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UAL Digital Baseline

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The online survey for students and staff which is available at http://tinyurl.com/dialsurvey has yielded some interesting results. The survey asks a mixture of questions – some multiple choice (quantitative) and others very open (qualitative) – thereby inviting additional comment and … Continue reading

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How do you like to receive University information?

PreferencesThis is one of the questions asked in the DIAL online survey – ‘Your Digital World’ which you can access at http://tinyurl.com/dialsurvey. To this particular question respondents can choose several answers. So far, 90% have selected ’email’, 52% have selected ‘websites’, 23% ‘the VLE’, with a further 14% ‘blogs’ (it could be argued that the VLE and blogs are both also forms of website), ‘SMS’ was selected by 10%, ‘Twitter’ by 8% and ‘Other’ also by 8%. This is an ongoing survey – to have your say spend a little time at Your Digital World.

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Agreeing an appropriate framework of digital competencies for UAL

This question came from a member of staff in terms of how UAL are agreeing an appropriate framework of digital competencies for UAL.

DIAL have explored digital competencies and we also did a quick survey with students – they can be seen on these blogs – http://dial.myblog.arts.ac.uk/digital-baseline-links/ (You can see there’s a split between those who want digital competencies assessed and those that dont)

UAL don’t really have clear guidance on digital competencies and its something DIAL has highlighted.

The DIAL project is looking at the notion of digital competencies in a more experimental way, through small projects we are trying to map the needs and digital competencies that are less obvious e.g. Development and training may have a digital competencies list and training strategy for word, excel etc. DIAL is looking for the gaps of digital competencies that are not acknowledged by UAL, for example this project is looking at the digital competencies of representing your professional identity online,

http://process.arts.ac.uk/content/professional-online-identities-%E2%80%93-joint-pilot-project-learn-it-cltad-dial-see

DIAL are supporting and informing new UAL initiatives and working closely with departments to also understand and clarify the basic, formal and generic digital competencies, address staff key competencies required for integrating ‘digitally enhanced learning’ into everyday practice and to support CPD & PPD., please see – http://dial.myblog.arts.ac.uk/2012/09/14/sustainable-future-for-dial-a-new-digital-life/

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Exciting new partnership for disseminating our work in the electronic and digital domain

Over the summer David Garcia has established a partnership with the art and technology
magazine Leonardo and editor Lanfranco Aceti.

This could provide an exciting new partnership for disseminating our work in
the electronic and digital domain.

On the 27th of September Lanfranco will give an informal presentation of LEA over
the past couple of years and explain how the LEA Digital Media Platform
works from a curatorial and editorial perspective.

The talk will be (working title) Experimenting, Curating and Commissioning:
LEA a Case for Art Experimentation In The Age of Social Media.

A more formal invitation will follow shortly but in the mean time feel free to circulate
this information to DIAL members and other peers, students and colleagues.

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Shared OER (Open educational resource) video editing server

In this video from the learning studio event, Chris Follows talks about ways of making best practical use of art and design OER (Open educational resource) video content and how to share and co-edit resources across institutions and the sector (although FCP server may no longer be an option there are other alternatives we could explore). UAL could explore the in’s and out’s of setting up an open Server and co-editing environment for shared storage, use, re-purpose and publishing of art and design video learning and teaching video resources for the six colleges of UAL and to be opened to other external HEIs in the future.

This resesrch is part of Open University SCORE fellowsip research ‘Exploring best practice in the collaborative use of OER rich media resources in art & design practice based-learning & teaching’ read more here.

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More survey details ‘Which UAL Online Services do you use?’

Some additional comments combined with the survey data John posted earlier.

Understandably, with the focus being on teaching and learning, the most used platform was identified as being the current Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) – Blackboard. The fact that use of this platform (78%) was not the same as the (almost) 100% who were aware of it is probably owing to the number of support and admin staff who responded to the survey (and who because of their roles for the most part do not use it).

Blackboard the institutional VLE for course delivery, blackboard and CLTAD managed

  • Blackboard I use less and less but it’s good for globally email student groups.
  • Blackboard for teaching materials
  • Blackboard is okay as a filing system… although like any filing system it doesn’t help you read the mind of the person who organised it.
  • Bb for communication with students and staff and distributing resources
  • I use blackboard to communicate with my students
  • Blackboard is used to coordinate staff activities and record issues/policy changes

Lynda (online training) and MyBlog (blogs) are both used by almost half of the respondents – by 47% and 46% respectively.

MyBlog.arts in-house blogging service run on wordpress and CLTAD managed

  • Responsible for updating CLTAD blogs – finding out what’s going on.
  • The blogs are great and Mike is a star for being so responsive to development requests.
  • I use the myblog arts site for a student group blog and my PG Cert blog.
  • I am using the blogs for DIAL.

Lynda.com – commercial subscribed to service providing training videos for software applications.

