Developing students’ digital literacies
There is a nice JISC report out on ‘Developing students’ digital literacy’. They define digital literacies as ‘the capabilities, which fit someone for living, learning and working in a digital society’. They list the follow seven elements:
- Media literacy – critically read and creatively produce academic and professional communications in a range of media.
- Information literacy – find, interpret, evaluate, manage and share information.
- Digital scholarship – participate in emerging academic, professional and research practices that depend on digital systems.
- Learning skills – study and learn effectively in technology-rich environments, formal and informal.
- Communications and collaborations – participate in digital networks for learning and research.
- Career and identity management – manage digital reputation and online identity.
- ICT literacy – adopt, adapt and use digital devices, applications and services.
They put forward a series of guidelines for improving students’ digital literacies:
- Reviewing what support is available for digital literacies
- Link digital literacies in with other priorities
- Create a buzz
- Get people talking
- Provide support in the curriculum
- Encourage students as change agents