Discover your digital capabilities!

The Digital Discovery Tool

The digital discovery tool is an online resource developed by Jisc, the body responsible for the Joint Academic Network. The tool enables you to explore the different elements we call ‘digital capabilities’ and find out more about your own digital practice.

digital capabilities framework

The digital capabilities framework

Through a series of reflective questions, the digital discovery tool gives you an opportunity to reflect on your own confidence and ability in each element of the Jisc Digital Capability Framework (see diagram). There are three kinds of question relating to each element:

  1. Confidence questions – you rate your confidence with a digital practice or skill
  2. Depth questions – you select the one statement  that best describes your approach to a digital task.
  3. Breadth questions – you select all the digital activities that you engage in.
Once you’ve signed up, you will find the discovery tool on your dashboard. If you’ve created an academic profile, you will also have an additional reflective survey about specialisms relevant to your role.
Your personal report
A rose diagram being a summary of your digital capabilities

A rose diagram summarizing your digital capabilities. Each wedge is a percentage score for that element.

When you have answered all questions, you will receive a personal report. For each element of the framework, you will see:
  • A visual summary of your overall capabilities (see diagram)
  • A capability level. corresponding to one of three available levels: developing, capable or proficient.
  • Advice about ‘next steps’ to consider if you want to develop further
  • Links to relevant resources to help improve, consolidate, or gain recognition for your skills in this area.

You can download a copy of your report to review in your own time – we hope it will encourage and inspire you! You might want to share your report with others, for example during appraisals and as part of your professional development process. This is your choice.

Your individual test data is private, and will not be made available to anyone else. Jisc provides London Met with anonymised information about the number of people who have used the discovery tool, and their aggregate capability levels.

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Student Project: Learning Technology videos.

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Behind the scenes of the instructional video shoot.

As well as providing insights in the student experience of Weblearn (as detailed in this post), London Met placement students on work-related learning modules have also been engaged in creating instructional videos for their peers in liaison with ITS staff.

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Student Project: Product Review and Data Analysis

London Metropolitan University offers a wide range of work related learning opportunities, some of which are project oriented and based with professional service departments within the University. In October 2017 three placement students from the School of Business and Law undertook a product review and data analysis project with the Weblearn team in order to improve the Weblearn experience for students.

As a starting point the students produced a preliminary report based on their own experiences of using Weblearn by reviewing their current teaching modules and the Weblearn resources available to them. They then produced a questionnaire to elicit responses from a wider group of students.

After reviewing their initial findings and analysing the data gather from the questionnaire, the students produced a final report which made the following conclusions:

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Video Based Quizzes

The End of Passive Viewing!

 

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Vizia allows users to import a video from YouTube or Wistia and then integrate questions directly on the timeline of the video.

Users can add a quiz that comes in the form of a multiple choice question, a Poll, a short answer/open ended question that contains an element of self-assessment as well as a “call to action” point that re-directs viewers in another webpage that could contain more content.

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Padlet’s new features.

An ‘old time-classic’ that just got better……….

Last month Padlet introduced two new features that along with the ones that were introduced during the summer and the all-new and improved smartphone app, will bring this simple but versatile tool one step closer to being the ‘go-to’ solution when it comes to formative assessment and collaborative activities in Higher Education settings. 

If you are completely new to this and want to get up to speed with what Padlet’s about, watch this short 90-second intro video.

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Introducing Ally

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Making digital course content more accessible

 

Ally is a new tool on Weblearn that allows students to access module files in accessible file formats without the need to replace the current files or make any changes to your modules – Ally does all the work!

Ally will scan the files on Weblearn and produce an accessibility score. This score is symbolized by a little gauge next to the document/image which will now appear in your modules.
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