New	  technologies	  and	  21st	  Century	      learners	  and	  their	  impact	  on	  research	  in	  teaching	  and	  le...
New	                  technologies:	                    social	  and	                  parIcipatory	                 media...
An	                 Learners’	  assessment	  of	         access	  to,	  and	     An	  assessment	        current	         ...
1.	  AcIvity	  1	  •  An	  assessment	  of	  current	  pedagogies	  and	  	     technologies	  at	  Unisa,	  and	  where	 ...
Mapping	  pedagogies	  to	  technologies	                           Social	      Informa:on	  Informal	                   ...
AcIvity:	  	  Mapping	  e-­‐pedagogies	  to	  technologies	  Pedagogies 	  	                         Technologies	  •  Col...
Social	  Informal	                  Formal	                                              Experience	             Individua...
AcIvity	  1	              Working	  in	  your	  group,	                  please	  consider:	  	       -­‐	  What	  are	  t...
2.	  PresentaIon	                       [30	  minutes]	  Learners’	  access	  to,	  and	  use	  of	  technologies	     and...
21st	  century	  learners,	  learning	  and	            Access	  to,	  and	          competence	  with,	                  ...
Linked	  concepts	                     ‘digital	  /	  net	                      generaIon’	  ‘digital	  divide’	          ...
QuesIons…?	  •  Validity	  of	  ‘digital	  naIve’	  claims?	  •  Can	  we	  ignore	  it	  altogether?	  •  Themes	  /	  to...
A	  ‘digital	  /	  net	  generaIon’	         ‘Digital	  naIves’	  and	         ‘digital	  immigrants’	  
A	  generaIon?	  •  ‘an	  age	  cohort	  that	  comes	  to	  have	  social	     significance	  by	  virtue	  of	  consItuIn...
A	  digital	  generaIon	  	  ‘a	  genera:on	  defined	  in	  and	  through	  its	      experience	  of	  digital	  computer...
GeneraIons	  Genera:ons	  (according	  to	  Tapscoi,	  1998)	  •  The	  Boomers	  -­‐	  born	  between	  1946	  -­‐	  1964...
GeneraIons	  The	  net	  genera:on	  /	  The	  Boom	  Echo	  -­‐	  born	  amer	  1977.	  	  expressive,	  savvy,	  self-­‐...
Claims	  about	  the	  digital	  generaIon	   ‘Although	  specific	  forms	  of	  technology	  uptake	   are	  highly	  div...
Claims	  about	  the	  digital	  generaIon	   ‘…those	  immersed	  in	  new	  digital	  tools	  and	   networks	  are	  en...
QuesIons	  for	  educators	  …	  •  Can	  students	  entering	  HE	  be	  classified	  as	     belonging	  to	  a	  ‘net	  ...
Evidence	  from	  UK	  research	  Research	  on	  first	  year	  students	  born	  amer	  1983,	  both	  campus	  and	  dis...
Evidence	  from	  South	  Africa	  Brown	  &	  Czerniewicz,	  2008:	  Students’	  use	  of	  ICTs	  in	  higher	  educaIon...
Digital	  naIve’s	  own	  claims	  ‘I	  don’t	  find	  it	  hard	  to	  use	  a	  computer	  because	  I	  got	  into	  it	...
How	  true	  are	  these	  claims?	  ‘While	  these	  claims	  contain	  a	  sizeable	  grain	  of	  truth,	  we	  must	  ...
Growing	  up	  ‘analogue’	  Vs	  growing	  up	                      digital	  How	  far	  is	  this	  true	  as	  far	  as...
Digital	  divide	  
Different	  concepIons	  of	  digital	  divide	  
Digital	  divide	  ‘the	  gap	  between	  the	  technology	  rich	  and	  the	  technology	  poor,	  both	  within	  and	 ...
Digital	  divide	  ‘the	  gap	  between	  individuals,	  households,	  businesses	  and	  geographic	  areas	  at	  differe...
Closing	  the	  digital	  divide	  •  The	  ‘trickle-­‐down’	  principle	  	  •  What	  are	  the	  problems	  with	  the	...
Digital	  divide	  –	  quesIons?	  	  a	  ‘social	  and	  poli:cal	  problem’	  (van	  Dijk,	  2005,	  p.	  3),	  not	  a	...
Digital	  divide	  –	  quesIons?	  	  •  What	  are	  the	  disadvantages	  of	  being	  in	  the	     ‘have	  not’	  side...
