This masterclass, the first in the series, is held on the 24th April, 9.30-12.30 in room 6.207, University Place.

Introduction

Digital Literacy is defined by JISC ‘as the capabilities which fit someone for living, learning and working in digital society’ (Jisc 2015).  In NMC-Horizon (2017) it was noted that ‘the productive and innovative use of technology encompasses 21st century practices that are vital for success in the workplace and beyond’ (Adams Becker et al., 2017). Similarly the House of Lords Select Committee on Digital Skills (2014-15) reported that ‘the UK must ensure it has the necessary pool of (highly) digitally skilled graduates and others….. to support and drive innovation throughout the whole economy’.  This report concluded that ‘changing demands from firms, consumers, students and communities mean that apprenticeships, vocational qualifications and degrees need to deliver more general – and also specific – digital capabilities’.  With the list of indicative evidence for TEF including ‘impact and effectiveness of innovative approaches, new technology or educational research’ it is clear that the potential role digital literacy can play as a tool within a University is recognised. However it is also important that any educator considering delivering technology-enhanced learning and the digital environment also recognises the relationship with other aspects of teaching and learning including the pedagogy.

Overview

This Masterclass has been designed to run using a flexible and tailored approach to meet individual participants’ needs.  It will provide an introduction to the 6 components of digital literacy. The Masterclass will enable participants to explore how to effectively and appropriately integrate digital literacy within the teaching and learning environment to support single teaching sessions or entire programmes. 

Intended learning outcomes

  • Understand digital literacy from an individual and learner perspective
  • Recognise the different ways digital literacy can complement learning across the programme of study and in preparation for the workplace
  • Explore how to integrate digital literacy support with programme and/or unit delivery
  • Understand how different types of technology may be used to facilitate teaching experiences
  • Evaluate selected learning technologies