available for the research community to use in their workâ€¦ Today where socio-linguistics is, is all about corpora – massive datasets of recorded languages that can be processed with various tools and technologies, using massive machines, massive corpuses etc. There are lots of examplesâ€¦ But I wanted to mention one that isnâ€™t quite linguistics, but is about bird songs, called Xenocanto, which is crowdsourcing those bird songs, then analysing them with computers.
Just to finish off on my storyâ€¦ The thing that stopped me being a researcher was that I had this passion for research, and society and technologyâ€¦ But it wasnâ€™t all connected up. I didnâ€™t want to beÂ a lonely researcher, I wanted to connect. And making connections is what today is all about. I truly thing we live in a networked era, and traditional organisations is being changed by the network effect. A guy called Harold Jardi is the person to look up about that, about the power of people and networksâ€¦
So, quickly, I just want to say more about what Jisc doesâ€¦ We have Network and Technology – years before broadband we had an undisputed high speed network. Through Digital Resources, Through Advice and Engagement, and through Research and Development. And we shape around your priorities. We are a more joined up organisation. I hope that we are trusted to give impartial adviceâ€¦ And we aim to work with you to be as effective as we can.
So here you can see the regions here. I am head of Jisc North, one of six regional teams. Across those teams you now have a number of account managers and various engagement officers. You now have one customer contact point, we are much more joined upâ€¦
So, Jisc North, we are about championing th voice of the customer, to deliver a fully managed relationship with Jisc. We have account managers, and we have a regional awareness, to understand the North of England and reflect that back to Jisc. And to be part of Community engagement.
I just want to touch on community engagement. Angela Harvey is our community engagement manager and she sis leading that work through events, networks, etc.
Here are the various account managers in the North – all competing in their image for the biggest smile! Youâ€™ll meet them today so do say hello.
Our venue today, Shine (a social enterprise) used to be a middle school, which means we have some interesting room names, like the headmasters room!
So, we have our first parallel sessions starting nowâ€¦
Session two: connectivity:Â New digital learning content for the skills sector –Â Presenters: Ruth Hansford (Jisc), Roger Clegg (Oldham College), Belinda Turner (Stubbing Court Training) and Emily Armstrong (Hull College)
We will talk about some of the cross cutting employability themes across these projects.
So, a bit about the project, which was Jisc Interactive Learning Resources for Skills project (#ilrforskills), which was a project commissioning 22 training providers to create open educational resources for a range of vocational areas. This was partly about transferring experience from FE to Skills. Partly issues around books – not a big feature of Skills sector – and also Shibboleth access not really used there so not resources requiring that. And we asked the sector, who were keen to focus on resources that they create within the skills sector and the sharing of those.
So we commissioned these 22 projects, and these finished around the end of April. You can find all of the content that was commissioned, via https://ilrs.jiscinvolve.org/wp/, or in Jorum, the national repository for open education resources, which is being pensioned off about this time next year – but the content, or the good content, will be ported over to whatever platform that replaces Jorum, which they are working hard to put in place at the moment. So, if you do want to create content, inspired by this work, you can put it in Jorum – this massive bit of free storage!
Of those 22 projects a disproportionate quantity were in the North of England – there were none in Scotland or Wales, one in London, and a few in south east, but many in the north.
Belinda: I will be talking about horse training, but first…Â How many of you already do online learning? (about 1/3rd room), How many want to have online learning? (about 2/3rds). How many of you have to have online learning soon? (a few)
We wanted to create world class training available anywhere, anytimeâ€¦ We developed the online diploma, but we didnâ€™t have anything for english, maths or groomingÂ and realised the costs of getting that online were high, but then the Jisc project came along. We knew we needed everything to be easy, usable, 3 clicks or fewer, all clearly tied to Diploma practice test, and to the portfolio.
Watching an introductory video on mathematics and horses – a rider talking about heights of jumps etc.
So, if you are an apprentice with us, or an employer, these are all world class people who have done apprenticeships with us.
