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Workshop at AUA Conference

Stefanie D Anyadi24 April 2012

The Digital Department team offered a workshop at the recent AUA conference in Manchester, which was an excellent opportunity to meet and talk to colleagues from other universities and colleges.

The workshop led to interesting discussions on what constitutes digital literacy.  Creativity and innovation were seen as important aspects of the digital literacy. Digital literacy needs to be considered at individual and group level, and relates to a range of literacies needed for a person’s job roles. It was noted that many students have very high expectations and assume they have very good digital literacy skills when this is often not the case.

Organisations should get the message out to employees, “this how we work and why we work this way”. A number of organisations try a top down approach to influence what tools are used and how. Colleagues observed that people will always try to find a way around restrictions although it was agreed more autonomy in choosing tools can also cause problems.

It was interesting to get a glimpse as to how the administrative support for degree programmes and modules is organised in a range of universities with some much more centralised than others. The role of teaching administrators varies widely with regard to digital literacy and digital skills support: in some universities they play an important role in supporting staff and student digital literacy while in others this area is the sole responsibility of lecturers and/or a central service.

We are planning to keep in touch with our workshop participants – their input will help us ensure that our project is relevant and useful beyond UCL!

 

Digital Department poster at AUA conference

Stefanie D Anyadi5 April 2012

Here’s a picture of the Digital Department project managers with our poster at the AUA conference.

The conference was really interesting and useful – we ran a workshop to explore how digital literacy skills of professional support staff are developed at other institutions and how the anticipated outputs of our project could be adapted and transferred.

We’ll link up with interested colleagues in the next couple of weeks and look forward to working together to support the digital skill development of relevant staff groups and to learning from what is happening elsewhere.

 

AUA Conference

Stefanie D Anyadi31 March 2012

Looking forward to the AUA Conference in Manchester next week, where we are going to run a workshop. It’ll be a great opportunity to talk to colleagues from other universities to explore the transferability of the project outputs and establish collaborative links.