Literacy in digital learning means knowing the appropriate tools and techniques to learn in digitally-rich settings, and understanding the opportunities and challenges that this activity entails.
Literacy in digital teaching means having an understanding of the educational value of different digital media for teaching, learning and assessment. It also means knowing about different educational approaches and their application in digitally-rich settings.
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Resources at the University of Basel
Getting started with digital learning
The team Educational Technologies offers a comprehensive introduction with recommendations to the digital learning world in its self-study resource Getting started with digital learning.
Courses on digital teaching
The University of Basel has a rich offer for the strengthening of digital teaching skills, including regular courses about ADAM and on topics such as blended learning, flipped classroom, learning activities or Open Educational Resources.
Study skills at PhD level
The program Transferable Skills offers doctoral students many opportunities to expand their knowledge and skills in the area of digital learning. Topics covered include writing, reading, and presentation skills, project management, or research and publication strategies.
Teaching skills development
The Team Educational Development supports and strengthens the deployment of modern university teaching in Basel, in conformity with international standards. The offer includes the Higher Education Certificate Supporting Learning,a number of workshops and courses on many topics including online teaching, supervision or examination, as well as a Knowledge Hub with a selection of didactic materials (intranet, VPN required).
Checklists for online teaching
The University of Basel offers lecturers checklists in PDF format that they can use to ensure that their digital courses meet all relevant criteria. The topics are online teaching in general, online exams and flipped classroom. (In German.)
Advice for online exams
The learning module Online Exams and Assessments, available in the University of Basel's in-house “Tales” format, contains practical recommendations on how to test and evaluate online.
Advice for online teaching
The learning module Online Courses, available in the University of Basel's in-house “Tales” format, contains practical recommendations for lecturers on how to design, prepare and deliver online courses.
Blended Learning Guide
The Educational Technologies offers detailed guidance on designing online courses with both synchronous and asynchronous phases in its comprehensive Blended Learning Guide.
The e-Education portal is a search engine for finding Open Educational Resources (courses, learning modules, tutorials, etc.) developed at the University of Basel.
ADAM is the learning management system of the University of Basel. Very good instructions and practical recommendations for using the platform are available on the ADAM help pages.
Further internet resources
Ressources for e-teaching
e-teaching.org is a high-quality German-language resource that covers all aspects of digital teaching. It features howtos, guides, descriptions of best practices, definitions, and links to further resources. (In German.)
A guide to learning
Students of all faculties can benefit from the crowd-sourced guide to learning provided in various formats by the British online learning platform FutureLearn.
The University of Zürich provides a variety of short tutorials to help instructors strengthen their digital teaching skills.
How to learn with video
Excellent advice on how to deal with classes in hybrid formats (in-class and video), can be found in the article by Emily Nordmann et. al. Lecture capture: Practical recommendations for students and lecturers. This document is accompanied by a very good flyer with useful practical tips for students.
Advice for note-taking
Note-taking is an essential study skill, even in the age of digital multimedia. Among the many techniques available for note-taking,the Cornell Note-Taking System. is particularly popular one.
The ICAP Framework
Michelene Chi's and Ruth Wylie's article The ICAP Framework: Linking Cognitive Engagement to Active Learning Outcomes, is a valuable reflection on activity, creativity and dialogue as essential components of learning.
The book Learning as a Generative Activity by Logan Fiorella and Richard E. Mayer, accessible online through the University of Library, is dedicated to learning strategies and offer detailed descriptions and assessments of methods such as summarizing, mapping, drawing, or self-explaining.
In the article Improving Students’ Learning With Effective Learning Techniques the authors, John Dunlosky et al., explore and evaluate learning techniques such as summarizing, self-explaining, taking quizzes, and many more.
Open Educational Resources
In this book by Fengchun Miao, Sanjaya Mishra, and Rory McGreal, the UNESCO organization provides a comprehensive overview (PDF, in English) of the role and use of Open Educational Resources as an important component of modern teaching.
Teaching with technology
Michelle Miller offers in her book Minds Online. Teaching Effectively with Technology (2014) a rich perspective on teaching in the digital age, backed by empirical evidence. The University Library provides online access to the book.
Thoughts on digital teaching
In a recent presentation at the University of Bern, Prof. Axel Krommer has offered innovative reflections and recommendations on digital teaching, examination culture, and digitalization in general.