What we learned in this process was planning. Making sure we had the top people who were engaging and would appeal to your students, and be authoritative. And it needs to engaging to teach. Always takes longer than it shouldâ€¦. Everything has to be quality assured, checked, proof readâ€¦ We also did some filming in Spain, because it is sunny and attractive, and world class standard – as filmed at top level show. Rather than filming in Janary, in the rain!
Ruth: Because there were so many projects commissioned, we had several mentors – Elizabetta, David Roe, Juliette Green, and Juliet MacKenzie – who travelled the countries far and wide. We also had experts in intellectual property from Jisc Legal, and also a techie team to support the filming etc. That was part of the project set upâ€¦. But I think the projects
Julie: My project was on bricklaying in Oldham in about three foot of snow – looks a bit different! Our content is quite yellowâ€¦ with background of their own workshops. They asked for that. Thatâ€™s what they wanted. And bear in mind we work with Level 1 learners. We had them along at 9.30 in the morning to watch what was going onâ€¦ We got the media studies students in to filmâ€¦ But planning was rather out of the window as various tutors moved job, were off sickâ€¦ It was a bit like an action research for us – we hadnâ€™t created content outside of Moodle before.
We used Articulate story here, which was a steep learning curve but we got thereâ€¦ We delivered the content on time, had feedback from studentsâ€¦ Unlike powerpoints, which they usually get, these are interactive. Not all of our apprentices are full time, many are in only part time. And we also had common areas here with other projects – maths, employability skills. We originally aimed to do a few, but we expanded it on the request of the tutorsâ€¦
The content is assessed as you go through itâ€¦ We tend to use Moodle as repository of materialsâ€¦ But we are moving to more of this sort of content. The college is keen to do more of this – converting work books etc. And we also had to put lots of links in to health and safety, to government websites, etc. for when they are working online.
Ruth: That project cost Â£5k, no idea what cost would be on the open market. For Belinda we gave Â£30k, but they also subsidised by half as much againâ€¦ Do not underestimate the costs of creating this stuff.
Ruth: Emily will talk about Hull projects, they had two – one was construction – we had a lot of construction applications for the projects – and one for hairdressing.
Emily, Hull – Our construction one is an app which I have hereâ€¦ For hairdressing we did apps and web materials. We used something calls app ski which made developing apps easy, we also used a tool for creating video from text.
So, an example hereâ€¦ We have content on The Colour Wheel, for hairdressers but also beauticians, and we hope this will be helpful for art and designâ€¦ And we have lots of quizes, drag and dropâ€¦ Keeping text to a minimumâ€¦ We have used copyright cleared videos from YouTube as wellâ€¦
Ruth: All of these resources have a â€œIn partnership with Jiscâ€� marking, but all will be creative commons licensedâ€¦
Emily: Looking at rights clearances was a big deal for usâ€¦ A colleague got very excited about Google Sketch Up but he had to make some changes to ensure images were copyright clearedâ€¦ We havenâ€™t really built anything to go in the public domain before, so that was big. And workig with a subject specialist was also very important for usâ€¦
Ruth: We wanted to help trigger the creation of content, but we only had Â£400k to spend so it was only ever going to be a certain amount of content. But we also did it to learnâ€¦ What came up were rights, issues around IPR clearance before you can make content Creative Commons licensed. The other thing was around metadata and discoverabilityâ€¦ When the content that stays in your institution you can find it, but putting it on the web means explaining the content in ways others can understandâ€¦ Newcastle did a food enterprise projectâ€¦ and after the final project meeting someone who had done a lot of work there to make that content available, found their content on the open web.
The other thing was about planning, and not underestimating what is involved. The other thing was the difference between elearning and learning.. having the technology doesnâ€™t mean you are doing elearning yet.
There was also something interesting there about what is ok in house but may not be to othersâ€¦ for instance very strong regional accents were fine of course, but made the content slightly less reusable to others on the web.
We also found that breaking content into smaller chunks means you can remix that content, it can be reused in other places more easily.
Youâ€™ve heard already about some of the themes that are availableâ€¦ Can you all say that you think stand alone for employabilityâ€¦
Emily: One of our painting and decorating items is about how to calculate area – the context is an area, but applies to any areaâ€¦
Julie: Also ratios to buckets, spades etcâ€¦
Ruth: Also some nice horticultural examples around area and volume of a circular bed, to calculate top spoil.
