Strategic Approaches to Digital Literacies: Gregynog Colloquium 2014


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  • DDL prog – 10 HEIs and 2 FECs focused on institutional approaches to developing digital literacies. 10 professional associations were also involved as benefits realisation partners – getting resources out to their memberships
  • Key messages around taking a strategic approach to digital literacies development – not just about high-level decision-making at institutional level but grass roots approaches as well.
  • What do we know about students?
    Student confidence is usually ahead of their capability - Diagnostic/audit tools are useful – eg
    Different types and levels of guidance needed - most learners need some help
    Opportunities to learn from peers
    Motivated by developing an online professional identity
    Tutor practices and course requirements are crucial
    Integrate digital literacy into course and study skills

  • Projects bringing digital literacy / e-Learning staff development within broader umbrella
    Communities of practice and ‘digital heroes’
    Cardiff – conversation as enablement
    Plymouth – successful ‘talking about iPads’ sessions
    More lightweight and ‘just in time’ skills support
    Digital literacies as part of staff annual performance reviews (Plymouth)
    SEDA, working with other prof. associations, have produced a guide to implementing the UKPSF in the digital university
    Baseline study found library staff are generally the most supported professionally in digital literacy development
    University administrators are important group – work at UCL with teaching administrators
    Key role for staff as enabler - let students demonstrate what they can do
  • The study reviewed existing research and survey evidence from institutions, as well as conducting original interviews and focus groups. Currently in a consultation phase – including Wales event in april – HEA Future Directions conference at Aberystwyth. Focus of the project and crossover with DDL work.
  • Strategic Approaches to Digital Literacies: Gregynog Colloquium 2014

    1. 1. Lis Parcell, Jisc RSCWales & Marianne Sheppard, Jisc infoNet Strategic approaches to digital literacies11/06/2014
    2. 2. What are digital literacies? »Those capabilities which fit someone for living, learning and working in a digital society 09/06/2014 Developing digital literacies 2
    3. 3. Aspects of digital literacy 09/06/2014 Developing digital literacies 3
    4. 4. Digital literacy development 09/06/2014 Developing digital literacies 4 access and awareness skills practices in context attributes identity (Beetham and Sharpe 2009 & 2010) 'I am...' 'I do...' 'I can...' 'I have...'
    5. 5. Developing digital literacies programme 09/06/2014 Developing digital literacies 5 »Jisc Developing Digital Literacies programme (2011-2013) »Exploring institutional approaches »10 universities, 2 further education colleges incl. Cardiff University and Coleg Llandrillo Cymru »10 professional associations incl. SCONUL »Key themes incl. supporting student and staff digital literacies, e-pioneers, digital literacies in the disciplines, strategic embedding
    6. 6. Some key messages on developing digital literacies Discuss digital issues Strategic approach Review current support Develop staff skills Embed in curriculum Students as partners Promote digital identity Parallel activities 09/06/2014 Developing digital literacies 6
    7. 7. Developing students’ digital literacies » Student confidence is usually ahead of their capability » Different types and levels of guidance needed » Opportunities to learn from peers » Motivated by developing an online professional identity » Tutor practices and course requirements are crucial » Integrate digital literacy into course and study skills 11/03/2014 Developing digital literacies 7
    8. 8. Developing digital practices in the curriculum » Digital practices for academic success are subject specific and best practiced in a disciplinary context » Subject-specific digital attributes? » Curriculum design is key – embed digital into quality mechanisms and graduate attributes » Academic vs general technologies » How digitally skilled do teaching staff need to be? » Digital learning activities should be creative and appropriately assessed 11/03/2014 Developing digital literacies 8
    9. 9. Professional services and student support »Raise awareness of digital tools and practices »Time for professional development and networking »Professional identity, accreditation and recognition »Models or frameworks may help »‘Just in time’ integrated student support 11/03/2014 Developing digital literacies 9
    10. 10. Support for staff digital literacy development Barriers • Fear • Time • Where to start? Enablers • Relevant examples of good practice • ‘Just in time’ information • Communities of practice • Developing online identity • Professional development & reward 09/06/2014 Developing Digital Literacies slide 10
    11. 11. Student expectations » Digital student project #digitalstudent » Review into students’ expectations and experiences of the digital environment at university (phase 1) » Focus on general environment e.g. wifi, IT support, access to devices and printers and study environment e.g. use of digital resources, devices and services to support learning » Crossover with digital literacies support » Importance of dialogue and engagement with students 09/06/2014 Developing digital literacies 11
    12. 12. Supporting students’ digital literacies »How do you/your service currently support the development of students’ digital literacies? (5 mins) 09/06/2014 Developing digital literacies 12
    13. 13. Supporting students’ digital literacies »How could you/your service support students’ digital needs and expectations in the future? (5 mins) 09/06/2014 Developing digital literacies 13
    14. 14. Jisc resources » Developing digital literacies infoKit » Jisc Design Studio » Jisc quick guide to developing students’ digital literacy » Jisc Change Agent Network » Jisc RSCWales social media for student engagement guide 11/03/2014 14
    15. 15. Find out more… 09/06/2014 Developing digital literacies 15 Digital literacies #jiscdiglit Lis Parcell Marianne Sheppard Except where otherwise noted, this work is licensed under CC-BY-NC-ND