Jisc RSC Eastern Digital Literacies event 30.04.14 "Introduction to Digital Literacies"


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Introduction to Digital Literacy; Why carry out a DLOR?
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Jisc RSC Eastern Digital Literacies event 30.04.14 "Introduction to Digital Literacies"

  1. 1. Lyn Bender, Jisc RSC SW Digital Literacies
  2. 2. 'By digital literacy we mean those capabilities which fit an individual for living, learning and working in a digital society. 2
  3. 3. 3 "Many learners enter further and higher education lacking the skills needed to apply digital technologies to education. As 90% of new jobs will require excellent digital skills, improving digital literacy is an essential component of developing employable graduates. Courses that embed core digital skills, as well as subject specific use of technology, enable students to gain the skills and confidence they need to use digital technology not only to support their learning but also in the workplace." JISC Developing Digital Literacies Programme (http://www.jisc.ac.uk/developingdigitalliteracies)
  4. 4. 4 How are you preparing your learners for work and life in a world permeated with digital technologies? What skills and behaviours will your learners have when they leave your organisation?
  5. 5. 5 DLOR: What does it mean for your organisation? Are you providing a holistic approach?
  6. 6. 6 Key drivers • Employability: Digital competence is not optional for today’s workforce • Quality of teaching and learning: Use of digital technologies enables flexible, dynamic and engaging modes of delivery • Organisational visibility and reputation management: Improving the way in which staff and learners engage with the world around them
  7. 7. 7 Learners and staff are supported as they develop skills in: • Managing digital identity • Staying safe • Showcasing achievement • Building networks • Independent learning • Collaborative learning practice Key benefits
  8. 8. 8 How can Jisc RSCs help? Jisc Regional Support Centres work with more than 2,000 UK learning providers helping them to improve performance and efficiency through the use of technology. www.jiscrsc.ac.uk
  9. 9. 9 Help you to develop a strategic approach by • Helping to carry out an organisational review • Providing materials to support staff development • Enabling you to improve quality of provision • Signposting you to recent, relevant research How can Jisc help?
  10. 10. 10 The digital literacy audit has helped us recognise that we already have a lot of good practice and systems in place throughout the college. It highlighted our robust safeguarding systems and our commitment to learner’s welfare in the digital environment. An important area highlighted was the need to raise awareness of creating a positive digital identity with students; to enable their education and work place progression in a technology and media rich world. This is something we hope to develop with the support of the JISC RSC materials and advice and guidance as a result of the audit. Finally, the Digital Literacy Scan has raised the importance of enabling staff’s digital literacy skills and providing a technology rich environment which will support all students in their academic and future life skills. A participant from the event commented that they were not sure what we would have to discuss in the 5 hours! However, they found it enjoyable, enlightening and a fantastic opportunity to really focus on a critical part of our business in such detail. We found the support from the JISC RSC SouthWest invaluable in enabling us to understand what digital literacies are, how we currently support them and they also made us focus on the gaps and improvements that could be made.
  11. 11. »Questions? 08/05/2014 Title of presentation (Go to ‘View’ menu > ‘Header and Footer…’ to edit the footers on this slide) 11
  12. 12. Find out more… 12 Lyn Bender Interim Manager Jisc RSC SW lynbender@rsc-south-west.ac.uk Except where otherwise noted, this work is licensed under CC-BY-NC-ND
  13. 13. »http://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/infokits/digital-literacies/ »http://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/infokits/digital- literacies/strategic-perspectives/vision-leadership/ »http://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/infokits/digital- literacies/practice/ »http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/elearning/ developingdigitalliteracies.aspx 13 Resources
  14. 14. 14 General digital literacy resources including resources from outside the programme Staff development materials produced by the programme Materials designed for/with students Organisational development materials and resources on organisational change Case studies from the programme Briefings on a range of specific technologies and approaches Conceptual frameworks for understanding digital literacy and digital competence Professional frameworks for supporting and enhancing digital literacy with specific groups of staff/students Self-assessment and diagnostic tools for digital literacy skills Evaluation resources specific to digital literacies Reports and presentations from the funded projects Final synthesis report Resources
  15. 15. 15 Resources Developing digital literacies in the curriculum for curriculum teams and teaching staff Developing digital literacies for digital scholars and researchers Developing digital literacies for employability for students, employers, and staff concerned with employability issues Developing digital pioneers for managers, staff and students working as change agents across the institution Developing digitally literate institutions for strategic managers and governors Developing your digital literacies for staff and students in all roles