Internet	  use	  –	  world	  regions	                 World	  total	         Ocenia/Australia	  LaIn	  America	  /	  Carib...
South	  Africa	  •  Literacy	  rate:	  81.8%	  total	  (1995	  est.)	  •  6,800,000	  Internet	  users	  (Dec	  2010),	  1...
South	  Africa	  –	  internet	  growth	                                                                   % Penetration of...
MoIvaIonal	                                           Skills	  access	                    access	  Material	  or	         ...
Digital	  divide	  –	  stories	                                                           “India	  unveils	  worlds	      ...
Approaches	  to	  closing	  digital	  divide?	    Sugata	  Mitra:	  Can	  kids	  teach	  themselves?	    “…	  Sugata	  Mit...
Digital	  naIves,	  digital	  immigrants	  and	                 digital	  divide	       Applicability	  of	  this	  discou...
Percent	                                                         Missing	       0.08%	         MulImedia	  Sharing	  Sites...
Percent	                                                         Missing	       0.08%	         MulImedia	  Sharing	  Sites...
some	  fun	  …	  •  Visualising	  the	  internet	  growth	  and	  use	  •  hip://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/   8552410...
Digital	  literacy	  
Digital	  literacy	  UK	  Policy	  concerns:	  •  ‘Digital	  Britain	  Report’	  (DCMS,	  2009):	     –  sets	  out	  the	...
Digital	  literacy	  In	  Higher	  EducaIon	  •  Prof.	  Sir	  David	  Melville	  (2009)	  Commiiee	  of	     Inquiry	  in...
Digital	  literacy	  -­‐	  definiIons	  
Digital	  literacy	  •  “the	  ability	  to	  access	  networked	  computer	     resources	  and	  use	  them….the	  abili...
Digital	  literacy	  in	  HE	      	  CapabiliIes	  which	  equip	  an	  individual	  for	  living,	  learning	  and	  wor...
Digital	  literacy	  in	  HE	  JISC	  UK	  context.	  Funded	  research	  since	  2001.	  	  -­‐  ICT	  /	  computer	  lit...
Digital	  literacy	  is	  ‘…	  about	  mastering	  ides,	  not	  keystrokes’	  (Gilster,	  1997).	  	  
Digital	  literacy	  -­‐	  definiIons	  ‘…	  much	  more	  than	  a	  funcIonal	  maier	  of	  learning	  how	  to	  use	  ...
Findings	  from	  research	  
A	  Leicester	  research	  project	  on:	  Learners’	  access	  to,	  and	  competence	  with,	  technologies	  and	  digi...
Aims	  1.  To	  idenIfy	  HE	  students’	  access	  to	  and	  the	  use	      of	  digital	  technologies	  and	  web	  2...
Research	  design	  and	  methodology	                                                2.	  Focus	  groups	  with	  •  to	 ...
Findings	  
Data	  from	  the	  2010-­‐2011	              hip://goo.gl/kraQF	  quesIonnaire	  survey	  at	  	    The	  next	  three	  ...
Ownership	  of	  computer	  and	  other	  digital	  devices	  (%	  reporIng)	                                             ...
Devices	  used	  to	  access	  internet	  during	  term-­‐Ime	  (%	  reporIng)	                                           ...
0	     5	     10	     15	     20	     25	     30	     35	     40	           45	                                           ...
5	  years	  ago	  at	  Leicester	  …	  
2006	  data	  from	  Impala	  project	  (www.impala.ac.uk)	                                         Not	  applicable	  	  ...
2006	  data	  from	  Impala	  project	                                                                Other	              ...
Findings	  …	  •  Students	  use	  a	  range	  of	  digital	  devices	  to	  access	  and	     organise	  informaIon	  and...
Findings	  …	  •  Students	  maintain	  their	  established	  virtual	     structures	  and	  ‘affinity	  spaces’	  (Frances...
RecommendaIons	  and	  thoughts	  •  The	  cultural	  context	  of	  digital	  literacy	  needs	  to	  be	     focused	  o...
Finally…	  •  VerIcal	  and	  horizontal	  space	  of	  the	  new	  media	     environment	  raises	  a	  number	  of	  ch...
More	  about	  Pelicans	  research	  project	        Please	  contact	  either:	           –  Pal	  at	  pe27@le.ac.uk	  o...
Similar	  /	  comparable	  research	  at	                     Unisa?	  
