Transforming the Digital

Reflecting on how we use, work, learn and teach using technology and work in partnership to explore/develop mutual gains and practice.

This is a call for students and staff to work together: staff receiving bespoke development on integrating digital technologies into teaching and students receiving bespoke professional experience.

Projects will last no more than 1 semester and need only 5-30 hours of student input to help staff develop their digital skills and approach.

Each student will be paired with a member of teaching staff – and the student will act as a coach, contributing their familiarity with IT and social media, and most importantly, their student perspective on what constitutes effective use of digital technologies in the classroom. In return, the student partners get the opportunity to obtain Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) accreditation, developing their own employability. Students are encouraged to discuss desired outcomes with their tutors / Employability Service/leaders of the Changemakers initiative.

Teaching Partners benefit by:

  • Getting an overview of trends and innovations in digital technologies for teaching and learning
  • Scoping and refining student ideas for integrating digital technologies into their teaching
  • Having your student partner gather the views of their peers
  • Having places in your teaching identified which could be enhanced by digital technologies
  • Having suitable digital tools identified to achieve their aims (sometimes replacing outdated ones)
  • Having their student partner review the current use of digital technologies in their teaching
  • Having bespoke teaching to use the selected technologies to meet their aims
  • Being supported in evaluating their resources, with direct student input
  • Progress reviews and skills assessments at the end of the project (and future development needs)

Student Partners benefit by:

  • Developing your transferable skills
  • Two-way mentoring – direct support and project team resources
  • Learning to confidently/competently analyse academic and professional information needs
  • Learning how to evaluate information and assess its appropriateness
  • Developing effective communication and coaching skills
  • Refining your own digital literacy skills to a higher level
  • Preparing yourselves for professional work life and exploring career pathways
  • Obtaining recognised Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) accreditation towards ARU's Employability Programme
  • Setting up your professional online footprint for the future
  • Gaining work experience prior to completing your academic course and receiving professional recommendations 

Are you an interested staff member? please go to: 

Are you an interested student? please register your interest at:

If you would like to discuss this prior to completing the proposal, or interested in additional information, please contact Jennifer George on or extension 4353.