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Transitions and digital technologies

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Transitions are important times in our lives: when we move from a comfortable home environment to a first school; when we move from one school to another; when we move to seeking employment; when we move from one employer to a quite different form of employment; or when we change the practices we use within our employment.

These transitions not only often involve digital technologies, but they can be supported or aided by digital technologies. Research in our Centre has focused on aspects of such transitions, and has highlighted the importance and roles of digital technologies in a range of cases.

Video technologies that support the transition from higher education to professional practice in the performing arts are the focus of Julie-Ann Sime's book chapter (co-authored with alumnus Alberto Ramirez-Martinell): Video-enriched learning experiences for performing arts students: Two exploratory case studies  (2010).

Key competencies in ICTFollowing a symposium organised by the Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning at the KEYCIT 2014 Conference held in Potsdam, Germany, in July 2014, papers were selected for a section in Key competencies in ICT and informatics: implications and issues for educational professionals and management (2014). Chapters from colleagues in Sunway University, Malaysia, and Trinity College, Dublin complemented those from colleagues from the Centre. Sue Cranmer's chapter discusses "Digital skills and competencies in schools" whilst Colin Rogers writes about "Digital skills and motivation in young people in transition". In addition to co-editing the book (with Arthur Tatnall), Don Passey also contributed two chapters: "Life transitions, learning and digital technologies - common threads and conceptions" and "Digital skills for those in transition – where next".

The transition from military service to civilian life is the focus of the Future for Heroes Programme (a charity established to support former armed services personnel during this transition) which has been evaluated by Paul Davies and was the catalyst for a related literature review.  Paul has reflected on the techniques used to gather data 'on the move'  in his recent blog post which highlights the importance of improvising with new methods to take account of the physical problems inherent in studying an outdoor activities programme. Paul Davies and Don Passey are now working on a related study investigating whether digital technologies can be used to provide further support to those who have completed the 'Future for Heroes' programme

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