Digital Literacy in UK HEIs

Posted on: 13 July 2012
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As was mentioned in a previous post, as part of the project we are going to develop a digital literacy policy. I had a look to see what other institutions are doing in this regard and also sent out messages on Twitter and the Lis-Infoliteracy Jiscmail list. Many thanks to all those who replied. I have listed the documents I have found so far under “examples of digital literacy documents” in the project’s Library page. The delivery team will add to this list throughout the course of the project.

My main finding was that this is something quite a few other HEIs have recently developed, are currently working on, or are considering.

If you have any examples that you’d like to share with us, please email me.

Change, change, change…

Posted on: 28 June 2012
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Last week I spoke for the first time to Sarah, who is our project’s critical friend. She introduced me to the fact that I will be participating in an action learning set with colleagues from a few other institutions who are also engaged in a JISC Transformations project. I’m looking forward to this as another way of gaining insights, finding some solutions and sharing the pain of inevitable dead ends, frustrations and failures… this begins in a few weeks’ time.

I have an invitation to attend a JISC  workshop next week on Enterprise Architecture and yesterday was invited to present our project in brief  to the assembled audience. I had never come across EA before and so I watched a short webinar on the topic – it seemed much more technical than I had expected it to be but I’m hoping it will provide a methodology for the change we’d like to see in the project, particularly as there is another project for which I consider this one a feeder. 

There are a number of stakeholders in the work and not all of them will view the idea of linking digital literacy skills with employability as a pressing need for the University.  Having said that, there are a number of concurrent activities which do all shed light on the various facets of what we are about:

  • a newly launched investigation of the future of teaching and learning
  • a recently endorsed Web 2.0 policy
  • a draft social media policy
  • a Change Academy project, WIRES,  around undergraduate information and research skills
  • a review of the university’s online environment
  • the unification of staff and student Google domains to enable better collaboration and sharing

and in the first Project Board meeting at the end of May, our Deputy Vice Chancellor clearly voiced her expectation that this project will produce a draft digital literacy policy to meet the University’s  autumn committee cycle, so there’s plenty to be getting on with.



Project Board 31/5/2012

Posted on: 30 May 2012
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Tomorrow sees the first Project Board, where members of the team will meet up – a modest agenda and some important ground work to be done, agreeing terms of reference, approving the work plan, thinking about dissemination and setting some initial tasks for the Delivery Group. Eager to get started….

Project overview

Posted on: 18 May 2012
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Here we will track our progress and document our activities. Several members of the team will record their thoughts via the blog.

So what is Get Ahead all about?

This project comprises several elements:

  • Research to establish student attitudes to and take up of technology, the skills required to use it effectively and the relevance of these skills to their employability
  • What messages are effective in persuading students of the relevance of the full range of digital literacy skills for employability
  • Testing the above with a pilot programme aimed at second year undergraduates to take place in Spring 2013
  • Integrating the delivery of such skills through multidisciplinary teams