How capable do staff and students feel with digital technologies? How relevant are their skills for their specific roles?
DIAL survey up to 100 students interviewed by students:
- “Most said students are usually of the younger generation, and so their skills not need to be evaluated. However staff should be in order to “keep up with the times”. A few said nobody’s skills need to be evaluated.” http://dial.myblog.arts.ac.uk/2012/01/27/575/
- “We take it for granted, all of us know how to use online services.” – http://dial.myblog.arts.ac.uk/2012/01/26/dial-survey/ (all below from same survey)
- Knowing where to search. Because there can be all this stuff out there but if you don’t know where to look… there should be resources to teach others how to narrow things down.
- Knowing where to look and how. We should be told more about resources available, more advertising done for them.
- Knowing how to search for information.
- I can pretty much find out what I want…
- We’ve grown up with digital skills…
- Would like to know how to use photo/video media more…
- Would like to use more programmes: such as Final Cut Pro and Adobe Photoshop… but there isn’t anyone here to teach us that.
- There’s an assumption of what students are capable of and what they know… there should be support for those who want it. There should be a search engine in Blackboard to make it easier to find things.
- Searching online for the right thing.
- Skills using photoshop/illustrator are important. These skills will help us get a job after university, and they should be taught to students here.
- Photography to document work.
- Video editing. But mostly we need more computers and staff available to help.
Meeting notes: Open Education at the UAL – http://dial.myblog.arts.ac.uk/2012/01/20/meeting-notes-open-education-at-the-ual/
For the DIAL project, we are focusing on digital literacy and presentation skills. This could be how you use online tools to help create presentations (eg Prezi), using video conferencing software (Wimba, Skype) or putting your slides online (Slideshare). We are kicking off with video… Out of 16 scenarios, ‘being filmed while speaking’ rated as the fourth most nervewracking, only marginally behind ‘speaking without preparing’, ‘formal presentations (examined)’ and ‘presenting in front of a large audience’ – and more nervewracking than ‘formal presentations’, ‘speaking without notes’ and ‘pitching your work to a potential client’.
Tony Pritchard interviews participants of the 2011 Design for Visual Communication courses for their advice to the new 2012 students. http://dial.myblog.arts.ac.uk/2012/01/13/my-advice/
Students would like more information and guidance in developing their own personal unique web environments, they like to use institutional and social tools but they would also like to be able to develop their own websites personal websites, they would like this integrated into the study as preparation for professional practice. http://dial.myblog.arts.ac.uk/2011/11/18/feedback-notes-from-enterprise-week-session-%E2%80%98sharing-knowledge-improve-and-develop-professional-identities%E2%80%99/
It’s about getting Library Services staff more aligned with where students are. Students tend to be good at social media but not necessarily at evaluating materials. They are aware of the limitations of Wikipedia, for example, but not much beyond that. We also want to see a greater democracy of access with staff getting students to develop those evaluating skills but not necessarily (or not only) in the context of a ‘session’. http://dial.myblog.arts.ac.uk/2012/01/23/information-literacies-some-help-with-evaluation/
Online Reflective Practice http://dial.myblog.arts.ac.uk/category/online-reflective-practice/
An all staff/student online survey is currently being developed/used to collect this data – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dC1vbXk1MGtvamtmVksyd3pSNzNIWWc6MQ