What is Digitally-Enabled Learning?
- communicating and collaborating locally and globally
- producing and creating, accessing and critically curating information, resources and expertise
- creative problem solving and innovation
- giving and receiving support and feedback
- constructing and presenting their ‘digital self’
- and taking control of and responsibility for their learning.
Digital technology can be incorporated into any aspects of our course designs:
- Replacing traditional forms of teaching (e.g., video lectures, posting materials online)
- Enabling the dynamic redesign of learning tasks (e.g., self-paced learning, regular digitally-enhanced formative assessment, audio/video feedback on assessment, eportfolios)
- Creating new tasks and ways of learning (e.g., adaptive and immersive learning, virtual work-integrated learning experiences, augmented reality).
How do I get started?
You have a range of options to get started on your Smart Sparrow Journey;
- Visit the Learning Futures’ Adaptive Learning website which contains information to get you started with using Smart Sparrow, including help guides and other support methods.
- Attend a Learning Futures runs workshop on Smart Sparrow. Further information is available on the Learning Futures Events Calendar.
- Visit the Smart Sparrow Journey as it contains a series of how-to lessons introducing the platform.
- Start a conversation about using Smart Sparrow in your course or program, please contact your Group Learning & Teaching Consultant.
Examples of Practice
Why is Digitally Enabled Learning Important?
Students in learning environments which incorporate context-appropriate active technology-mediated learning have been found to:
- achieve at least comparable, and often superior learning outcomes
- have a greater sense of agency and control of their learning and less anxiety in asking questions of teachers
- better develop higher-order capabilities such as digital fluency and self-managed learning.
What support do students need?
- synchronously (real time)
- asynchronously (e.g., discussion forums, blogs or wikis)
- poly-synchronously (e. g., learners in multiple locations combining multiple channels of information and interaction)
- Students and educators engaging with each other (social presence)
- Students and educators co-constructing meaning and knowledge through open reflection and interaction (cognitive presence)
- design and facilitation of activities that support cognitive and social presence (teaching presence)
What digital tools can be leveraged
- Pebble Pad
- Smart Sparrow
- Blackboard Ultra