'Look how far we have come!' Digital Learning Vlog with Dr Andy Clegg
Dr Andy Clegg, a member of the Academic Development Team at Portsmouth University, has been developing flexible learning since the early 90’s and all the principles he discovered then are now being implemented … the only difference being there is now more technology to back it up.
“The transformation and acceleration of digital in the last 12-14 months, is what we have been trying to do in the transition to digital learning for many, many years with no real push or immediate incentive to get it off the ground. We have done it in a year, if not less, and the sector should be congratulated for what it has achieved, and it is certainly not spoken about enough in the press. Students in some ways are receiving a much better service, as teachers have had to adapt their teaching drastically and question what has worked and what hasn’t in the past.
A critical element has been collaboration, it is very easy to leave people behind. The fast lane in all of this are the academics who are miles ahead of everyone else, rolled happily with the changes and sped off into the distance. We then have professionals who sit in the middle lane, very consistent and do what needs to be done. We do see it where some people are not even in the car and are hesitant to start their journey with digital learning. It needs to be a journey together.”
The transition to online delivery needs to be a shared experience and conversations should take place around best practices. Staff and students alike will lose motivation and lack confidence if they feel they are behind everyone else and not receiving that support.
Whether it is digital learning or tackling remote life in general, it is easy to forget those who are struggling with the transition and it will be even harder to gain their alliance if they are not shown the benefits and have their concerns understood. So, how can you ensure that within digital learning your colleagues, students and employees are onboard? Indulge some time in listening to this dynamic vlog and find out what other nuggets of information are discovered.
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