I hope you have all had a good Easter. Before all the egg eating began over the weekend, we had the Spring EMLT meeting at the University of Derby. We had a good turn out and started the event off with some Easter treats and floppy crisps.
We then took part in some speed networking, where everyone sat in rows and had 3 minutes to talk to someone they had not met before. It was a little hard to hear with all the noise, but hopefully everyone got to meet some new people and form some useful connections.
A brief introduction on digital literacy was given at the beginning fo the sessions to help set the scene, providing a definition, the seven elements of digital literacy and a useful development framework from Jisc.
We then had three presentations from people within the room focusing on the development of digital literacies.
Martin talked about how important it is to reflect upon the way in which we are using technology and to sometimes step back, turn the technology off and take a break from all the noise.
You can find Martin’s slides at:
Stathis Konstantinidis (Assistant Professor of eLearning and Health Informatics, University of Nottingham) – Fostering IT Skills Competences of the healthcare workforce of EU and USA
Stathis talked about the work he has been doing, helping four of the European partners of the University of Nottingham to carry out a SWOT analysis of programmes for their provision of IT skills. Some of the key conclusions from the work, looked towards MOOC’s and Open Education Resources as possible tools to help provide a sustainable , cost-effective and efficient lifelong learning model.
Elaine talked about the work she has been doing at Nottingham Trent looking at how to embed digital literacy as a core competency across a variety of different roles within the institution. Having put together a framework and set of principles for supporting digital practices Elaine and her team are now working in partnership with academic schools to scope a set of specialist competencies for different subject areas.
The next activity saw us getting creative in groups, drawing our idea of a digitally literate person. There were a number of different interpretations, which I hope you can see in the below images (sorry about the reflections!). We had a prize for the winner. Can you guess which one won?
Our final activity was to work in groups to plan a workshop to develop a digital capability. The groups were asked to choose a technology or practice which fitted into one of the seven elements of digital literacy from Jisc. We had some great ideas which can be seen in the Google Documents used to during the session.
Thank you all for coming, I hope you enjoyed the day and that we shall see you next time in June/July at Loughborough University.