1. Learning Resources

Learning resources for a flexible digital education model need to be high-quality, accessible, and (where appropriate) designed with input from students.

The current context, where student consultation of hard-copy resources is very challenging to organise, means that we must prioritise accessible and free e-resources wherever possible. Reading lists should be streamlined to allow for ease of navigation and focus online, they should prioritise e-resources that are available through the library without extra cost, and they should feature - where relevant - digitised material that has already been generated. The library will issue guidance on new digitisation requests.

More broadly, resources placed in the KLE and on other learning platforms should be clearly signposted in terms of priority and sequence of consultation, and you should aim to check the accessibility and readability of your mixed-media materials.

This section offers ways of using digital technologies to:

  • Deliver high quality library e-resources and an electronic reading list
  • Build / author accessible and navigable online learning resources
  • Set up online repositories for student-led or student-suggested resources
  • Give students tools to re-arrange, curate and annotate the resources they access

Tips and tools to develop learning resources for a flexible digital education

  • Try using Microsoft Sway to build a ‘pathway’ or ‘narrative’ of priority learning resources and add a self-assessment Microsoft Form. This allows students to manage and reflect on their journey through a key set of learning resources.
  • Curate your Reading List in Talis Aspire, which links directly into digitally accessible resources through the library and other online sources.
  • You can use OneNote Class Notebook to allow students to collaboratively produce learning resources as groups, to then be shared with the class.
  • Try using Wakelet to capture, organise and share multi-media resources to students through the KLE or Microsoft Teams.
  • Encourage students (and staff) to use tools such as Mindmeister to map, curate and re-arrange the learning resources and concepts they are working with. Mindmeister is a collaborative mind-mapping tool that can be added to Teams as a component.
  • We want our students to have access to high quality educational content and feel supported in their studies. One way we can achieve this is by producing online videos for asynchronous study which are engaging and pedagogically sound. This guidance provides an overview of how to produce video material.

10 Elements of Flexible Digital Education

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