Digital Literacies: Letters to Santa Digitally Ready, a University of Reading project funded by the JISC Developing Digital Literacies programme Pat Parslow, Maria Papaefthimiou, NadjaGuggi, Shirley Williams Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Plan • I am planning on making it up as I go along describing our target audience (the breadth of previous experience, skills and future aspirations) and the collegiate nature of the institution, which lends itself to the formation of silos. I thought I might throw in a bit of systems theory explaining how different use cases and use of language support silos, and even covering how silos/walled gardens can help a method/technique grow to a state where it can be useful in other areas, before dealing with the institutional need to share good practice/cascade train. • Moving on from there (because I have a whole day, not just half an hour, honest guv), I was going to move on to individual learning, meta-cognition and how to nurture these through a sense of community; in this case by giving people a nudge in the right direction by encouraging them to voice their wants and desires with a festive theme. • Rounding off with a look to the ongoing future, at assessed interventions, that can help promote a culture of continuous learner-centreddevelopment within the curriculum and working environment.
Communications, barriers & positive feedback • Lingo, Cant, Jargon, Argot, TLAs + + + + Ideas Ideas Barriers to communication
Positive aspects + + Ideas Ideas Barriers to communication The barriers can help ideas develop without noise and distraction
But • If the barriers are too strong, they can lead to…
Cross fertilisation • linking between silos, not breaking down walls
Individual • Same thing happens with individuals, collaborative learning Idea!
Communication • Community, shared view Tool
Bridges& tunnels One to many One to one/few to few Many to many
Outcomes Central Resources Local Initiatives Central communications Time to innovate Permission to fail
Working with students No digital literacy 1 3 Excellent digital literacy 4 Poor digital literacy 15 2 Good digital literacy Low digital literacy OK digital literacy 16
Working with students - after No digital literacy 0 8 Excellent digital literacy 0 Poor digital literacy 22 1 Good digital literacy Low digital literacy OK digital literacy 10
Sharing • Those that attended the workshops: • Appear slightly more likely to share advice with: • Other students (though mostly hidden in FB groups) • Staff • Report being aware that teaching others helps them learn
Small steps • Breaking down barriers • Recognising staff cannot always be experts • Recognising impact of ‘learning with’ • Requires continued input • Culture needs to embed
OK, so... Personal growth Personal responsibility Personal opportunity & Corporate image Corporate provision Corporate efficiency
Thanks It’s all about being Digitally Ready • Pat Parslow (email@example.com)