Digital Literacy and the digital me

As part of our #ONL161 course course we have been told to blog a post about our digital presence on Social Media, Here is my overview with the Xmind mindmap tool

Digital Me

Before I started working at KTH, I had been working with social media strategies for private companies for 8 years. I organised social media events and worked with the company’s online presence mainly for sales & marketing reasons increasing their online presence and online sales. When I started at KTH I was quite eager to use what I had learned from the private sector and put it to use for learning but soon realised that most of the teachers had little or no digital presence for their professional purposes.

As part of our group work we are working on Digital Literacy, I found it very interesting so decided to post on this area as well.
Several universities have started projects in Digital Literacy for both students and teachers. Coming from the private sector and in the role of employing new staff, I know how important it is for our social media natives to have a professional presence online.

All universities are confronting the same difficulties with digital literacy, so I believe we really need to start learning from each other.

So what does Digital Literacy mean?
Digital literacy is “The capability to use digital technology and knowing when and how to use it.” (Rubble, M. and Bailey, G.  (2007). Digital Citizenship in Schools. Eugene, OR: ISTE, p. 21)

The main issues that we need to cover are:

  • How do we inspire our teachers to do it?
  • How could we make digital literacy support sustainable
  • How can we make digital literacy a desire instead of just a couple of teachers being passionate about it?

Cornell University in Ithaca New York has created a great website with information about Digital Literacy this is an excerpt from their page:

“Digital literacy is an important topic because technology is changing faster than society is. The rules of appropriate behaviour in these digital contexts may be unknown or unknowable. Well-established concepts such as copyright, academic integrity, and privacy are now difficult to define, as their meanings are in flux”.

They have a FAQ page on using the Internet to research topics which I found a brilliant source for information.

A guide to help teachers in mapping out digital literacy with students
This video created by David White, researcher, University of Oxford uses the mapping process which is an output of  Jisc funded by ‘Digital Visitors and Residents’ project in collaboration between Jisc, Oxford, OCLC and the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.
“We need to understand learners personal digital literacies before ploughing into ‘supporting’ them” David White
Here is a great overview on how you can map it out with your students from David White

 

Developing digital literacies for working in a digital world
I love to listen to podcasts whilst on my journeys to and from places here is a radio program that was recorded for the Jisc project
http://jisconair.jiscinvolve.org/wp/2012/05/23/developing-digital-literacies-2/

“Universities and colleges have a responsibility to develop students into individuals who can thrive in an era of digital information and communication – those who are digitally literate are more likely to be economically secure. But it’s not just about employability – increasingly digital literacy is vital for learning itself”. From the radio program page.

8 thoughts on “Digital Literacy and the digital me

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  2. Nice post, I am primary school teacher, very interested in digital tools. I see a great opportunity in them, but you are right, few teachers use them. Mant teachers consider digital tools as games, but I think it comes from the low knwoledge they have about this world. In the secondary schools they are more active, but as learned last week at Future classroom lab in the European Schoolnet (Belgium), we have so many possibility, that we can only find always something that fits with our lessons.

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  3. I also agree with the plural digital literacies, and am really interested in supporting teachers to develop their own digital literacy so that they can ensure their students become literate also…it’s interesting that the idea of digital identity has come so strongly into light recently when these tools have existed for quite some time…we are only just now getting comfortable enough to think beyond merely using the tools but also considering the implications of use.

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    • Yes Kay O now comes the learning part with tools 🙂 Still it will take a bit of time not sure how it is in Oz but here in Sweden at the University I work in the teachers are severely behind when it comes to online presence and using them in their lectures, let alone the implications of use.

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  4. The content and the figure that you have used to explain digital literacy is very good. Digital literacy is now an essential part of scientific activities. All researchers and scientists need most of its elements to establish and present their outputs. However, there is still lack of knowledge and expertise, in respect of digital literacy elements, among scientists. Courses like ONL could excellent way to help scientists to be familiar with digital facilities and also gain reliable capability how to use benefits of digital literacy elements.

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