Digital Literacies workshop

Prior to the start of ALT-C, there was a JISC workshop on Digital Literacies http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloud/view/4293

We self-selected into groups by topic and were asked, What critical differences is technology making? What new capabilities do graduates need to have? I took some notes from our group and a few key comments from other groups. These are the rough items as typed on the spot…when editing up my notes from the conference, I’ll try to polish them (make them more comprehensible?) before putting conference notes onto Nexus.

Comments from Social and Personal Practices Group

  • Flexible, cope with more integrated lives
  • Health – rapid change impinges on how people perceive people
  • Identity and interaction with other people has become crucial
  • Boundaries blurred or transcended
  • Digital divides – not full citizen if on wrong side of divide
  • We are WEIRD
  • Criticality – need to be aware of potential and impact, have enough control to use in a savvy way, just having the tech doesn’t automatically create community, critical evaluation is essential to the literacy
  • On-line v off-line personalities
  • Younger generation doing the filtering automatically, but not seen as being ‘critical’ – once it becomes automatic it is truly embedded, medium becomes transparent
  • Motivation – not just capability, skills, how to you start the snowball rolling?
  • Need to engage students, get them started doing something to break the ice, stimulate intellectual curiousity
  • Is it us v them? Dave White residents/visitors – not polarised
  • All use FB few use anything else (e.g. Twitter, social tagging)
  • TAKEAWAY MSG: people are always connected and now they have to use the tech in order to connect. FB and mobile phone. How to be disconnected, deal with info overload. Crucial in the workplace.

Selected comments fron other groups –

  • Personalised
  • Shared knowledge – what and who you know
  • So much is available, to what degree do students take advantage of it
  • Digital broadcast media, range/number of sources, crowd-sourcing,
  • Lost distinction office/unofficial sources – are we good at creating shallow but not deep media?
  • Rather than use news media, people look up on Google and Wikipedia
  • Has idea of ‘audience’ changed? Are we critical consumers?
  • NYT people becoming self-obsessed as own audience
  • Different levels of access, bottom-up and top-down
  • Ability to learn in a digital world is crucial
  • Adaptability
  • Chosen futures – gen X and Y ‘lattice futures’ not straight-line career progression, more choice for individuals
  • Our practices also need to change, have to learn and reinvent practice all the time.
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