3.	  AcIvity	  2	  An	  assessment	  of	  learner	  expectaIons,	  employer	        expectaIons	  and	  employability	  pr...
QuesIons	  for	  consideraIon	  •  How	  can	  universiIes	  /	  formal	  educaIon	  system	     help	  learners	  growing...
References	  and	  further	  resources	  Buckingham,	  D.	  &	  Willei,	  R.	  (eds)	  (2006)	  Digital	  Genera,on:	  Chi...
References	  and	  further	  resources	  Gill,	  T.	  (ed)	  (1996)	  Electronic	  children:	  How	  children	  are	  resp...
References	  and	  further	  resources	  Livingstone,	  S.	  (2008)	  Internet	  Literacy:	  Young	  People’s	  NegoIaIon	...
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  1. 1. New  technologies  and  21st  Century   learners  and  their  impact  on  research  in  teaching  and  learning  at   Unisa   #unisa12   Palitha  Edirisingha   University  of  Leicester   Unisa  ODL  Research  Workshop   11  June  2012,  Unisa,  South  Africa  
  2. 2. New   technologies:   social  and   parIcipatory   media  (web  2.0)   New   technologies:   Digital   mobile  and  literacy   digital   technologies   Terms  and   concepts   21st   Century  Digital   learners:  divide   broadly   defined   A  ‘digital  /   net   generaIon’  
  3. 3. An   Learners’  assessment  of   access  to,  and   An  assessment   current   the  use  of   of  learner   technologies   expectaIons,   Conclusions  –   pedagogies,   and  learning   employer   what  can  we   technologies   resources.   expectaIons   take  from  the   and  research   What  are  the   and   session  at  Unisa,  and   emerging   employability   where  to   research  topics   prospects   next?   and  problems?  
  4. 4. 1.  AcIvity  1  •  An  assessment  of  current  pedagogies  and     technologies  at  Unisa,  and  where  to  next?  [10   minutes]  •  Pedagogy  –technology  framework  (Conole  et   al  (2004)  •  Photocopies  of  the  framework  to  be   distributed  to  the  parIcipants.    •  ParIcipants  to  work  in  pairs,  3s  or  small   groups  
  5. 5. Mapping  pedagogies  to  technologies   Social   Informa:on  Informal   Formal   Experience   (Conole  et  al.  2004)   Individual  
  6. 6. AcIvity:    Mapping  e-­‐pedagogies  to  technologies  Pedagogies     Technologies  •  CollecIve  group  aggregaIon   •  Social  bookmarking  •  Dialogic  Learning  (Dial)   •  Sykpe  •  DemonstraIon  of  assessment   •  ePorolio  •  DidacIc  learning  –   •  InteracIve  mulImedia/ reinforcement   MCQs  •  Pick  another  example   •  Pick  another  example   (Conole  et  al.  2004)  
  7. 7. Social  Informal   Formal   Experience   Individual   Informal   Formal   Informa:on   (Conole  et  al.  2004)  
  8. 8. AcIvity  1   Working  in  your  group,   please  consider:     -­‐  What  are  the  pedagogies   and    technologies  that  you   Report  back  to  use  in  your  current  teaching?     the  whole   Drawing  a   group.  One  key   general   -­‐  What  are  the  assumpIons   point  from   picture   and  realiIes  that  underpin   your  group     your  choices?    -­‐  What  changes  in  the  next  5   years?  
  9. 9. 2.  PresentaIon   [30  minutes]  Learners’  access  to,  and  use  of  technologies   and  learning  resources  –  an  overview  Applicability  to  Unisa  and  Southern  Africa?  What  are  the  emerging  research  topics  and   problems?    
