Developing digital literacies - Sarah Davies - Jisc Digital Festival 2014
Sarah Davies, Jisc
Developing digital literacies11/03/2014
Today’s digital students?
»What do we know about:
› Personal devices?
› ICT skills?
› Learning skills?
› Networking and
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What are digital literacies?
»Those capabilities which fit someone for living, learning
and working in a digital society
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Aspects of digital literacy
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Digital literacy development
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(Beetham and Sharpe 2009 & 2010)
Your experiences of supporting digital literacies
»Thinking about how your organisation supports the
development of digital literacies:
› What is working well?
› What are the ongoing barriers and challenges?
»Share these using tag #jiscdiglit
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Some key messages on developing digital literacies
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Developing digital literacies infokit
» Practical guidance, tools and approaches from the Jisc
Developing digital literacies programme and beyond
» ‘Top-down’ strategic considerations involved in developing
digital literacies across an institution
» ‘On the ground’ view of what this means in practice for many
different role groups
» Available at www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/infokits/digital-literacies
» Give us feedback at
A. What does this mean for IT services?
B. What does this mean for IT services?
C. Embedding digital activities in the curriculum
D. Embedding digital activities in the curriculum
E. Discipline-specific view of digital literacies
F. Digital support throughout the student journey
G. Digital support throughout the student journey
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Find out more…
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Developing digital literacies
Head of Change – student experience
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Developing students’ digital literacies
» Student confidence is usually ahead of their capability
› Diagnostic/audit tools are useful –
» 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
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Support for staff digital literacy development
• Where to start?
• Relevant examples of good practice
• ‘Just in time’ information
• Communities of practice
• Developing online identity
• Professional development & reward
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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
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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
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