Digital Literacies:challenges for staff and students
challenges for staff and students
bit.ly/AJCannAlan Cann, University of Leicester
What is Digital Literacy?
• Glister, P. (1997) Digital Literacy, New York: John Wiley.
• European Commission Report DigEuLit (2006): "the
confident and critical use of ICT for work, leisure, learning
• JISC (2013): "By digital literacy we mean those capabilities
which fit an individual for living, learning and working in a
digital society: for example, the skills to use digital tools to
undertake academic research, writing and critical thinking;
as part of personal development planning; and as a way of
Lea, M.R. & Street, B.V. (1998) Student writing in higher education: An academic
literacies approach. Studies in higher education, 23(2), 157-172.
What is digital literacy?
• What is literacy?
• Is the digital modifer helpful?
• Digital football?
• Library-enhanced learning?
• Information literacy?
Digital literacy is a crock
Digital literacy is a terrible term. It is misleading and
submissive. It is manipulative and has significant
economic overtones for everyone. Some advocates for
technology in schools have adopted the term ‘digital
literacy’ unwisely to describe what many others argue
for as ‘media education’. Digital literacy is a low
status term comprised of ‘digital’ (new media,
untrusted, volatile and disruptive) and high status
literacy. The end result is a mutt of term.
Is the current moral panic about
digilit reinventing the wheel?
The instrumentalization of technology
does not serve learning
• Who owns your online identity?
• Where is the boundary between "work" and "personal”?
• How does a discipline develop digital literacy and identity?
• Policies - permissive versus enabling
• Best practice
Students? Staff? Libraries? Policies?
"the visual web"