About me: I work for RSC Wales the JISC regional support centre, funded by the UK funding councils and WG to assist innovation with technology in all post-16 sectors. Part of a large agency called JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) Similar Regional Support Centres cover all regions of England as well as Scotland and N Ireland. Within JISC we’re part of a cluster of services called JISC Advance Within Wales we work with a host of organisations eg Academy, NGfL Cymru, NIACE Dysgu Cymru and many others. (Other RSCs work with their own local organisations). While we have a technology focus, we’re not about technology for its own sake, but about its EFFECTIVE use. We are here to help institutions innovate using technology. Digital literacies is one of our main priorities this year. Today: look at what digital literacies are think about the needs of your learners / customers in the digital age some models of digital literacy the role of the library and the information professional how you can explore the topic further Refers to a lot of websites and reports: full details are given at the end (Delicious links at http://www.delicious.com/lisparcell/digital_literacies)
Futurelab diagram – focussed on schools - is a helpful one and can be applied to a range of settings The term Digital Literacies has been around for some time but it has sometimes been used, over simplistically, to mean simply basic ICT competence it is used in different ways by different people in different parts of the world a lot of debate – which we’ll come back to later ***** “ Digital literacy is a complex and contested term.” Cf learning literacies, new literacies Cf Information literacy as defined by CILIP and Welsh Info Lit Project: “ Information literacy is knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner” Different theorists have come up with different terms (eg media literacy) and tend to suggest that theirs is the ‘umbrella term’ that other ‘literacies’ are sub-divisions of. So an information literacy person might argue that IL is the umbrella term and digital literacy subordinate to it. Has been argued that this is done to strengthen professional status or take issue with other points of view.
These are a little simpler Note that Gilster had many other definitions too!
See also separate handout with more details of each aspect
More than 90% of new jobs require basic internet skills (source: Martha Lane Fox manifesto research) Student expectations, diversity, employability Need for all engaged in education and workforce to be flexible, agile, able to make effective choices
This is the main JISC page for digital literacies, linking to a range of current resources and projects
New publication looking at a range of technologies. The publication contains the following quote...
Digital Wales Linked to EU A Digital Agenda for Europe (2010) - one of its main challenges “enhancing digital literacy, skills and inclusion” Welsh stats 34% of the adult population still do not enjoy the benefits that digital technology offers Less than a quarter of the population make use of online public services Less than 40 % of SMEs sell online 1 in 6 employers consider staff IT skills below standard
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JISC published LLiDA in 2009 Some recommendations: There is a broad range of literacies Tutors need to be proactive Need to embed in curriculum Basic entitlement plus discipline-specific approach Academic staff need to rethink own practices Need to engage learners (not a deficit model) Need to consider employability needs Cross institutional integration of support http://www.caledonianacademy.net/spaces/LLiDA/index.php?n=Main.LookingToTheFuture http://caledonianacademy.net/spaces/LLiDA/index.php?n=Main.BestPracticeExamples (This image is from a university conference 2008 on healthcare and virtual worlds)
One of the SLiDA case studies was of Birkenhead 6 form college, based on supporting learner-owned devices https://wiki.brookes.ac.uk/display/slidacases/Birkenhead Birkenhead Sixth Form College (BSFC) has pioneered the use of learner owned devices to support technology-enhanced learning. The College has recently extended its computing infrastructure to provide increased support for technology-enhanced learning and teaching using learner-owned devices. ubiquitous wireless access across the campus Students can access virtual desktop remotely Moodle used extensively FlipCameras and SmartPhones are available for students who do not have up-to-date equipment Students are supported primarily by teaching staff backed up by central support Mobile devices are now in use across a wide range of subject disciplines, including psychology and geography Eg texting questions to the teacher, sharing comments via a textwall or recording revision notes (This image isn’t of Birkenhead 6th form students. This image of music students is by someone who develops elearning and mobile learning at an Institute of Technology in New Zealand)
University of Surrey Co-Lab https://wiki.brookes.ac.uk/display/slidacases/Surrey Students undertake peer support and also develop staff (Image of the Setsquared business incubation centre at Surrey)
Univ of Wolverhampton case study https://wiki.brookes.ac.uk/display/slidacases/Wolverhampton Digital literacy as one of three graduate attributes
Outline briefly these projects Note that the Wales workshop is likely to clash with course timetable but the materials are freely avaialble and we may do more with them in the future.
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Digital literacies supporting learning
<ul><li>Digital literacies supporting learning </li></ul>Glyndwr University 14/09/11 Lis Parcell JISC RSC Wales
Digital literacy: a Futurelab view <ul><li>“ To be digitally literate is to have access to a broad range of practices and cultural resources that you are able to apply to digital tools. It is the ability to make and share meaning in different modes and formats; to create, collaborate and communicate effectively and to understand how and when digital technologies can best be used to support these processes.” </li></ul><ul><li>Futurelab: Digital literacy across the curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.futurelab.org.uk/sites/default/files/Digital_Literacy_handbook_0.pdf </li></ul>
Futurelab: Aspects of digital literacy Futurelab: Digital literacy across the curriculum http://www.futurelab.org.uk/sites/default/files/Digital_Literacy_handbook_0.pdf
What does digital literacy mean for your learners/customers?
