ALTO: sharing CSM’s academic resources with UAL and beyond

Hywel Davies leads CSM’s BA Fashion Communication with Promotion (FCP). In 2010, he was invited by CLTAD to help develop and co-ordinate the project ALTO (Arts Learning and Teaching Online) as a representative from CSM.

ALTO exists now as a platform and online file store for Open Education Resources (OERs), and for two years the project received funding from Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). Through ALTO the University has been exploring the potential of OERs within arts and design education.

Here, Hywel describes how ALTO works, a student collaboration related to the project, and he explains how ALTO benefits both students and staff. Continue reading

What is e-Learning, and is it interesting?

What is eLearning? blog post on the Dashboard

What is eLearning? blog post on the Dashboard

As an increasingly significant part of sociotechnical learning systems, e-Learning is value laden, whether ethical, social or cultural; e-Learning can be viewed as embodying different forms of power and authority, thus being inherently political. e-Learning is not neutral. When framed in this way, how can it be anything but interesting? Continue reading

UAL Digital Life programme

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Recently launched, and spearheaded by Stephen Reid, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Strategic Development, the University’s Digital Life programme is ambitious and expansive.

Initially Digital Life will act as an umbrella programme encompassing many of the UAL’s existing projects, such as the VLE, Digital Literacy for staff and students, and institutional websites. The Digital Life executive team, including Frances Corner, Nancy Turner and Martin James, will oversee the programme and ensure that there is a co-ordinated approach to the management and development of digital projects. Central to Digital Life is the belief that it must not prohibit experimentation with new digital learning. Continue reading