The Digitally Ready team recently invited staff and students to a workshop to explore and reflect on their own digital literacies. We asked people to feedback from their groups and their own personal reflections about access to facilities, their digital skills or lack of them, what they do and don’t do in practice.
Emerging trends suggest that although basic needs are robustly fulfilled – hardware, software and a good network – the overriding message is that most people feel they do not have adequate time to develop and discover how new technologies can be useful and relevant to them. Some people seem unaware of what is currently available and where they can go for help. It was suggested that colleagues who share best practice provide a powerful trigger for others to invest time in personal development. We finally asked people to complete ‘To become more digitally ready, I will…….’
The JISC Developing Digital Literacies programme is now well underway. 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."
" . . .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 . . ."
AULA Library. This was a good find and a better read. Ideas from in and out of the library field that support a progressive and activist approach to librarianship. Utilize a “critical feminist pedagogy in library instruction?
'Digital Literacies' is a research theme of the UK's Technology-Enhanced Learning Research Programme (http://www.tel.ac.uk). This post links to the Digital Literacies part of their website, including info, resources and a downloadable research briefing publication on Digital Literacies, written by Dr. Julia Gillen and Prof. David Barton, from Lancaster University.
Every American needs a set of competencies that enable them to use technology, access information, critically analyze media messages, and create using multimedia skills. In a white paper by Renee Hobbs by the John S.
Karl Kingsley, Gillian M Galbraith, Matthew Herring, Eva Stowers, Tanis Stewart, Karla V Kingsley (2011) Why not just Google it? An assessment of information literacy skills in a biomedical science curriculum, BMC Medical ...
This suggests that [information literacy] and its associated procedures could significantly augment current instruction in [critical thinking] and indeed, the possibility has been explored by some authors in the current literature. A merging of the two ideas would involve [information literacy] providing tools and techniques in the processing and utilisation of knowledge and [critical thinking] supplying the particulars and interpretations associated with a specific discipline. This type of integration could lead to instructional programs similar in concept and application to those in research methodology where methods from statistics are integrated with the techniques and skills associated with a specific discipline. The development of a curriculum of this type would change functions and perceptions from private, individualised mentation, now associated with [critical thinking], to a more easily learned and practiced process suitable across the breadth of disciplines.