Category Archives: National debate

UCU wary of lecture capture

Interesting perspectives on UCU being wary of lecture capture by stephen downes OLdaily. In some way UAL are way ahead of all this, in other ways we’re not, but I think we’re already thinking about the pros and cons and there’s … Continue reading

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Developing digital literacy: trial and error?

A JISC study has found that learners develop a variety of digital literacies often through a social trial-and-error process, without the direct support or advice of their educational institutions. Ben Showers, JISC programme manager, said, “By understanding and recognising students’ … Continue reading

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Should students be given the power to decide how universities are run?

Institutions want feedback from undergraduates about their courses, but sharing big decisions about running the university is more controversial – Also see: Digital technologies for learning and teaching –

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Defining UAL’s strengths

I’ve been thinking  about UAL’s strengths as a provider of Arts Higher and Further education, and apart from the obvious (our size, the range of specialisms in one university, being in London, and the amazing students and staff we attract … Continue reading

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JISC Digital Literacies programme: A history of Digital Literacy in UK & EU #JISCDigLit

Great (simple) definition of digital literacies: Not about using particular technologies, but about particular practices that we want students [and staff!] to use and allowing them to find the tools. [How do we support them in doing so?] A components … Continue reading

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UAL experts in the media

This looks interesting in terms of online identity and professional profile, I wonder what constitutes media in this context, as media/publishing is increasingly in hands of anyone ? Its encouraging to see UAL provide an online platform for promoting the … Continue reading

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Digital Literacy – delivering the agenda within colleges and universities

In the sixth episode of our online radio programmes – JISC On Air – we are exploring how universities and colleges can help teaching staff, researchers, support and administrative staff to develop their digital literacies – those capabilities which prepare … Continue reading

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Digital literacies blog post by Grainne Conole

Conole plymouth View more PowerPoint from Grainne Conole Blog post by Grainne Conole from the School of Education at Plymouth University on the 18th April 2012.  – Conclusion…… This post has explored the types of digital literacies that are needed by … Continue reading

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Technology in HE teaching: blended learning and beyond

Article from the Guardian – – Blended learning, where online learning opportunities are offered along side traditional face-to-face sessions, is growing in popularity in HE. In an interview on the Guardian Higher Education Network, David Ward, acting VC of University … Continue reading

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Cap and gown learning on a shoestring budget

With novel credentials being developed and employers seeing the value of low-cost study based on open courseware, Jon Marcus asks if the bricks-and-mortar elite will end up on the wrong side of history –

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Technology trends for consideration

Paper prepared by Geoffrey Makstutis  (course director CSM) and Patrick Roberts (course director CSM) January 2012 1.           Mobile – the new form factors for mobile and tablet is clearly going to be where things are moving. Already, we are seeing a … Continue reading

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Young British Artists 2.0 – the importance of developing your skillset !

Interesting article in the Guardian, provides a useful insight into the student perspective on studying at art school and future employment in this sector, some choice quotes from one of our UAL graduates below from Max Dovey, WCA, the importance … Continue reading

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Do Teachers Need to Relearn How to Learn?

I understand that time and countless other responsibilities are often the hurdles for teachers to integrate more technology into their instruction, but that’s a topic for another time (Kathleen Morris has a great post about overcoming obstacles to tech integration.) What I’m … Continue reading

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Digital literacy campaign – Michael Gove speech and live Q&A

Gove announced that if the new computer science GCSE meet “high standards of intellectual depth and practical value”, the government will “certainly consider” including computer science as an option in the English baccalaureate – which currently includes English, maths, two … Continue reading

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