  10. 10. 21st  century  learners,  learning  and   Access  to,  and   competence  with,   technologies?   technologies  (web-­‐ based  parIcipatory   media  and  mobile  digital   devices)   “digital  naIves”,   “net  generaIon”   Age-­‐related?   Economic,  other  factors?   Access  to  non-­‐insItuIonal  learning   Digital  divide?   Implica:ons?   resources   OERs  (‘small’,  ‘big’)   Research?   Digital  literacy?   Skills:   employees  or     Graduate  skills   employers?   AspiraIons,   Transferable  skills   expectaIons;   employment;  lifelong   learning  
  11. 11. Linked  concepts   ‘digital  /  net   generaIon’  ‘digital  divide’   ‘digital   literacy’  
  12. 12. QuesIons…?  •  Validity  of  ‘digital  naIve’  claims?  •  Can  we  ignore  it  altogether?  •  Themes  /  topics  for  research?   –  Digital  divide   –  Digital  literacy  
  13. 13. A  ‘digital  /  net  generaIon’   ‘Digital  naIves’  and   ‘digital  immigrants’  
  14. 14. A  generaIon?  •  ‘an  age  cohort  that  comes  to  have  social   significance  by  virtue  of  consItuIng  itself  as  a   cultural  iden:ty’  (Edmunds  and  Turner,  2002,  p.   7).  •  ‘a  cohort  of  individuals  born  within  a  par:cular   :me  frame’  (Buckingham,  2008,  p.  2)  •  a  cohort  having  a  relaIonship  with  a  parIcular   traumaIc  event’  (Edmunds  and  Turner,  2002),  for   example  a  world  war...,  a  defining  moment  in  the   history.  
  15. 15. A  digital  generaIon    ‘a  genera:on  defined  in  and  through  its   experience  of  digital  computer   technology’  (Buckingham,  2006,  p.  1).  
  16. 16. GeneraIons  Genera:ons  (according  to  Tapscoi,  1998)  •  The  Boomers  -­‐  born  between  1946  -­‐  1964.   The  TV  generaIon.  conservaIve,  hierarchical,   inflexible,  centralised  (like  the  TV  medium).   ‘incompetent  technophobes’.    •  The  Bust  -­‐  born  between  1965  -­‐  1976.    
  17. 17. GeneraIons  The  net  genera:on  /  The  Boom  Echo  -­‐  born  amer  1977.    expressive,  savvy,  self-­‐reliant,  analyIcal,  creaIve,  inquisiIve,  accept  diversity,  socially  conscious.  possess  intuiIve,  spontaneous  relaIonship  with  digital  technology.  ‘using  new  technology  is  as  natural  as  breathing’  (Tapscoi,  1998,  p.  40).    generaIonal  differences  are  produced  by  the  technology.    
  18. 18. Claims  about  the  digital  generaIon   ‘Although  specific  forms  of  technology  uptake   are  highly  diverse,  a  generaIon  is  growing  up   in  an  era  where  digital  media  are  part  of  the   taken-­‐for-­‐granted  social  and  cultural  fabric  of   learning,  play,  and  social  communicaIon’  (Ito   et  al,  2008,  p.  vii).  
  19. 19. Claims  about  the  digital  generaIon   ‘…those  immersed  in  new  digital  tools  and   networks  are  engaged  in  an  unprecedented   exploraIon  of  language,  games,  social   interacIon,  problem  solving,  and  self-­‐directed   acIvity  that  leads  to  diverse  forms  of   learning.’  (Ito  et  al,  p.  vii,  2008).  
  20. 20. QuesIons  for  educators  …  •  Can  students  entering  HE  be  classified  as   belonging  to  a  ‘net  generaIon’?  •  Do  young  people  who  are  growing  up  with   digital  media  have  a  different  orientaIon  to   the  world,  a  different  set  of  disposiIons  or   characterisIcs?  •  How  do  the  net  generaIon  learn?  What  are   the  characterisIcs  of  their  learning?  
  21. 21. Evidence  from  UK  research  Research  on  first  year  students  born  amer  1983,  both  campus  and  distant  learners  ‘The  generaIon  is  not  homogeneous  in  its  use  and  appreciaIon  of  new  technologies’  ‘…  significant  variaIons  amongst  students  that  lie  within  the  Net  generaIon  age  band’  (Jones  et  al.,  2010,  p.  722).  
  22. 22. Evidence  from  South  Africa  Brown  &  Czerniewicz,  2008:  Students’  use  of  ICTs  in  higher  educaIon  in  South  Africa.    -­‐  similar  to  the  findings  in  the  UK  and  US.    Other?    -­‐    
  23. 23. Digital  naIve’s  own  claims  ‘I  don’t  find  it  hard  to  use  a  computer  because  I  got  into  it  quickly.  You  learn  quick  because  it’s  a  very  fun  thing  to  do.”  (Amir,  15,  from  London).    ‘My  Dad  hasn’t  even  got  a  clue.  Can’t  even  work  the  mouse....  So  i  have  to  go  on  the  Internet  for  him”  (Lorna,  17,  from  Manchester).  (Livingstone,  2008).  
