Digital Skills in Action

Partner Institutions

Project Lead: Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology

Project Partners: Marino Institute of Education (MIE), National College of Art and Design, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin

 

Abstract
The Leinster Pillar 1 Regional Cluster ran a technology-enhanced learning (TEL) week in 2016. This digital initiative focused on embedding digital skills into the everyday teaching and learning practice.
It enlist members of our academic communities in the creation of digital case studies and e-practicums; it will support innovation; and promote continuous professional development in digital skills. It enabled our academic communities to share in the ongoing development of teaching and learning practice. Finally it celebrated our digital champions and disseminate the outcomes of their work through collaborative workshops and online resources.
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Dr Marion PalmerDr Marion Palmer

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology

Tel: +353 1 239 4732

Email: marion.palmer@iadt.ie

Detailed Proposal
The proposal is cognisant of the “All Aboard” project and utilises its evolving digital skills framework and training resources to inform and support the activities of this project.
The project comprises of four stages:
Stage 1: Taking Stock
Gather, analyse and share current resources and activity on digital skills in our institutions, mapping to aspects of the “All Aboard” digital skills framework.
Stage 2: Design and Development
Identify and enlist members of the academic community to create discipline-specific case studies of digitally enhanced practice. The case studies provide the focal point for the development and implementation of pedagogical and instructional design resources, hosted on an open platform shared across the institutions.
Stage 3: TEL week
In the TEL week staff and students across the cluster were invited to participate in seminars and workshops, centred on the case studies. A combination of face-to-face events was supported and facilitated through an open sources course site enabling national participation.
Stage 4: Evaluation
The project is evaluated through review of (i) the success of the collaboration within the cluster; (ii) levels of participation and engagement in each stage of the project; (iii) the impact on staff and student learning.

The design framework proposed for the development of this initiative offers opportunities to enhance innovative teaching and learning practice from a discipline perspective in an on-going and sustainable manner.

The resultant teaching resources and associated ‘how to’ training materials will provide the cluster community with an open accessible long-term resource, one that may be added to and developed over time.

The three components of the project plan that deliver a sustainable approach to the integration of TEL development are:

1. The cycle of Rapid Developmental Process (RDP) workshops informs, facilitates and provides resources for the CPD needs of the academic community.
The initial implementation focuses on imparting a series of practicable actions that one may undertake within their practice. The intended outcome would envision a collection of resources highlighting new e-interventions and associated training/supports to facilitate same. The project team will liaise with the All Aboard project to ensure two-way exchange and sharing of training resources, mapping to the categories and skills identified in the All Aboard Digital Skills Framework.

2. Each iteration of the RDP culminates in a series of showcase materials and e-practicums that have evolved from discipline-specific examples.

These case studies offer an insight into teaching practice based upon the action research of the discipline experts. In addition to the TEL week, it is further envisioned to disseminate these materials either by conference and /or publication.

3. The open courseware site, where the resources reside, provides access to the cluster community and offers national and international access.

The social (and digital) opportunities inherent in such an environment offers the in-built ability to provide peer insight and review. The site itself will become a resource, providing added value to the content by enabling the wider community to participate and offer their stories and experiences relating to TEL

This project will be implemented through a four-stage sequential approach – 1) taking stock, 2) design and development, 3) implementation and 4) evaluation.

Preparatory meetings with staff from the partner institutions, agendas and minutes have been undertaken to identify common areas of interest and to develop the proposal. The Steering Group will continue to meet throughout each stage of the project.

The Steering Group will agree a plan for developing, communicating and coordinating activities locally to implement the proposal. Taking stock and the design and development stage coincide with semester 1 of the academic year 2015-16, implementation and evaluation stages occur from December until April 2016.

The intention is to commence engagement with staff locally within the HEI’s as soon as funding is allocated, with a call for case studies that meet criteria for digital skills enhancement at curricular and institutional level. The development stage will invoke the All Aboard Framework to brief the community and gather information concerning current activities in digital learning.

Detailed plans for the TEL week will be developed, including the hosting of the developed resources on a digital platform that will be accessible across institutions and applicable within disciplinary domains. The TEL week aims to disseminate the case studies and will include local face to face seminars and workshops as well as remote participation.

The TEL week is a sharing of pedagogical approaches and methodologies that include case studies of individual practice and skills-based sessions. The voice of teacher and students will be encouraged throughout; through demonstration, presentation, and experiential workshops. The intention is to record events locally and have the resources available to staff across institutions.

The final stage of the project is to evaluate the initiative, including the effectiveness of the partnership, the methodology adopted and the impact on staff and student learning.