I thought I'd share part of the presentation I gave last night during Teachmeet08 at the Scottish Learning Festival at Glasgow's SECC.
I also spent my first day day attending two fascinating sessions related to Digital Content and learning, the first was presented by SCRAN and was well illustrated with some exceptional childrens multimedia work, the second covered the issues of Using Digital Content with Glow, Scotland's national intranet for children. Both presentations were very different with took their own slant on the use of digital content for learning. I will post a more detailed review on these when I get back from the event.
My personal interest in digital content is researching how it can be adapted for different learning activities and contexts. My impression once content has been acquired, it is immediately categorised as suitable for a specifc age or subject discipline. I am concerned that when it is labeled in this way, those whose primary interest might be in the sciences will never find the assets deemed appropriate for art or politics.
The last year has seen a huge global increase in digitisation, with more projects coming on stream such as the Europeana or the EduTube Plus projects I am currently involved with. The big issues are sharing accessibility to assets for learning. At moment many are restricted to institutional or national boundaries, the reasons are, understandably, liklely to be related to IP and rights and funding and ownership, but perhaps also how the projects view their potential audience, and who should have access. There are potential ways forward here and I have some ideas I am formulating willing to put forward. Perhaps it is time for a much wider debate on ownership of and access to digital assets in the 21st century.
What I was very encouraged to see is that the Scottish education system and specifically with its Curriculum for Excellence is really beginning to engage with the idea of using digital assets as a focus for learning, and this can only be good.