  24. 24. How  true  are  these  claims?  ‘While  these  claims  contain  a  sizeable  grain  of  truth,  we  must  also  recognise  their  rhetorical  value  for  the  speakers.  Only  in  rare  circumstances  in  history  have  children  gained  greater  experIse  than  parents  in  skills  highly  valued  by  society.’  (e.g.,  diasphoric  children’s  learning  of  the  host  language  before  their  parents,  youthful  experIse  in  music,  games,  play).  (Livingstone,  2008).  
  25. 25. Growing  up  ‘analogue’  Vs  growing  up   digital  How  far  is  this  true  as  far  as  yourself  and  your  students  are  concerned?  Does  a  ‘digital  generaIon’  exist  in  your  context?  What  is  their  paierns  of  access  to,  and  use  of  technologies?  
  26. 26. Digital  divide  
  27. 27. Different  concepIons  of  digital  divide  
  28. 28. Digital  divide  ‘the  gap  between  the  technology  rich  and  the  technology  poor,  both  within  and  between  socieIes’  (Buckingham,  2008,  p.  10)   the  gap  between  those  who  do  and  those   who  do  not  have  access  to  computers  and   the  Internet’    (van  Dijk,  2005,  p.  1).   …access  considered  as  physical  access  -­‐   having  personal  computer  and  Internet   connecIon  (van  Dijk,  2005,  p.  1).    
  29. 29. Digital  divide  ‘the  gap  between  individuals,  households,  businesses  and  geographic  areas  at  different  socio-­‐economic  levels  with  regard  both  to  their  opportuniIes  to  access  informaIon  and  communicaIon  technologies  (ICTs)  and  to  their  use  of  the  Internet  for  a  wide  variety  of  acIviIes’  (OECD,  2001,  p.  5)  
  30. 30. Closing  the  digital  divide  •  The  ‘trickle-­‐down’  principle    •  What  are  the  problems  with  the  above   view/  approach  to  solving  the  access   problem?  
  31. 31. Digital  divide  –  quesIons?    a  ‘social  and  poli:cal  problem’  (van  Dijk,  2005,  p.  3),  not  a  technical  one.    
  32. 32. Digital  divide  –  quesIons?    •  What  are  the  disadvantages  of  being  in  the   ‘have  not’  side  of  the  digital  divide?  What  are   the  consequences  of  digital  divide  for  learners,   for  teachers,  for  educaIon  as  a  whole?  •  Does  digital  divide  intensify  the  exisIng  social   inequaliIes  (of  age,  gender,  ethnicity,  social   class,  disabiliIes)?  
  33. 33. Internet  use  –  world  regions   World  total   Ocenia/Australia  LaIn  America  /  Carib.   Noth  America   Middle  East   Series1   Europe   Asia   Africa   0   10   20   30   40   50   60   70   80   90   Source:  hip://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm  [accessed  on  4  June  2012]    
  34. 34. South  Africa  •  Literacy  rate:  81.8%  total  (1995  est.)  •  6,800,000  Internet  users  (Dec  2010),  13.9%  of  the  populaIon  •  4,822,820  Facebook  users  (Dec  2011),  9.8%  penetraIon  rate.  Source:  hip://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm  [accessed  on  4  June  2012]    
  35. 35. South  Africa  –  internet  growth   % Penetration of YEAR internet access 2000 5.5 2001 6.2 2002 6.8 2003 7.1 2004 7.4 2005 7.4 2008 10.5 2009 10.8Source:  hip://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm  [accessed  on  4  June  2012]    
  36. 36. MoIvaIonal   Skills  access   access  Material  or   Usage   physical   Types  of   access     access   access   contribuIng   to  Digital   divide   (van  Dijk,  2005).  
  37. 37. Digital  divide  –  stories   “India  unveils  worlds   cheapest  tablet  computer”  “Nairobis  digital  divide  “   “Indias  government  unveiled  its  ‘…  with  broadband  internet  access   computer  tablet  which  will  sell  at  cosIng  more  than  the  average   only  $35US.  Kenyan  annual  wage,  the  digital  divide  appears  set  to  remain’  (BBC,   By  offering  the  Aakash  tablet  at  2010).     highly  subsidised  prices  to  millions  of   students  and  teachers,  officials  says  hip://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/ they  aim  to  revoluIonise  in_pictures/8259533.stm   educaIon.”  (BBC,  2011)   hip://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-­‐ south-­‐asia-­‐15192624    
  38. 38. Approaches  to  closing  digital  divide?   Sugata  Mitra:  Can  kids  teach  themselves?   “…  Sugata  Mitra  talks  about  his  Hole  in  the  Wall  project.  Young   kids  in  this  project  figured  out  how  to  use  a  PC  on  their  own  -­‐-­‐   and  then  taught  other  kids.  He  asks,  what  else  can  children   teach  themselves?”   hip://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRb7_ffl2D0  and     hip://www.ted.com    
  39. 39. Digital  naIves,  digital  immigrants  and   digital  divide   Applicability  of  this  discourse  to  Unisa  /   Southern  Africa.  