Some more definitions “ those capabilities which fit an individual for living, learning and working in a digital society“ (JISC) “ the confident and critical use of ICT for work, leisure, learning and communication“ (EU) “ Digital literacy is about mastering ideas not keystrokes” (Paul Gilster)
JISC: some aspects of digital literacy ICT literacy Information literacy Communication and collaboration Learning skills Life-planning Digital scholarship Media literacy ( 7 possible ways of thinking about digital literacy in HE/FE according to JISC)
Digital literacies: the need <ul><li>“ Many learners enter further and higher education lacking the skills needed to apply digital technologies to education. As 90% of new jobs will require excellent digital skills, improving digital literacy is an essential component of developing employable graduates.” (JISC, 2011) http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/elearning/developingdigitalliteracies.aspx </li></ul>
Digital literacies: the need <ul><li>“ We need a better understanding of the digital literacies that students and staff need to take advantage of the new opportunities, and we need to integrate these in our programmes of study and continuing professional development.” </li></ul><ul><li>JISC, Emerging practice in a digital age </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/elearning/digiemerge.aspx </li></ul>
Digital Wales – Digitally Literate Wales? Source: Welsh Assembly Government http://bit.ly/eaILKs
Visions of students today Images : thanks to http://www.flickr.com/photos/jiscinfonet/ Youtube clip: thanks to januycheng. More on VOST2011: http://mediatedcultures.net/ksudigg/?p=288
Learning Literacies for a Digital Age (LLiDA) Image source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/daneelariantho/2631276941/
Supporting Effective Learners in a Digital Age (SLiDA) <ul><li>“ Digital literacies should be explicitly specified in learning and teaching strategies (although not necessarily using that terminology), contextualised for the discipline, embedded into the curriculum and mapped across all programmes.” </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/elearning/slida.aspx </li></ul><ul><li>9 case studies https://wiki.brookes.ac.uk/display/slidacases/SLiDA+Home </li></ul>
Supporting effective learners in a digital age: learner-owned devices Image source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomcochrane/4972619950/ Supporting effective learners in a digital age:
Supporting effective learners in a digital age: Co-Lab Image source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jiscinfonet/5145615615/in/set-72157625186754657/
Supporting effective learners in a digital age: Digital literacy as a graduate attribute Image source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/apotheker/6996939/
Some recent and current projects <ul><li>Yale College Wrexham E-safety project http://www.yale-wrexham.co.uk/news_details.php?NewsID=348 </li></ul><ul><li>Using Peer Eguides to Support Digital Literacy (PEDL) </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.llandrillo.ac.uk/studentinformation/life/e-learning.aspx </li></ul><ul><li>PADDLE http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/elearning/developingdigitalliteracies/paddlellandrillo.aspx </li></ul><ul><li>Digidol </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/elearning/developingdigitalliteracies/DigiDol.aspx </li></ul><ul><li>JISC Digital Literacies Programme #digilit </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/elearning/developingdigitalliteracies.aspx </li></ul><ul><li>JISC Digital Literacies workshop series (a Wales date is planned) </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.jisc.ac.uk/diglitworkshops </li></ul>
Emerging technologies & practice <ul><ul><li>Emerging practice in a Digital Age </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/elearning/digiemerge.aspx </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>JISC Mobile Learning Infokit https://mobilelearninginfokit.pbworks.com/w/page/41122430/Home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>JISC Mobile library projects imminent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.jisc.ac.uk/blog/mobilelibrary/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Horizon Report 2011 http://www.educause.edu/Resources/2011HorizonReport/223122 </li></ul></ul>
Some challenges – but also opportunities? <ul><li>Skills gaps </li></ul><ul><li>Personal/social vs educational uses of technology </li></ul><ul><li>Transitions </li></ul><ul><li>Disciplinary differences </li></ul><ul><li>Changing staff roles </li></ul><ul><li>Ownership </li></ul><ul><li>Open information, data and content </li></ul>
A few ways to keep up to date <ul><li>Join JISCmail lists e.g. </li></ul><ul><li>JISC-DIGLIT-PUBLIC http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/jisc-diglit-public </li></ul><ul><li>JISC RSC Wales general mailing list (for our e-bulletin) </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/elearning-wales </li></ul><ul><li>Join ELESIG and its subgroups e.g. </li></ul><ul><li>http://elesig.ning.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://elesig.ning.com/group/gwella </li></ul><ul><li>http://elesig.ning.com/group/eliteracies </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter http://twitter.com #digilit </li></ul>