I started writing this at the event, but had the opportunity to chat to James Clay & Steve Wheeler – too much fun to turn down!

Today I have come to the pre-event for #altc2010, ‘Learning Literacies in a Digital Age’ (note not ‘Digital Literacy’), and have had a really interesting afternoon thinking about the challenges that face us in HE in giving graduates key digital skills.

The first task: define digital literacy! My response was: “The world is hyper-local. Produce engaged, curious & critical students who can contribute to society.. (& be employable) #digilit #altc2010”.

We then had a number of discussions around online documents, largely related to the ‘Learning Literacies in a Digital Age‘ publication (check the great links at the bottom of the page) – and had some discussions around whether the definitions that had been produced were in agreement (largely!) and where they were meeting.

The project has defined digital literacies as: Digital Literacy is defined as the confident and critical use of ICT for work, leisure, learning and communication. (practice, not capabilities, and different contexts – more about attitude to technology). [Anyone remember where I can find the nice coloured diagrams online, and the PPTs were promised on Cloudworks?!]

See also: Effective Assessment in a Digital Age and Cloudworks

#ALTC2010 Conference
I wasn’t able to stay for the conference, so here’s a few bloggers I know will give some good insight:

Particularly keen to see posts on Twitter (what have I missed?):

4 Responses

  1. Nice blog post in terms of the questions raised with a lot to follow up. I have covered some of the issues in my blog post which prepped the debate.
    Will add reflections later and wrap up all the links to resources as Rhona, Helen and I also ran a Digital Capabilities symposium. The definition you offer is that from the EU (which is different to the one it offered 5 years ago), part of the workshop activity was about defining, or not defining digital literacies. My own take is that our view of “literacies” have evolved over the last 20 years. Twenty years ago education delivered subject mastery as success and offered literacy for failures. Helen’s argument is that Digital Literacies are skills all graduates need because “learning, living and working are understood to take place in a digital society” SO Digital Literacies are now characteristics of success. As you say perhaps we need digital citizenship; absolutely! I would say that we need the digital skills to exercise our citizenship, and we should be learning those as we particpate in the design our learning in a mashup culture.

  2. Thanks Fred.
    I had a variety of notes scribbled on bits of paper – was too busy using the iPad to tweet (http://www.twapperkeeper.com/hashtag/digilit), and as it was only the 2nd time I’d used it, haven’t yet found a way to bounce between screens without scrolling many times… , so hope they still make sense…
    It was a really interesting session, and I love the way that discussions can continue afterwards via online media!

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