Yesterday the School of Human Sciences had a Planning Day to which all staff in the school were invited. The main themes of the day were Student Retention, Internationalization, Developing the Third Stream and Digital Literacy.
For the Digital Literacy session I had invited Sarah Davies from JISC who is supporting our Newman in the Digital Age project through the Changing the Learning Landscape initiative. After a brief introduction to Digital Literacies we spit into small groups of about six people to discuss how digital technology is changing practice in our disciplines and what skills and attributes students in our disciplines need. In my group we had academics from History, Sports Sciences and IT and it was enlightening to hear different viewpoints – everyone seemed to be using technology a lot and expecting many and varied skills from the students.
We then went on to discuss various activities (e.g. create a professional profile on linkedin) and if/how they could be employed within our disciplines.
Both activities were enthusiastically entered into and we collected completed planning forms afterwards which we will type up and distribute to each discipline so course teams can have a basis on which to start planning for the new curriculum.