Health Sciences TEL Newsletter (July 2016)

By | July 20, 2016

At the end of May we attended the UCISA Spotlight on Digital Capabilities conference. Primarily focusing on staff digital capabilities, we heard from a number of expert speakers covering a host of topics including leadership, pedagogy and effectiveness, assistive technologies and identity.

Many important arguments were made and experiences shared after a very engaging two days. I’ve very crudely summarised the ‘lessons learnt’ into the following key points:

  1. Put people first. Pedagogy over technology.
  2. Break down barriers to learning (reduce cognitive friction, eliminate unnecessary terminology, maximise accessibility) and create a closer working relationship with colleagues and students.
  3. Take advantage of ‘informal’ learning experiences, make them relevant to the learner.
  4. Effective frameworks allow staff (and students!) to contextualise their learning.

A Youtube playlist of the conference is embedded below, if you’d like to re-live some or all of the event!

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