SEDA Digital Literacies summer school

Paris in June

I’m really packing in the conferences at the moment. Last week I was presenting at CILIP at the Executive Briefing on Information Literacy. Emma and I were speaking about the New Curriculum and our presentation is on the CILIP website. The week before that I was in Newcastle for the first CILIP Academic and Research Libraries Group conference again presenting with Emma on the New Curriculum. And this week I’m staying at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park, attending the SEDA Summer School, which is entitled Academic Development for the Digital University.

This is my first SEDA event and I wasn’t sure what to expect, and what the other delegates would be like. I have been really pleased to find that so many of them have overlapping interests with me. There are quite a lot of learning technologists on the course, some librarians or former librarians and educational developers. We are each working on our own project while we are here, and I chose mine as being how to develop and implement a digital and information literacy framework across LSE for staff and for students. I want to build on the work of the ANCIL audit of undergraduates, which is mapping skills support provision, by proposing a framework for embedding information literacy into undergraduate programmes.

We started the day by considering in some details the outcomes and outputs of our project and considering how we might measure these. What were the indicators we would use to measure success of our project? I feel that if we were to repeat the audit in a few years I would hope we might see more joined up provision with information and digital literacy more explicit in undergraduate programmes. But also I would hope that we might be able to measure in some way that student achievement had improved across programmes that had implemented the framework. I would also hope it would have led to fewer concerns amongst staff about students not being prepared for study at LSE, so perhaps less cases of suspected plagiarism, less students booking appointments for skills support. And more positive feedback from employers about the skills of LSE students.

This afternoon and into the early evening we worked in small groups using a technique called action learning sets which was new to me, but proved to be a really great way of discussing our projects in turn. You have a set amount of time to talk about your project, then a set amount of time for 4 of the group to question you, you to reflect on the discussions and with one person observing the process and feeding back at the end. There were lots of overlaps and similar themes running through our projects, and I really enjoyed the session.

After dinner this evening, Lawrie Phipps from JISC spoke to us about what is different about digital, playing devil’s advocate that there is nothing that different. His talk is on his blog although Lawrie spoke without slides. He also talked about MOOCs, whether there is anything different you can do with digital and about the visitor and residents ideas of Dave White. More tomorrow though as now I must sleep


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