  40. 40. Percent   Missing   0.08%   MulImedia  Sharing  Sites  (e.g.,  YouTube)   25.08%  Social  Bookingmarking  Sites  (e.g.,    del.ici.ous)   1.42%   Percent   Social  Networking  sites  (e.g.,  Facebook)   42.08%   Wikis  (e.g.,  Wikipedia)   24.08%   Blogs   7.25%   0.00%   5.00%   10.00%   15.00%   20.00%   25.00%   30.00%   35.00%   40.00%   45.00%  N  =  1,200  parIcipants  Age  range  =  16  –  35+   Can  you  guess  which  country  /  world  region!  Levels  of  study  =  CerIficate  to  Postgraduate  
  41. 41. Percent   Missing   0.08%   MulImedia  Sharing  Sites  (e.g.,  YouTube)   25.08%  Social  Bookingmarking  Sites  (e.g.,    del.ici.ous)   1.42%   Percent   Social  Networking  sites  (e.g.,  Facebook)   42.08%   Wikis  (e.g.,  Wikipedia)   24.08%   Blogs   7.25%   0.00%   5.00%   10.00%   15.00%   20.00%   25.00%   30.00%   35.00%   40.00%   45.00%   Munguatosha,  G.  (2011)  A  Social  Networked  N  =  1,200  parIcipants  Age  range  =  16  –  35+   Learning  Model  for  Higher  Educa9on  in  Tanzania,  Levels  of  study  =  CerIficate  to  Postgraduate   MSc  Disserta:on,  Makerere  University.      
  42. 42. some  fun  …  •  Visualising  the  internet  growth  and  use  •  hip://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/ 8552410.stm  
  43. 43. Digital  literacy  
  44. 44. Digital  literacy  UK  Policy  concerns:  •  ‘Digital  Britain  Report’  (DCMS,  2009):   –  sets  out  the  strategy  of  the  government  in  placing   technology  at  the  centre  of  the  UK’s  economic   recovery   –  recognises  the  importance  of    people  having  the   ‘…  capabiliIes  and  skills  to  flourish  in  the  digital   economy’  (DCMS,  2009,  p.  1).    
  45. 45. Digital  literacy  In  Higher  EducaIon  •  Prof.  Sir  David  Melville  (2009)  Commiiee  of   Inquiry  into  learners’  use  of  Web  2.0  in  HE   –  students  in  HE  may  well  be  pervasive  users  of   social  networking  sites,  blogs,  virtual   environments  and  other  mulI-­‐media  forms,  but   they  lacked  deep  criIcal  skills  to  analyse  and   validate  informaIon  on-­‐line  (Melville,  2009).    
  46. 46. Digital  literacy  -­‐  definiIons  
  47. 47. Digital  literacy  •  “the  ability  to  access  networked  computer   resources  and  use  them….the  ability  to   understand  and  use  informaIon  in  mulIple   formats  from  a  wide  range  of  sources  when  it  is   presented  via  computers”  (Gilster,  1997,  p.  1).  •  literacy  means  much  more  than  just  reading  and   requires  “a  set  of  core  competencies”  including,   “the  ability  to  make  informed  judgments”  and   others  that  derive  from  criIcal  thinking  (ibid,  p.   1-­‐2).  
  48. 48. Digital  literacy  in  HE    CapabiliIes  which  equip  an  individual  for  living,  learning  and  working  in  a   digital  society  (JISC  LLiDA,  2009).  examples  of  skills:  •  the  use  of  digital  tools  to  undertake  academic  research,  wriIng  and  criIcal   thinking  •  digital  professionalism  •  the  use  of  specialist  digital  tools  and  data  sets  •  communicaIng  ideas  effecIvely  in  a  range  of  media  •  producing,  sharing  and  criIcally  evaluaIng  informaIon  •  collaboraIng  in  virtual  networks  •  using  digital  technologies  to  support  reflecIon  and  personal  development   planning,  and  •  managing  digital  reputaIon  and  showcasing  achievements  (Knight,  2011,   p.  8).  
