Media, Art, Design and Psychology workshop, 26th June 2014

Digital Practice and Pedagogy: Student generated OERs using Xerte in Art, Design, Media and Psychology

Presenters: Dr Sarah Atkinson & Adam Bailey (Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton; profiles here and here) and PG students (participating virtually); and Bob Ridge-Stearn (Head of e-Learning, Newman University; Bob’s blog here)

Date: Thursday 26th June 2014, 11.00-14.00 (with lunch provided)

Location: seminar room BL2111, David Chiddick Building (= Business and Law building), Brayford Pool, University of Lincoln (building 18 on the campus map here, where you can also find directions and other information about the campus)

Registration: To sign up for this workshop, click here.

Summary: This session consists of three elements. First, a presentation of a discipline-specific perspective on the use of Xerte within Masters-level Art, Design & Media curriculum. The incorporation of Xerte in this context aimed to develop students’ digital literacies across a range of platforms and technologies. The MA module was delivered entirely online and students were given the option of using Xerte to produce an open educational resource, with the remit of educating others about the use of specific digital tools and practices as part of the module assessment. The content of the module and students reflections on learning activities were recording and captured on the module blog where their final Open Educational Resources (OERs) were submitted. Virtual classroom software was used to deliver teaching on the module and the very same facility will be used within this session to enable the attendees to meet and talk with the students who studied the module.

  • How the use of Xerte fitted into the open ethos of the module and the Art, Design & Media disciplinary field;
  • The necessary literacies and skills students need to successfully produce OERs;
  • The student learning experience with Xerte and opportunities to produce learner-generated content;
  • The transformative impact of learning technology on curriculum design and assessment.

Second, an overview of how the Xerte tool was used on a Health Psychology module at Newman University, Birmingham. This will include:

  • An overview of the module (the practicalities);
  • What went right and what went wrong;
  • Plans to modify the module in September;
  • Reporting research into students’ digital literacy levels before, at the midpoint and after the project;
  • Problems with copyright;
  • Technical issues with Xerte;
  • Display of some of the learning objects that were produced.

Third, there will be a (brief) introduction to the Making Digital History project at Lincoln and participants will be given the opportunity to try out the Xerte tool for themselves.

To sign up for this workshop, click here

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