Take one step – TEL Week in the Shannon Consortium

Partner Institutions

Project Lead: University of Limerick

Project Partners: Mary Immaculate College, Limerick Institute of Technology


Take 1 Step (#t1step) is a collaboration between the Shannon Consortium partners (University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College & Limerick Institute of Technology).We offer workshops, webinars and share useful Open Educational Resources (OERs) in the digital skills identified in the ALL ABOARD Digital Skills Framework (http://allaboardhe.org/). Click on the map below to open an interactive All Aboard digital skills map for Irish Higher Education.

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Primary Contact(s)

Dr Angelica Risquez

University of Limerick

Tel: +353 61 202 580

Email: angelica.risquez@ul.ie

Detailed Proposal

The Shannon Consortium partners will launch a sector-wide initiative to stimulate staff and students to ‘Take One Step’ in engaging with digital literacy. The campaign will build on the National Framework for Digital Skills (All Aboard) thereby embedding its skills framework and resources systematically across the SC, and contributing back to it through OER development and curation.

Key facets of the digital enhancement programme:

1) Diagnostic: using the National Framework for Digital Skills, staff will identify a skill that they wish to develop (such as “Find and Use”; “Tools and Technologies”, “Teach and Learn”, “Communicate and Collaborate”, “Create and Innovate” ). This will facilitate a needs analysis in relation to professional development and supports needs. It will target novice level users of technology.

2) Innovation Funds: These will encourage staff and students to engage in immediate impact ‘lighthouse’ innovations. Through this process, staff and student expert users will showcase the potential of TEL. This will lead to OERs that will link back to the National Framework. Social media will allow for skills exchange across the SC.

3) TEL Roadshows: “Take one Step Days” will run in each of the six SC campuses, over a five-week period (February-March). These events will showcase the innovation proposals by staff and students and provide workshops on the skills identified by staff and students.

4) Sustainability: After the “Take one Step Days”, participants will be supported and evaluated as their skills and resources develop. In line with the All Aboard Framework, micro-credentialing will be used (badging), in order to incentivise engagement and add value when appropriate. This phase will also make intensive use of online communication in order to showcase progress of each innovation and help to solidify the emerging community of practice

Within the SC, the change management strategy in the promotion of digital skills that can guarantee long term sustainable impact works at different levels.
The SC has engaged strongly with the macro-level policy changes within the HE sector as outlined in the National Strategy for Higher Education 2030 (2012). More recently, we have engaged with the National Forum in its consultation phase on the Digital Roadmap. All SC strategic plans and the SC MoU offer direction in relation to our goals in the promotion of digital skills enhancement and the development of more flexible learning options within the Consortium. The strength and coherence of inter-and intra-institutional collaboration isfio supported by the ongoing liaison within all stakeholders and sharing of resources and expertise through the Shannon region.

Real change has to happen however at micro-level, for individual students and staff, within departments. Crucial agents of change management at this level are the SC Educational Developers and Educational Technologists. This team works in unison to constantly promote TEL through showcasing events and professional development workshops. Bringing the TEL Roadshow to each campus will guarantee student and staff engagement at a local level, while promoting online collaboration and communication at a regional one. In the orchestration of change within the TEL Roadshow, it will be key to embed activities and skills at a department level and, from the outset, engaging Heads of Department and Deans in the process.

Our existing showcasing structures, as well as the new networks that these TEL Roadshow will generate, will serve as a stimulus for longer term sustainable impact and the formalisation of an annual Shannon Consortium TEL event. The existing close working relationship of those in educational technology in the Consortium is an ideal starting point for this, as demonstrated by its previous and current collaborations.

A Project Coordinator will be appointed to work with the Management Committee

Dr Angelica Risquez, Dean Teaching and Learning
Dr Angelica Risquez, Teaching Innovation & Enhancement Advocate
Padraig Hyland, Head Educational Technology
Liz Dore, Glucksman Library

Dr Anne O’Keeffe, Director Teaching and Learning
David Moloney, Coordinator Blended Learning
Dr Deirdre Ryan, Educational Developer

Seamus Hoyne, Head Department, Flexible Learning
John Leonard, Technical Officer/Educational Technology
Michael Ryan, T&L Advocate
Martin Fitzgerald, T&L Advocate

1: Design
Creation of a dedicated website for staff and students based on the digital skills from the National Framework.
Period: December 2015

2: Launch and promotion
A promotional campaign to publicise the initiative with staff and students via social media, competitions, SU promotions, professional development events, etc.
Period: January – March 2016

3: Resource building
A diagnostic framework for skills development will result from step 2 identifying the skills requirements within the SC. Based on this, OERs will be collated and workshops prepared. A microcredentialing system will be developed.
Period: January – March 2016

4: Innovation Fund launch (budgeted under “Other”)
A TEL Innovation Fund will be launched for “lighthouse” projects for digital skills enhancement. An award for the best initiative will be included.
Period: January 2016

5: Technology Roadshows
“Take One Step Days” will run in each of the six SC campuses, over a five-week period. These events will showcase the innovation proposals by staff and students and provide workshops on the skills identified by staff and students.
Period: February – March 2016

6: Evaluation and Sustainability
Participant progress will be tracked through analytics and rewarded through badging. Survey methods will be used to evaluate the impact using pre- and post intervention data. OERs will be archived for reuse in the All Aboard project.
Period: January – May 2016