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Digital Literacies and the Student Experience
Helen Beetham and Sarah Knight
15th No...
Digital Literacy

What is digital literacy?
“digital literacy expresses the sum of
capabilities an individual needs to liv...
How does digital literacy
impact on the student experience?

Digital Literacy

2008 Learners' experiences of e-learning pr...
How can digital literacy
enhance the student experience?

Digital Literacy

Getting access to
learning opportunities

Inte...
Is digital literacy
essential to the student experience?

Digital Literacy

And, if so, what are
our responsibilities?

ww...
What challenges do your students face
in becoming digitally literate learners?
How does digital literacy
develop through University study?

Digital Literacy

2009/10 Learning literacies in a digital ag...
How does digital literacy
develop through University study?

Digital Literacy

Identity
development
How does digital literacy
develop through University study?

Digital Literacy

How will we
manage multiple
identities in a...
Digital Literacy

How does this relate to
graduate attributes?

Sense making

Computational thinking

Social intelligence
...
Digital Literacy

How does this relate to
graduate attributes?

Digital literacy one of five graduate attributes at
Oxford...
What kinds of experience
do your students need to have...

(a) in the curriculum?
(b) in the co-curriculum?
… to develop a...
How do institutions need to change?
2010 Supporting Learners in a
Digital Age (SLIDA)
9 institutions studied in depth
9 cr...
How do institutions need to change?
Involve learners in shaping their own
experience with technology
2009/12 Curriculum Design & Delivery
Students as active c...
Integrate technologies
into learning places and spaces
University of Edinburgh SLIDA case study (2010)
New teaching studio...
Integrate technologies
into learning places and spaces
We really, really struggled to be in the
computing lab, and there'd...
Prepare learners for learning
with technology
Abingdon and Witney College
SLIDA case study
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  1. 1. #JISCDIGLIT http://bit.ly/jiscdiglit Digital Literacies and the Student Experience Helen Beetham and Sarah Knight 15th November 2011
  2. 2. Digital Literacy What is digital literacy? “digital literacy expresses the sum of capabilities an individual needs to live, learn and work in a digital society”
  3. 3. How does digital literacy impact on the student experience? Digital Literacy 2008 Learners' experiences of e-learning programme Students inhabit digitally-saturated personal/social worlds Technology choices are critical to identity and experience They expect 24/7 access to course information BUT Students struggle to transpose digital skills to study tasks Academic staff skills/confidence critical to +ve experiences Study preferences and needs are very different 2008/10 Student expectations studies Prospective students unclear about the role technology could play in learning at University Students feel positive about using technology when educational benefits are clear ICT access and facilities becoming a factor in student choice www.academy.gcal.ac.uk/llida
  4. 4. How can digital literacy enhance the student experience? Digital Literacy Getting access to learning opportunities Integrating diverse living/learning experiences Being able to learn fluently across technologies and contexts Knowing what I need to know, and how to express it Being a participant in the digital learning community Having critical judgement in relation to digital means and media www.academy.gcal.ac.uk/llida Building academic/professional digital identity
  5. 5. Is digital literacy essential to the student experience? Digital Literacy And, if so, what are our responsibilities? www.academy.gcal.ac.uk/llida
  6. 6. What challenges do your students face in becoming digitally literate learners?
  7. 7. How does digital literacy develop through University study? Digital Literacy 2009/10 Learning literacies in a digital age study Learners need high-value, meaningful experiences in which technology is intrinsic Different subject areas demand different kinds of digital capability Support is fragmented; staff often lack confidence in this area www.academy.gcal.ac.uk/llida
  8. 8. How does digital literacy develop through University study? Digital Literacy Identity development
  9. 9. How does digital literacy develop through University study? Digital Literacy How will we manage multiple identities in a world where public and private are being redefined? How will we act safely and responsibility in hybrid spaces?
  10. 10. Digital Literacy How does this relate to graduate attributes? Sense making Computational thinking Social intelligence New media literacy Adaptive thinking Cognitive load management Cross-cultural competency Virtual collaboration Transdisciplinarity Design mindset Davies, A., Fidler, D., Gorbis, M. (2011) Future Work Skills 2020. Institute for the Future, for the University of Phoenix Research Institute. University of Phoenix.