Belinda: Really good horses have treadmills, with a platformâ€¦ that you can turn into a hillâ€¦ So you can work out the mathematics of that angle, and how much work the horse is doing when they use that!
Ruth: What about Englishâ€¦
Belinda: We had a sports presenter explaining the importance of communicationâ€¦
Ruth: Yours also had some negotiationâ€¦ Also some on problem solvingâ€¦
Belinda: We had the Olympic team coaches talking about problem solvingâ€¦
Ruth: Another brick laying and construction course had Kevin, someone self employed, doing a role play over costs and issues with a difficult customer – real life stuff. And health and safetyâ€¦ Loads on PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), hazadous substances, insuranceâ€¦ And also some of the enterprise requirements – e.g. for a new food business. That one was interesting as well because almost everyone in the college had gotten involved in production!
We are always concerned that more than those who are funded benefitâ€¦ So we have the website there, which lists all of the projects. We will soup this up a bit but you will find them all thereâ€¦ Manchester college were interesting – their material was from the offender learning programme. They spent a great deal more than we gave themâ€¦ They did four areas – horticultural, catering, brick laying and english language. Their stuff is available on their Moodle platform, but they will also be going into their campus in prison.
Each of the projects has their own page/site that you can look at. For instance Accrington and Rossendale College have an open Google siteâ€¦ Not all of the sites look glamorous but they have great content in thereâ€¦
The other way to find this content, and you want to use/reuse/remix this content, much of which is in SCORM formatâ€¦ So you can go into Jorum and download the contentâ€¦ Now this search results screen will look better than this in the future, but it is all thereâ€¦
There are also QA and publishing checklists on that site, a metadata checklist, model release forms for students under 18 who might be in a video etc.Â We also created an accessibility checklist – actually a hard one to crack, as some requirements would be hard to actually achieve, so we had an element of pragmatism.
Q) Would you go with making things open in the future?
A – Emily) We will continue doing this openly, because we want them to be open for reuse in our own college and by other colleges.
A – Belinda) Itâ€™s hardâ€¦ For some things, where you have contacts you only have to pay a certain amount (e.g. the Olympic coaches)
A – Julie) I would absolutely. We all deliver similar curriculums so should be sharingâ€¦ Wouldnâ€™t necessarily use the same technology though, might use Moodleâ€¦
Comment – Ruth) I was told people wouldnâ€™t share in Skills sector, but that just wasn’t trueâ€¦ I think that they know that time isnâ€™t on their sideâ€¦ And if you trust each other, youâ€™d be mad not to share it and use it reallyâ€¦
Q) Will there be a block on uploading to Jorum?
A – Ruth) Not for now, as Jorum being pensioned offâ€¦ So upload as normal, and that info will follow for the new platform.
Q) How many learning objects or hours are there from that resource?
A – Ruth) There are 163 resources in Jorumâ€¦ But some of those contents are one item that is a whole site being linked toâ€¦ Others have maybe 40 items but they are smaller chunksâ€¦ The average was about 5 or 6 itemsâ€¦ How many is not that relevant. In terms of learning hours, there is a lot!
Q) Do you have learning technologists, elearning experts etc. in house?
A – Emily) We paired tutors with learning technologists.
A – Belinda) We brought in various experts to inform our work.
A – Julie) I was main learning technologist on this work, but pulled in experts and students from specialist courses etc.
Session one: capabilities:Â Meeting the FELTAG challenge 12 months onâ€¦ one collegeâ€™s journey –Â Presenter: David Scott (Kirklees College)
Why did Kirkless adopt 10% of all FT courses as blended learning by the start of or during academic year 2014/15? Well we wanted our students to develop the skills they need for university, for the workplace etc. And the sector is being squeezedâ€¦ Although actually in the first year it was not less expensive, but there are efficiencies we may see in the future. We followed the Worcester (who did save 250k through online delivery recently) model – an hour lecture online, timetabled into the learning resource centre. And we did this via SOLA packs via the VLE.
