Week 1 – Digital Literacies

This week we will explore the importance of digital literacies and the practices and attitudes related to it.

On the 2nd of May 2017 at 2pm (UK Time) we will host an online interactive session via Youtube. Direct link is available here.

Digital literacies are those capabilities which fit an individual for living, learning and working in a digital society. Digital literacy looks beyond functional IT skills to describe a richer set of digital behaviours, practices and identities. (JISC, 2014)

Different understandings of digital literacies co-exist (see for example, JISC, Future Lab’s Digital Literacies Across the Curriculum,  or Canada’s Centre for Digital and media Literacy).  An emphasis is placed on digital practices and attitudes towards communicating, collaborating and creating content online. The web as a space of interaction thus becomes a social environment with its own (hidden) rules, norms and traditions which we hope to explore this week via an online, interactive session and discussions both here and on Twitter #UPTakeICT.

Discussion:

Following on from our video discussion, which type of digital literacies do you think you already have? And which ones do you think you need to develop?

How important do you think digital literacies are for employability?

Use the comment box below to share your ideas/experiences/questions.

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