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What is the ODHE?

What is the demographics of the group (many been in institutions for a long time, senior positions)


When asked what the term technology meant, the group offered a range of explanations. Repetitions are featured above devices from watches, computers to spaceships (Many of the responses focus upon the technological tools, in a mechanical sense, but the range of tools, from typical computers right through to spaceships is interesting, in that it demonstrates how aware respondees are that technology affects our whole lives, as one respondent put it work or leisure . The association with the new could be interpreted positively or negatively, as yet another thing to have to do , to great, a new opportunity . )


Before the project started anecdotal evidence suggested that many OD practitioners are not comfortable with DLs. Opportunities for the effective use of DLs can easily be missed or not enthusiastically promoted. It is encouraging to see that the majority of users are confident. Confidence, particularly in engaging with new (and ever changing) software is important in gaining digital literacy. There is still work to do in encouraging the confidence of some users, and there is the possibility that in using an online survey, the non-respondents are so unconfident that they didn t even respond


However, a large proportion of the group had taught themselves, and it s encouraging to know that we have a group of people who can clearly be persuaded to engage with the technology, if they can see a need for a particular tool. I'm mostly self-taught because the formal versions (above) are mainly really poor and I don't have time to fiddle with poorly designed on-line learning packages that tend to frustrate as they are not designed to answer specific issues. you just need the time to be able to experiment (and someone to advocate, encourage!)


Learn at point of need had emerged in BODGIT project In times of pressure Altruism is unlikely to work. And Compliance will generate resistance and resentment. So the only really helpful approach is the Business case. But if the benefits to the individual are not obvious then even this driver is unlikely to work.


The majority of users appear to have good access to a range of technology devices, with an encouraging number having access to a smartphone. A further point to consider in future engagement is the question of how far Smartphones are being used to their full capacity. Many questions about persuading bosses as to the value of devices such as tablet PCs.


The three most used professional tools are: E-Surveys Google Docs University proprietary systems The three tools with highest awareness, but haven t used are: E-Portfolios Podcasting Twitter The three tools that have been used professionally but are no longer being used: Wikis VLE (Moodle/VLE) Podcasting/Virtual Classroom/Virtual Response Systems It would be interesting in further discussions to identify whether a change in role triggered the need to no longer use this tool, or whether the tool itself fell out of favour. The three tools about which there is least awareness are: Bookmarking Personal Response Systems Online presentation tools such as Prezi


I try to choose the tools that will help me achieve what I need to do in the fastest possible time and in the easiest way. That is a mistake as the IT group only tend to roll out tools they get excited about instead of asking us how we would work with them and over what time period. The time it takes me to work out how to use the new tools often outweighs my enthusiasm to try them, and not in a helpful language.


Increasing expectation of being able to access technology on the move most had accessed home institution networks and wifi, and personal homes, but fewer had positive experiences of other institutional access. Technology acting as a stopping point.


We finished the recent national event though, on an enthusiastic yes as we look forward, to sessions providing guidance on how to use tools, starting with a blog, to which all members of the group could contribute once-twice a year, spreading the load, but giving everyone a voice, and a chance to demonstrate the value of the ODHE to themselves, and to their institutions. Such senior figures, with responsibility for change management, can help encourage others to become more digitally literate as they increase in confidence.