The DIAL project Digital Integration into Arts Learning
The DIAL project, partially funded by JISC Developing Digital Literacies Programme, is a two-year project (ending December 2013) at the university of Arts London. The project set out with a broad aim of exploring UALs digital literacies landscape, past, present and future, its key aims being cultural change and improve graduate employability.
DIAL is a change programme and will strive to continue beyond the life of the project and support a sustainable and long-term future for UALs Digital Literacies Programme.
Key year one successes include significant engagement with UALs senior management and its long-term strategic objectives, continued development of DIALs self-identifying project groups and coordinating a programme-of-change approach effectively so that benefits are sustained and spread.
The project method
Support a number of self-identifying and mutually supportive communities of staff and students within the university (based on courses, disciplines or other naturally occurring communities) who identify goals for improving their collective digital literacies.
Staff and students are encouraged to submit DIAL expressions of interest and share group research, problems and experimentation openly with the wider DIAL community in an online/offline exchange of skills, experience and knowledge. Over the project lifetime, processes, resources and toolkits will be developed and made openly available so the communities can be increasingly autonomous in their development programmes and continue to develop confidence and capability in the adoption and integration of digital technologies and practice.
Within the community, individual and collective aims and anxieties will be identified. The DIAL community will collectively expand on the ground in studios and workshops and online. The DIAL project will create a community of independent flexible learners who challenge how we communicate, practice and learn together in this new blended space. The DIAL networked community will collectively raise the benchmark of what it means to be a progressive practitioner within a digitally enhanced learning environment. The DIAL network aims to stimulate demands on the existing college infrastructure and address wider institutional issues of inter college/course and external communication and connectivity.
Please see DIAL year 2 objectives.
DIAL Staff – http://dial.myblog.arts.ac.uk/contact/
DIAL will explore the pace of technological change and its impact on the day-to-day practices of its staff and students. As education merges in the rapidly expanding field of social and cultural technological change, maintaining progressive practice in these new digitally enhanced learning spaces can presents new expectations, anxieties and challenges for all.
DIAL aims to engage and bring together staff and students who are living with technology (the digital residents) and those who are learning to live with technology (the digital visitors) as a self sustainable networked community.
DIAL will be carrying out an ongoing baselining process across the institution, see more on UAL baselining here. Baselining for DIAL at UAL is basically a snapshot of the current digital ‘landscape’ from as many perspectives as possible.