A sustainable future for DIAL and a new ‘Digital Life’

I met with Shan Wareing (DIAL director) and Steve Howells‎ (Digital Life programme manager) today and we discussed the new UAL ‘Digital Life Programme’ download brief , a new institutional led digital programme/strategy (more details follow soon). I first met with Steve in June 2012 when Steve was in the first weeks of his post as Digital Life project manager. You can read about this meeting here – IT UAL and DIAL collaborations.

What we agreed:

Steve agreed to write an overview introduction blog post of the DIAL blog which, introduces the Digital Life programme, says how DIAL has informed the DL programme, what DL would like from DIAL, list the 5/6 gaps to address. The Digital Life Programme will also look at taking forward the DIAL baseline work to date, using the blogs and format that already exist – http://dial.myblog.arts.ac.uk/digital-baseline-links/ .

I agreed to review the DIAL objectives and rewrite the DIAL year 2 project plan and workpackages inline with the Digital Life programme objectives and needs. 

  1. Priority will be placed on the following collaborative ‘institutional’ objectives: (in collaboration with the DL programme and all involved projects, as the below are too large for DIAL to deal with alone and require as much input as possible from many perspectives as possible)
  2. Define the DL programmes use of the term ‘Digital literacies’
  3. DIAL will explore and seek institutional clarification (in collaboration with the DL programme and all involved projects) terms such as: Multimedia literacy, Media literacy, Computer literacy, Information literacy, New literacies,  Digital identity with an aim of publishing an ‘official’ UAL glossary of these institutional terms.
  4. Address staff key competencies required for integrating ‘digitally enhanced learning’ into everyday practice and to support CPD & PPD.
  1. DIAL will continue with the following KEY objectives with an aim of informing the DL programme from the following ‘Digital literacies’ perspective:
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Integrate DIAL initiatives and resources with the new Student Enterprise & Employability Service (SEE), bringing together the work of Creative Careers, the Enterprise Centre for the Creative Arts (ECCA), Artquest, Own-it and ArtsTemps.
  6. 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.
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