Bridging the Digital-skills Gap through Staff-Student Partnerships
If you are looking to implement an innovative approach to digital skills training for students and for staff: look no further. The Digital Champions project at NUI Galway provides a case study on building a digital learning community on campus. Hear how the Institution designed and delivered collaborative, innovative and creative approaches to building confidence and ‘cascading’ knowledge and digital skills. Their openly licensed toolkit provides a comprehensive guide to implementing a similar initiative and in this session you will start with the creation of your action plan for staff/student partnerships and workshops to improve digital confidence.
Blaneth Mc Sharry
CELT, NUI Galway, Ireland
Blaneth McSharry has worked as a Learning Technologist, Multimedia Developer and Trainer in higher education for the past several years, with experience also in graphical design and marketing. She has been the primary developer in the "All Aboard" project and the originator of their popular 'Metro Map' approach to developing digital skills and confidence. She has produced extensive multimedia materials, designed both for individual and group study, and has initiated and supported several digital badging implementations, establishing international contacts and relationships in this rapidly growing area. She has designed and facilitated workshops and training sessions, and integrated a range of technology solutions into educational contexts. Over the past three years, she has co-ordinated the Digital Champions initiative, a staff-student partnership on campus which aims to increase the digital confidence of staff and students.