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#HullDTN will be live at BETT 2017!

We are pleased to announce that the Digital Technologies Network will be presenting at BETT 2017.  The BETT show is a huge education show sharing the best practice of technology in all disciplines of education.


We are appearing at the Learn Live FE & Skills area on Thursday 26th January at 16:30pm. We look forward to seeing you there and getting involved!

New Academic Year, Stronger Network

New Year, Same Network? Here we are again and it’s back into the new academic year for 16/17. I thought I would just take a moment to reflect on the last year and what we have to look forward to this year. 15/16 seemed to go by in a blur but was an excellent 2nd year for #HullDTN starting really with the ‘Through the Periscope’ online sessions. We found this quite an innovative approach and had several hundred hits throughout the sessions. It was a big change from the previous years Mobile March and felt that the online delivery was where it was at! We are looking forward to teasing it’s latest incarnation ‘Digital Spring’ soon, watch this space!


We followed this sucess with an appearance at Jisc Digifest 16, where we recieved some excellent feedback and hopefully showed the power of multi-institute collaborative working. We had a great time sharing how far we had come in the previous year and created a Storify of our presentation. This set us up well for our June ‘Flipped Learning’ conference which was really well attended and a blast to be involved with. It was great to see such a wide variety of organisations, roles and approaches to a really interesting subject. We certainly hope to build on this for 2017 with our partnerhip with the Erasmus funded Mobilising & Transforming Teacher Education Pedagogies project.


So what lies ahead? Well, many of our Further Education partners will be involved in the latest round of Government Area Reviews, which will, in part, also look at each institution’s use of technology. We hope that this will only strengthen our collaboration and set a precident for the rest of the sector. In addition there are new changes with the Teaching Excellence Framework for Higher Education which also highlights the use of technology and looks at Digital Literacy. Again we hope our network will be able to support these changes and identfiy our best practice to share nationally, nay Internationally!

But first we have our Digital Spring online event during w/c 20th March 2017 and our network conference during w/c 19th June 2017 to look forward to. We look forward to seeing you there! All that remains for me to say is thanks for taking the time to stop by and check us out! We hope to bring you more of the same, and better, in the coming months so please keep dropping by and find out what else we have been up to. Thanks, Ross.


FOS – CPD for HE professionals in mobile learning

There is an open online course available for all network staff in Higher Education. There are certainly opportunities here to engage with Mobile Learning as part of this course either as a contributor or as a learner.

FOS stands for Flexible, Open and Social Learning and is a CPD course for professionals who teach or support learning in higher education. FOS will be offered for the first time in July 2015 over 5 days, from the 13th to the 17th.. The course space will be available a few days before we start.

FOS topics are

  1. Digital literacy and identity
  2. Flexible pedagogies
  3. Supporting learning
  4. Communities and collaboration
  5. Open Education

If you are interested in FOS and would like to join a community of distributed practitioners in HE to share practices, ideas and learn more about FOS and how this relates to your practice, join us here.


University Scholarships to study mobile learning

The University of Hull is currently offering up to 80 PhD scholarships starting in September 2015 and two of these are in mobile learning, supervised by Dr. Kevin Burden from the Faculty of Education. One in particular is relevant to the work of this network since it seeks to explore how the partners (University and College) are using mobile and augmented technologies to support learning. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will research the initial formation of the network and will work with partners across the Federation to support and research aspects of mobile learning in their institutions. Further details can be found below:



‘Mobile March’ – coming to a college or university near you!

In March 2015 the Digital technologies and Mobile Learning network will launch its first ever ‘Mobile March’ event  bringing together mobile learning activities, demonstrations, training courses and much more in each of the partner organizations. The idea will be to provide a smorgasbord of mobile learning activities held in each of the different institutions across the month of March 2015. Watch this space for more news in the New Year

Launch of the Digital Technologies and Mobile Learning Network, October 2014


On Monday 20th October 90 participants from the University of Hull and Federation of  Partner Colleges met at the Lawns Conference Centre  for the launch of the Digital Technologies and Mobile Learning Network. The network aims to support teachers, lecturers and institutions in integrating the use of mobile technologies in teaching, learning scholarly activity and research.

During the one conference to launch the network delegates enjoyed a variety of different activities including presentations, keynotes, workshops and practical demonstrations from teachers and lecturers using mobile technologies in their own teaching.

Some comments from delegates:

Excellent opportunity to share ideas and interesting approaches to pedagogy across the institutions involved.

Some good discussions with like minded people who are willing to partner on a network on this kind.

The availability to actually meet new faces and create contacts. It is an important aspect since I am new within the area. Hopefully all the faces I have met today will be familiar soon. The most valuable topic was Padlet, really nice collaborative tool.

The time given to practice the apps/technology discussed really helps to cement the usage and confidence of using the technology.