Today I am starting a two day a week secondment to LSE’s International Programmes, the department that is responsible for our distance learning provision accredited by the University of London. I know something about their work as for five years or so I was a Fellow at UoL Centre for Distance Education (CDE). Back in 2007 CDE funded the LASSIE project which is how I got into blogging and researching libraries, social media and education.
Back to my secondment though; for the next six months I’m going to be working to develop a digital literacy programme aimed at teachers. The teachers are based at affiliate institutions around the world and the idea is to offer them a teaching certificate. It won’t be a full blown PG Cert but it will cover many of the same elements of a typical teaching in HE course. The challenge is that much of the course will be taught online as the teachers are based around the world. And this course will have digital literacies embedded in it. It will also explore the challenges of teaching in the digital age and assumptions about the concept of students as ‘digital natives’. I will be looking for existing courses and OERs to inspire me. Models like 23 Things seem to offer ideas about the approach we could use. In addition to teaching about digital literacies we want to use a variety of appropriate technologies with the teachers to encourage them to share ideas and be reflective about their teaching.
My first step will be carrying out a literature search to find out about similar existing courses and to find a suitable teaching model. I also need to devise a curriculum and find out more about the teachers, their current practices and use of technologies. It’s very exciting starting a new project and today feels like the first step on a new adventure! Wish me luck!