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The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies (WCCE, 4 July 2017)


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A slide deck to go with Doug Belshaw's symposium presentation at the World Conference for Computers in Education (Dublin). More details, including audio, can be found here:

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The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies (WCCE, 4 July 2017)

  1. 1. The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies Dr. Doug Belshaw CC BY-NC Wade Brooks
  2. 2. Who are you? Dr. Doug Belshaw Teacher → Senior Leader → Jisc → Mozilla → Consultant & co-op co-founder @dajbelshaw
  3. 3. Updated and rewritten version of my doctoral thesis OpenBeta model Now ‘pay what you want’
  4. 4. PART I Power
  5. 5. What are people really saying when they say something is a ‘literacy’?
  6. 6. POWER Digital literacy is about... (just like all other forms of literacy)
  7. 7. Is this any good?
  8. 8. CC0 Beata Ratuszniak There’s a myriad of frameworks - most of which look visually appealing
  9. 9. CC0 Igor Miske We shouldn’t take each framework at face value
  10. 10. CC0 Samuel Zeller Most frameworks have a rigid order
  11. 11. CC0 Khara WoodsCC0 Alice Achterhof It can be difficult to apply frameworks unless you get your hands dirty
  12. 12. CC0 Khara Woods We need to look behind the scenes at how frameworks came into being
  13. 13. Just like ‘view source’ on web pages
  14. 14. Most of us don’t look at source code. But it’s important that we can.
  15. 15. CC BY-SA wlodi Most frameworks don’t allow you to see how they were made
  16. 16. CC0 Tim Arterbury Every organisation’s context is different - different brushes and palettes
  17. 17. CC0 Thomas Kelley You can’t just take a framework off the shelf and expect it to work
  18. 18. PART II Plurality
  19. 19. Digital literacy is the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet. Digital Literacy is important in education, the workforce and generally for every internet user. Digital Literacy is one component of Digital Citizenship. Digital literacy is when students can manipulate and evaluate data to construct their own meaning. Digital literacy is using technologies to find, use and disseminate information. Digital literacy is the ability to effectively and critically navigate, evaluate and create information using a range of digital technologies. Digital literacy is a process, not a tool. Digital literacy is critical to the development of UK further and higher education as digital technologies provide new opportunities to enhance teaching, learning, research and the management of organisations. Digital Literacy is essential reading for students, researchers, writers, investors, and anyone who intends to use the bountiful resources available on-line to bolster their work. Digital literacy is the means by which our students can access and gain fluency in the core skills we already teach: comprehension, synthesis, rhetoric, and argument. Digital literacy is about many things, not just digitization projects. Digital literacy is an essential part of job-readiness, socialization and independence. Digital literacy is the ability to understand and use information in multiple formats from a wide range of sources when it is presented via computers.
  20. 20. One definition to rule them all?
  21. 21. Digital literacy Digital literacies
  22. 22. It’s all about CONTEXT
  23. 23. Digital literacies are SOCIALLY NEGOTIATED
  24. 24. “Digital literacy is a condition, not a threshold.” Martin, A. (2006). A european framework for digital literacy. Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy, 02-2006.
  25. 25. Cu Cr Co Cultural Creative Cf Cg Confident Cognitive EIGHT ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF DIGITAL LITERACIES Communicative Cn Constructive Ct Ci Critical Civic
  26. 26. EIGHT ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF DIGITAL LITERACIES FOUR SKILLSETS Thanks to Ted Parker (@MrTedP) for suggesting this grouping Cu Cr Co Cultural Creative Communicative Cn Constructive
  28. 28. Think these through and define them with colleagues!
  29. 29. Traditional context +New twist = DIFFERENT LITERACY
  30. 30. Ct Critical Cu CulturalCo CommunicativeCo Communicative Ci Civic
  31. 31. PART IIIStandards
  32. 32.
  33. 33. 2012
  34. 34. Early 2013
  35. 35. Late 2013
  36. 36. 2014
  37. 37. 2014
  38. 38. 2015
  39. 39. It was possible to ‘view source’ on this work between 2012 and 2015
  40. 40. 2016
  41. 41. 1. Define your audience 2. Focus on verbs 3. Add version numbers Creating a framework?
  42. 42. PART IV Scaffolding
  43. 43. Competencies Literacies Literacies Competencies Skills
  44. 44. ATTRIBUTES PRACTICES SKILLS ACCESS “I am…” “I do...” “I can...” “I have...” Beetham & Sharpe (2009)
  45. 45. Procedural Critical Literacies exist on a spectrum (1)
  46. 46. Literacies exist on a spectrum (2) Social Individual
  47. 47. Procedural Critical Social Individual ? ? ?
  48. 48. EXAMPLE Contributing to an article on Wikipedia Cn Constructive Ci Civic Ct Critical
  49. 49. CONCLUSION
  50. 50. Is this any good?
  51. 51. Do these and good things will happen: 1. Understand literacies as being plural and about power. 2. Talk to one another about your context (org/sector/global) 3. Approach off-the-shelf frameworks and case studies with extreme caution.
  52. 52. QUESTIONSQ&A