Don’t go digital without doing your prep!

So, you’ve made the decision that this is the year that you are going to go digital with your teaching.  Well done because that’s a resolution that will really be worth keeping!

Like any new venture, your success will depend heavily on how you prepare.  While there are a lot of educational tools available online that you can quickly get started with, it is worthwhile taking a step back to look at the bigger picture and plan how you are going to embed digital technologies rather than clicking right in.

Making the transition to blended learning can be daunting, but if you take some time to consider what you want to achieve and familiarise yourself with the technology you will be using, you will form a solid base from which you can explore and experiment.  Here are my five tips on how to prepare to go digital.

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The Blended Learning Essentials free online course provided by FutureLearn is a great way to explore the potential of digital learning and experience it as a student.  There are also lots of educators and technologists on social media who will be happy to support and inspire you, so investing some time in building up a personal learning network can be really rewarding.  The short animation below will give you some advice on how to get started networking online.

Do you have any other tips on how to ease the transition to online learning?  Please share your advice or experiences in the comments!

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