Introducing your Learning Technologist

Hello, I’m Marieke Guy and I am the new learning technologist at the Royal Agricultural University. I’ve now been in post for about a month and have enjoyed getting to know as many support staff,  academics and students as possible.

mariekePrior to joining RAU I spent two years at the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), two years at Open Knowledge International and 13 years at the University of Bath. I have a varied history researching, developing and working with digital technologies and data. You can read more about me on my website.

My role is one that spans across many areas, but at its core it considers how technology can be used to support and enhance learning and teaching. Over the next few months I will be identifying where there is existing good practice and where more support is needed.

Some of the other activities I will involved with include:

There will be lots more on the blog about these activities over the next few months.

If you want to get in touch to share ideas about future digital opportunities for RAU then please do email: marieke.guy@rau.ac.uk

Welcome to the Digital Transformation blog

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Digital is the convergence of a variety of technologies and social changes that have led to a new way of living our lives. Our students are the epitome of this new digital reality – they create and consume content in a very different way to previous generations.

But what exactly is a digital transformation? The Enterprisers Project define it as:

“The integration of digital technology into all areas of a business resulting in fundamental changes to how businesses operate and how they deliver value to customers.

Beyond that, it’s a cultural change that requires organizations to continually challenge the status quo, experiment often, and get comfortable with failure.

Digital transformation is not solely about technology. In fact technology is only one part of the puzzle. Digital transformation is about meeting the needs of the new digital consumer – be they staff or student. It involves new understanding and cultural change. For more on this see Paul Boag’s Digital Transformation: The six questions you need to answer.

At the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) we are at the beginning of this transformation process. There is a commitment to develop and a will to act, but so far efforts have not been as co-ordinated as they could be.

However this is about change. We are working on a new digital-focused strategic approach to be integrated in our IT strategy and Learning and Teaching strategy.  It will form the backbone of our digital activity and allow progress to be made in a comprehensive and integrated manner.

We want to share our transformation with you and intend to blog about the journey, bumps and all.