Archive for September, 2012
Great news from the Student CoP side of the project in Coleg Llandrillo this week. In line with Phase II of the project – extending DL initiatives and developments across the network – ACCESS Health tutors fully support the meeting of student minds from Coleg Llandrillo and Coleg Menai in a Moodle study group.
During our baseline review of student online study groups and current CoP activity related to course work in Phase I, we identified an online study group hosted in Moodle and moderated by a course tutor for ACCESS Health students. This was a vibrant and active group, supported and encouraged by tutors and had proven itself to be a very successful study aid. There were very few examples of this type of study support in the College and the team felt it would be beneficial to roll out the model on different campuses. Coleg Menai ACCESS Health learners took part in the video interview series for PADDLE and it was felt that the approach and attitude to learners and staff on ACCESS courses there would be a good fit with current activities in Coleg Llandrillo.
Contact between the project team and tutors was made early in September 2012 and all parties are committed to engaging and supporting learners in this way. A recent merger and the development of shared systems between Coleg Menai and Coleg Llandrillo also provide a suitable workaround for access issues to Moodle study groups. Tutors from both campuses can also be enrolled to moderate and support their learners. Student groups will be added and introduced over the next few weeks, with the project team being involved in target setting and moderation.
A very encouraging cross-campus development!
This time of year each project team is still settling into the new term routine, so project reports for this week are quieter than usual.
What hasn’t been so quiet are the ‘heated debates’ (see Mrs.Merton above!) in the Rhos library backroom about the links, differences, semantics, cross-over, context, symbiosis, reliance or division between what we mean by Information Literacy and Digital Literacy. Depending on the focus, even the royal ‘we’ changed the direction of the conversation, with context and sectoral considerations creating even more subdivisions of skills.
Different projects in the UK – Scotland, Wales, England for example- are attempting to create a single definition or agreed understanding of IL, including skill subsets for Information Literacy. JISC is developing the same approach for Digital Literacies – but is there consensus on where IL ends and DL begins? Or is that the wrong approach to take? Is DL a continuum of IL? Completely distinct? A subset of IL? Or an addition (IL+)? What has Media Literacy got to do with this too? Could being ‘Digitally Literate’ mean that you are a gifted computer programmer rather than relating to information sources and usage?
To revisit this issue and begin planning for Year II of the project – which will include extending and applying specific project activities across participant campuses – the Rhos team felt it was important that we all understood where each other’s opinions and influences in relation to this topic came from. We are attempting to see the issue from the viewpoint of learner, teaching staff, librarian and ICT technician – multiple groups included in the College population and we need to relate to each group individually for the project to make a meaningful impact.
We have listened, disagreed, reflected, cajoled, challenged, entreated, guffawed and, most importantly, learned from each other. Despite the arguments on a local, national and international level, the one issue that every party agrees on is that developing strong Digital Literacies is vital!
“So Debbie [McGee], what was it that first attracted you to the millionaire Paul Daniels………..?”
The next meeting of the full PADDLE group is on the 1st October at Coleg Llandrillo, Rhos on Sea.
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Siona – Grwp Llandrillo Menai/Student Study Group Stream