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JISC Inform / Issue 35, Winter 2012. What do you mean by ‘digital literacy’?

JISC Inform / Issue 35, Winter 2012

By digital literacy we mean the ability to live, learn and work effectively in a digital society. Being digitally literate implies different capabilities at different stages of education and even in different subject areas and professions. JISC Inform / Issue 35, Winter 2012. Researchers as data managers Sarah discusses researchers as data managers (2:23) With data at the heart of their activities, researchers will have to be more involved in its management.

JISC Inform / Issue 35, Winter 2012

Smithsonian-digital-learning - home. How To Search For Open Educational Resources. Is embedding digital literacy in your curriculum working for you? I believe that developing digital literacies within your organization is key to providing a dynamic and engaging experience for every learner, but we all know that co-ordinating this across the whole college can sometimes be a challenge, so what’s the answer?

Is embedding digital literacy in your curriculum working for you?

Part of my role at Jisc’s Regional Support Centre in Yorkshire & Humber has been to work in partnership with RSC colleagues and learning providers nationally, and together we have developed the Digital Literacies Organisational Review tool. This empowers you to take an approach which encompasses every department and allows you to review how digital literacies are embedded across the organisation, from strategy to practice. Although this may sound like another job for the to-do list, the benefits of placing digital literacies at the heart of your organisation, in my opinion, far outweigh the effort.

Benefits include: Web Search Techniques in Plain English. Lefever is one of the few guys out there who really create high quality educational videos.

Web Search Techniques in Plain English

He started the In-Plain-English video series on YouTube and he made videos about different web tools. The way he uses animations, cartoons, drawings, and handwriting in his videos is just amazing. In fact I just ordered one of his new books from Amazon called " Art of Explanation: Making your Ideas, Products, and Services Easier to Understand " hoping to learn some of his secrets. Developing the digital literacy of art & design educators by Lindsay Jordan on Prezi. Developing digitial literacies for working in a digital world.

We heard this week that too many young people lack the social skills needed to get their first job.

Developing digitial literacies for working in a digital world

The report by the Work Foundation (PDF) doesn’t explicitly mention digital literacy, but perhaps it should. With an estimated 90% of UK jobs requiring some level of IT competency, the notion of digital literacy - those capabilities that equip an individual for living, learning and working in a digital society – is becoming a key requirement for employability. But will they really make graduates more employable? Why are digital literacies important to institutions and students? Information Literacy Tool. Digital Literacy – delivering the agenda within colleges and universities at JISC On Air. Episode 6: Delivering Digital Literacy- delivering the agenda within colleges and universities (Duration: 21:34) Listen now Subscribe via RSS Subscribe via iTunes Download MP3.

Digital Literacy – delivering the agenda within colleges and universities at JISC On Air

Information Literacy Website. Information Literacy Toolkit Tutorial. Information Literacy In An Age Of Networked Knowledge. From SXSW Ogilvy notes I love this visual note from a Howard Rheingold presentation at SXSW.

Information Literacy In An Age Of Networked Knowledge

He was launching his new book called Net Smart: How To Thrive Online. From just looking at the note, these seem like things librarians can or should be teaching and discussing (curation, crap detection, triangulation, consumption v. creation). Developing digital literacies. Overview Many learners enter further and higher education lacking the skills needed to apply digital technologies to education.

Developing digital literacies

As 90% of new jobs will require excellent digital skills, improving digital literacy is an essential component of developing employable graduates. The importance of librarians in supporting local communities and pe... Summary of technologies in use in the JISC Developing Digital Literacies Programme. The JISC Developing Digital Literacies programme is now well underway.

Summary of technologies in use in the JISC Developing Digital Literacies Programme

As I reported from the programme start up meeting last October , the aim of this 2 year programme is too ” . . .promote the development of coherent, inclusive and holistic institutional strategies and organisational approaches for developing digital literacies for all staff and students in UK further and higher education.” with projects: ” . . .working across the following stakeholder groupings in their plans for developing digital literacies: students, academic staff, research staff, librarians and learning resources and support staff, administrators and managers and institutional support staff . . .” The Difference Between Digital Literacy and Digital Fluency. Update 6/13/2012: We finally finished our book on this topic.

The Difference Between Digital Literacy and Digital Fluency

It is available in print here, and in Kindle format here. You can also download a sample chapter here: here (601k PDF) Literacy and fluency* have to do with our ability to use a technology to achieve a desired outcome in a situation using the technologies that are available to us. Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. Last week saw the announcement of the new Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education by the (US) Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL). They define Visual Literacy (VL) as "a set of abilities that enables an individual to effectively find, interpret, evaluate, use, and create images and visual media".

The VL Standards include: an introduction & definition; brief discussions of VL as it relates to higher education and to information literacy; "suggestions for implementing the Standards"; a bibliography, and, obviously, the standards themselves. Digital literacy campaign – best of your comments and ideas. Children studying the workings of a computer. Photograph: Frank Baron Last week the Guardian launched a campaign to improve the teaching of computer science and IT in schools. Businesses had complained that poor quality courses in schools, colleges and universities had led to a shortage of workers with programming skills, even as these skills become more and more relevant for a wider variety of jobs.

Michael Gove, the education secretary, agreed, and last Wednesday made a speech in which he scrapped the existing ICT curriculum – which he felt left children "bored out of their minds being taught how to use Word and Excel by bored teachers" – in favour of allowing schools to write their own, with input from businesses and universities. On Friday the Royal Society published a report echoing the points made by our campaign and by Gove. The issue of digital literacy. When social media became popular among students, many educators immediately labeled it as a distraction: sites like Facebook and Twitter were viewed as high-tech alternatives to passing notes in class. But instructors are now finding ways to incorporate social media into their teaching, both inside and out of the classroom. And by giving students the opportunity to use social media to enhance their learning experiences, instructors are discovering something interesting: students are using social media to facilitate collaboration in learning.

The issue of digital literacy. Digital Literacies for Writing in Social Media. The following is a shortened version of a talk I gave at the "Engaging the Public" symposium held at Washington & Jefferson College on Oct. 1. According to Cathy Davidson's Now You See It, 65 percent of students entering school today will have careers in fields that haven't been invented yet. While #IDontHaveFactsToBackThisUp, I'm willing to make the following prediction about writing: a full 100% of these students, at some point in their lives, will be required to use writing technologies that haven't been invented yet.

Consider this: as recently as four years ago, who would have imagined that major companies would have employees whose jobs were to interact with customers on Twitter, or that someone could make a career out of writing for Facebook? Four years before that, not only did those jobs not exist, Twitter and Facebook didn't exist, and the types of writing that they represent were only in their nascent form. Doug Belshaw's Ed.D. Thesis. Google reader and RSS. Information Skills Toolkit. Digital Literacies Pilot Materials. These materials are designed to support staff, curriculum and institutional development in response to the digital literacies agenda.

The materials are freely available for adaptation, printing, piloting etc. Please, if you adapt or use them in any way, consider commenting here or on the associated JISCmail list. Introduction to Information Technology Training Course. What do new Social Networks tell us about Digital Literacies? Information Literacy Toolkit Tutorial.

Information Literacy Tool. Digital Literacy. Online Search Tools.