In case you missed it… Digital learning staff development in Dec. 2021

Last month, the LCC digital learning team organised four live workshops as part of LCC’s staff development programme:

  1. Enhancing digital accessibility with Moodle’s WYSIWYG text editor
  2. Applying established web design principles to Moodle site design
  3. Using digital tools to support formative assessment
  4. Digital pedagogy reading group – interviews with experts

If you’re interested in learning more about these sessions, check out the summaries and a few of the recordings below.

Moodle’s WYSIWYG text editor & accessibility

Unfortunately, this session was unable to run, but the session designer, Sheila Smith, summarised its main points brilliantly in her latest article Make accessibility a habit: Word Documents.

Sheila’s article includes 10 recommendations for good practice as well as 3 common mistakes to avoid. It also includes useful video resources and articles offering tips and tutorials while highlighting the universal benefits of accessible design.

Applying web design principles to Moodle

In this session, Lee Leewis introduced 3 principles for creating an intuitive and visually appealing Moodle experience.

  1. Structure: The ability to perceive hierarchical and categorical relationships.
  2. Navigation: The ability to locate the information you need.
  3. Style: The use of imagery, colour, space, and typography to convey meaning.

The session offers multiple, practical ways to put these principles into action using Moodle tools and settings. It also presents two templates staff can use to re-think and re-design their Moodle spaces.

Using digital tools to support formative assessment

In this session, Darren Gash, Digital Learning Manager, and Anu Roy, Digital Learning Coordinator, co-presented about how to use digital tools for feedback.

Participants explored several ways in which digital tools and spaces can enable formative assessment in a variety of educational contexts. They also got to experience a few examples of activities and how student’s receive feedback and capture their progress. At the end of the session, participants were able to understand how a range of digital tools can impact and improve feedback. 

Digital pedagogy reading group – interviews with experts

In this session, participants discussed a ‘lessons learned’ article Teaching During and After the Covid-19 Crisis. The article features interview with digital learning experts and their thoughts on online delivery, the key ingredients of successful blended teaching, and how to draw out student participation and engagement.

Participants discussed and debated the advice shared by 5 experts in digital learning, what was missing, what requires further research, and whether it aligns with the lessons they’ve learned from teaching during COVID-19.

Home Sweet Home – Virtual Collaborative Placemaking

Presence and belonging in Digital Education, UAL Practice Sharing Day

How can we co-create an online home with our students where they feel ownership, connection, and a desire to return? In this session, Stacey Leigh Ross, Associate Lecturer at LCC, and Lee Leewis, Senior Digital Learning Coordinator, dissected how digital spaces and tools can empower students to take ownership of their learning and build stronger connections to their peers. At the end of the session, the presenters propose a theory for enhancing student engagement, autonomy and relatedness in blended learning spaces.

The theory has three interconnected elements:

  1. Ownership: the ability to make choices that shape the learning environment
  2. Connection: a sense of belonging and attachment to others
  3. Cocreation: active partnership in the design and construction of learning spaces

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