  49. 49. Digital  literacy  in  HE  JISC  UK  context.  Funded  research  since  2001.    -­‐  ICT  /  computer  literacy  -­‐  InformaIon  literacy  -­‐  Media  literacy  -­‐  CommunicaIon  and  collaboraIon  -­‐  Digital  scholarship  -­‐  Learning  skills  -­‐  Life-­‐planning          (JISC  briefing  paper)  
  50. 50. Digital  literacy  is  ‘…  about  mastering  ides,  not  keystrokes’  (Gilster,  1997).    
  51. 51. Digital  literacy  -­‐  definiIons  ‘…  much  more  than  a  funcIonal  maier  of  learning  how  to  use  a  computer  and  keyboard,  or  how  to  do  online  searches.  […]  As  with  print,  [students]  also  need  to  be  ale  to  evaluate  and  use  informaIon  criIcally  if  they  are  to  transform  it  into  knowledge.    This  means  asking  quesIons  about  the  sources  of  that  informaIon,  the  interests  of  its  producers,  and  the  ways  in  which  it  represents  the  world  […].    (Buckingham,  2006:  267,  in  Ryberg  and  Dirckinck  –Holmsfield,  2010,  p.  173)  
  52. 52. Findings  from  research  
  53. 53. A  Leicester  research  project  on:  Learners’  access  to,  and  competence  with,  technologies  and  digital  literacy   skills   [PELICANS]  
  54. 54. Aims  1.  To  idenIfy  HE  students’  access  to  and  the  use   of  digital  technologies  and  web  2.0  tools  for   their  formal  and  informal  learning  in  HE.  2.  To  idenIfy  their  level  of  digital  literacy  and  to   develop  strategies  for  addressing  gaps  in   levels  of  literacy.  3.  To  make  recommendaIons  for  supporIng   students  to  further  develop  their  digital   literacy  skills.  
  55. 55. Research  design  and  methodology   2.  Focus  groups  with  •  to  idenIfy   students   •  to  develop  and   students’   validate  appropriate   ownership  of  and   online  acIviIes  and   use  of  digital   •  to  gain  a  deeper   learning  tools  to   devices  and  web   insight  into  their   improve  their  level   2.0  tools   use  of  web  2.0   of  digital  literacy   tools  in  a  learning   skills   1.  QuesIonnaire   context   surveys  of  100+   undergraduates  and   3.  Workshops  with   postgraduates   students    
  56. 56. Findings  
  57. 57. Data  from  the  2010-­‐2011   hip://goo.gl/kraQF  quesIonnaire  survey  at     The  next  three  slides  based  on   2011  -­‐  2012  data  
  58. 58. Ownership  of  computer  and  other  digital  devices  (%  reporIng)   2012  data   0   20   40   60   80   100   120   Desktop   35   laptop   100  Smartphone   82.5   Phone   17.5   Camera   92.5   MP3Player   87.5   Tablet   42.5   [8%  in  2011]   eReader   10   [4%  in  2011]  GameDevice   25   2012  data  set  1,  n  =  40  
  59. 59. Devices  used  to  access  internet  during  term-­‐Ime  (%  reporIng)   2012  data   0   20   40   60   80   100   120   UniComputer   85  OwnComputer   100   MobilePhone   77.5   [55%  in  2011]   iPodTouch   7.5   OtherDevices   10   Tablet   25   2012  data  set  1,  n  =  40  
  60. 60. 0   5   10   15   20   25   30   35   40   45   Update  SNS   Watch  Television   Listen  to  radio  Frequency  of  using  Web  2.0  tools  and  acIviIes  –  2012  data   Write  blog   Use  SBMS   Contribute  to  wikis   Play  video  games   Download  /  share  music   Use  3-­‐D  virtual  worlds   Missing   Chat  (e.g.,  MSN)   Rarely/never   VOIP   Share  digital  photographs   SomeImes   Share  videos   Record  own  music   Frequently   Mix  music   Make  graphic  art   Contribute  to  bulleIn  boards   Microblogging   Subscribe  to  RSS  feeds   Programming   Selling  on  ebay   Online  shopping   Online  banking   Use  ‘Apps’  
  61. 61. 5  years  ago  at  Leicester  …  
  62. 62. 2006  data  from  Impala  project  (www.impala.ac.uk)   Not  applicable       1  Both  a  desktop  and  a  laptop  computer       10   Series1   A  laptop  computer       65   A  desktop  computer       24   0   10   20   30   40   50   60   70   N  =  243  
