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Digital  Literacy             Developing  digital  literacy  skills  are  key  to  empowering  students  and  staff  with  the  skills  and  confidence  they  need  to  use   technology  both  autonomously  and  collaboratively,  not  only  to  support  their  learning  but  also  in  the  workplace  and  their   daily  lives.     The  proliferation  of  social  software,  mobile  technologies,  virtual  worlds  and  other  innovative  technologies  has   transformed  employer  needs  and  poses  fresh  challenges  on  education  providers  to  deliver  new  and  engaging  ways  of   learning  that  keep  apace  with  learner  trends  and  expectations.         If  learners  are  to  participate  socially,  culturally  and  economically  as  digital  citizens  they  need  to  learn  how  to  make  an   informed  use  of  technology,  safely  and  responsibly,  in  order  to  contribute  to  wider  society.    However,  despite  being   immersed  in  a  technology-­‐rich  environment,  many  learners  and  staff  lack  a  clear  sense  of  how  technology  can  be   contextualized  to  effectively  support  learning.     The  JISC  Regional  Support  Centre  (Yorkshire  &  Humber)  can  help  organisations  embed  digital  literacy  in  the  following   ways:     1) Provide  bespoke  advice  and  guidance  on  developing  an  e-­‐safety  strategy  that  helps  protect  learners  and  set  fair   boundaries  for  staff  in  the  clear  use  of  social  media   2) Equip  organisations  with  a  self-­‐assessment  tool  so  that  they  can  review  their  own  digital  literacy  provision  and   make  recommendations  for  improvements     3) Deliver  events,  both  online  and  face-­‐to-­‐face,  that  empower  staff  to  develop  their  own  digital  literacy  skills  in  order   to  reinvigorate  their  own  teaching  and  learning   4) Showcase  good  practice  nationally  with  regards  to  digital  literacy,  both  via  the  Excellence  Gateway  and  through   regular  e-­‐bulletins   5) Signpost  resources  to  help  inform  staff  development  programmes  that  promote  awareness  around  issues  of  e-­‐ safety,  digital  identity  and  information  literacy.  

                                                   

What  is  digital  literacy?    

“To  be  digitally  literate  is  to  have  access  to  a  broad  range  of  skills,  practices  and  cultural  resources  that  you  are   able   to   apply   to   digital   tools.   It   is   the   ability   to   make,   represent   and   share   meaning   in   different   modes   and   formats;   to   create,   collaborate   and   communicate   effectively;   and   to   understand   how   and   when   digital   technologies   can   best   be   used   to   support   these   processes.     Digital   literacy   involves   critically   engaging   with   technology   and   developing   a   social   awareness   of   how   a   number   of   factors,   including   commercial   agendas   and   cultural  understandings,  can  shape  the  ways  in  which  technology  is  used  to  convey  information  and  m eaning.”   Digital  Literacy  Professional  Development  Resource,  Futurelab    


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