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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Being digital ...

Just found some seemingly random notes from the 'Jisc Digital Festival 2014':

"Being digital ...  What does it mean for us as human beings? Diana Oblinger, Educause, is the first keynote speaker #digifest14. "it is not man or machine" it's "man and machine". The world of learners is changing: post-traditional learners. Engagement, Empowerment, Alternatives, Models. (Just noticed that I'm engaging too much with my digital gadgets rather than listening!)
Virtual clients speak, express body language, learn emotions ...
Large amounts of data analysing allows for personalisation through emerging patterns - sounds counter intuitive, but that's how it is. (Note to myself - am I a ROI sceptic?)
Tools which help students to manage internal and external barriers - student success plan. Digital tools for intrusive advising - I find this scary, it reminds me of Big Brother! But research seems to show that it helps ...
Too much choice - better informed choices - just seeing yet another tool delivering personalised recommendations! And another tool, e-advisor, which helps to identify the correct pathway.
Alternative models:
Interconnections - changing one element changes the balance. (See this in the context of: Competency based: 120 defined competences ...)
Direct2Degree:
Maximising return on investment with offering effective courses. (I'm getting more and more depressed. Am I a stupid idealist? I still firmly believe that studying is NOT about saving time and money in first place.)
Humanising HE - personalise! Tutors are not just instructors and test administrators. They are mentors, tutors etc
Future: increased commoditisation, third party sourcing, improvement of online learning"

This year, I attended 'Jisc Digifest 2017'. I used my time mostly for discoveries - here's a list of 'Useful Tools cited at the DigiFest 2017' assembled by my colleague, Simon Parr.

This is the 'side of the fests'. The other side is our daily job routine as learning technologists, which is mostly concerned with our VLE (Moodle), which has lots of tools to offer, most of which are - more or less - ignored. So, do we need lots of additional tools as discovered during the recent fest? Maybe, if they are easier to use, more appealing?

I'm currently asking myself: What is all this 'being digital' about? According to the TEL framework students and staff at Brookes University should be 'enabled to use information and communication technologies innovatively and creatively'. At the core are: Lecture capture, digital competencies, online assessment and feedback ...  To me it seems that 'being digital' has become an integral part of all our lives, and while we become more 'digital' there seems to be increasingly less clarity what 'good digital practice' actually is, and how we can best achieve it. No recipes. It's all a very fast moving target. Can we pretend to plan 'the digital future'?

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