  63. 63. 2006  data  from  Impala  project   Other   Studies       Listening  to  podcasts        Sharing  /  broadcasIng  video  (e.g.  YouTube)   Sharing  bookmarks  (e.g.  del.icio.us)       Sharing  photos  (e.g.  Flickr)       ContribuIng  to  Wikis       Series1   Blogging       Chat  rooms   Internet  telephony  (e.g.  Skype)       Selling  items  (e.g.  eBay)       On-­‐line  shopping         Play  games       0   10   20   30   40   50   60   70   80   N  =  256  
  64. 64. Findings  …  •  Students  use  a  range  of  digital  devices  to  access  and   organise  informaIon  and  plan  their  studies.  Laptops,   smart  phones,  MP3  players,  and  e-­‐readers.  Checking   availability  of  library  books,  arranging  to  meet  off-­‐line   for  group  work,  and  many  more.  seamlessly  both  in   virtual  and  physical  spaces,  involving  input  from  their   teachers  and  non-­‐formal  study  groups.  •  Students’  familiarity  and  preference  for  the  use  of  web   2.0  tools  and  digital  devices,  and  competencies  are   diverse  reflecIng  the  internaIonal  and  other   demographic  profile  of  our  students.  No  homogeneous   net  generaIon.      
  65. 65. Findings  …  •  Students  maintain  their  established  virtual   structures  and  ‘affinity  spaces’  (Frances,  2010)   from  their  geographical  area  of  origin  (naIonal   and  overseas)  that  serve  as  informal  sources  of   support  for  studies.  University,  teachers  and   library  are  no  longer  the  ‘gate  keepers’  of  what  is   deemed  ‘expert’  informaIon.  •  Students  engage  in  a  ‘parIcipatory   culture’  (Jenkins  et  al,  2006),  for  example,  reading   and  contribuIng  to  book  recommendaIon  sites.    
  66. 66. RecommendaIons  and  thoughts  •  The  cultural  context  of  digital  literacy  needs  to  be   focused  on  more  closely.  •  ParIcipatory  cultures  vary  -­‐  Jenkins  very  much  rooted   in  US  and  parIcular  types  of  acIviIes  online  (gaming   for  example).  •  As  learners  and  teachers  we  need  to  recognise  this   cultural  context.  •  Provide  direcIon  and  intervenIon  (where  there  is   scant  access  to  physical  books,  the  web  is  seen  as  a   soluIon).  Not  all  students  have  the  ability  to  determine   good  quality  sources  online.  •  SupporIng  students  to  create  their  own  PLE?  
  67. 67. Finally…  •  VerIcal  and  horizontal  space  of  the  new  media   environment  raises  a  number  of  challenges  •  Expert  and  ‘non-­‐expert’  informaIon  •  Moving  across  ‘expert’  or  ‘academic’  informaIon  that   flows  downwards:  reading  lists,  Library  e-­‐link,   alongside  peer  to  peer  (horizontal)  informaIon.  •  Seamless  spaces  on-­‐line  QQ,  off-­‐line:  group  study   rooms  in  the  library.  •  Students  have  useful  mobile  technology  an  iPhone   provides  mulIple  uses:  mini  photocopier,  access  web   material,  arrange  group  meeIngs  etc.  
  68. 68. More  about  Pelicans  research  project   Please  contact  either:   –  Pal  at  pe27@le.ac.uk  or     –  Tracy  at  tas1@le.ac.uk    
  69. 69. Similar  /  comparable  research  at   Unisa?  
  70. 70. 3.  AcIvity  2  An  assessment  of  learner  expectaIons,  employer   expectaIons  and  employability  prospects  [10   minutes]  Digital  literacy  skills  in  the  context  of  employability  in   South  Africa.  How  important  are  digital  literacy  skills?   What  are  the  expectaIons  from  employers?   Professional  organisaIons?  [5  minutes]  
  71. 71. QuesIons  for  consideraIon  •  How  can  universiIes  /  formal  educaIon  system   help  learners  growing  in  a  digital  age?  •  How  might  we  deploy  new  digital  technologies  to   improve  learning  and  studying  at  our   universiIes?  •  How  might  we  prepare  learners  work  and  for   lifelong  learning?  
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