Objectives

Lead and support wider collaborative ‘institutional’ objectives: (in collaboration with the new Digital Life programme and all involved projects)

  1. Debate and define UALs institutional understanding of terms associated with ‘Digital literacies’ within all aspects creative practice, including media literacies, information literacies, digital practice, digital citizenship, online identities, digital/social/cultural competencies, participatory culture, digital attributes, open practice, digital fluency etc. with an aim of publishing an ‘institutional’ evidence base of UAL glossary of terms based on an iterative process of practical, subject and interest specific case study evidence.
  2. Address staff key competencies required for integrating ‘digitally enhanced practice’ into everyday practice and to support CPD & PPD. See JISC programme material.
  3. Identify gaps and best practice in the integration of digitally enhanced learning at UAL, Address key areas and themes identified in the DIAL baseline report.

DIAL will continue with the following KEY objectives with an aim of informing the new Digital Life programme from the following ‘Digital literacies’ perspective:

  1. Engage and support maximum stakeholder participation and communication between DIAL project communities of practice, including open debate/forum (live & online), cross college/alumni/industry interaction, course/staff/student level case studies, events, workshops and online resources.
  2. Encourage ‘open’ communities of practice which explore key issues surrounding the development of digitally enhanced practice.
  3. DIAL will align this objective closely with the UAL Strategy 2010-15: Communities of Practice, people and communication priorities.
  4. Carry out interventions and case studies that inquire and inform change and development in individual practice and student engagement that have potential to initiate course level curriculum change.
  5. Integrate DIAL initiatives and resources with the Student Enterprise & Employability Service (SEE) and Staff development and training (Learn IT) to create new resources and paths of inquiry.
  6. Explore key area of career preparation student and alumni representation online skills to create and present professional self; including online presentation skills, personal website development and online professional identities.
  7. Embed DIAL networks and digital literacies developments into UAL web environment, policies and practices.
  8. Develop and encourage more flexible learning opportunities and experiences for staff.
  9. Explore UAL networked online communities within the university and the potential for national and international collaboration from courses, colleges, disciplines, industry and wider sectors.

Below are Year one objectives (these are original objectives revised for year 2)

1.2        Objectives

1       Engage and support maximum stakeholder participation and communication between DIAL project communities of practice, including open debate/forum (live & online), cross college/alumni/industry interaction, course/staff/student level case studies, events, workshops and online resources.

DIAL groups will include the combined experience levels of staff & students and acknowledge that each DIAL participant may be a novice and expert at the same time in their digital domain:

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2       The DIAL project will encourage ‘open’ communities of practice and explore key issues surrounding the development of digitally enhanced learning.  DIAL will align this objective closely with the UAL Strategy 2010-15: Communities of Practice, people and communication priorities. DIAL key objectives include:

3       Baseline (mapping the landscape)

  • Identify gaps and best practice in the integration of digitally enhanced learning at UAL.
  • Address key areas and themes identified in the DIAL baseline report

4       Institutional: Support the implementation of digitally enhanced learning and digital support networks

  • Embed DIAL networks and digital literacies developments into UAL web environment, policies and practices
  • Develop and encourage more flexible learning opportunities and experiences for staff
  • Address the ‘time poor’ problems associated with staff development and the integration of digitally enhanced learning at UAL by demystifing and making ‘open’ staff learning/education by developing and exploring new approaches to current time dependant, site specific, closed HR/Learn IT systems and other UAL CPD and PPD initiatives.
  • Increase the involvement of grassroots staff in leading university-wide DL development projects
  • Explore and debate and relationships between digitally enhanced learning and face-to-face in the context of contact time in alignment with UAL project research in contact time (relates to work on Key Information Sets – KIS).
  • Define, debate and test impact of new institutional terms, definitions and policies including: flexible learning, digital citizenship and open education.
  • Test UAL infrastructure, support and policies surrounding the development and integration of digitally enhanced learning.

5       Staff: A) Improved flexible approaches to CPD & PPD staff development B) Support the implementation of digitally enhanced learning into practice)

  • Staff development needs are of fundamental importance in the enhancement of the student experience (HEFCE Online Learning Task Force):
  • Address staff key competencies required for integrating ‘digitally enhanced learning’ into everyday practice and to support CPD & PPD.
  • Introduce and explore notions of flexible learning, open education practice into staff CPD/PPD
  • Explore how ‘flexible learning’ is implemented in staff training and how these methods/culture/style are supported and encouraged for ‘staff learners’ CPD and PPD (e.g. flexible learning benefits realisation subsequently influencing teaching methods and practice).
  • DIAL to encourage, support and collaborate with ‘staff led’ fellowships, secondments and projects’ to mutual benefit of the staff involved and the common good.
  • Explore and debate relationships between digitally enhanced learning and perceived barriers to progressive practice including online identity, time and skills.
  • Explore key problem of participation, what are common patterns or steps into participation.
  • Carry out interventions and case studies that enquire and inform change and development in individual practice and  student engagement and that have potential to initiate course level curriculum change.

6       Students: Improved graduate employability by enhancing presentation skills and professional online identities. 

  • Integrate DIAL initiatives and resources with the new Student Enterprise & Employability Service (SEE),  that brings together the work of Creative Careers, the Enterprise Centre for the Creative Arts (ECCA), Artquest, Own-it and ArtsTemps.
  • Explore key area of career preparation student/alumni representation online skills to create and present professional self; including online presentation skills, personal website development and online professional identities.
  • Explore UAL networked online communities within the university and the potential for national and international collaboration from courses, colleges, disciplines, industry and wider sectors.
  • Enhance student understanding of digitally enhanced learning within the context of flexible learning.
  • Develop confidence and capability to practice more flexible learning approaches
  • Improve perspectives, engagement and understanding of online learning resources.
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