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Reimagining the Future: Digital Literacies for Critical Citizenship


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Presentation at DigCit Summit, Science Gallery, Dublin, 28th April 2018.

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  • Hi Mark, Thanks for Sharing. This presentation is really interesting and fits squarely in the framework for SDGs towards which I have worked (Aichi Nagoya Declaration on ESD). I was especially happy with the slide that read "Digital literacies should be in the service of big ideas and not a big idea in itself". Recently I moved from the higher education sector to the industrial sector where I am working in the area of e-learning for WorkPlace Learning. My audience ranges from poorly skilled (totally literacy deficient) to the highly skilled engineers. The most challenging and rewarding is the effort that went to an in-house course for the first audience. I prepared a program that they could access via smart phone or a tablet loaned to them by the company. I can send you a brief on this topic if you wish. But I will certainly try and attend the ICDE conference in Dublin if I find a slot that's compatible with the area that I am presently developing. Thanks again for this great read!
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  • Superb deck Mark. Best of luck with the presentation today
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Reimagining the Future: Digital Literacies for Critical Citizenship

  1. 1. Professor Mark Brown Director, National Institute for Digital Learning Dublin City University Dublin, Ireland 28th April 2018 Reimagining the Future: Digital Literacies for Critical Citizenship
  2. 2. The light comes through the gaps @mbrownz
  3. 3. Finding the Gaps
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  5. 5. Critical thinkers Critical consumers Critical citizens
  6. 6. “Future Makers” rather than ‘future takers’
  7. 7. World Economic Forum (2016) we-must-teach-our-children-f37853d7221e
  8. 8. ‘You can’t just take something off the shelf and expect it to work just because it looks good’ (Belshaw, 2017)
  9. 9. “As the chapters that follow attest, the most immediately obvious facts about accounts of digital literacy are that there are many of them and that there are significantly different kinds of concepts on offer” (Lankshear & Knobel, 2008, p.2).
  10. 10. Identified over 100 models and frameworks which to greater or lesser extent purport to encapsulate the various dimensions of digital skills, literacies or competencies.
  11. 11. The literature is “broad and ambiguous, making digital literacy a nebulous area that requires greater clarification and consensus” (Alexander, Adams Becker & Cummins, 2016, p.1).
  12. 12. 15 Sub Elements Digital Capability Framework
  13. 13. 254/jrc101254_digcomp%202.0%20the%20digital%20competen ce%20framework%20for%20citizens.%20update%20phase%20 1.pdf
  14. 14. “… participating in society,” 254/jrc101254_digcomp%202.0%20the%20digital%20competen ce%20framework%20for%20citizens.%20update%20phase%20 1.pdf
  15. 15. 2017 Carretero, S., Vuorikari, R., & Punie, Y. (2017). Available from sitory/bitstream/JRC106281/web- digcomp2.1pdf_(online).pdf
  16. 16. /DIGCOMP-FINAL- %20UPDATED%2002-06-2016.pdf
  17. 17. /DIGCOMP-FINAL- %20UPDATED%2002-06-2016.pdf What’s the problem?
  18. 18. For the purpose of this report we define as... “the capabilities which fit someone for living, learning and working in a digital society, with the knowledge that a digital society is ever evolving” (p.18).
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  20. 20. Digital literacies are about critical mindsets rather than merely developing technical skillsets
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  22. 22. Three final points…
  23. 23. “All education springs from images of the future and all education creates images of the future. Thus all education, whether so intended or not, is a preparation for the future. Unless we understand the future for which we are preparing we may do tragic damage to those we teach” (Toffler, 1974). Three final points…
  24. 24. “Digital literacies should be in the service of big ideas, not as a big idea in itself” (adapted from Barnett, 2011)
  25. 25. Digital citizenship should promote agency that challenges our ideas of what constitutes the “good society” and help shape better futures — for all
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  27. 27. 2019 Conference Dublin
  28. 28. Go raibh maith agaibh! Thank you @mbrownz