Author Archives: David White

UCISA Digital Capabilities

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of speaking about the Digital Student project at the UCISA Spotlight on Digital Capabilities.  What I enjoyed most about the event was how the sessions dealt directly with the realities of supporting and embedding digital practices. There was no abstract waffle about ‘identity’ or hard-sell techno-solutionism. … Read more

Where did they get that idea from?

Last month we published a report which investigated incoming students’ expectations of the digital environment and how these were formed or influenced by school. The report can be found here. At the time I blogged about the study and report on the main Jisc website and then later on my own site under the title “Disconnected … Read more

ALTernative views?

On 1st of April we ran an ALT webinar in Blackboard Collaborate (recording here) as part of our consultation process. As with our other consultation events we reviewed the work of the project to date and then set our participants a number of difficult questions to engage with. Given that this event was online we … Read more

Cinematic scenarios

I had the opportunity to kick-off the consultation phase of the project by running a workshop session at the ‘Supporting Educational Innovation, Partnership & Change’ event based at the University of Winchester.The session was unusual in a number of ways. Firstly, it was held in a local independent cinema. Secondly, about 40% of the participants … Read more

Incoming Expectations

What sort of technologies do students coming into further and higher education expect their institutions to provide? Access to the institutional services and the whole of the Web via any number of devices. Comprehensive organisational information about their course (dates, times, locations, requirements). Access to information resources that will help them to complete assignments. These … Read more