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Designing inclusive digital materials for ‘generation lockdown’ students : An author’s story
Designing digital learning materials for the most experienced online learners higher education (HE) has yet to encounter requires more than embedding videos and quizzes into virtual learning environments (VLEs). It is more important than ever to create content in an engaging and fully interactive way, cover key concepts but make sure that each section is not too long and use clear and concise language. Breaking up text using photographs that show a range of ethnicities, ages, genders and abilities is vital but not easily achieved. Academic and critical thinking skills need to be embedded and scaffolded throughout.
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Jane Southall Following a career in training and development with blue chip management consultancies, Jane Southall now teaches human resource management at Kingston College and has taught organisational behaviour at Kingston University. Her research is based within the higher education field with a focus on academic identity development, embedding employability and academic skills (especially critical thinking skills), building engagement via the use of technology and creative assessment, and students’ experience of transition to higher education. She has had papers published in journals including the Higher Education Review, Teaching in Higher Education, Practice and Evidence of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Student Engagement and Experience Journal and Practitioner Research in Higher Education. Jane is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
CitationSouthall, Jane (2023, January 1). Designing inclusive digital materials for ‘generation lockdown’ students : An author’s story. In the Advances in Online Education: A Peer-Reviewed Journal, Volume 1, Issue 2.