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Working collaboratively to map and develop digital literacy provision - Susan Halfpenny & David Brown

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Working collaboratively to map and develop digital literacy provision - Susan Halfpenny & David Brown

  1. 1. Working collaboratively to map and develop digital literacy provision Susan Halfpenny David Brown
  2. 2. Mapping Digital Literacy Provision Restructuring Digital literacy at York Strategy development and framework Working with Health Sciences Consultation Deliverables and outcomes Lessons learned
  3. 3. Information Directorate Library & IT Services merged in 2011 creating a new Relationship Management Team integrating Academic Liaison and the Application Support Team. Team restructured in January 2014: Academic Liaison, Research Support , and Teaching & Learning.
  4. 4. Digital Literacy Increasingly important across the HE sector, linked to employability strategies and life long learning. Development of curricula and frameworks to illustrate digital literacy skills, practices and attributes.
  5. 5. Development of York Digital Literacy Framework The embedded information literacy workshops had developed organically with academic liaison librarians working independently to design lessons -- time to take a more structured approach to ensure consistency in the provision across departments and work collaboratively to address IT skills. Framework developed to clearly express digital literacy provision to departments.
  6. 6. University Strategy New strategy with a teaching and learning strand: research led teaching, with a focus on programme level design and student work; resulting in a planned review of programmes across all departments.
  7. 7. Working with Health Sciences We chose to work with the Health Sciences department due to our strong pre- existing relationship, which includes a wide range of embedded teaching activities and student support. The department is also undertaking work on programme level design and to map graduate attributes across its programmes.
  8. 8. Demographics The Health Sciences department includes more than 1,300 students, the vast majority of which are UG students. Students follow a number of different pathways and are often working part-time alongside their studies.
  9. 9. Aims of the Digital Literacy Review • To map the current provision of digital skills in Health Sciences • To understand students’ strengths and weaknesses in digital literacy • To develop a range of bespoke materials to support students’ skills development
  10. 10. Collaborating with other departments Department of Health Sciences Library IT Services Writing Centre Maths Skills Centre E-learning Development Team
  11. 11. Audit Analysis of module content across the whole of the BSc Nursing degree. Mapping digital skills to learning outcomes and assessments. Review of the current information literacy workshop content and support materials.
  12. 12. Consultation We gathered a range of feedback from students and staff in the department. Staff were consulted at various departmental committees and were asked to comment on our proposals. Students were asked to complete a bespoke feedback form in classes and online, which asked them to identify areas in which they would like additional skills support.
  13. 13. The Library literate nursing student What skills do you need?
  14. 14. Results of the consultation Students and staff identified a number of key areas in which more support was needed. Managing information sources Critical appraisal and evaluation Antonyms and developing a counter argument Digital literacy and academic skills
  15. 15. Deliverables Training the trainer to enable cascade training for digital skills enabled some of the responsibility to be passed back to the academics. Development of online materials meant that face to face encounters could be more worthwhile and meaningful.
  16. 16. Collaborative Digital Skills Provision As a result of the review we plan to introduce a collaborative digital skills blended learning programme. Experts from the department, library, IT and academic support will all contribute to the development and delivery of the programme.
  17. 17. Lessons Learned • Its all about timing: merged service, restructure, new strategy • Serendipitous encounters result in the most meaningful information and data • Building on established structures: use and improve what is already in place
  18. 18. Rolling the model out across all academic departments With the new teaching and learning strategy being rolled out to departments over the next couple of years there will be an emphasis on programme level design and the integration of skills. As part of the programme review process we need to emulate what we have done with the Health Sciences Department to develop digital literacy across the University.
  19. 19. Any Questions?
  20. 20. Thank you for listening Library website www.york.ac.uk/library Follow us Photographs of University of York Library buildings, staff and students by John Houlihan www.johnhoulihan.com

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