Many learners enter further and higher education lacking the skills needed to apply digital technologies to education. As 90% of new jobs will require excellent digital skills, improving digital literacy is an essential component of developing employable graduates.

Developing digital literacies

Overview 

Many learners enter further and higher education lacking the skills needed to apply digital technologies to education. As 90% of new jobs will require excellent digital skills, improving digital literacy is an essential component of developing employable graduates.

Courses that embed core digital skills, as well as subject specific use of technology, enable students to gain the skills and confidence they need to use digital technology not only to support their learning but also in the workplace.

We’re working with colleges and universities to embed core digital skills into the curriculum. By digital literacy we mean those capabilities which fit an individual for living, learning and working in a digital society: for example, the skills to use digital tools to undertake academic research, writing and critical thinking; as part of personal development planning; and as a way of showcasing achievements.

Developing Digital Literacies programme

JISC has funded a £1.5 million Developing Digital Literacies programme which runs from July 2011 to July 2013, with benefits realisation activities continuing until the end of December 2013.

New: 2013 digital literacy webinar series The aim of the programme is to promote the development of coherent, inclusive and holistic institutional strategies and organisational approaches for developing digital literacies for all staff and students in UK further and higher education. To inform the development of this programme, JISC commissioned Helen Beetham to conduct a Review and scoping study. The review describes work that has already been funded by JISC and its partner agencies in the area of digital literacy, and the context in which this work is taking place.

Projects are working across the following stakeholder groupings in their plans for developing digital literacies: students, academic staff, research staff, librarians and learning resources and support staff, administrators and managers and institutional support staff (including technical staff and estates staff).

A synthesis of existing resources relating to digital literacies together with ongoing synthesis of the emerging outcomes and outputs from the Developing Digital Literacies programme will be collated by JISC Advance on the online resource the JISC Design Studio.

 Further information about the funded projects is available from the programme page and the programme blog.

Digital Literacies Workshop materials are available from: here

Overview of JISC Digital Literacies activities

  • Based on our research into learners’ experiences, knowledge and expectations of technologies, we’ve developed guidance (PDF) to help institutions support students in developing new digital skills for study.

  • Our work has resulted in a set of recommendations to help you examine your institution’s provision and support for improving digital literacy. These include the need to involve learners in their own development and the need for academics to support learners’ use of technology, as well as to examine how they use technologies in their teaching. Our organisational audit will help you identify current areas of good practise and highlight areas for future development.  

  • We’ve worked with a wide range of universities and colleges to capture examples of best practice which highlight several methods of delivering digital skills including embedding them into the curriculum or offering them as individual modules.

  • Our case studies show how different universities and colleges are promoting effective learning in a digital age. Each study addresses a different question including how to help learners develop literacies for working life, how to embed digital literacies into the curriculum, and how to develop digital literacy for staff
     
  • In addition, we are running a series of free national workshops entitled, Developing Digital Literacies: A series of national workshops on developing learners and learning organisations for the 21st Century. Further information and registration details are available here. The workshop materials are available here.
     
  • Join our mailing list for Developing Digital Literacies JISC-DIGLIT-PUBLIC@jiscmail.ac.uk by visiting www.jiscmail.ac.uk/JISC-DIGLIT-PUBLIC

Contact

Summary
Start date
1 July 2011
End date
31 December 2013
Funding programme
e-Learning programme
Topic
Strategic Themes