Looking forward to events in 2012

Image of hollySeveral JISC e-Learning programmes started in late 2011, including the Assessment & Feedback and Digital Literacies programmes. As we’ve already flagged-up, building on the success of the Digital Visitors and Residents online session, we’ve got several free events coming up which may be of interest:

Outcomes of ALLE JISC Digital Literacies project
Lyn Greaves, Thames Valley University
(14:00 GMT, Friday 20th January 2012)

Making Assessment Count project
Peter Chatterton and Gunther Saunders, University of Westminster
(13:00 GMT, Friday 3rd February 2012)

e-Portfolios to support assessment and feedback
Emma Purnell and Geoff Rebbeck, University of Wolverhampton
(13:00 GMT, Friday 17th February 2012)

Digital Enhance Patchwork Text Assessment (DePTA) project
Caroline Macangelo, CDEPP
(13:00 FMT, Friday 24th February 2012)

Keep an eye out for further details of these events – or better yet, subscribe for free updates using RSS or email!

Guardian article on JISC’s Digital Literacies work

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An article by JISC Programme Manager Sarah Knight in last week’s Guardian highlighted the work of JISC in the digital literacies arena over the last few years:

Work by the JISC/British Library commissioned Researchers of Tomorrow team shows that there is little difference in the capabilities of younger and older students when it comes to online research. Most learners use only basic functionality and are reluctant to explore the capabilities of technology, preferring to passively consume content rather than create or curate it. The same study into young post doctorate researchers’ behaviour shows that they are unaware of some of the digital tools available to them.

Looking at the other side of the coin, universities and colleges do not always take sufficient steps to help their students acquire these skills. A JISC report, Thriving in the 21st century, found that there is poor support for learners to make effective use of technologies for learning, and in some institutions there are still barriers to the use of personal technologies, such as mobile phones, and social networks, such as Facebook. Tutors are still insufficiently competent and confident with digital technologies for learning, despite evidence that tutor skills and confidence with technology are critical to learners’ development. There is also often a lack of opportunity and motivation for learners to integrate digital literacy in authentic tasks.

The article goes on to flag up the current JISC Developing Digital Literacies programme.

Read the article in full at the Guardian website.

Focus on Digital Literacies blog posts

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There is some fantastic reflective work going on within the project blogs associated with the JISC Developing Digital Literacies Programme. These are collated on our Netvibes page.

A couple of resources shared by Shirley Williams on the University of Reading’s project blog are worth highlighting:

Vitae in partnership with The British Library are running Digital Researcher 2012: an innovative, thought-provoking one day event to help researchers make the most of new technologies and social media tools in their research.

You can listen to what happened at the last event via their Podcast.


There is a new journal of Academic Writing it is open access and peer reviewed so readers can access the materials and have confidence in the fact that materials are reviewed.

The first paper caught my attention as it mentioned Digital Literacies:

Parker, J., Academic and Digital Literacies and Writing in the Disciplines: A Common Agenda? Journal of Academic Writing, 2011. 1(1): p. 1-11.



Having reviewed the work of many others presented at conferences within the discipline of Academic Writing she concludes that Digital Literacies is a rapidly evolving field. However there are no major recommendations in the paper, however she does identify that there is a need for a common agenda across diciplines.

Resources and information about the Digital Literacies programme are shared via the JISC-DIGLIT-PUBLIC mailing list (and this blog).

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Developing Digital Literacies: final JISC national workshop

A free workshop from the JISC e-Learning Programme on developing digital literacies is taking place on 22nd February 2012 in Edinburgh. This will be the sixth and final workshop in the successful series of national JISC workshops on developing learners and learning organisations for the 21st Century. The workshop is being run in partnership with the JISC Regional Support Centre for Scotland.

>>> Register here <<<

The workshop will offer the latest in organisational thinking and educational development around digital literacies. Participants will hear the outcomes of recent JISC-funded activity in this area and be given the chance to share their own experiences through structured activities. Proven resources in support of staff and curriculum development and institutional change will be available to download, adapt and use in participants’ own contexts of work.

The workshops will be suitable for:

Educational professionals with an interest in and responsibility for digital literacy. They may be located in:
e-learning teams; library/learning resource teams; educational or learning development; academic departments; careers/employability teams; outreach teams; other support services; quality; senior management.

The workshops will be facilitated by Dr Rhona Sharpe and Dr Greg Benfield (Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, Oxford Brookes University) of the recent JISC Supporting Learners in a Digital Age (SLiDA) study, together with representatives from the JISC Regional Support Centre in Scotland.

Resources from the national workshops are now available at the JISC Design Studio.

For news and information about these events, follow the Twitter tag #jiscdiglit

We look forward to seeing you there!

Digital Visitors and Residents: Project Feedback

Last Friday we had the privilege of welcoming David White (University of Oxford) and Dr. Lynn Silipigni Connaway (OCLC) to present some of the findings from their JISC-funded work on Digital Visitors and Residents. Slides, audio and a recording of the Blackboard Collaborate session can be found below:

Speaker icon Listen to recording of Digital Visitors and Residents: Project Feedback

Blackboard Collaborate icon Watch recording of Digital Visitors and Residents: Project Feedback

Update: Thanks to Ann Priestley who has given us a nudge to get the chat transcript up along with links to blog posts about the session:

Read chat transcript

Read blog posts by Dave White, Bex Lewis, Helen Beetham and Alan Cann about the session.

Assessment and Feedback – new JISC programme underway

The JISC Assessment and Feedback programme was launched in October and projects are now well underway. The programme is focused on supporting large-scale changes in assessment and feedback practice, supported by technology, with the aim of enhancing the learning and teaching process and delivering efficiencies and quality improvements. There are three programme strands with projects of different lengths running for the next 3 years:

Strand A is focused around institutional change where 8 project will redesign assessment and feedback practices, making best use of technology to deliver significant change at programme, school or institutional level.
(See Rowin Young’s blog about the strand).

Evidence and Evaluation is the focus of strand B. These 8 projects will evaluate assessment and feedback related innovations which are already underway in a faculty or institution, and report on lessons for the sector.
Rowin’s blog

The four projects in strand C will package a technology innovation in assessment and feedback for re-use (with associated processes and practice), and support its transfer to two or more named external institutions.
Rowin’s blog

You can keep up with the programme through this blog (don’t forget to subscribe to the feeds). All the project blogs are aggregated in Netvibes .

You can also keep up to date with the programme through Twitter #jiscassess and we are also running some open webinars – see the JISC e-Learning webinar calendar for details.

Upcoming (free!) webinars

As part of the following JISC e-Learning programmes we shall be running several webinars that are free and open to interested parties:

The list below gives a flavour of what will be available, but do check often the JISC e-Learning Webinars calendar (also linked to at the bottom of this blog’s sidebar)

Upcoming webinars:

Visitors & Residents project feedback
David White & Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D.
Friday, 9 December 2011, 14:00

Outcomes of ALLE JISC Digital Literacies project
Lyn Greaves
Friday, 20 January 2012, 10:00

Making Assessment Count project
Project team, University of Westminster
Friday, 3 February 2012, 13:00

e-Portfolios to support assessment and feedback
Emma Purnell, University of Wolverhampton & Geoff Rebbeck, Consultant
Friday, 17 February 2012, 13:00

Digital Enhance Patchwork Text Assessment project (DePTA) project
Caroline Macangelo
Friday, 24 February 2012, 13:00

We will flag these up nearer the time and post details of how to book to relevant mailing lists. There are still a few (free) tickets left for the Visitors & Residents session this Friday! 🙂