Digital capability in the curriculum: UCISA Spotlight on Digital Capabilities

I recently attended the UCISA Spotlight on Digital Capabilities conference, bringing together academic developers, learning technologists, IT trainers and information literacy specialists together to explore approaches to developing staff digital capabilities. In this post I look at the JISC Digital Capabilities framework and how it applies to learning and teaching. For a full summary of … Continue reading Digital capability in the curriculum: UCISA Spotlight on Digital Capabilities

Durbbu 2016 – Digital literacy and social networks

Thoughts on Eric Stoller’s keynote from #durbbu 2016, considering the place for digital literacy and localisation of global expertise via online social networks. Digital literacy, to me, is the fluency of an individual to adapt to new forms of computer-based technologies, treating technology as an embedded part of daily life, but also to recognise the … Continue reading Durbbu 2016 – Digital literacy and social networks

Headings are important in Word and PDFs

The use of headings in documents in commonplace, but it is essential that heading styles are used rather than just increasing the font size using the font tools. Using headings styles in Word adds extra functionality for navigation and accessibility. Word heading styles also offer a quick way to create a table of contents that … Continue reading Headings are important in Word and PDFs

Accessibility essentials mini-lecture

This post presents a 15-minute mini-lecture on accessibility, designed to be useful for anyone creating websites or online resources, including virtual learning environments. The lecture is not exhaustive, but introduces some of the considerations about disabled users’ experiences of the web and how you can create accessible web resources. Full accessibility guidance, including further advice … Continue reading Accessibility essentials mini-lecture

How to make sure your PDFs are accessible

Making your documents accessible to all students regardless of impairment is an essential skill for all educators to learn. We frequently make PDF documents available to our students, but we have a responsibility to make sure these are accessible to disabled students. There is an added advantage to this, in that making a PDF document … Continue reading How to make sure your PDFs are accessible

Coloured photographic lens filter test for digital cameras

If you’ve ever wondered what the effect of coloured filters has on photos taken by digital cameras, well wonder no more. I recently purchased a cheap set of colour solid and graduated filters and decided it was time to run a little experiment. See the results here:

Social media for social policy: working together for creative employability skills development

Session presented at the University of York Learning and Teaching Conference, 8 May 2013. See: Conference website. Matt Cornock, Simon Davis, Heather Stout, Lidiya Cherneva, Megan O’Kane. Overview This workshop presents the Social Media for Social Policy project. This is an optional, extra-curricular activity for social science students organised by the Department of Social Policy … Continue reading Social media for social policy: working together for creative employability skills development

Project Launch: Reading On Screen

In direct response to student feedback on the way that we are making extensive use of digital resources for teaching, we have developed a special guide and supporting website addressing ‘reading on screen’.

The site covers such topics as: