The selection of students as ‘Digital Leaders’ (DL) to support staff and other students in using digital learning technologies

What happens?

Students apply for a DL role and go through a selection procedure which includes a presentation. They work with the Department’s TEL Lead with the intention of supporting tutors’ use of TEL and being advocates for the use of TEL in schools with students on ITE programmes and the Department’s HEFCE programmes which all have a focus on children, education and communities.

The Departmental TEL Lead has been appointed as a Solstice Fellow and so we would anticipate that this practice would be presented to a wider audience. The Department’s first DLs were appointed in semester 2 of 2016/17. They have supported the TEL Lead in working with the sub-teams within the Department, have established an online presence with the ITE students through social media and have attended and worked on a national TEL conference (BETT)

What is the impact?

We expect that the DLs will have an increasing impact on the use of TEL in the Department’s teaching and on students’ confidence in using TEL to support children, their families and their communities.

For more information please contact Sarah Wright, [email protected]

[SOURCE: BA (Hons) Working with Children 5-11].