Developing digital literacy in work integrated learning with Dr Bahareh Nakisa
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We spoke to Dr Bahareh Nakisa, Lecturer in Applied Artificial Intelligence, about integrating Microsoft Office and Azure Cloud services into work integrated learning tasks.

When Dr Bahareh Nakisa was designing the SIT788 – Engineering AI Solutions unit as part of the Master of Applied Artificial Intelligence course, she drew on her practical experience working in industry and chose to integrate Microsoft Azure Cloud services and Microsoft Office 365 in the learning tasks. This allowed students to build Applications (Apps) and collaborate effectively.

In a shifting job market, it’s more important than ever for students to develop their digital skills. A quick scan of job advertisements shows that positions across various sectors call for proficiency in the use of the Microsoft Office suite, which is fully supported by Deakin.

As part of SIT788 – Engineering AI Solutions, students learn how to use Computer Vision, a Microsoft Azure Artificial Intelligence service that allows them to embed specific features into their webcams, such as the ability to recognise faces, gender, age, and emotions.

Bahareh also uses Microsoft Teams, an industry-leading collaboration tool, to extend classroom discussions about Artificial intelligence techniques. The integration of Microsoft Office skills within the curriculum, which aligns with Deakin’s graduate learning outcome of digital literacy, supports the development of our learners’ employability skillsets as they step into a competitive job market.

In this video, Bahareh tells us about her experience in cultivating digital literacy skills using Microsoft Azure Cloud services.


Tools for learning and teaching

Learning activities using tools such as Microsoft Teams do not only make for a good resume and better employability, they can also nurture essential transferrable skills such as creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking, which are central to student success. Students can let their creativity bloom using Sway (Web Authoring tool), collaborate using Microsoft Teams and OneNote (Digital Notebook), manage projects using Planner (project management tool), and learn socially through yammer (social networking service) communities, amongst others.

Above all, Microsoft Office tools integrate seamlessly into and complement one another.  This typology of our Digital Learning Environment outlines the range of digital tools available at Deakin and their pedagogical uses.

Microsoft and Linkedin Learning offer a wealth of resources in the form of instructional videos and other resources that can help you tailor your learning pathway. Deakin staff are able to access Linkedin Learning for free using the Deakin single sign-on.

If you are already harnessing Microsoft Office 365 for digital learning and would like to share your experience, please contact our Senior Education Developer, Dr Isma Seetal, who is exploring the issues of digital collaboration for learning and teaching at Deakin.

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