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At DMU our approach to Digital Learning and Teaching demonstrates a shift in our understanding and recognition of the role technology has in learning over the past years. Widely referred to as e-learning and TEL (Technology Enhanced Learning) principally this still refers to using online and other digital technologies for teaching, learning and assessment

For the benefit of those new to ELT, JISC’s definition of e-learning still provides a useful reference point:

e-Learning can be defined as ‘learning facilitated and supported through the use of information and communications technology’. It can cover a spectrum of activities from the use of technology to support learning as part of a “blended” approach (a combination of traditional and eLearning approaches) to learning that is delivered entirely online. Whatever the technology, however, learning is the vital element.
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Here at DMU we define our approach as the “situated use of technology by staff and students to transform learning”.

image of mortarboard hatsOur aspiration is for technology to underpin both our core educational values and respect for the diversity of our academic communities. We will use technology to nurture, stimulate and enhance our capability for inclusion, creativity and innovation. This aspiration will be realized through dialogue and activity within and beyond the formal curriculum, between staff, students and external peers, in integrated physical and virtual spaces, using appropriate socially-located technologies.

image of celt logoThe Digital Learning and Teaching team (DL&T) at DMU work with staff and students to transform their learning and teaching experiences through the situated use of technologies.
Find out more information about the DL&T team and its aims

image of help keySections of the DL&T hub that may be of use to those new to Digital Learning and Teaching Technology
Learning technology online induction for new staff
This package of content has been developed to support academic staff who are new to DMU in familiarising themselves with the use of digital learning and teaching technology at DMU.

image of person pointing to blackboardStaff Development Workshops
Information about the DL&T programme of workshops and drop-in sessions that are available to DMU staff. Includes sessions that are tailored for those who are new to, or who have very little experience of digital learning and teaching technologies.

image of abstract designLearning Technologies
A comprehensive guide to the use of the core Learning Technologies at DMU.

image of sheets of paper Key Documentation/Policies
Important information, documentation and policy concerning digital learning and teaching at DMU. Includes information about programme validation, copyright, data protection, use of Web 2.0 – (including social media).

blackboardBlackboard – The Basics
A comprehensive introduction and series of step-by-step guides to the use of our core Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) – Blackboard

So…What Next?

image of pc keyboard help keyYou don’t solely have to rely on this online resource for information and support in your use of digital learning and teaching technology…Yes, you can talk to someone! Find out more information about getting support from real people at DMU

If you are new to the technologies at DMU, we recommend that you familiarise yourself with all of the supported technologies at DMU. Also have a look at the Sharing Practice section to see what approaches staff at DMU have taken to support and enhance teaching and learning. It is also essential that we understand what we mean by Effective Online Teaching and Learning, so we highly recommend that you go through this section. The Documentation and Policy section offers guidance on matters arising that impact our conduct and usage of web-based tools for teaching and learning and includes information concerning issues around copyright and data protection. With the vast amount of tools and technologies available, in particular those that are based outside DMU but that can still be used for teaching, we provide General Web 2.0 Guidelines so that you be aware of any implications in using such third-party sites.

There are many drivers for HE to utilise technology and one of the reasons is to engage with and be flexible with our learners of today

Video: “a few ideas …” (Visions of Students Today) from Michael Wesch
Duration 5:44

link to video guide Link to the video on the YouTube website