September’s all staff Digital Literacy event provided an opportunity for colleagues to find out about some of the ways in which digital tools and social media are being used at CSM.
To start off Shan Wareing, UAL’s Dean of Learning and Teaching, provided a contextual overview of ways in which digital technologies are being approached at the university, CLTAD’s Nancy Turner fed back on key themes arising from the recent international conference ‘Designs on E-Learning’, and Angus Eason gave an update on MOODLE. They were joined by CSM colleagues who gave quick-fire presentations about their own uses of digital technologies to support the student experience.
It was acknowledged that we are experiencing radical shifts in the variety and complexity of HE provision globally – for example, the current blossoming of massive open online courses (MOOCs) adds to the fluidity and multiplicity of educational provision, and provides new environments for learning. This evolving and complex educational landscape is one in which digital technologies are playing an increasingly significant part, and as such, staff and students need to become digitally literate.
‘Digital Literacy involves critically engaging with technology and developing a social awareness of how a number of factors can shape the ways in which technology is used to convey information and meaning.’
SCONLON 7 Pillars of Information Literacy through a Digital Literacy ‘lens’
Colleagues noted that digital literacy is not about just about how to use the tools, but comprises of several elements including e-safety, creativity, communication, and cultural understanding. It was also acknowledged that inequalities in student access to technologies and to the internet exist, and these issues were not being disregarded.
1 billion people now use Facebook, yet 10 years ago we didn’t have smartphones or tablets, we didn’t have social media or services such as:
- Open Education Movement
All of which were spoken about by colleagues in the quick-fire presentations. This illustrates how quickly things are moving, and how disruptive these technologies really are. We once lived in a world without Facebook!
Some videos from the event, and case-studies about staff use of digital tools and social media, will be posted over the Autumn Term which hopefully will prove insightful and inspiring.