On March 5, we kicked off the Digital Learning Days, a series of roadshows across Asia that aims to provide educators, learning designers and system administrators with insights on how to address today’s challenges in higher education.
More than two-dozen instructors attended the mini-workshop featuring Blackboard’s Digital Teaching & Learning Series professional development program. During this interactive session participants performed a gap analysis of the learning types playing out in the courses they teach.
They further shared their views about what they wanted to achieve with the use of technology. For example, the attending faculty and staff from ITE, NTU, NIE, Republic Polytechnic, Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Temasek Polytechnic and James Cook University talked about how they wanted to set up collaboration with learners and facilitate discussions and investigations. Other participants expressed how, as facilitators, they needed to be consistent in curating content as well as activities. One professor noted, “there is no ‘one size fits all’ in education.”
A couple of days later, at the Digital Learning Days in Hong Kong, the workshop participants echoed similar sentiment. A group of dedicated professors of nursing expressed how they would like to better reach their millennial students through new eLearning strategies so to keep them engaged in their courses.
Beyond this feedback, the participants recognized their desire to become more competent and confident in the various domains of digital teaching and learning and expressed collective interest in Blackboard’s Digital Teaching & Learning Series professional development.
This sentiment is not limited to Asia. For example, research conducted by Jisc in the UK published in 2018 found that 61% of university lecturers feel technology should be used more in the classroom and 14% of them said that they have not been supported to develop their digital teaching skills.
Participants in the workshop appreciated the flexibility of Blackboard’s Digital Teaching & Learning Series professional development program, which offers three courses for faculty and staff designed to cover the fundamentals of digital teaching and learning; course design; and advanced approaches to learning and teaching with technology.
We anticipate upcoming cohorts of the Blackboard Digital Teaching & Learning Series in Singapore and Hong Kong.
Our next Digital Day events will be in the Philippines at the end of March and Malaysia in April. For dates and locations click here.
Do you want to learn more about the Blackboard Digital Teaching & Learning Series? Click here to view a video from South Korea.
 Beetham, H., Newman, T., & Knight S. (2018). Digital experience insights survey 2018: findings from the pilot of teaching staff in UK further and higher education. JISC Report. Retrieved March 20, 2019, from