Using digital literacy to develop academic literacy


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Paula Bernaschina's presentation at the Middx Uni Learning & Teaching conference 29 June 2010

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  • Students seem to view writing up their reports and essays as being something mechanical and not part of the thinking process.
  • Using digital literacy to develop academic literacy

    1. 1. Using digital literacy to develop academic literacy Elizabeth Stokes – EIS Paula Bernaschina - ELLS
    2. 2. How it started Elizabeth Stokes – module leader of 'Study Skills and Mathematics' from the Department of Computing and Multimedia Technology (CMT) in the School of Engineering and Information Sciences (EIS) Paula Bernaschina – English Language and Learning Support (ELLS) co-ordinator for EIS Students from Elizabeth's Foundation year module 'Study Skills and Mathematics‘ interviewed other Middlesex University students about the do's and don'ts of academic writing.
    3. 3. What do you think? <ul><li>In a small group discuss the following: </li></ul><ul><li>What do you consider to be the do’s and don’ts of academic writing? </li></ul><ul><li>(approx. 5 minutes) </li></ul>
    4. 4. What they said <ul><li>Analysed reports from 11 pairs/groups </li></ul><ul><li>The main focus was on surface errors </li></ul><ul><li>For example </li></ul><ul><li>Check your spelling </li></ul><ul><li>Don't use contractions </li></ul><ul><li>Use appropriate vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>Have an introduction and a conclusion </li></ul>
    5. 5. What they said Some did go beyond surface errors... 4 out of the 11 groups mentioned drafts 5 out of 11 mentioned research
    6. 6. What was missing from most The writing process Critical thinking
    7. 7. What do you think? <ul><li>In a small group discuss the following: </li></ul><ul><li>What do these phrases mean to you? </li></ul><ul><li>The writing process </li></ul><ul><li>Critical thinking </li></ul>
    8. 8. Students’ perspective?
    9. 9. What to do now How can digital literacy help develop academic literacy? What can students do/use to make themselves more aware of the writing process and the critical thinking necessary in academic work?
    10. 10. Literacies What is academic literacy? What is digital literacy? How are the two connected? How can they influence each other?
    11. 11. Literacies <ul><li>Are students more aware of critical thinking in the digital world and not in paper texts? </li></ul>
    12. 12. How can digital literacy be used to develop academic literacy? Web 2.0 applications that can be used to assist in developing academic literacy. Elizabeth taught the students how to create blogs The blogs were used to establish quantitative evidence and provide a place for the exchange of ideas
    13. 13. Ideas Blogs Twitter Facebook Podcasts Vodcasts Second Life Anything else?
    14. 14. What do you think? In a small group discuss the following: How can we use these applications to increase students’ critical thinking?
    15. 15. Something to think about Adapted from Research Writing Academic Digital Reflection
    16. 16. After much thinking... <ul><li>The idea of reflection kept coming up </li></ul><ul><li>What is being done to increase students’ skills in reflection? </li></ul><ul><li>Are the attempts successful? </li></ul><ul><li>What can we do to improve this skill? </li></ul>