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A critical focus on digital literacies

Bennett, Elizabeth (2015) A critical focus on digital literacies. In: Converging Concepts in Global Higher Education Research: Local, national and international Perspectives. SRHE Annual Research Conference, 9 - 11 December 2015, Celtic Manor, Newport.

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Developing students’ digital literacies for living and working in 21st century is a global issue (Lee 2014). In the UK there have been calls for a greater focus on digital literacy in higher education from the QAA (2014), NUS (n.d.) and House of Lords (2015) driven, in part, by changes to graduate employment brought about by globalisation (Beetham 2015). Digital literacies are clearly a topical issue within UK HEIs, however these reports tend to focus on strategic and operational issues, and to offer little in relation to critical debate. This symposium address this gap by exploring institutional responses to notions of digital literacy in a rigorous and critical way. It consists of 6 papers each of which takes a different aspect of the topic:

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Digital Literacies, Higher Education
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
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References: Beetham, H. (2015) Here comes everyone@ Digital literacies across staff roles and boundaries Keynote USCIA Spotlight on Digital capabilities Salford. Bruce, C., Edwards, S. and Lupton, M. (2006) ‘Six frames for information literacy education: a conceptual framework for interpreting the relationships between theory and practice’, ITALICS, vol.5 issue 1. Available at: (Accessed 31 May 2015). House of Lords. (2015). Make or Break: The UK’s Digital Future. London. Lee, S.-H. (2014). Digital Literacy Education for the Development of Digital Literacy. International Journal of Digital Literacy and Digital Competence, 5(3), 29-43. doi: 10.4018/ijdldc.2014070103 NUS. (n.d.). NUS Charter on Technology in Higher Education. Sharpe, R., & Beetham, H. (2010). Understanding students’ uses of technology for learning: towards creative appropriation. In R. Sharpe, H. Beetham, & S. de Freitas (Eds.), Rethinking learning for the digital age: how learners shape their experiences (pp. 85 - 99). London and New York: Routledge Falmer. QAA. (2014). Higher Education Review: Themes for 2015-16. Gloucester: QAA. White, D. & Beetham, H. (2013) Students’ Expectations and Experiences of the Digital Environment. Available online at: Whitworth, A. (2014) Radical information literacy: reclaiming the political heart of the Information Literacy movement, Chandos.
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Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2015 16:48
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