We timetabled that into the learning resource centre – so all students had a focus on participating and a place to do that, but over the year learners gradually chose to participate from home, not always in the LRC.
We did this with 10% of all level 2 and 3 full time long courses. And that was a huge undertaking as we are a very large college, so that is about doing this for a lot of learners. To do this we undertook substantial planningâ€¦ We ensured we added 140 PCs in the LRC, that staff there were trained in using these tools, and with â€œwhat if?â€� scenarios. We timetabled students – 170 groups in total per week – additional to what had come in previously. And we knew there would be many more people using the LRC than before, which meant we also did recruitment and timetabling of LRC staff to facilitate the blended learning, across our six centres. The principal mandated that English and Maths would be scheduled first, then blended learning, then everything else.
One of the biggest tasks was training 5000 tutors about what blended learning isâ€¦
Neil: Our VLE was kind of a filing cabinet before. Some staff were very keen, some really had a lot to learnâ€¦ So we developed SOLA packs for self study on key features of the VLE such as assessment and monitoring usage – practising what we preach! We also created a training programme and rolled out to all staff over a 4 month period. And the ILT development unit developed and rolled specific training to over 30 SOLA coordinators – enthustiastic people. But it was a huge undertakingâ€¦ We had people signing up but not attendingâ€¦ Eventually named and shamed to heads of departments to ensrure all were trined.
We also created SOLA Quality audits, although not all staff filled this out properly – left in defaults! But this documentation let SOLA coordinators carry out the audit termly and identify any further support or training requirements – they used the audit forms to identify fine, at risk, or problematic courses based on how ready and appropriately set up they were.
We decided to use the open badge system for these courses, already built into MOODLE, and you can set criteria to automatically reward badges. Thatâ€™s allows us to pull out a report of which students have done what work – for reporting to funders etc. It has been quite effective and encouragingg for studentsâ€¦ We were quite late issuing badges, so as staff built up SOLA packs throughout the year, we had less time to implement them. But if they are set up late, they will issue retrospective badges based on criteria achieved.
David: There are clearly other ways to undertake elearning and satisfy FELTAG requirements. But this worked well. Worcester have don this for two or three years, we have done it for a year at scaleâ€¦ If you are looking to get started, why reinvent the wheel? We support colleges in our area, and have been able to share back and forth with them. This isnâ€™t the deficit way to do things, but it does work wellâ€¦
So, what worked well in the first year?
Well, t was a whole cross-college approach to delivery – pretty much the whole college were part of this. And it was planned to perfection, so in September 2014 the infrastructure was in place, ILT/IT support was in place, timetabling was done, LRC staff had been recruited, trained and timetabled SOLA training had been rolled out across all curriculum areas. SOLA packs were prepared – but not all ready at the start of the year, some only came on board for January. Students arrived 1st September.
But there were challenges too. Staff time to develop the SOLA packs. Worcester have 12 staff on the ILT team – the model there is tutors prepare content, but ILT put it in placeâ€¦ Our model was different. We say preparation of content as part of tutor lesson planning, as part of tutor workload. But this was an issue of staff skill sets – we recruit many tutors from industry but they donâ€™t necessarily have those sorts of skills, but we are feeding that into recruitment process. Staff also realise that the efficiencies of blended learning can cause tension with staff, with their engagement. So making it clear that this opens up staff time for new, innovative classes, european projects etc. We did take 5200 hours out of course curriculum so you do need to sell the benefits of that.
Student engagement wise we will have an induction programme, including a video about what blended learning is, so that they are prepared for what they see in the LRC – not all tutors shared the same amount of information this year. We also will have self-enrolment and enrolment keysâ€¦
Elona: For me I had 10% of teaching time ripped from my staffâ€¦ We were not happyâ€¦ But we had a lightbulb moment that we could make it work for us. So we had 4 months to train, and had 2 months to build everything. We grabbed all we good, and added in interactive elements, and borrowed some text from Health and Safety Actâ€¦ (This is a health and safety section from a hair and beauty course). And we assess the knowledge and understanding through multiple choice questions, across week by week activitiesâ€¦ Which means no marking! All my team do not markâ€¦ But that means that 10% time gives us time to do new innovative ideasâ€¦ There was nothing out there for health and beauty really – because we had to make this in a panicâ€¦ So we made content for one unit only, and did make use of a powerpoint we had used before. Weâ€™ve got a powerpoint that is already there, then a document from industry, a web link, and a quizâ€¦ So in that first task we tell them what we want them to do, what to engage with, and that they should then do the quiz.
