An introduction to digital literacy: what does a digitally literate student look like?

Tuesday 30 January 2018, 12.30pm to 2.00pm

Speakers: Susan Halfpenny and Michelle Blake, Library and Archives
Location: Room HG21, Heslington Hall

As technology becomes an ever more ubiquitous facet of modern work, education and entertainment, the ability to effectively use, manipulate and develop digital technologies is fast becoming a requirement for operating successfully in society.

Digital literacies need to be continuously assessed, progressed, and supported, across the students’ learning journey. Capacities acquired iteratively — progressively, through practice of authentic tasks — are better retained than those gained one-off, in isolation and through instruction.

You don’t need to radically change your approach to teaching and learner support to foster the development of students’ digital capabilities: you could begin with considering how your current approaches to teaching and learning might enhance students’ digital capabilities through the introduction of relevant digital tools. This way you can intertwine the use of digital forms for core tasks progressively across the programme, encouraging students to adopt digital practices and critically evaluate them.

In this workshop we will consider what we mean by digital literacies, why this is important to our graduates, and how we can start to embed these skills in the curriculum. It will showcase some of the work undertaken by Information Services, in collaboration with academic departments, to integrate digital capabilities across academic programmes. We’ll showcase some of the materials that we have created that can be reused and embedded in the VLE to support digital skills development for your academic programmes and modules.

To book a place on this workshop, please use the booking form.

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