  11. 11. Digital Literacy How does this relate to graduate attributes? Digital literacy one of five graduate attributes at Oxford Brookes University, defined as…   The functional access, skills and practices necessary to become . . . a confident, agile adopter of a range of technologies for personal, academic and professional use https://wiki.brookes.ac.uk/display/slidacases/Oxford+Brookes
  12. 12. What kinds of experience do your students need to have... (a) in the curriculum? (b) in the co-curriculum? … to develop authentic digital capabilities and relevant graduate attributes?
  13. 13. How do institutions need to change? 2010 Supporting Learners in a Digital Age (SLIDA) 9 institutions studied in depth 9 critical questions, including: Q4. How can the development of digital learners be supported in individual, personalised ways? Q5. In what ways can digital policies and practices be student driven? Q8. How are institutions making use of effective digital learners to benefit other learners? wiki.brookes.ac.uk/display/slida
  14. 14. How do institutions need to change?
  15. 15. Involve learners in shaping their own experience with technology 2009/12 Curriculum Design & Delivery Students as active curriculum partners Harnessing student skills Creating collaborative cultures 'Engaged students – the leaders of tomorrow – are encouraged to see how their own ideas can lead to collaborative change … If institutions can embrace passionate student advocates, they will be in a good position to drive forward innovation and to make a real and genuine difference to the services they provide.' Dale Potter, Students’ Project Coordinator, University of Exeter www.jisc.ac.uk/digiemerge
  16. 16. Integrate technologies into learning places and spaces University of Edinburgh SLIDA case study (2010) New teaching studio: collaboration and personal devices 'designed in' Informal group study spaces with wifi, sockets, projectors: library pods, bookable rooms, common areas Main library refurbishment: flexible spaces for different kinds of study
  17. 17. Integrate technologies into learning places and spaces We really, really struggled to be in the computing lab, and there'd be ...six of you trying to sit around one monitor... We ended up doing it in separate sections and putting it all together... It really wasn't suited at all to group work. Kate Slaughter, student Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. I don't know how you did without them, honestly, because just every single group would book those rooms. Marsali Wallace, student
  18. 18. Prepare learners for learning with technology Abingdon and Witney College SLIDA case study ● ● ● ● ● ● ● University of Bradford Online pre-induction support Extensive student consultation ● Lack of digital and learning skills ● Developed online package: Digital and Learning Literacies ● Induction (DALLI) Reusable, updated regularly All students undergo formative ● assessment for IT skills ● One hour digital literacy induction sessions using DALLI ● Revision/review any time Expectations survey and first year experience qu'aire Students struggle with transition to university study Use familiar social software environment Pre-induction students ask questions of student mentors Meet other students pre-arrival Links to 'Develop Me!' skills and induction material Student consultation: positively evaluated: continuously updated https://wiki.brookes.ac.uk/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=36208955
  19. 19. Integrate Digital Literacies #jiscdiglit Developing Digital Literacies 2011/13  A sector-wide programme promoting the development of coherent, inclusive and holistic institutional strategies and organisational approaches for developing digital literacies for staff and students in UK further and higher education  University of Greenwich University of the Arts London  University of Exeter Coleg Llandrillo  University of Plymouth University of Reading  University of Bath University College London  Oxford Brookes University Cardiff University  Worcester College Institute of Education www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/elearning/ developingdigitalliteracies/
  20. 20. What could your institution be doing? - to enhance the experience of learning with technology? - to offer digitally rich experiences in and beyond the curriculum? - to ensure all students have access to digital devices, networks, skills? - to recognise and respond to students' digital preferences? - to develop as a learning organisation in the digital age?
  21. 21. G o o V e w > H e a d e & F o o e o e di Materials from the Developing Digital Literacies Programme #jiscdiglit
  22. 22. Working across the sector JISC is working in collaboration with sector bodies and professional associations to:  Gather information and user requirements  Develop professional frameworks and practices  Synthesise and validate outcomes from the programme  Raise awareness and consult widely with stakeholders Organisations we are working with initially include: ALDinHE | ALT | AUA | HEDG | LSIS | NUS ODHE | SCAP | SDF | SEDA | SCONUL | Vitae Opportunities to involve and engage others will follow.
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