Change Agents Conference

A report by Diana Stone, Student Digital Champion

As a Digital Champion, I had the exciting opportunity to attend the Jisc Change Agents conference in Exeter with my course leader, John Crossley, to present the work we’ve done so far on the ADR Records website and talk more about the project.

I had never been to Exeter before, so to me it seemed interesting to visit a new city, and I really enjoyed it. In the past, I’ve always been afraid of presentations as I am a pretty terrible public speaker, so I saw this conference as a way of challenging myself.

We attended both days of the conference, so as we were presenting on the second day, we decided to attend some of the talks throughout day one. It was great to see how other universities collaborate with their students and the results of their work together. I particularly enjoyed a presentation on students working with Unicef and the volunteering opportunities they provide. I spoke to several people from other universities throughout the day, which was a great way to network and explore other perspectives. Sadly, there weren’t any other music students there.

Day two was presentation time, and the nerves were definitely kicking in! In the morning, I made sure to go over everything I wanted to say about my involvement with ADR Records, so that everything goes as smoothly as it possibly could. Our presentation was in the afternoon, and quite a few people attended. We presented a few slides of the proposed web design, talked about the purpose of this website, which is to provide a platform for musicians at the university to promote themselves, and also talked about some of the challenges of getting it off the ground. Despite being nervous, I think it went as well as it possibly could and the audience thoroughly enjoyed it – we even had a few questions from them.

Following our presentation, there was a student from the University of Exeter presenting his work on MOOCs designed to educate people on climate change, which was completely free of charge. This was by far my favourite presentation, both because it’s an issue that I feel very passionately about and it’s fantastic to see projects that are changing peoples’ perspectives. The guy also had great presentation skills, that I could learn a lot from.

To conclude the two-day conference, there was a well-needed barbecue organised, which, again, provided a chance to talk to the participants. I received a couple of compliments on the design of the ADR Records site, which, of course felt great and encouraging to persevere with our project.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the Jisc conference and witnessing the impact of student-university work relationships can have on projects of any kind. I think Digital Champions is definitely a fantastic idea and I hope it can benefit the learning and working experience of as many students as possible in the future.

JISC Digital Capability Discovery Tool

Digital Capability Discovery Tool​​

The University of Derby is one of fifteen institutions working with Jisc to pilot their Digital Capability Discovery Tool, which has been developed for staff to self-audit and reflect on their digital capabilities. The development of staff and student digital capabilities are of strategic importance to the University so this is an important opportunity for all University staff to take advantage of access to this tool (the pilot is now live until the end of June​ 2017).
 
The Discovery Tool​ will give you the opportunity to find out more about your own digital capability through a series of reflective questions. Completing the questions will give you an opportunity to reflect on your confidence and capability and provide feedback including a summary of your digital profile, suggested actions you can take to build your capability and links to resources that you can use to support your development.
 
The individual summary will be private to yourself, but it could be useful for developmental conversations, e.g. DPRs, identifying training needs for teams, etc.
 
As part of the pilot, the University will be provided with an institutional picture of the outcomes, but this will not provide information about individuals. From these institutional results Learning Enhancement (as part of the Digital Derby project) will work alongside other professional service departments to develop additional resources to aid digital capability development.​ The development of digital capability is a key goal in the new University TEL Strategy 2017-2021​ as the foundation for confident and effective use of technology for living, learning and working in a digital society.​

It’s Digital Learning Week

It’s Digital Learning Week! As well as launching our TEL Strategy (2017-2021),  Digital Learning Week,  will feature workshops which we are designed specifically to support the development of digital practice and digital capabilities.

Highlights include a Digital Practice workshop on Wednesday 26th April, led by e-learning researcher, author and consultant Helen Beetham, along with workshops on topics including:

  • Course Resources basics
  • Using technology to support inclusive teaching practice
  • Audio and video feedback
  • Sourcing legal digital content
  • Working wonders with WordPress
  • ePortfolios
  • Changing the way you work with Office 365
  • Setting engaging video creation projects
  • How lecture recording can enhance the student experience

You can see a full list of workshops and book your place here – https://staff.derby.ac.uk/sites/lE/SitePages/Digital%20Learning%20Week.aspx

TEL Strategy Launch

‘Learning in uncertain times: why digital matters’.

TEL Strategy Launch with Keynote Speaker: Helen Beetham

Heap Lecture Theatre, KR
Wednesday 26 April 2017
12-2pm

The digital experience of staff and students is central to delivering academic excellence, student employability and a high quality student experience.  As part of Digital Learning Week, this event will launch the University of Derby’s TEL Strategy (2017-2021) to transform the digital learning experience for all our students.

TEL Strategy aims:

  • Support staff and students to develop their digital capabilities
  • Provide greater active learning engagement and flexibility through enhanced digital learning environments
  • Enhance teaching excellence by introducing baselines to benchmark digital practice
  • Develop the digital environment using a research informed approach and the use of data analytics

Keynote speaker Helen Beetham is an e-learning researcher, author and consultant. She has written influential reports on digital capability, digital citizenship and digital wellbeing, learning experience, and curriculum design. Recently she has completed studies of the online student experience and developed the Jisc Digital Capability Framework with associated resources for practice. In her keynote, Helen will highlight the challenges and uncertainties facing universities in the digital age. She will outline the role that universities can play in preparing students for the digital future, explore the kinds of learning experience that develop digital resilience, and examine the relationship between digital innovation and teaching excellence.

www.helenbeetham.com

Find out more and book your place here.

Digi Know – Turnitin Rubric Examples

Example TII RubricFollowing on from Greg’s post about Rubrics in Turnitin, I thought it would be useful to share a teaching resources page from the Turnitin website, which showcases a variety of rubrics. These rubrics can be downloaded, customised and used in your own assessments.

For further advice and guidance, please contact the TEL team via tel@derby.ac.uk or ext 1865

Digi Know: You can see what student’s see

A tip that a few people have found useful recently is using Edit Mode in Course Resources to check what students can see in modules. This has come in handy when academics have been told by students they can’t see some content.

Simply by turning Edit Mode off, you’ll be able to have a student eye view of a module area. Here’s the difference it makes to the module menu:

Edit Button in Course Resources

JISC Student Digital Experience Tracker

We would like to understand how students view their ‘digital experience’ at the University, so we are asking students to take part in a short survey. The JISC Student Digital Experience Tracker survey was launched via Student Experience on the 1st December. The survey is being promoted to students until the 15th December. Please could you encourage students to complete the survey, so we can get a fair reflection of the student digital experience.

digital-experience-tracker

Social Media – Beginners Guide

The Academic Practice Programme at the University, today welcomes a guest speaker, Eric Stoller. Eric will be delivering a lecture called “Why Educators Can’t Live Without Social Media”/ (Places are still available)

I saw these images, used recently and thought I would share them here. They make a good beginners guide!

Vintage Social Networking

Wrong Hands (2013) Vintage Social Networking https://wronghands1.com/2013/03/31/vintage-social-networking/ (Accessed 21/11/2016

 

Social Media Explained.

Humphries, M. 2012. Media Explained by Donuts (online). Available at http://www.geek.com/geek-cetera/social-media-explained-with-donuts-1466613/ (Accessed 21/11/2016