Join us for our second joint building digital capability and digital experience insights community of practice event where we will be launching the findings from our 2020 digital experience insights teaching staff surveys for HE and FE.
This is an exciting opportunity for staff and leaders in higher or further education who are responsible for developing the digital environment and the digital capability of students and staff in their organisations to come together to share:
- Practice, ideas and issues around enhancing student, staff and organisational digital capability, particularly in the current context with a move to more online delivery
- Approaches to gathering students and staff expectations and experiences of technology in the current changing context
It's also an opportunity to hear more about our building digital capability and digital experience insights services and understand how these might help you to meet your goals.
Tuesday 17 November
Welcome and introduction
Digitally dynamic: building the best of blends
Developing the health and care workforce for a digital age
Head of blended learning and digital literacy workstream lead, Health Education England
Using Teams Group site to collaboratively support staff digital capabilities as part of the COVID-19 response
Speaker: Fiona Handley, principal lecturer in learning and teaching, University of Brighton
As part of the response to the 'online pivot' a Teams Group site was created to field questions from academic staff, disseminate good practice, and make announcements. Since its creation in March 2020, over 300 staff have actively participated in the group with, for example, over 160 posts and nearly 500 responses made in the last three months. This quick overview looks at why this Teams site has been so successful, and what we can learn from it about creating communities to support digital learning.
From crisis management to sustainable delivery
Speaker: Bryony Evett-Hackfort, teaching and learning manager, Coleg Sir Gar
This session will focus on how our digital professional learning journey has evolved from supporting our staff to navigate the early days of lockdown through to how we are looking ahead to develop effective and sustainable online learning experiences. Through the exploration of seven blended learning models, we have focused our work on identifying how do you balance effective pedagogy with the health and wellbeing of the learners and staff in the digital environment.
Getting to the heart of the discipline: enhancing digital capabilities in the curriculum
Speaker: Dr Tünde Varga-Atkins, senior educational developer (digital education), University of Liverpool
How can we have fruitful conversations with academics, teachers about digital capabilities? How can we make digital capabilities relevant to their subject? This presentation will report on a study that explored similarities, differences and gaps in the way digital capabilities are developed in HE curricula in two disciplines. In this short session, focus will be on a potential approach that proved helpful in eliciting the disciplinary aspects of digital capabilities.
Building on the foundations: thinking about the future of digital capability development for staff and students
Speaker: Laura Hollinshead, learning technologist, University of Derby
This presentation will provide an overview of the approach the University of Derby has taken to strategically embed digital capability development within the organisation and ensuring that the digital experience of students and staff helps to guide the enhancements needed to support the development of digital capabilities. It will then discuss how the university plans to build on this and the recent large scale shift towards digital learning, in order to encourage programmes of study to closely consider the need to embed digital capability development in order to meet the needs of local employers and reduce the digital skills gap which has widened with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rebooting digital skills
Speaker: James Wells, head of digital curriculum, Middlesbrough College.
Like colleges up and down the country, Middlesbrough College have moved to a hybrid curriculum delivery model. But as learners at all levels are now asked to engage in more online learning, many lack essential digital skills, and the ability to access an appropriate ‘safe’ study space.
In order to ensure all our learners’ needs are understood and catered for, Middlesbrough College launched a new ‘REBOOT’ service aimed at identifying and addressing learners’ digital learning needs. ‘REBOOT’ has grown from small drop-in clinics to a dedicated web space, and now has a permanent home within the Learning Resource Centre using the information it gathers to help staff prepare more effective online learning based on the needs and capabilities of each individual.
Encouraging student engagement in online teaching
Speaker: Sharon Perera, academic support team manager, University of Greenwich
Sharon's recent experience of delivering online inductions and workshops to students has provided insights into the students' experience and response to this new way of HE teaching. The presentation will share some findings from recent experiences and involve a discussion and exploration on improving student engagement in online teaching.
Rolling out the digital discovery tool to FE staff during lockdown
Speaker: Pam Thomas, OD advisor, Nottingham College
This session will discuss the college's decision to launch the tool to staff when everyone was out of the office and working virtually; their rationale, their project plan, a dual facetted approach to implementation and their drive to provide timely resources at the point of need.
Final Q&A and close
Who should attend
Staff and leaders with a role and an interest or remit for enhancing the digital capability and digital experience of staff and students across their organisations, HE, FE or skills.
Welcome and introduction
Digitally dynamic: building the best of blends - University of Derby
Using a Microsoft Teams Group site to collaboratively support staff digital capabilities - University of Brighton
Findings from the 2020 digital experience insights teaching staff surveys for HE and FE
Building on the foundations: thinking about the future of digital capability development for staff and students - University of Derby
Encouraging student engagement in online teaching - University of Greenwich
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