Digital Futures in Teacher Education
The aim of this project is to produce an open textbook “Digital Literacy (DL) for Open and Networked Learning‟ based upon two strands of development that are mutually reinforcing: the first is to create materials for a module accredited by the two partner HEI for trainee teachers on their PGCE courses, in line with the HEA Professional Standards Frameworks and the Professional Standards for Teachers, involving the (re)use of OERs and associated pedagogical design; and the second is to develop guidance on practice in teaching and learning in the school sector involving digital literacy.
A framework for the effective embedding of this curriculum and pedagogy will be established, using regional support networks for schools, Creative Industry partners and building on existing dissemination activities. A key goal is to raise the status and quality of teaching and the level of digital literacies and the (re)use of OERs in the teaching workforce.
The project considers digital literacy to be a blend of ICT, media and information skills and knowledge situated within academic practice contexts while influenced by a wide range of techno-social practices involving communication, collaboration and participation in networks. There is a pressing need for teachers to engage with digital literacy throughout education, and increasingly the skills and experience that learners (and their teachers) have or need is changing and the baseline is being raised. The digital technologies available to secondary students will continue to evolve alongside a greater expectation of the skills of teachers and the kind of learning resources they will encounter in further and higher education. At the same time, professional development in new pedagogies facilitated by digital technology is still patchy and, in terms of the potential of new social media for learning, relatively unaddressed. The development of an open textbook on digital literacy for learning and teaching in changing contexts will bridge this gap by realising pedagogical design with and for digital literacy that will address modification, scaling and flexibility required to allow for age, stage and competence in the use of digital technology and OERs.
The project has the following objectives:
- To release OERs which address the opportunities and challenges of creative and innovative uses of digital literacy in the context of the school and teacher education sectors
- To explore cross-sector partnerships in the context of OER (re)use
- To encourage reflexive practice and embed OERs within professional development of future and in-service teachers, including those in FE and HE.
- To engage learners across different ages, stages and competences (PGCE students, learners in secondary/primary schools, HE tutors, in-service teachers) in contributing to OER release/production and through that process to enhance their digital literacy skills
- To explore innovative models of OER release and publishing
- To conduct dissemination activities which will encourage wide-ranging cross-sector collaboration through local voluntary and creative industry organisations, and professional associations in dissemination efforts
Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes
The main output of the project will be an open textbook incorporating the following two core elements:
- Digital literacies in the context of professional development (equivalent to 60 hours of study, focussing on the opportunities and challenges of embedding digital literacies within teacher education)
- Digital literacies for creative learners (equivalent to 120 hours of study, providing a set of tools and resources for embedding OERs within the school sector)
The project will also publish supporting material to accompany the textbook, including:
- Guidance on OER issues of relevance to the school/teacher training sector
- Guidance on producing OERs in the context of partnerships with institutions outside of HEIs
- Guidance for web developers working within the schools sector
- Dr Anna Gruszczynska, Sheffield Hallam University, Faculty of Development and Society, 0114 225 6384 firstname.lastname@example.org