This week saw the reunion of several participants from the early pilots of the Visitor and Resident project. In a Changing Learning Landscape workshop (#CLL1314), we shared practice on how the mapping process had been used at our different institutions and in our different disciplines.
More information and resources on the Visitor and Resident mapping process are available via the Jisc Infonet website: http://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/infokits/evaluating-services/.
All the presenters identified ways in which the mapping activities had provided real insights into the way students want to learn and their awareness of their digital identity. Colleagues from Plymouth College of Art had generated interesting network data exploring the relationship between online connectivity engagement, retention and outcomes. Whilst this data will always present challenges to disentangle cause and effect; it was thought provoking. Other presentations explored issues around digital identity and digital distractions. Lindsay Jordan discussed how to use technology to optimise learning time – can you use your tablet during your commute, without spending the whole journey socialising on twitter and facebook?
My own presentation, which discussed how the Visitor and Resident mapping process was used at induction with postgraduate students to explore how they studied online was followed by a discussion of why it was important to develop digital literacies. Two illustrative examples of learning activities that were used to scaffold the development of digital literacies were provided.