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Developing our digital literacies: the imperative

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Session for Changing the Learning Landscape event, 29 May 2013
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Developing our digital literacies: the imperative

  1. 1. Developing our digital literacies:the imperativeDr. Rhona SharpeOxford Centre for Staff and Learning DevelopmentChanging the Learning Landscape, 29 May 2013
  2. 2. 1. What is digital literacy?2. How do people develop their digitalliteracies?3. What does it mean to be a digitallyliterate staff and educational developer?4. Why should we care?
  3. 3. Is she digitally literate?
  4. 4. Is he digitally literate?
  5. 5. Definitions: literacy“The use of the term literacy implies abroader form of education about media thatis not restricted to mechanical skills ornarrow forms of functional competence. Itsuggests a more rounded, humanisticconception’(Buckingham, 2007)
  6. 6. ‘Literacy’ impliessocially and culturallysituated practices,often highly dependenton the context in whichthey are carried out.Beetham & Oliver (2010)
  7. 7. The functional access, skills and practicesnecessary to become a confident, agileadopter of a range of technologies forpersonal, academic and professional usehttps://wiki.brookes.ac.uk/display/slidacases/Oxford+BrookesAt Oxford BrookesUniversity, digital andinformation literacy isdefined as ..
  8. 8. I’m not afraid to useit … I guess that’sthe difference. I’mnot afraid to just goexplore it
  9. 9. Confident, agile adoptersThe staff are asking us to do things like, "how do weintegrate Twitter with this?" and, okay, I dont know,gimme five minutes and Ill go and find out. And thatshow Ive always worked.… I will go away and makemyself an expert in that field and then come back andpass on that knowledge, enable other people to go anduse that software(InstePP ePioneer 2, JISC cluster group Sep2012).
  10. 10. 1. What is digital literacy?2. How do people develop their digitalliteracies?3. What does it mean to be a digitallyliterate staff and educational developer?4. Why should we care?
  11. 11. dlf.brookesblogs.net
  12. 12. Socially and culturally situated practicesare often highly dependent on context
  13. 13. Socially and culturally situated practicesare often highly dependent on context• Personalised uses of technology,• developed through interactionswith others,• in response to some need.Littlejohn, Beetham & McGill (forthcoming)
  14. 14. Encouragepersonalised uses oftechnology…e.g. OU LearningDesign Toolswww.open.ac.uk/blogs/OULDI/
  15. 15. Provide ways ofsharing andnetworking …e.g.lamscommunity.orgDalziel (20130
  16. 16. Contextualisingsupport for thedisciplinese.g. mapping thegraduate attributes
  17. 17. What does it mean to be digitally literate in . . .?Use online databases toconduct systematic reviews.Analyse data in Excel toproduce scientific reports.Maintain electronic patientcare records appropriately.Evaluate the role of assistivetechnologies in advancinghealth and social care practice.Health and lifesciences
  18. 18. What does it mean to be digitally literate in . . .?Use relevant software to solvecomplex automotiveengineering problems.Work with models thatsimulate the behaviour of thephysical world.Produce high quality outputusing the latest software tools.Technology andengineering
  19. 19. 1. What is digital literacy?2. How do people develop their digitalliteracies?3. What does it mean to be a digitallyliterate staff and educational developer?4. Why should we care?
  20. 20. Ferrari, A. (2012) Digital competence in practice: ananalysis of frameworks. JRC Technical Report. EU.
  21. 21. Contextualising digital literacy forour own discipline: some ideas• Facilitation of onlinecommunities
  22. 22. Contextualising digital literacy forour own discipline: some ideas• Facilitation of onlinecommunities• Working in an openacademic environmentRoberts, G. (2013)
  23. 23. Contextualising digital literacy forour own discipline: some ideas• Facilitation of onlinecommunities• Working in an openacademic environment• Productive use oflearning design toolsConole, G. (2013)
  24. 24. Contextualising digital literacy forour own discipline: some ideas• Facilitation of onlinecommunities• Working in an openacademic environment• Productive use oflearning design tools• Digital scholarship
  25. 25. 1. What is digital literacy?2. How do people develop their digitalliteracies?3. What does it mean to be a digitallyliterate staff and educational developer?4. Why should we care?
  26. 26. Why should we care?• People who will thrive in the digital age willneed the confidence and agility to respond tocomplex and changing circumstance.
  27. 27. Why should we care?• People who will thrive in the digital age willneed the confidence and agility to respond tocomplex and changing circumstance.• The powerful influence of context means thatwe, the teachers, should take the lead indeveloping our learners and ourselves.
  28. 28. Why should we care?• People who will thrive in the digital age will needthe confidence and agility to respond tocomplex and changing circumstance.• The powerful influence of context means thatwe, the teachers, should take the lead indeveloping our learners and ourselves.• With our expertise in learner development,should be at the forefront of providingopportunities for people to develop and sharetheir personal practices for using technology.
  29. 29. ReferencesBeetham, H. & Oliver, M. (2010) The changing practices of knowledge andlearning, in R. Sharpe, H. Beetham & S. de Freitas, Rethinking Learningfor a Digital Age, Routledge. London & New York.Benfield, G. (2012) InstePP Evaluation report. Oxford Brookes Unversity.Oxford.Buckingham, D. (2007) Beyond Technology: Children’s learning in the age ofdigital media. Polity Press. Cambridge.Conole, G. (2013) Tools and resources to guide practice in H.Beetham &R.Sharpe (eds) Rethinking Pedagogy for a Digital Age. 2nd Ed. Routledge.London and New York.Dalziel, J. (2013) The LAMS Community: Building communities of designers,in H.Beetham & R.Sharpe (eds) Rethinking Pedagogy for a Digital Age.2nd Ed. Routledge. London and New York.Littlejohn, A., Beetham, H. & McGill, L. (forthcoming) Learning at the digitalfrontier: a review of digital literacies in theory and practice. Journal ofComputer Assisted Learning.Roberts, G. (2013) OOCs for the rest of us. Presentation to ELESIGSymposium, March 2013. Available at elesig.netWeller, M. (2011) The digital scholar: how technology is transformingscholarly practice. Bloomsbury. London.

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