  • Learning skills
  • Lynda for learning software
  • I use the new access we have to lynda.com to update my skills in Illustrator

Process.arts is used by 19% of respondents

process.arts an open online resource sharing day-to-day arts practice and research of arts staff, students, alumni and practitioners. Voluntary run and managed (transitioning into a service Sept 2012)

  • I use it for archiving my own processes and I often point students to them verbally. I like to show real world examples of work.
  • Research/finding out what people are doing
  • Process Arts as a repository for research paper for the ‘fashion conference group’ which I help promote.
  • Process Arts is great – I’m getting the PG Cert participants to upload their project videos to it next month.
  • Process arts just to view what is on there
  • I use process arts for my own research and would love the opportunity to design content for this site.
  • I have searched Process arts and ALTO, and in the near future I will be uploading content to both.

And the new workflow.arts (ePortfolio site) by 15%. ‘Other’ services are used by 16% – popular platforms here are likely to include commonplace.arts and showtime.arts amongst others. Alto.arts is used by 8% of the respondents – this is also a new service and as a repository for hosting and sharing Open Education Resources its use is poised to grow significantly.

Workflow is new to the VLE portfolio, a highly flexible e-portfolio system which allows users to store their media files in the cloud, and design and publish web pages with full control over sharing options.    

  • Have only just started using Workflow, I have high hopes for it.
  • Workflow for student portfolios.
  • I am looking at workflow as a communication tool.

Interesting interim findings – and we are still interested in knowing more. If you have not done so already – and would like to – you can tell us more about your Digital World via the DIAL Online Survey.

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Which UAL Online Services do you use?

Which University Online Services do you use?

This was one of the questions we asked in the DIAL Online Survey (http://tinyurl.com/dialsurvey) – and these are the answers we have received so far. Understandably, with the focus being on teaching and learning, the most used platform was identified as being the current Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) – Blackboard. The fact that use of this platform (78%) was not the same as the (almost) 100% who were aware of it is probably owing to the number of support and admin staff who responded to the survey (and who because of their roles for the most part do not use it). Lynda (online training) and MyBlog (blogs) are both used by almost half of the respondents – by 47% and 46% respectively. Process.arts is used by 19% of respondents and the new workflow.arts (ePortfolio site) by 15%. ‘Other’ services are used by 16% – popular platforms here are likely to include commonplace.arts and showtime.arts amongst others. Alto.arts is used by 8% of the respondents – this is also a new service and as a repository for hosting and sharing Open Education Resources its use is poised to grow significantly.

Interesting interim findings – and we are still interested in knowing more. If you have not done so already – and would like to – you can tell us more about your Digital World via the DIAL Online Survey.

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iTunes Ual ?

I think before jumping into iTunes U, UAL really needs to have a plan/strategy for how it manages its internal video production and how it archives/makes available and licenses video it produces. Ual really needs to establish a unified cross college systems for regular video production and archiving, then it can select from its own Ual video pot the ‘best/most appropriate’ videos to feed through to commercial channels in specific contexts like iTunes (learning videos, marketing etc), YouTube etc.

Many institutions don’t have the ‘foresight’ to create their own in-house open online video archive/platforms so have to rely solely on external commercial channels like iTunes as their primary platform or video archive. Commercial media channels really should be secondary channels not primary. I’m a big fan of commercial channels but I don’t think colleges should be putting all its eggs into one commercial basket, all videos produced by the institution should be made available and accessible at all times to everyone and be free from commercial fees, conditions and advertising.

If institutions have their own in-house video archive networks they could benefit from the communities built around them. In-house and externally hosted archives can also be mutually beneficial, and if sometime in the future the institution wants to withdraw from a commercial platform they can without fear of being too tied into one host.

Ual have been exploring these issues over the past few years, http://process.arts.ac.uk/ is a good example of video archived and available for download direct, uploaded and stored on its in-house platform by the site users themselves – http://process.arts.ac.uk/content/life-drawing-laurence-noga-wimbledon-foundation-201011 these videos build up a local and interest/subject specific community of its own, Video is also successfully filtering into YouTube as a secondary channel http://www.youtube.com/user/ProcessArts/videos?sort=p&view=0 these attract a different, larger and wider audience.

Chris Follows (http://process.arts.ac.uk/users/cfollows )

For more reflections on open educational practice please see – http://process.arts.ac.uk/category/project-groups/score

Also see ‘Creating guidelines for learning videos’ – http://learningvideoguidelines.myblog.arts.ac.uk/

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Flexible Learning at UAL – initial thoughts

Academic Planning Sub Committee, 26th January 2012. Purpose of paper: This paper is a response to APSC’s stated wish to review the extent of flexible learning at UAL, with a view to the possibility of extending flexible provision.  It is also timely because in preparation for QAA Institutional Review in 2013, UAL is reviewing the extent of its existing flexible provision, and the forms that flexibility takes, to ensure that all relevant quality processes are sufficient and fit for purpose.  This paper makes an initial attempt to define the field and map out some of the future considerations, investigations, and possibilities for APSC. Draft By Shân Wareing 24/1/12.
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