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JISC Digital Literacies programme: A history of Digital Literacy in UK & EU

Jisc Developing Digital Literacies

Friday, May 4, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (BST)

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Friday 4th May 2012, 13:00-14:00 (BST)

Online via Blackboard Collaborate

Facilitators: Tabetha Newman & Sarah Payton

Over the past five years the concept of digital literacy has been of increasing interest and importance in UK education research, across all sectors. At around the same time that JISC started the Learning Literacies in a Digital Age project (2008), two other notable projects began:

  1. A review of definitions and models of digital literacy, covering all sectors and ages, which then led to various conference talks and the creation of resources for use in primary schools (carried out by Tabetha Newman on behalf of Becta), and
  2. The Digital Participation research project, run by the independent research organisation ‘Futurelab’, who worked with practising educators, experts and children in primary and secondary schools to explore how digital literacy could be developed within a range of school subjects (on which Sarah Payton was a lead researcher).

Since then, the outputs of these projects have come to the attention of European Union education policy makers – who are currently incorporating the work into EU policy research on 'Digital Competence' (one of the eight EU Key Competences for Lifelong Learning).
This webinar will provide an overview of these wider UK and European Digital Literacy contexts. We will:

  • Summarise some of the leading definitions and models of digital literacy (Tabetha)
  • Offer examples of digital literacy in practice in the UK schools sector (Sarah)
  • Provide an overview of current EU policy relating to digital literacy in all sectors and contexts, both within and outside formal educational settings (Tabetha)
  • Signpost relevant resources that have emerged from the Becta and Futurelab projects (Sarah)

We aim to present this information before initiating discussion about, amongst other things:

  • How do these definitions, models and case studies differ from those in use within the JISC projects? What are the similarities?
  • How relevant does the proposed EU digital literacy policy feel within the UK HE context?
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Online via Blackboard Collaborate

Friday, May 4, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (BST)

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Jisc Developing Digital Literacies

The aim of the programme is to 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.  This webinar series will showcase work from the programme and wider initiatives and the UK and internationally. You can access recordings of previous sessions here.

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