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Mapping digital literacy provision


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Northern Collaboration Conference 2015
Parallel session 4: David Brown, University of York

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Mapping digital literacy provision

  1. 1. Mapping Digital Literacy Provision 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. Information and ICT Literary at York 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. We wanted to adopt a framework to clearly express the kinds of skills support our support departments were able to offer to academic departments.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. Skills Development and Provision in HE Careers Library IT Services Writing Centre Maths Skills Centre E-learning Development Team
  7. 7. York Digital Literacy framework The Framework articulates the attributes, practices, skills and understandings of a digitally literate person. Providing an overview of some of the capabilities linked to ICT, media and information usage and creation. The Framework is based on Beetham & Sharpe’s (2010) digital literacy development model.
  8. 8. Digital literacy skills and understandings The skills and understandings categories are grouped thematically and linked to some of the core activities associated with information and digital literacy. Find Manage Create Share
  9. 9. Find Construct Effective search strategies to find information Skills Understandings • That revising and adapting search strategies, based upon the capabilities of the search platform, content and results retrieved, is crucial to effective searching • That there are a range of search techniques • How using different search strategies will impact on the results found
  10. 10. 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.
  11. 11. 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.
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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.
  14. 14. Supporting the development of digital capabilities linked to assessment
  15. 15. Mapping the assessment of digital literacy capabilities across the BSc Nursing programme
  16. 16. Opportunities for developing digital capabilities
  17. 17. 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.
  18. 18. The Library literate nursing student What skills do you need?
  19. 19. 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
  20. 20. 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.
  21. 21. 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.
  22. 22. Next Steps Digital literacy reviews planned with Archaeology and Environment, to map provision across the curriculum and to further develop embedded digital literacy provision. Working on the development of generic online and face to face digital literacy workshops.
  23. 23. University Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2020 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.
  24. 24. Any Questions?
  25. 25. Thank you for listening Library website Follow us Photographs of University of York Library buildings, staff and students by John Houlihan