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Diglit and student experience

  1. 1. #JISCDIGLIT http://bit.ly/jiscdiglitDigital Literacies and the Student ExperienceHelen Beetham and Sarah Knight15th November 2011
  2. 2. Digital Literacy What is digital literacy? “digital literacy expresses the sum of capabilities an individual needs to live, learn and work in a digital society”
  3. 3. Digital Literacy How does digital literacy impact on the student experience? 2008 Learners experiences of e-learning programme Students inhabit digitally-saturated personal/social worlds Technology choices are critical to identity and experience They expect 24/7 access to course information BUT Students struggle to transpose digital skills to study tasks Academic staff skills/confidence critical to +ve experiences Study preferences and needs are very different 2008/10 Student expectations studies Prospective students unclear about the role technology could play in learning at University Students feel positive about using technology when educational benefits are clear ICT access and facilities becoming a factor in student choicewww.academy.gcal.ac.uk/llida
  4. 4. Digital Literacy How can digital literacy enhance the student experience?Getting access to Integrating diverselearning opportunities living/learning experiencesBeing able to learn fluently across technologies and contexts Knowing what I need to know, and how to express it Being a participant in the digital learning community Having critical judgement in relation to digital means and media Building academic/professional www.academy.gcal.ac.uk/llida digital identity
  5. 5. Digital Literacy Is digital literacy essential to the student experience? And, if so, what are our responsibilities?www.academy.gcal.ac.uk/llida
  6. 6. What challenges do your students facein becoming digitally literate learners?
  7. 7. Digital Literacy How does digital literacy develop through University study? 2009/10 Learning literacies in a digital age study Learners need high-value, meaningful experiences in which technology is intrinsic Different subject areas demand different kinds of digital capability Support is fragmented; staff often lack confidence in this areawww.academy.gcal.ac.uk/llida
  8. 8. Digital Literacy How does digital literacy develop through University study? Identitydevelopment
  9. 9. Digital Literacy How does digital literacy develop through University study?How will wemanage multipleidentities in aworld wherepublic andprivate are beingredefined?How will we actsafely andresponsibility inhybrid spaces?
  10. 10. Digital Literacy How does this relate to graduate attributes? Sense making Computational thinking Social intelligence New media literacy Adaptive thinking Cognitive load management Cross-cultural competency Transdisciplinarity Virtual collaboration Design mindsetDavies, A., Fidler, D., Gorbis, M. (2011) Future Work Skills 2020. Institute for theFuture, for the University of Phoenix Research Institute. University of Phoenix.
  11. 11. Digital Literacy How does this relate to graduate attributes?Digital literacy one of five graduate attributes at Oxford Brookes University, defined as… The functional access, skills and practices necessary to become . . . a confident, agile adopter of a range of technologies for personal, academic and professional usehttps://wiki.brookes.ac.uk/display/slidacases/Oxford+Brookes
  12. 12. What kinds of experience do your students need to have...(a) in the curriculum?(b) in the co-curriculum?… to develop authentic digital capabilities and relevant graduate attributes?
  13. 13. How do institutions need to change?2010 Supporting Learners in aDigital Age (SLIDA)9 institutions studied in depth9 critical questions, including:Q4. How can the development of digitallearners be supported in individual,personalised ways?Q5. In what ways can digital policiesand practices be student driven?Q8. How are institutions making use ofeffective digital learners to benefit otherlearners? wiki.brookes.ac.uk/display/slida
  14. 14. How do institutions need to change?
  15. 15. Involve learners in shaping their own experience with technology2009/12 Curriculum Design & DeliveryStudents as active curriculum partnersHarnessing student skillsCreating collaborative culturesEngaged students – the leaders oftomorrow – are encouraged to see howtheir own ideas can lead to collaborativechange … If institutions can embracepassionate student advocates, they will bein a good position to drive forwardinnovation and to make a real andgenuine difference to the services theyprovide.Dale Potter, Students’ Project Coordinator,University of Exeter www.jisc.ac.uk/digiemerge
  16. 16. Integrate technologies into learning places and spacesUniversity of Edinburgh SLIDA case study (2010)New teaching studio: collaboration and personal devices designed inInformal group study spaces with wifi, sockets, projectors: library pods, bookable rooms, common areasMain library refurbishment: flexible spaces for different kinds of study
  17. 17. Integrate technologies into learning places and spaces We really, really struggled to be in the Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. computing lab, and thered be ...six of I dont know how you did you trying to sit around one monitor... without them, honestly, We ended up doing it in separate because just every single sections and putting it all together... It group would book thosereally wasnt suited at all to group work. rooms. Kate Slaughter, student Marsali Wallace, student
  18. 18. Prepare learners for learning with technologyAbingdon and Witney College University of BradfordSLIDA case study Online pre-induction support● Extensive student consultation ● Expectations survey and first● Lack of digital and learning skills year experience quaire● Developed online package: ● Students struggle with transition Digital and Learning Literacies to university study Induction (DALLI) ● Use familiar social software● Reusable, updated regularly environment● All students undergo formative ● Pre-induction students ask assessment for IT skills questions of student mentors● One hour digital literacy ● Meet other students pre-arrival induction sessions using DALLI ● Links to Develop Me! skills and● Revision/review any time induction material Student consultation: positively evaluated: continuously updated https://wiki.brookes.ac.uk/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=36208955
  19. 19. Integrate Digital Literacies #jiscdiglitDeveloping Digital Literacies 2011/13 A sector-wide programme promoting the development of coherent, inclusive and holistic institutional strategies and organisational approaches for developing digital literacies for staff and students in UK further and higher education University of Greenwich University of the Arts London University of Exeter Coleg Llandrillo University of Plymouth University of Reading University of Bath University College London Oxford Brookes University Cardiff University Worcester College Institute of Education www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/elearning/ developingdigitalliteracies/
  20. 20. What could your institution be doing? - to enhance the experience of learning with technology? - to offer digitally rich experiences in and beyond the curriculum? - to ensure all students have access to digital devices, networks, skills? - to recognise and respond to students digital preferences? - to develop as a learning organisation in the digital age?
  21. 21. Go Materials from the Developing Digitalo Literacies Programme #jiscdiglitVew>Heade&Fooeoedi
  22. 22. Working across the sectorJISC is working in collaboration with sector bodies andprofessional associations to: Gather information and user requirements Develop professional frameworks and practices Synthesise and validate outcomes from the programme Raise awareness and consult widely with stakeholdersOrganisations we are working with initially include: ALDinHE | ALT | AUA | HEDG | LSIS | NUS ODHE | SCAP | SDF | SEDA | SCONUL | VitaeOpportunities to involve and engage others will follow.