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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Rethinking Digital Literacies


Yesterday Lesley Gourlay and Martin Oliver from the Institute of Education talked about their JISC project, Digital Literacies as a Postgraduate Attribute. These are my rough notes from the session (recording here).

What are digital literacies?
EU definition stresses "appropriate".
Beetham 2010 report stresses construction of identity.
Gillen and Barton 2010 emphasises practices.

Framework: Sociomateriality
Actor-network theory (Latour) including non-human technology actors.

Project: Digital literacies as a postgraduate attribute
Surveys and focus groups.
Online/blended means "the student experience" is meaningless - experience is atomized, likewise technology use.
Journaling (n=12) via structured interview programme.

Emergent themes
"Orientations":
Example 1 - curation - digitize everything
Example 2 - combat - fighting the tech - agents - "computer says no"
Example 3 - coping - adverse technological circumstances
Spaces

Identity
Personal-professional
Presentation of self

A sociomaterial analysis of my working practice:
A sociomaterial analysis of my working practice


Conclusions
No clear taxonomy.
Constantly shifting practices.

Discussion
Challenges posed by atomization of experience.


3 comments:

  1. You may be interested in the inaugural issue of the ILTA's journal featuring an article by Martin and Lesley: http://journal.ilta.ie/2013/05/20/issue-1-research-papers/

    Oh, and me. ;-)

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    1. Thanks Doug. Yes, your name did crop up yesterday :-)

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  2. I just love the way that you were able to put pen to paper (keyboard to screen) so quickly Alan. I know that I am still digesting the ideas and concepts...

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