The priority for April 2017, our first month, is Digital Literacy. The meaning of this term has varied somewhat since it was first used as technology has moved on and become ever more integrated into our daily lives, but its essence as the skills and understanding needed to use technology competently, ethically and appropriately remains intact.

The resources released this month will help you in a number of ways. The first of our 1 Minute CPD videos will show you how to make a small change to your PowerPoint presentations that could significantly improve the utility of lectures you record through the University’s podcasting service. The Online Learning resources will introduce four different methods of preparing instructional material that present expanded learning opportunities for your students and that could simplify your workflow.

In our first Learning@Lunch seminar, Talking the Digital Habitat into Being, Andrew Whitworth will discuss research into student interactions within an online discussion board and how these influenced the development of their learning environment. If you can’t make the seminar itself, it will be recorded and made available online shortly after it takes place.

Those wanting more in-depth information and support may wish to attend the Digital Literacy Masterclass. This Masterclass has been designed to run using a flexible and tailored approach to meet individual participants’ needs. It will provide an introduction to the six components of digital literacy. The Masterclass will enable participants to explore how to effectively and appropriately integrate digital literacy within the teaching and learning environment to support single teaching sessions or entire programmes.

If the Digital Literacy resources have inspired you, and you would like to talk through your ideas with the Faculty eLearning team, you can take advantage of one of their regular drop-in support sessions. A member of the team can be found in the Michael Smith cafe every Wednesday between 13.30 and 14.30 – no booking required.