About DIAL

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.

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. Please see DIAL projects and activities.

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 the growing number of staff and/or student DIAL project and activities the DIAL project blog and Baseline blogs.

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.

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.

In this video we walk through the process of joining my.blog.arts and joining group blogs like the DIAL UAL baseline blogs – http://ualdigitalbaseline.myblog.arts.ac.uk/

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If you would like to contribute to DIAL project in any way please contact Chris Follows: c.follows@arts.ac.uk or fill out an DIAL Expressions of Interest form.

14 Responses to About DIAL

  1. Vic Boyd says:

    Just wanted to comment on how useful the DIAL ethos and resources have been in considering the development of our digital strategy here at GSA. We are currently engaging in student-centred research regarding digital literacies in order to inform a number of ongoing and participatory initiatives aimed at providing inclusive and flexible opportunities for both tutors and students to engage with emerging technologies. DIAL’s participative, forward-looking and integrated approach has highlighted the important areas of staff/ student collaboration, harnessing the power of mutually supportive practice communities and the merits of embedding relevant technology in purpose/subject-specific contexts. Resources related to planning, collaboration and implementation accessible on this blog as well as discussion with colleagues involved in the project have been incredibly he,pful in the formative stages of planning our priorities and approach.

  2. Hi Vic

    Really appreciate your feedback, really helpful and its great to know DIAL blog, experiences and resources are useful beyond our institution. I’m looking forward to finding out more about the ‘Digital litter’ project and related projects at GSA, be great to build on these foundations and consider future collaborations. We’re busy compiling the DIAL interim report so will share this update at the end of the month, we also have our year one evaluation report due in the next couple of weeks and the first pilot projects are busy compiling their resource outputs for publishing. We also have a new digital programme at UAL developing so will be interesting to see how DIAL informs this process.

    Would GSA also be interested in collaborate/involved/consultancy in this project as it develops, specific developing the generic use of resources and the testing MOOC development? – http://process.arts.ac.uk/content/developing-professional-online-identities-project-details

    All the best.


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