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Digital literacies and ecompetence | eLearning Papers Issue 38

Digital literacies and ecompetence | eLearning Papers Issue 38 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Digital literacy is crucial for being able to confidently and effectively use digital media for the purposes of work, learning and leisure. It consists of the ability to access digital media and ICT, to search, understand and critically evaluate different aspects of digital media and media contents, and to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts. Without basic digital literacy, it is difficult to fully participate in society. This issue of eLearning Papers provides new documentation on research and practice to further the European endeavor of closing the digital divide. 

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What is "digital literacy" and how can it be taught or nurtured? This latest edition of eLearning Papers addresses these and other questions relating to digital literacy

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From face-to-face teaching to online teaching: pedagogical transitions

From face-to-face teaching to online teaching: pedagogical transitions | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

As higher education has embraced online education as a way to reduce costs, increase flexibility, and enhance access to students it is important to gain an understanding of the perceptions of instructors moving into online teaching. This study found a change in the beliefs and teaching presence of the instructors from their initial resistance to online teaching to an approach which is mindful of the student experience and promotes a dialogical approach to online learning.


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Not new, but some useful insights on how tertiary education is changing as greater use is made of digital technologies.

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Evelyn Izquierdo's curator insight, April 23, 2014 9:36 PM

There are more benefits from implementing a blended learning approach than keeping the traditional teaching style; however, before incorporating online teaching into our classrooms, there are several factors teachers should take into account. Here is an interesting perspective offered by the University of Southern Queensland you might consider for the pedagogical transition.

Santiago Moral's curator insight, April 24, 2014 5:09 AM

The role of the teacher has to change

Christiane Moisés's curator insight, April 24, 2014 3:52 PM

excellent article!

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DigiSkill Network

DigiSkill Network | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The strategic guidelines of Europe 2020 put particular emphasis in strengthening horizontal cooperation and the sharing of experience and good practice among the Member States. It’s really crucial for education to fulfil its role in the knowledge triangle, research and innovation objectives and outcomes need to feed back into education, with teaching and learning underpinned by a strong research base, and with teaching and learning environments developed and improved through greater incorporation of creative thinking and innovative attitudes and approaches. Additionally there is a mainstream of eLearning in national policies for the modernisation of education and training, including in curricula, assessment of learning outcomes and the professional development of teachers and trainers.


According to the OECD survey, teachers have few incentives to improve their teaching, as while the most common types of professional development activity available to them are not the most effective. The majority of teachers would like more professional development (particularly on ICT skills, and student behaviour). It has to be mentioned that education and training play a fundamental role in achieving the ‘Europe 2020’ objectives.


All the above create a great deal of activity to ensure basic ICT skills as part of digital competence and learning to learn skills. Current developments in ICT and Web 2.0 technologies have offered the potential for new services, which has significantly transformed our day-to-day personal and professional activities; bare the potential to do the same for education and training. Known as ICT learning, using such technologies can be as simple as accessing a training timetable online, through very complex as developing virtual communities of practice for sharing and creating knowledge.

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New project to help promote and develop digital teaching and learning skills

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