Know you Digital Literacies

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Delivered at Plymouth University's VCs Teaching and Learning Conference 2012.

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  • 1. Know Your Digital Literacies Prof Neil Witt Dr Anne McDermott Rob 1
  • 2. What Is SEEDPoD?• Investigating digital literacies at Plymouth University• Funded under the JISC’s Developing Digital Literacies Programme – National Programme 2011-2013 – 12 HEIs – 11 sector bodies and professional associations – 2
  • 3. What Is SEEDPoD?• Builds on 2011 BCUP project• Audit of systems, policies, infrastructure and data• Views from academic and support staff on use of, and practice with, existing software and hardware systems.• Recommending Institutional change: • Infrastructure • Support • Curriculum 3
  • 4. What Are Digital Literacies?In the 21st century IT competence needed by – learners – teachers – professionals – everybody (>90% jobs require IT competence of some degree)Seven separate ‘literacies’ contribute to 3 areas – Content Production – Content Consumption – Professional and Academic 4
  • 5. The Digital 5
  • 6. Digital Literacies• ICT / Computer Literacy Ranges from basic keyboard skills to the ability to e.g. explore, understand and evaluate new technologies •working with documents, presentations and spreadsheets •choosing and using cloud services• Information Literacy Find, interpret, evaluate, organise, manipulate, share e.g. and record information •understanding issues of authority, reliability, provenance •knowledge of IPR, plagiarism, 6
  • 7. And …..• Media Literacy Consumption and production of high quality media e.g. outputs needs a sophisticatedsuited to target audience •Selecting transmission means most understanding of •Use of text, video and audio editing software audience, creator, message and technology• Communication and Collaboration Digital networks for sharing and collaboration in e.g. support of knowledge, scholarship, research and •Email, online forums, chat rooms, social networks, webinar learning •Collaborating in online documents & interactive 7
  • 8. Not forgetting …..• Digital Scholarship Open publishing is beginning to redefine what is meant e.g. by the term ‘scholarly’ have 1000s of followers •An academic’s blog might •Academic debates in an online community of practice •Mandates for Open Access Publishing• Learning Skills The ability to study and learn effectively in technology- e.g. rich environments. •Think critically, academic writing, referencing, managing tasks •Receive assessment and acting on feedback in digital 8
  • 9. And finally ……• Being a Professional • e.g. Also known as Life Planning, this puts digital • Digital tools, services, social networks can be used, to aid an literacies into a distinct framework in support of individual’s employability. reflection and build an ePortfolio. • •Online promotion through blogs, Twitter, Facebook, website Having the knowledge and skills to act ethically, • Knowing what others can find out about you on the Internet responsibly and safely in the digital world are vital • Use digital tools to support PDP and CPD. aspects of this 9
  • 10. The way ahead – Digital StrategyTheme 1: Support StaffProfessional•Develop the digital literacy skills and confidence of ourTo Academicthe digital literacy ofto develop and deliver develop Staffstaff to enable them our staff andprofessional services literacy skills and confidence of our •Develop the digital Studentsstudents to promote and develop the able totheefficient services, to embed technology inwho are academic staff communicate students theirpromote approach, •Develop digitally literate effectively and learningUniversity’s reputation,and support the deliveryour andreputation of the University useour personalise technologies appropriately effectively and research and of their to communicate choose, curriculum.student experience. their own needs. digital content to suit •They will be skilled users of digital information able to act ethically, responsibility and securely in a fast-moving digital 10
  • 11. What is the University doing? Technology Review• Putting the Digital Strategy into practice Based on Resources YOUR needs Training & Development 11
  • 12. Find Out More See the handouts in your conference pack Talk to us at the SEEDPoD poster stand Visit 12