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Digital Literacy: the elephant in the staff room - Sharefest 2012

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Digital Literacy: the elephant in the staff room - Sharefest 2012

  1. 1. I iz in ur mind and yu can't see me Digital Literacy The elephant in the staff room
  2. 2. What is digital literacy?
  3. 3. Who has a account?
  4. 4. Digital literacy through engagement
  5. 5. Some really important concepts ...
  6. 6. "Digital Literacy is about mastering ideas, not keystrokes" Gilster, 1997
  7. 7. <literate></illiterate> "It is really not possible to speak of illiterate and literate persons as two distinct categories" (unesco 1957) Source
  8. 8. "Digital Literacy is a condition, not a threshold" Martin, 2006
  9. 9. What started the project
  10. 10. The workplace environment Conceptual thresholds We all have gaps in our understanding. For some staff these gaps are sometimes significant
  11. 11. Responsibility Locus There was an attitude among some that suggested they felt no responsibility for their own digital literacy "We have a responsibility for what we do, but also for what we don't do."
  12. 12. The workplace environment Transferability There exists a block in ability to transfer skills from one discipline to another ...or from application to application
  13. 13. "Digital literacy defines those capabilities which fit an individual for living, learning and working in a digital society" JISC
  14. 14. Horizon Report NZ 2011 Digital literacy is a key skill in every discipline and profession Most academics are not using new and compelling technologies for learning & teaching, nor for their own research The abundance of resources & relationships easily accessible via the Internet challenges us to revisit our roles as educators
  15. 15. How the project has developed
  16. 16. Digital Literacy Project - Preparing the ground Observation and Discussion Engaged key senior leaders Project Proposal Steering Committee
  17. 17. Digital Literacy Project - Intentions Developing staff digital literacy Confident & agile Lifelong learning "This is critical for our university today"
  18. 18. Digital literacy themes Wonder & curiosity Openness Participation Sharing Online identity Permission
  19. 19. Focus on Staff "But you're not doing anything for students!" • Students will not automatically be digitally literate • Student engagement and access to learning will inevitably involve some technology • Staff need to be role models for our students
  20. 20. We are all Natives
  21. 21. Outcomes so far
  22. 22. Senior Management Support Vice Chancellor Deputy VC Assistant VC Operations Directors and Deans “The university is a learning organisation - we want agile, curious, playful, enquiring, confid ent staff and students who embrace technology as part of a life-long journey.” Vice Chancellor, Roy Crawford
  23. 23. Support shift - encouraging self agency Do I already know the answer? Self paced video help Just in time support Explicit help Image courtesy of D. Sharon Pruitt and a CC licence
  24. 24. Digital Literacy Awareness Week Workshops Speed Seminars Coffee Courses Multimedia Resources 7 Things
  25. 25. The Future... No Elephants!
  26. 26. Tracey Morgan @traceymorgan Nigel Robertson @easegill