So, for that video for instance we created our own content – avoiding Americanisms, licensing issues etc. My friend charlotte had a massage that we videoed as a demo for students. We will be videoing demonstrations from tutors in September. Students really engage with this demonstration video, in a way they donâ€™t always do in person.
So, we structure content week by week along similar lines. And when students finish a unit, they get an badge. When learners have done the massage mock revisionâ€¦ When they are prepared with this, they go on and find the exam really easy.
And that free time means that I now have time to think about new ideas,,, And we find some of our adult learners were working aheadâ€¦ So I now have an enrichment programme for those learners, which they will then be able to move onto in that LRC time. For instance on the Gender Pay Gap – which is really interesting in hair and beauty. With this growthâ€¦ !
David: This is really embedded in what we do in Kirkless – so Careers are doing this too, our learning and resource staff have a resources page, its reaching every single department nowâ€¦ Everyone is becoming aware of what SOLA is and how it can be used.
Elona: I now have a progress bar in place to see how our students are progressing. There are a lot of quizzes in these SOLA packages and I can use that SOLA bar to see what they have/have not done, track progress, what time they are learning etc. Some are on at half eleven at night!
I also have an overall progress bar, that allows me to see how each tutorâ€™s students are progressing – and they can also look in and check progress.
Because of all this content is there, I can ask students can study particular materials ahead of class, to prepare them for particular sessions etc.
But there are hiccoughs hereâ€¦ If students log in on their phone, they can do the test, get answers wrongâ€¦ and then retake in the web versionâ€¦ But we are wise to that nowâ€¦ So we now do direct questioning in class to be sure they have understood that learning properlyâ€¦
IT skills wise we are health and beauty, we arenâ€™t huge fans of computers. We have found support from ILT necessaryâ€¦
In that homepage for the course, there is also a link to our (VTCT) eportfolios – where badges appear!
Iâ€™m really proud of it, but getting staff on board was the challenge. We have exceeded the 10% now, with 30% online. If the government wanted 50% that might be challenging though – hair dressers do need to be able to cut hair!
David: When we started many of the SOLA stuff was in list form, but Elona and her team have created something more visually appealing hereâ€¦ I feel like we are light years ahead. The more colleges get involved, the more resources we have to share, the more our skills develop.
Elona: My teamâ€™s motivation has improved because they are no longer spending all of their time marking! And you see
Q) What version of Moodle?
A – Neil) 2.6 but moving to 2.8
Q) How big is college support team?
A – Neil) Itâ€™s about 5 people, two and a bit in terms of time etc. are supporting this.
A – David) We also have two teaching qualified LRC team members. You should go back to your principal and be clear that if you go this way, you have to be all in and support itâ€¦
Q) Sharing resources?
A – Elona) Sharing them on the system
A – David) All are available on Moodle
Q) How did you get staff on board?
A – David) I think it helped a lot that principal has strong supported and driven this.
Q) Any copyright issues?
A – Elona) We worked with LRC staff to help us, and then made some stuff ourselves
A – David) Use those expert staffâ€¦ But second year of running is about quality. Good open stuff is out there, so do use it.
Q) How many students come in at a time? How does that work in the LRC?
A – David) We have a room in LRC with 70 machines, and a block of 50 tend to be working at a time, LRC support thatâ€¦
Q) What happens with block bookings if students arenâ€™t coming in in person – as you say happens
A – David) Software kicks user off if not logged in after 15 mins – so PC becomes availableâ€¦
Q) How long does it take to develop an hour of teaching
A – Elona) Varies, but we have fully refreshed our content here.
Q) How about entry level courses and part time courses?
A – David) We are letting people explore. Level 1 come on board next year but in class. We are looking at access to HE courses moving this way at the momentâ€¦
Q) We have some enthusiasts, but some are resistant. How have you managed that sort of issue?
