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Developing digitally literate staff and students: experiences from LSE


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TEL Seminar at the University of Sussex on 19th October 2016

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Developing digitally literate staff and students: experiences from LSE

  1. 1. Developing digitally literate staff and students: experiences from LSE Dr Jane Secker Copyright and Digital Literacy Advisor Learning Technology and Innovation, LSE University of Sussex TEL Seminar 19th October 2016
  2. 2. The trouble with terminology… Image: Networking from Flickr licensed under CC BY-NC-ND: :
  3. 3. My dolly is bigger than yours…. Image: ‘Russian Dolls’ by Lachlan Fearnley, CC BY-SA 3.0 Matryoshka metaphor conceived by Florence Dujardin (@afdujardin)
  4. 4. Information Literacy and other literacies Secker and Coonan, 2013
  5. 5. Digital literacies or capabilities?
  6. 6. What is digital literacy to you? Signpost: CC-BY
  7. 7. What is digital literacy? …….the capabilities which fit someone for living, learning and working in a digital society. Jisc (2015) Literacy = students Capability = staff Scholarship??
  8. 8. A critical approach In these days of mass surveillance and the massive transfer of public goods into private hands, citizens need to know much more about how information works. They need to understand the moral, economic, and political context of knowledge. They need to know how to create their own, so that they make the world a better, more just place. – Barbara Fister, “Practicing Freedom in the Digital Library: Reinventing Libraries” (2013)
  9. 9. What is information literacy? Information literacy empowers people in all walks of life to seek, evaluate, use and create information effectively to achieve their personal, social, occupational and educational goals. It is a basic human right in a digital world and promotes social inclusion in all nations. UNESCO (2005) Alexandria Proclamation
  10. 10. A New Curriculum for Information Literacy (ANCIL) Secker and Coonan (2013)
  11. 11. Is digital a red herring?
  12. 12. Or is digital an opportunity?
  13. 13. Digital natives? Photo by Flickingerbrad licensed under Creative Commons Photo by starmanseries licensed under Creative Commons
  14. 14. Visitors and residents Images: Jisc InfoNet Visitors and Residents collection licensed under CC-BY-NC-ND:
  15. 15. Digital literacy at LSE: 2005-2016 Focus on academic staff development Supporting them as teachers, but also as researchers and learners Going beyond the VLE: using social media and apps Now just part of what LTI offer each term Understanding copyright is integral to digital literacy
  16. 16. Embedding ‘copyright literacy’ Acquiring and demonstrating the appropriate knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable the ethical creation and use of copyright material. Secker and Morrison, 2015
  17. 17. Digital literacy is real
  18. 18. What works ?
  19. 19. What doesn’t? Startled cat from Flickr licensed under CC-BY-NC-ND:
  20. 20. Innovation and transforming teaching
  21. 21. Working with students as partners
  22. 22. Aligning with strategy Portrait of a loser from Flickr licensed under CC-BY:
  23. 23. Making it sustainable Sustainability by Kyle MacKenzie at
  24. 24. Collaboration …. Marvel Avengers from Flickr licensed under CC-BY: Together from Flickr licensed under CC-BY-SA:
  25. 25. Digital literacy at Sussex? ?
  26. 26. Thank you – any questions? @jsecker @ukcopyrightlit
  27. 27. Further reading Fister, Barbara. “Practicing freedom in the digital library.” Library Journal, 26 August 2013. Available at: of-libraries/practicing-freedom-in-the-digital-library-reinventing-libraries/ Hinrichsen, J and Coombs (2013). The five resources of critical digital literacy: a framework for curriculum integration. Research in Learning Technology. 21: 21334. Jisc (2015) Developing students’ digital literacy: quick guide. LSE SADL Project: Secker, Jane (2012) Digital literacy support for researchers: the personalised approach. In: Priestner, Andy and Tilley, Elizabeth, (eds.) Personalising library services in higher education: the boutique approach. Ashgate, Farnham, UK, pp. 107 -125. Available at: Secker, J and Coonan, E. (2013) Rethinking Information Literacy: a practical framework for supporting learning. Facet Publishing: London. Secker, J. and Morrison C. (2016) Copyright and E-learning a guide for practitioners. Facet Publishing: London Tewell, E (2016) Putting critical information literacy into context: how and why librarians adopt critical practices in their teaching. In the Library with the Lead Pipe. critical-practices-in-their-teaching/ UNESCO (2015) Media and Information Literacy. Available at: development/media-literacy/mil-as-composite-concept/ White, D and Le Cornu, (2011) Visitors and Residents: a new typology for online engagement. First Monday. Available at: