Pandemic Response Using Digital Media and Technology in Higher Education and Training
The PRUDMET project will address the need to support higher education staff in becoming competent in a wider range of digital media and technologies and embed them in their teaching and learning programmes.
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Trainers of staff in higher education institutions who will deliver workshops, mentoring support, and video guides.
Higher education staff (Teachers, Coordinators and Tutors) will be trained in digital media and technologies to design, develop, and implement them in their programmes so that they have maximum impact.
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Project number: 2020-1-UK01-KA226-HE-094489
Main objective of the project: Innovation
Project Title: Pandemic Response Using Digital Media and Technology in Higher Education and Training
Project Start Date: 2021-05-01
Project Total Duration: 24 months
Project End date: 2023-04-30
National Agency of the Applicant Organisation: UK01 British Council, in partnership with Ecorys UK – British Council
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of digital media and technologies for learning in higher education significantly increased. Most staff engaged in teaching and learning in higher education used some form of digital technology. Some of these technologies, such as PowerPoint and online learning platforms, including Moodle, were used extensively, with higher education staff feeling they had a high level of competence. However, the range of digital technologies used was very narrow. Since the pandemic, higher education staff have been required to use a much broader range of technologies as they have continued their teaching through blended or online approaches. Almost all higher education staff are required to use video conference-based classrooms, and most will produce voiceovers or video presentations. These changes have been made in an ad-hoc way with limited training and thought about the design and pedagogic implications of how technology is introduced. In addition, there is pressure to use technologies in ways that higher education institutions did not anticipate, with concurrent (e.g. in-class teaching that is at the same time streamed to students at home and recorded for others) rather than blended use of approaches being used in prototype forms, as higher education institutions innovate to meet students’ changing and differing needs. There is a need to expand higher education institution staff competence in using a wider range of digital media and technologies and the ability to embed them in the design of their programmes so that they have the greatest impact.
The PRUDMET project will address the need to support higher education institution staff in becoming competent in a wider range of digital media and technologies and embed them in their teaching and learning programmes. Building on the work of other projects that address digital media competence and using workshops, mentoring, and online video guides, it will develop interventions that support higher education staff. The objectives of the project are to: develop a Competency Matrix for Digital Media for higher education institution staff; produce workshops and handbooks for Trainers of higher education institution staff to support them in training; develop and implement a series of workshops, mentoring, and video guides to train higher education institution staff on digital media and technologies.
Matrix of Competencies for the Design and Implementation of Digital Media and Technology in Higher Education Teaching
Identification of the combination of technical knowledge and skills needed to design, develop and implement digital media and technologies for teaching and learning in higher education will take place through the development of a competency matrix. The matrix will be derived from literature research and surveying users and trainers to produce a validated set of competencies. The matrix will specify the competencies and accompany a survey-based diagnosis tool.
Trainer Support Workshops and Handbook
The support workshop materials and the programme will be structured workshops and a handbook. These workshops will enable the training and development of those who train higher education staff for digital technologies. The support will provide trainers with materials for developing higher education staff and introduce them to the workshops, mentoring process, video guides and online portal, which will be developed for their use in Output 3.
Workshops, Mentoring Process, Video Guides and Online Portal
This output will provide trainers and mentors with the materials they need to support higher education staff to increase their competence and implement digital media and technologies in their teaching and learning. The output will provide trainers with the materials to support higher education staff in positively impacting their students’ learning. The materials will draw on existing materials, where appropriate, but generally will be new. The materials will contain the following:
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PRUDMET Project – Pandemic Response Using Digital Media and Technology in Higher Education and Training
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