“Digital” is a core aspect of our modern world, however we must not lose sight of the human-factor when we use digital tools and systems as part of our teaching and learning experiences.
In his keynote presentation, ‘Digital = People = Social = Learning’, Simon will explore three core questions set out by Paul LeBlanc in his article The Human-Technology Intersection: A Framework:
1. What human interactions are most critical for student success?
2. How can technology enable better versions of those interactions?
3. Where can technology replace people so that human resources can be redirected to accomplish more of those interactions?
These questions will be explored in relation to social interaction, framed within the context of social learning theory and the role of “digital” within this complex relationship.
The keynote session will be “flipped” in the sense that there is a small amount of pre-reading required of Paul LeBlanc’s Educause article. There is also an interactive Padlet space for some initial thoughts and comments relating to question one, which you are invited to contribute to before the conference.
Please bring a web-enabled device with you to the keynote session if you have one.
'Digital = People = Social = Learning‘
Director, Centre for Innovation in Education
Part One: Social
Bandura and Walters 1963
“Learning is not
rather, it is a cognitive
process that takes
place in a social
“Humans are highly
social beings. We like to
be surrounded by
friends and share our
“group of individuals involved in persistent social interaction”
Part One Xtra: Social (Media)
Part Two: People
Learning is often seen an individual endeavour.
But learning together deepens our understanding.
Universities are places of social connectivity.
Part Three: Digital
“The lure of Facebook for
university students has grown
in recent years, with many
defecting from institution
provided formal online tuition
spaces to student-led, study-
focused groups on the social
Coughlan, Tony and Perryman, Leigh-Anne (2015). Are student-led Facebook
groups open educational practices? In: OER15, 14-15 Apr 2015, Cardiff.
Student Led Groups
Part Four: Digital
Value of Physical Presence
Benefit of Digital Connection
1. What human interactions are most
critical for student success?
2. How can technology enable better
versions of those interactions?
3. Where can technology replace people so
that human resources can be redirected to
accomplish more of those interactions?
Part Five: Curriculum Design
('Digital = People = Social = Learning)
1. What face-to-face interactions are most
critical for our on campus student learning?
2. How can technology enable / enhance /
enrich / support those interactions?
3. Where can technology replace less valued
face-to-face interactions to increase