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Developing digital literacies

Overview Many learners enter further and higher education lacking the skills needed to apply digital technologies to education. As 90% of new jobs will require excellent digital skills, improving digital literacy is an essential component of developing employable graduates. Courses that embed core digital skills, as well as subject specific use of technology, enable students to gain the skills and confidence they need to use digital technology not only to support their learning but also in the workplace. We’re working with colleges and universities to embed core digital skills into the curriculum. Developing Digital Literacies programme JISC has funded a £1.5 million Developing Digital Literacies programme 1which runs from July 2011 to July 2013, with benefits realisation activities continuing until the end of December 2013. Further information about the funded projects is available from the programme page 5and the programme blog6. Overview of JISC Digital Literacies activities

Transliteracy Research Group At 3Ts 2013: Transliteracy from Cradle to Career in Saratoga Springs this week I learned some new things about transliteracy. 1. In What I Want, When I Want to Watch It: Brief Thoughts on Television Literacy in the Streaming World with Hollie Miller & Michele Forte, Hollie aka @theotherinside showed us a feature on Hulu Plus which allows you to choose between adverts. That means that when the ads come on - as they invariably do - if you don't like the one they're showing, you can choose a different ad from several on offer. Very interesting ad-based literacy - I've never been asked to consciously choose my own ads before, even though I know I'm already trading off that information on many of my social media platforms. And of course, in the process, Hulu learns lots about your preferences ;) 2. many people, I'm sure, would find the image more memorable than the number. 3. So, three new personal takeways for me from this one day conference - very valuable and energising. Our Decoding Learning report looks at the impact of digital technology in the classroom. Key findings Schools spent £487 million on ICT equipment and services in 2009-2010. But this investment has not yet resulted in radical improvements to learning experiences or attainment.No technology has an impact on learning on its own right; impact depends on how it is used. Rather than categorising innovations by the type of technology used (eg, do games help learning?) In the last five years UK schools have spent more than £1 billion on digital technology. Something is going wrong. Nesta commissioned the London Knowledge Lab (LKL) and Learning Sciences Research Institute (LSRI), University of Nottingham, to analyse how technology has been used in the UK education systems and lessons from around the world. Authors Rosemary Luckin, Brett Bligh, Andrew Manches, Shaaron Ainsworth, Charles Crook, Richard Noss

Developing digital literacy in higher education: live chat | Higher Education Network | Guardian Professional The popularity of the Guardian's digital literacy campaign shows not only how much interest there is in this topic but also how much misunderstanding there is about what digital literacy is, or what purpose it serves. So what is digital literacy? In a blog for the us, JISC InfoNet researcher Doug Belshaw, describes the digitally literate as knowing how the web works, understanding how ideas spread through networks and able to use digital tools to work purposefully towards a pre-specified goal. But he then laments that digital literacy goes beyond mere computing skills such as using a word-processor or a database: "The digital world is not a single, homogeneous space and, as a result, the literacies we require to traverse and interact in this space vary enormously. The digital landscape changes rapidly meaning that young people require not a static functional literacy, but a critical and creative set of attributes that help them to navigate various networks." Panel to follow

20 ways of thinking about digital literacy in higher education | Higher Education Network | Guardian Professional Josie Fraser, social and educational technologist, Leicester City Council First define what you mean by digital literacy: The definition I most frequently use is this one: digital literacy = digital tool knowledge + critical thinking + social engagement. Then it's worth knowing its main characteristics: • It supports and helps develop traditional literacies• It's a life-long practice• It's about skills, competencies and critical reflection on how these skills and competencies are applied• It's about social engagement Top tips for developing the digital literacy of non-traditional students: Begin by exploring the ways in which the group are already using mobile and web based technologies. Many of them will already be engaging with tech for personal use, for example Skyping relatives, keeping in touch on Facebook or using mobile phones. Literacy is not static: I like Bélisle's three models of literacy: functional, socio-cultural and transformational.

Digital Visitors and Residents [OCLC - Activities] The University of Oxford and OCLC Research, in partnership with the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, are collaborating on a JISC-funded study to investigate the theory of digital residents and visitors with learners in the educational stages: Emerging (Late stage secondary school-first year undergraduate); Establishing (Second/third year undergraduate); Embedding (Postgraduates, PhD students); and Experienced (Scholars). This work will increase understanding of how learners engage with the Web and how educational services and systems can attract and sustain a possible new group of lifelong learners. The trans-Atlantic partnership will support comparison of students' digital learning strategies in different cultural contexts. Further details... Outputs currently available Interim Reports to JISC June 2012 Progress Report 22 July 2011 (.pdf: 560K/13 pp.) Jisc infoKit White, David, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Donna Lanclos, Erin M. Presentations Recent Publications Bartlett, Sarah. 2012. Mr.

Libraries and Transliteracy Universities must rethink their approach to student digital literacy | Higher Education Network | Guardian Professional It's all about the conversation: Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the Facebook f8 Developer Conference at the San Francisco Design Center. Photograph: Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty Images The digital domain is a space for conversations based on shared values Within any university, faculties and departments tend to operate as silos. To understand how this is possible, first disregard the individual features of social media websites – tweets, likes, shares, pokes, posts, nudges and so on. Every time we publish information on the internet, we are effectively starting a conversation, because people can respond or react to it. There are two ways to get noticed. Digital literacy training should focus on communication skills Digital literacy training should enable students to use social media as a platform for critical reflection so that they can share their values. A recent example For the past two years I have delivered enterprise development workshops using social media at various universities.

Using social media for training by Joe Nicholls on Prezi InformAll | Research Information Network Introduction to InformAll (formerly RIDLs) Information is a fundamental building block for democratic and inclusive societies. It is therefore important for people to be equipped with the knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence needed to search for, discover, access, retrieve, sift, interpret, analyse, manage, create, communicate and preserve ever-increasing volumes of information, whether digital, printed or oral. These capabilities, sometimes known as information literacy (IL), are critical for individuals to function as learners, employees, employers, and also as citizens – but enabling this requires a training and education effort at different life stages and in different contexts. On that basis, InformAll’s aim is to provide a collaborative, multi-agency focus for promoting the relevance, importance and benefits of IL in the lives of individuals as they progress through education and beyond. InformAll is a membership organisation. Background and programme of activities