A – Elona) For me, I found that selling the lack of marking as a carrot here, to get them to move content online.
A – Neil) I think tâ€™s just a case of supporting them whenever possible. Some people are quite scared of computers, but our IT team are approachable, and show them one step at a time an whenever possible.
Q) So you are there to support teaching staff, you arenâ€™t doing the content?
A – Neil) No, we are not a big enough team to do that – Worcester does that though.
David: We do work with other collegesâ€¦ Neil, myself and Elona are happy to come out and speak to your senior leadership teamâ€¦ Grab us at any time during today.
Session one: capabilities:Â Digital capabilities and leadership –Â Presenter: Lawrie Phipps (Jisc)
By show of hands the room is a mix of HE, Colleges and skills.
I will be talking about Digital capabilities and leadership. Iâ€™m from Jisc Futures – we do the research and development, and my area is specifically the student experience. But the work Iâ€™m doing at the moment is all about leadership.
I will talk about what we are doing, some examples, and then also I will talk about the jisc digital capabilities and leadership project. Everyone is aware of our digital literacy work? We have been doing this since 2010, identifying seven areas of digital literacy. We have managed to embed this into the curriculum, focusing on it being a student focused programme, without really meaning to. As this started to create outputs, I began working on a project called the Changing the Learning Landscape project, working with ALT, HEA, NUS, and the Leadership Foundationâ€¦ We spoke to staff at universities from senior managers through to cleaners.
Through this work, across interviews at 58 universities, we identified massive variation in technology enhanced learning, across various thematic areas.
In terms of Strategy and Leadershipâ€¦ Many places were using a VLE, but often as a repositoryâ€¦ And many places had these tools, and felt they should increase the scale of TEL. All identified mobile as something they should be aware of, and doing something about. But we couldnâ€™t get people to identify what they wanted to do with mobileâ€¦ When you asked they said â€œwell students have phonesâ€� – that was as far as it went for some of them.
We also saw Open and Distance learning coming up as an issue, we didn’t hear much about efficiency from leaders. But students talked about a huge lack of consistency in their experienceâ€¦ at all levels of that experience. We did see more and more of students as partners in FE and HE. But we also see students wanting to leverage value from their learning. Students wanted to understand practical and efficiency benefits of why they should use a tool – they were always looking for a reason.
Talking to lecturers we saw huge amounts of varietyn again. Some were very honest about what they didâ€¦ Some just put slides in, some had a discussion boardâ€¦ Most used it for repository of sides. And majority had the essential descriptions and timetabling, that was their main use. There were a range of barriers to useâ€¦ Last week I worked with Reading College – they switched off Moodle in their institution and no-one noticed!
Anywayâ€¦ Whilst we hear about digital literacies, many didnâ€™t see how they could embed them in their programmes. They didnâ€™t always see themselves as digitally literate.
And looking ahead we saw various things comingâ€¦ questions about Maker culturesâ€¦ More and more students coming through with coding skills. And early questions about Internet of Thingsâ€¦ Also seeing open learning, open code, open publishing, becoming prominent. And seeing students co-creating their learning, especially in FE actually. And funding changes and organisational changes – e.g. funding announcements on FE next week. And we see the rise of KPIs, globalisation etc.
So, talking to the sector – HE, FE and Skills – showed that we really need to build the digital capabilities of our staff. So that is our priority, in my team, to develop that in the next 12 months, with the first stuff coming in over the next 3 monthsâ€¦
So we have this idea of Digital identity and wellbeing as a surrounding concept, with ICT proficiency at the centre, supported by Information, data and media literacies; digital creation, innovation and scholarship; communication, collaboration and participation; digital learning and self development.
- ICT proficiency is core skills, from use of style sheets, to how to get onto Eduroam.
- Information, Media and data literacy is about critical use of content
- Cretion, scholarship and innovation – is about creative production in all areas of our work
- COmmunication, collaboration and participation
- Learning and self-development
- Idetity and well-being – and safety online, and the safety of staff identity.
