Impact of digital literacy on the engineering curriculum


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  • Good afternoon, Ladies and Gentlemen, My name is Jean-Marie Gilliot. I am coming from Telecom Bretagne, a french engineering school. I’d like to discuss with you of the Importance to take into account Digital Literacy, namely web 2.0 read-Write Web or social web in the engineering Curriculum.
  • The Web is a set of community spaces and communication tools that enable collaborative activities like discovering, exchanging, commenting, criticizing and building information. All that skills are prerequisite « Web 2.0 is the architecture of participation » Eugene Barsky
  • First, we think it has to be taken into account a the syllabus level. The Web is a set of community spaces and communication tools that enable collaborative activities like discovering, exchanging, commenting, criticizing and building information. All that skills are prerequisite Image de soutien au discours DL is a now a fundamental component for …
  • For Creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship All those skills exist in the CDIO list, but managing it in a digital environment is slightly different and has to be taken into account, as it is the pervasive environment of our XXIth Century society. As CAD, simulation and visualization tools have changed the way we design systems, Wikis and other social tools will change the way we imagine and conceive systems. Innovation is based on knowledge and collaboration. Internet is by no doubt the infrastructure for knowledge. So is Web2.0, or read write web, is the architecture of participation Slide suivant : Lego a plusieurs team group / project
  • As a third and last point, we have noticed that the use of web tools like blogs, wikis and others helps students to engage themselves in learning. Use of such tools encourage exchange between students, going up to collaboration. You can see here an exercise where students have to present web 2.0 tools and usage to all people crossing the main hall of our school. We call it ExplorCamp ! pbe : passer de digital literacy à digital tools L’un renforce l’autre : 2 flèches
  • Secondly, there has been many papers claiming that our students are digital natives, and therefore are confident with the use of communication or social tools. That’s absolutly true. But, digital natives are not scholar natives, if you don’t mind this neologism. I mean that using a keyboard faster than me, doesn’t mean you’re able to manage citations, to exercise critical thinking on the information you discover, or give some arguments on a problem. It is obvious that our future engineers have to be able to practice/exercise their personal and interpesonal skills in a digital environment. Therefore Digital Literacy has to be learned, I mean, it has to be integrated in the curriculum.
  • I don’t have much time to detail this slide, but what you may find if you take the time to read our communication/paper is that it is possible to align Digital Literacy skills, CDIO skills and learning experiences. All those examples are included in students projects, or scientific courses. animation
  • What you will also find in our paper is some information on the way we try to ensure Faculty Development for our faculty. It includes : Starting activities are proposed by early adopters; Development of communities of practice; Animations, trainings and workshop to organize exchange. Participation to conferences …
  • However, we are still in an early stage. Technologies will continue to evolve, but the main challenge is now : how to balance and integrate different activities to help to develop innovation abilities of our future engineers.
  • Impact of digital literacy on the engineering curriculum

    1. 1. Impact of Digital Literacy on the Engineering Curriculum Jean-Marie Gilliot , Serge Garlatti, Gwendal Simon Institut Télécom, Télécom Bretagne France
    2. 2. Web 2.0 in a slide Usage ( Collaboration, Social, User Generated Content ) Skills (Digital Literacy) Tools (Blogs, Wikis, Social Networks …)
    3. 3. Why consider Digital Literacy for Engineers ? <ul><li>A prerequisite … </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>For Creativity, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Leadership in XXIth Century Society </li></ul>
    5. 5. Web 2.0 usage: A good approach for Learning <ul><li>Active </li></ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul><ul><li>Between Peers </li></ul>
    6. 6. Digital Natives ≠> Digital Literacy <ul><li>Digital Literacy has to be learned </li></ul>
    7. 7. Examples Self Reflection thanks blogs Wikis as collaborative notebook Shared bibliography synthesis on forums Learning Practice Leadership Extension Transformation Curiosity and Lifelong learning Usage Knowledge Discovery Communications Competency CDIO skills Digital Literacy
    8. 8. Immerse Faculty for its Development
    9. 9. Innovation as a Key Objective <ul><li>How to set out : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Project Based Learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Active Learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classical Lectures </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Learning is a Conversation <ul><li>Let’s exchange </li></ul>
    11. 11. Credits <ul><li>Slide 3 : / </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 4: </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 5: </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 9: </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 9: </li></ul><ul><li>Others : ©Télécom Bretagne </li></ul>