Registration is now open for ‘Digital Literacies: Building Learning Communities in the Humanities’

Registration is now open for ‘Digital Literacies: Building Learning Communities in the Humanities’

2 Apr 2014, 9.30am

John Lennon Art and Design Academy, 2 Duckinfield Street, Liverpool, L3 5RD

This event is funded as part of the Arts & Humanities workshop and seminar series 2013-14. The workshop is free to attend for delegates from both subscribing and non-subscribing institutions but booking is essential to secure your place as numbers are limited.

This seminar will consider how we can effectively embed digital practices within teaching and assessment across HE and FE, reflecting on how we can engage students in the research process. Making students producers as well as learners enables them to develop key transferrable skills, demonstrating that a degree in the Humanities can enhance opportunities for creativity and employability.

As the digital revolution has evolved academics have become adept at sharing their experiences through peer presentations, publications and reviews.  However when students become part of the pedagogical horizon, when they are using the digital resources we are building, there is potential for a more exciting learning community to evolve.  Digital platforms facilitate engagement across boundaries of time, space and even nation.  Once academics recognise this potential, there are opportunities for institutions to collaborate both nationally and globally.  For example, institutions in America have used Wikis as a form of assessment across different colleges running modules in tandem, thus broadening the horizon of the student to acknowledge and engage with students outside their peer group. This seminar will generate discussion about how UK Universities and Colleges can become leaders in collaborative practice.  It offers examples of how this has already been started and the theory of how it can be expanded further. How can we build a learning environment for our students where the digital is integral to the discipline rather than an addendum? How can it be used to build academic communities of practice that enable knowledge exchange across different student experiences? The seminar would extend LJMU’s success in advancing digital practice previously established through a number of JISC awards and the Digital North project.

The seminar aims to challenge myths about digital competency that can hamper curriculum development in the Humanities; a discipline too often considered as closed and purely qualitative.

  • The keynote demonstrates how alternative learning technologies can be deployed in building learning communities (UKPSF K4).
  • Participants will discuss digital engagement and reaching more diverse learning communities (UKPSF V1).
  • Participants will examine how partnerships and public engagement outside the sector enables the promotion of Higher Education, offering students a variety of approaches to learning (UKPSF V2).
  • The practical workshop will demonstrate the different ways that students learn (UKPSF K3)
  • Evidence informed approaches to activities exemplify the benefits of a collaborative approach to learning (UKPSF V3).
  • The seminar will reinforce the importance of embedding digital literacy sessions within the Humanities curriculum (UKPSF K2).

Provisional Programme

09.30 – 10.15 Registration, tea & coffee

10.15 – 10.30 Introduction and over view of the aims of the day (Dr Clare Horrocks)

10.30 – 11.30 Keynote: Professor Richard Andrews (UOL) – author of E-Learning Theory and Practice (Sage, 2011) – “How to Build Learning Communities that Engage and Inspire Students as well as Academics”

11.30 – 12.00 Public Engagement seminar: Dr James Baker (British Library), digital curator – “How can Collaboration and Public Engagement Enhance the Learning Experience of your Student?”

12.00 – 12.45 Lunch

12.45 – 14.15 Practical Workshop: Dr Shannon Smith (Queens University), Director, BISC Undergraduate Summer Field School in the Digital Humanities – “Debunking the Myth that Building Digital Communities is Beyond the Competencies of the Humanities”

14.15 – 14.30 Tea & Coffee

14.30 – 15.30 Good practice papers:

Dr Bob Nicholson (Edge Hill), creator of the Digital Victorianist blog – “How can Social Media Promote Participation in Higher Education?”

Dr Helen Rogers (LJMU), editor of the Journal of Victorian Culture – “Using Blogs as a Form of Assessment to Inspire Creativity in Students”

Dr Rosie Miles (Wolverhampton), HEA e-learning consultant and HEA National Teaching Fellow (2011) “Tweeting is an Enhancement to the Learning Experience: Fact or Fiction?”

15.30 – 16.00 Summary of Day (Dr Clare Horrocks) How has the day’s discussions met the aims of the event? What remain target areas for development?

Please see the website for further details and to book your place.

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