Posted by: Dial-e Framework | April 12, 2011

Qatar Lecture: Engaging teachers with e-Content

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.

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Posted by: Dial-e Framework | April 8, 2011

ALDinHE Workshop 20th April

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.

Posted by: Simon Paul Atkinson | April 5, 2011

New YouTube Channel for DiAL-e

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.

Please visit the YouTube channel today and subscribe!

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DiAl-e YouTube Channel

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’.

Posted by: Simon Paul Atkinson | March 12, 2011

US Workshop for DiAL-e in August

Great news yesterday from the 27th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on August 3-5 2011 as they issued a workshop invitation to Kevin Burden and myself to present the DiAL-e Framework.

We are really delighted to have this news and keen to explore with a US audience some of the resources outside the original JISC digitization projects which initiated our framework approach. This project started in 2006 as a very small ‘assisted take-up’ activity for JISC but has maintained a consistent level of interest, development and support.

We are also keen to develop with our US colleagues, at this specific gathering with the focus on distance education,  the ‘spaces’ dimension of the framework and look at how access to digital artefacts via laptops, tablets and handheld devices affects the pedagogical affordances presumed of them. We’ll be tweeting at #dialeUS as we plan and prepare for the conference. We hope some of you will join us.

Posted by: Simon Paul Atkinson | December 11, 2010

Explanatory Video

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Posted by: Kevin Burden | November 26, 2010

Media and Learning Conference, Brussels, 24-26th Nov 2010

I am currently in a symposium session at the Media and Learning conference in Brussels, sharing our ideas about how we might engage students and staff in Higher Education with media rich resources. We have explored the issue in some depth with a particular focus on identifying what students want from their University courses, and whether they really know what they want (want .v. needs). The panel have skirted around what we mean by the term ‘engagement’ but perhaps not as directly as we are trying to achieve with the DiAL-e framework. Its purpose is to focus on what students are engaged in doing during a learning session, rather than what the teacher/lecturer wants to deliver or even achieve.

There is a strong tendency, particularly amongst some of the non-UK speakers, to orientate themselves towards a predominantly transmission model of teaching in Higher Education whilst the DiAL-e framework is predicated far more around a learner perspective.

Posted by: Kevin Burden | November 20, 2010

Digital technologies and their role in Higher Education

I attended a seminar run through the London Learning Lab yesterday focused on the future of education and the implications for ethical research. You can read more about it here. By chance I came across this presentation by Helen Beetham which she gave at Greenwich University recently. It covers a vast range of issues related to digital technologies in Higher Education but a lot of what she is saying is pertinent to what we are interested in achieving with the DiAL-e framework. Have a watch and listen if you get a chance!

The DiAL-e framework has already proven to be a flexible set of designs which can be used in a range of different contexts and one of these is the EduTubePlus European project which I am currently working on. Along with my colleague, Theo Kuechel, we are demonstrating how the DiAL-e framework can be used to engage students at the forthcoming media and learning conference in Brussels. Watch this space for an update on the outcomes of this presentation next week!

Posted by: Dial-e Framework | November 13, 2010

A Fresh Start

The wiki Kevin and I have been using to support the DiAL-e Project, both during its funded JISC phase and subsequently, has now been closed. We enjoyed working with the Wiki at Wetpaint but it has served its purpose and we feel WordPress is now the right place for us to be.

Kevin and I met in Leicester on Tuesday 9th November and discussed how to redevelop both our web presence and how best to support the very many staff who have attended workshops (over 120) and conference presentations (over 300?) since 2007. Colleagues have expressed interest, and indeed enthusiasm, for the approach to digital artefacts for learning being suggested and despite being outside the ‘funding window’, we think this is something worth committing our time to.

This then is our new space. We will add our existing, and future, resources to these pages and look forward to colleagues engagement. (Simon)

Posted by: Simon Paul Atkinson | November 9, 2010

Moving to WordPress

Kevin Burden and I met today in Leicester to review our progress on the DiAL-e Framework project. The project, funded by JISC in 2007-08 has generated significant interest, two book chapters, an article in review, several project reports, a JISC hosted website, over 120 workshop participants and more besides. We decided today to revitalise this work and move our online presence from an existing Wiki to WordPress to better share this ongoing work and make it sustainable. Over the coming days and weeks this site will grow, and we hope it will be of genuine use to those looking to make better use of digital artefacts from our amazingly rich public collections in their teaching.

And the wonders of WordPress, it has already suggested a link! An ‘archive’ post from Linda Tambuyser for the ICTO Hubrussel Weblog from almost exactly a year ago. Look forward to growing this community!

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