CSM’s Digital Present

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Colleagues share insights about the new digital tool OTTeR created at CSM

The oscillating social, political and cultural interpretations of digital technologies are highly complex and contested. However, with 1 billion people using Facebook each month, and further extraordinary statistics relating to social media and digital technologies being published daily, it is becoming increasingly important for citizens and educators to familiarise themselves with new and evolving information communications technologies.

The College is keen to provide various ways for colleagues to develop confidence and competence in the use of these technologies. As such, a project called ‘Digital Present’ has been developed with the aim of supporting staff digital literacy.  Aligned to a ‘communities of practice’ approach, it is designed to supplement existing training, IT support and PPD. Already we have produced four informal drop-in Learning Studios where colleagues from across the College can share information about the ways in which they are exploring different digital tools and social media.  September’s well received CSM All Staff Digital Literacy Event provided an intense afternoon focused on technology enhanced learning, and the Digital Present blog has just launched. Continue reading

BA Jewellery Design: Facebook as an effective tool for networking, course promotion and interaction

Jewellers Compendium on Facebook

Sian Evans is a Senior Lecturer on CSM’s BA Jewellery Design course. An avid social networker herself, Sian likes to keep in contact with her students when she is not in college and saw Facebook as a way to boost interactivity between them and her. The page – Jewellers Compendium – has been running for two and a half years and has a current grand total of 4,236 friends made up of students, alumni and industry professionals. As a news feed, an aggregator of course information and as a networking tool, Sian says the project has been “very successful” and advocates the use of Facebook in this way across all disciplines. Here, she explains why and talks through the details of the project. Continue reading

Related to the database

connected commuters

Connected commuters

This blog is aware (for those who read those words as a philosophical provocation, please contact Jamie Brassett, MA Innovation Management) that the mere hint of the word ‘database’ has the shutters of many imaginations slamming.  However, we are all connected in myriad ways through, and in, relational databases.

Data ebbs and flows across the messy digital landscape.  When converging and concentrated, data produces relations or disassociations. Continue reading

Workflow: Using learning technologies to create a reflective PPD portfolio tool

Workflow: landing page

Workflow is an e-portfolio learning tool piloted by students within the BA Graphic Design course between January and June 2011. Developed by the Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design (CLTAD) and led by Senior Lecturer Cath Caldwell, the objective of the pilot was to use learning technologies to create a reflective PPD portfolio tool. Students were encouraged to upload their work to create digital portfolios and gain confidence in their own writing and editing.

Here, Cath talks us through the initiative; its aims, outcomes and benefits for both student and practitioner.

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CSM All Staff Digital Literacy Event

September’s all staff Digital Literacy event provided an opportunity for colleagues to find out about some of the ways in which digital tools and social media are being used at CSM.

To start off Shan Wareing, UAL’s Dean of Learning and Teaching, provided a contextual overview of ways in which digital technologies are being approached at the university, CLTAD’s Nancy Turner fed back on key themes arising from the recent international conference ‘Designs on E-Learning’, and Angus Eason gave an update on MOODLE. They were joined by CSM colleagues who gave quick-fire presentations about their own uses of digital technologies to support the student experience.

It was acknowledged that we are experiencing radical shifts in the variety and complexity of HE provision globally – for example, the current blossoming of massive open online courses (MOOCs) adds to the fluidity and multiplicity of educational provision, and provides new environments for learning.  This evolving and complex educational landscape is one in which digital technologies are playing an increasingly significant part, and as such, staff and students need to become digitally literate. Continue reading