#ODHEG End of Project Video (#JISCDigLit)

Rather than a written report (although there will also be a written report), we created a video, drawing on feedback from a range of people from the ODHE group, and what they had learnt from their time with the JISC-funded project.


[BLOG] The Big Bible Project

In 2010, following conversations on social media, and after attending #DigiSymp, I was asked to use Tom Wright’s Lent for Everyone: Matthew and “do something digital” with it. Following ‘The Big Read 2009’ in the North-East, we took the project national for 2010, and sought to blend conversations online/offline through housegroup/online materials. Knowing that many in the church were not equipped (or interested) to engage online, ‘The Big Bible Project’ was created to encourage those in the church to improve both their digital literacy and their Biblical literacy. Around 24,000 visitors joined us over Lent, and we secured funding for 2011, and experimented further with Tom Wright’s Lent for Everyone: Mark.

Having built relationships online, summer 2011, I invited some of those who engaged with us to consider writing maximum monthly as a #digidisciple, which has raised an interesting range of questions about what it means to be a Christian disciple in the digital age. Outside of Lent time, this has led to a fairly steady audience of around 6-7,000 per month, with over 4,000 followers on @bigbible, around 450 on Facebook, a growing collection on Pinterest, and over 22,000 views on YouTube.

In summer 2012 a further 3 years of funding was secured from The Jerusalem Trust, and I moved to Durham (4 days a week), and am currently streamlining the site, and also need to redevelop the CODEC site. The expectation is that I will spend  around 3 days a week on online community development/teaching, including #BigRead13 (with Rowan Williams The Lion’s World on C.S. Lewis Narnia books),  Bible webinars, CNMAC, MediaLit, and 1 day a week on research.



[BLOG] Organisational Development in Higher Education Group

In 2011, £10,000 of funding was secured from JISC to promote digital literacy amongst the ‘Organisational Development in Higher Education Group’.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that many OD practitioners are not comfortable with DLs. Opportunities for the effective use of DLs can easily be missed or not enthusiastically promoted. This bid is about helping organisational developers to gain confidence with DLs through building better understanding of best practice. ODs would then be able to contribute much more effectively to organisational take-up of DL initiatives.

I conducted a baseline survey amongst the group, which substantiated the anecdotal evidence, but highlighted the majority of the group had mobile devices. At the first national meeting I highlighted why we need to be involved in the digital sphere, at the second we captured video of the groups thoughts on digital literacy. At the third I sought to elicit what were the tasks that the group particularly need to engage with, and where technology can help. We agreed that the following blog would be developed, along with a webinar and JISC email list, which would allow the group to continue to share thinking and expertise throughout the year – allowing the national meetings to be richer. I will attend two further meetings – the next to help the group make best use of the blog to think how they want to portay themselves, and draw attention to the work that they do: