Last week I spoke for the first time to Sarah, who is our project’s critical friend. She introduced me to the fact that I will be participating in an action learning set with colleagues from a few other institutions who are also engaged in a JISC Transformations project. I’m looking forward to this as another way of gaining insights, finding some solutions and sharing the pain of inevitable dead ends, frustrations and failures… this begins in a few weeks’ time.
I have an invitation to attend a JISC workshop next week on Enterprise Architecture and yesterday was invited to present our project in brief to the assembled audience. I had never come across EA before and so I watched a short webinar on the topic – it seemed much more technical than I had expected it to be but I’m hoping it will provide a methodology for the change we’d like to see in the project, particularly as there is another project for which I consider this one a feeder.
There are a number of stakeholders in the work and not all of them will view the idea of linking digital literacy skills with employability as a pressing need for the University. Having said that, there are a number of concurrent activities which do all shed light on the various facets of what we are about:
- a newly launched investigation of the future of teaching and learning
- a recently endorsed Web 2.0 policy
- a draft social media policy
- a Change Academy project, WIRES, around undergraduate information and research skills
- a review of the university’s online environment
- the unification of staff and student Google domains to enable better collaboration and sharing
and in the first Project Board meeting at the end of May, our Deputy Vice Chancellor clearly voiced her expectation that this project will produce a draft digital literacy policy to meet the University’s autumn committee cycle, so there’s plenty to be getting on with.