DELILA: sharing information and digital literacy resources as open educational resources Dr Jane Secker Centre for Learning Technology London School of Economics and Political Science Aberystwyth University: 9 th December 2010
“ to be information literate, a person must be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information."
"Information literacy is an understanding and a set of abilities enabling individuals to recognise when information is needed and have the capacity to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information."
Digital literacy is the ability to locate, organize, understand, evaluate, and analyze information using digital technology . It involves a working knowledge of current high-technology , and an understanding of how it can be used. Digitally literate people can communicate and work more efficiently, especially with those who possess the same knowledge and skills.
Research around digital literacy is concerned with wider aspects associated with learning how to effectively find, use, summarize, evaluate, create, and communicate information while using digital technologies, not just being literate at using a computer.
The ability to use ICT and the Internet becomes a new form of literacy – “digital literacy”. Digital literacy is fast becoming a prerequisite for creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship and without it citizens can neither participate fully in society nor acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to live in the 21st century. (European Commission, 2003)
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that are freely available online for everyone to use, whether you are an instructor, student or self-learner. Examples of OER include: full courses, course modules, syllabi, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, lab and classroom activities, pedagogical materials, games, simulations, and many more resources contained in digital media collections from around the world.
To provide a model of embedded digital and information literacy support into teacher training at higher education level;
To release a small sample of open educational resources to support embedding digital and information literacy education into institutional teacher training courses accredited by the HEA including PGCerts and other CPD courses;
To customise local repositories to provide access to these resources.