The Roadmap for Enhancement in a Digital World 2015-2017 (National Forum, 2015) makes a strong case for building digital capacity in the HE sector to help enhance the quality of teaching and learning. It defines digital capacity (which can be expressed at the individual, organisational and national levels) as ‘the skills, competencies, attitudes, infrastructure and resources that enable people to work, live and learn in a world that is increasingly digital’.
In short, all of us who work in the HE sector need to develop new ways of:
- using and dealing with information
- working and learning in the digital environment
- using time, and
- adapting how we interact in new learning environments
Much of our work at the LTTC helps DIT staff develop their digital capacity and digital capabilities so keep an eye out for events, seminars, workshops, and CPD modules of interest. There are also many resources freely available, a few of which are listed below.
The LTTC offers a number of different formal opportunities to develop your digital capabilities.
Foremost is the two-year part-time MSc in eLearning, which enables you to explore technology-based education and training, by focusing on research, practical application and collaborative exploration, along with the possibility to further your qualifications. More infomation
A key component of the MSc in eLearning is the module Technology Enhanced Learning, Teaching and Assessment. This 5 ECTS credit module is also offered as a standalone CPD. It is designed to allow participants immerse themselves in existing and emerging learning technologies and each participant sets their own personal learning objectives. More information.
Trends in eLearning Technology is another 5ECTS credit CPD module. It aims to provide an awares of emerging trends in pedagogically-driven technologies and practical guideance on how to evaluate and implement these technologies in teaching and learning, and professional eLearning practices. More information
Throughout the academic year the LTTC offers practical workshops, seminars and special events many of which are explicitly concerned with elearning. See the workshop and event calendar for full details. More information.
Informal opportunities - joining the conversation
One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways of growing your digital capabilities is by dipping into the flow of online information, discussion and resources that other educators and elearning experts are facilitating. To do this, consider the following:
Twitter: #edchatie Every Monday night Irish educators from the primary, post-primary and third-level sector come online to discuss pertinent topics. And searching for #edchatie at any time on Twitter will give you a flavour of what's currently on people's minds.
ALT: The Association for Learning Technology is a UK-based organisation which is very active in all areas of elearning. DIT is a member of of ALT which in turn enables DIT staff to sign up for associate membership, join the ALT mailing lists, and get access to archives of discussions plus ALT publications.
OLWeekly Newsletter: This newsletter, published by Stephen Downes, aims to spot online learning trends and to assess the importance of news in and around the field. It is topical and wideranging.
These are artefacts, tools, information repositories, videos, websites and much more that you can freely use with your students. Many academics supplement their own lecture notes with links to content prepared by other academics or professional resources and you might be doing this already by providing links to useful TedTalks, or short videos from the Khan Academy.
See what's available to support your discipline in "OER Commons"