And we have developed a model for an envisioned #digitalcapability service. There will be a digital capability online course, and materials for digital leadership. And this resource will be aimed at staff at all levels. So, IT managers tend to implement systems without consulting staff on what is neededâ€¦ e.g. on the choice of VLE or ePortfolios.. They tend to talk to vendors, rather than staffâ€¦
This modelis a pyramid of leadership development, online courses, digital capability framework, and diagnostic tools.
The leadership development will be a course, starting in October. It is aimed at leaders at any level, or those who aspire to leadership. So if you run a project for instanceâ€¦
So weâ€™ve mapped the digital capability framework to digital leadership. And this course will work across two priority areas:
Being an effective digital leader/manager (personal/professional development)
Leading/managing an effective digital organisation or part of an organisation (organisational development).
We will run this as a two day course, then webinar, then another two day course. That will be free for the first pilot and that first pilot will run once for HE and once for FE.
The core skills around ICT proficiencies around being an effective digital leader/manager would include adopt and adapt digital devices, services and applications to meet your professional needs, Use digital applications/services to manage time and tasks. Stay up to date with organisational systems. Know how to find work-arounds, switch devices/services/applications and recover from technical failures; model confident use of digital technologies to others.
In terms of the second leading etc. section: develop and communicate a strategy for digital technologies, policy, etc.
Again there are core aspects around information, media and data literacy; and around creation, scholarship and innovation. On that area of creative production we had many asking about making a risk tolerant innovative environment – particularly a concern at FE. We have traditionally been risk averse in some of these contextsâ€¦
Iâ€™m guessing most of this room are digitally literate but the communication, collaboration and participation aspect will be the idea of how we lead, influence and participate in online communities of practice related to your role, building personal networks, and having an authentic voice in this space.
In terms of learning and self-development thinking about, for instance, using online courses for staff development.
Digital identity and wellbeingâ€¦ So for instance who has a Twitter accountâ€¦ who has two? I wonder why people do that, if they are splitting personal and professional presencesâ€¦ But we will look at that, to ensure people make choices in an informed way. And we talk about brand, but thatâ€™s also about having an authentic voice. When it comes to online staff capabilities work we are doing, there will be case studies for different roles, practice mapping that against professional association for CILIP, SEDA, HEA, and FELTAG. All of this is coming online, first course runs in Octoberâ€¦
Let me just go back to staff capabilities – do these map to your expectations?
Comment: I am tremendously excited about this, much better than 7 elements that were there beforeâ€¦
Are there any gaps here?Â This is still draft until this year.
Comment: Where does mobility factor here – learning away from physical learning space?
I would put mobile in collaboration perhaps, but also creation, collaboration and participationâ€¦ But we will write examples of practice in colleges and universities, and then map where those might sit for professional development. And we are desperate to speak to people who have recently made changes that we can speak to.
And we welcome your comments and input on the blog: www.digitalcapability.jiscinvolve.org/ or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @Lawrie.
Q: What is the intention for the long term for this?
A: Right now the intention is for the online content to be available in chunks for you to download and use. The course will run once, be developed and rerun in Spring. Then, if successful, it will be handed over to the Jisc Customer Services team for them to look at options to role out.
Q: A few years ago you did work on digital literacies for schools. Our staff have gapsâ€¦ But I donâ€™t know the current status of students. Our staff report both very digitally literate, and other say notâ€¦
A: Are any of you aware of Dave ? Resident/Visitor thing, and Don, a US researcher has turned that into a tool to map digital literacies. And we are working with her to see how we can map that so that staff can map digital literacies of students, to capabilities and expectations of the students. To make sure that that maps to institutional strategy. So, for instance, you get answers about how students use contentâ€¦ download stuff in VLE, upload to Facebook and discuss, then upload to VLEâ€¦ But in that institution they had mandated slides and discussion forum be used.. that was artificial to the set upâ€¦ So we said you will save staff time and efficiency by changing environment. So Donâ€™s tool will be available in October.
Parallel session:Â capabilities: “How to use social media effectively for student engagement –Â Presenter: Nicola Osborne” (EDINA)
That’s my session so you’ll be seeing no update here from me for this one!
Closing session:Â FELTAG – so what? –Â Presenter: Bob Harrison