It was a pleasure to join some 120 colleagues at ALDinHE 2011 at Queen's University Belfast. From a range of different HEIs, and a diverse set of professional roles, participants came to share insights and good practice in a range of learning development related activities. The conference theme 'Engaging Students - Engaging Learning' was so closely related to the work the we have done on using digital artefacts (notably video) to support higher order thinking skills in students a submission was a must.
I presented to colleagues Wednesday 20th April. I had a 90 minute workshop entitled 'Engaging Learners with Digital Resources'. I opted to use a single webpage on this site to support the workshop, with links to the relevant resources and exemplars, static images and the YouTube channel. So a PowerPoint free zone! After providing a bit of background on the thinking behind the framework I demonstrated a simple example of how what it NOT said or shown in a resource might be the catalyst for the 'what else' question that can, as Phil Race said in his keynote, be the most powerful learning question.
Participants then had the chance to consider how two other examples might support non-subject related thinking amongst academic staff. The focus is on what the student is to DO with the clip, not what the clip is 'about'.
There was some useful discussion and significant interest in the poster on display (available to download from the workshop page). It was also, on a personal level, a great chance to meetup with former colleagues form the Open University and the University of Hull.
ALDinHE 2011 was a relatively small professional conference with some 120 colleagues from across a diverse range of UK Higher Education institutions. The theme was "Engaging Students - Engaging Learning" although, with some noticeable exceptions, much of the conference was concerned primarily with the challenges we face as educational (or academic) developers.
There was a lot of discussion about 'teaching' to engage students but too little emphasis for me on the designing in to the learning the engagement we say we expect. Still it was a useful and interesting opportunity to get reacquainted with some former colleagues form the Open University and for the University of Hull.
I had two posters at the conference, a solo effort with the SOLE model (see and download the poster from http://www.solemodel.org) and a joint effort with Kevin Burden from the University of Hull featuring the DiAL-e framework work we have been doing since 2006. Details of the that poster and the workshop that I ran on Wednesday 20th April are available at the www.dial-e.net website. The workshop ran using a single webpage on the wordpress site so you are welcome to access the workshop resources. The post conference requests for "your PowerPoint" leave me frustrated!
Kevin Burden will be describing the relevance of the DiAL-e framework and related work to ICT in the schools sector during an invited lecture at the 4th Exploring ICT in Education conference in Qatar 16-18 April 2011. Entitled "If you build it they will come: Engaging teachers with e-Content", Kevin will consider the vast amount of digital content already available for teachers and students in schools and the limited evidence to suggest it is being used effectively by teachers to support and enhance student learning in ways which are deep rather than superficial. He suggests teachers need a clear and practical model for using digital content in ways which are pedagogically sound and principled. The Digital Artefacts for Learner Engagement framework (DiAL-e) is a model which was designed for just this purpose and has since been used by teachers and lecturers across and beyond the UK.
Simon Atkinson will present the DiAL-e Framework to colleagues at the ALDinHE conference in Belfast on Wednesday 20th April. The 90 minute workshop (session 6.3 1400-1530) is entitled Engaging Learners with Digital Resources.
Participants will have an overview of the framework before getting the chance to use it in earnest and consider how it might support their colleagues in more effective use of digital content.
The workshop will be run using this website and resources at the Workshop Webpage and we’ll be tweeting at #dialeALD as we plan and review the workshop. We hope some of you will join Simon.
A new YouTube channel has been produced in order to bring together a disperate range of video exemplars, explanatory videos and training & development material from the different DiAL-e projects in one place. We hope to develop this channel in the near future with your help, to make it a useful place to critique the framework and its applications, as well as a site to upload examples of good practice in using video resources.
We invite you all to join the site as a subscriber (we promise NOT to bombard you with emails) so that you can comment on the videos, provide insights for colleagues on what has worked best for you, and develop a community that is focussed on using video resources in our teaching, particularly in higher education, as a focus for learner engagement rather than as 'content'.
I will be presenting a workshop on the DiAL-e Framework and posters for both the SOLE model and DiAL-e.
The SOLE Model poster will also be featured at the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA) Annual Conference, "Changing Practice, Changing Times” at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, 5-6 July 2011