What is the problem?
Possessing ‘adequate’ digital literacies in higher education is an issue for both students and teaching staff and is frequently identified in the literature as a problem affecting the quality of eLearning experiences offered by higher education institutions and the learning outcomes experienced by their students.
Digital literacy is a widely used term and encompasses many literacies under the umbrella term e.g. digital information literacies, ICT literacies, multiliteracies etc… Defining the characteristics, competencies and skills will be an important aspect of my research. Digital literacies continue to be a recurring theme of relevance to me throughout my post-graduate studies in education. The NGL module 1 activities and assignment tasks have caused me to reflect on this personally and consider where contributions and changes could be made. The next logical step is to try and identify what type of intervention could be implemented? My literature search is currently focused on finding case studies and examples of interventions that are context relevant.
At this stage I’d like to focus on finding a way to contribute towards improving/developing digital literacies of both students and teaching staff in higher education, specifically a regional university with a diverse student population, a high proportion of non-traditional students with the majority undertaking study online/off-campus. It’s a broad issue – maybe too big for this task? I expect there may be no easy or immediate fix, so I’d like to start by posing this question to my fellow students:
“As post graduate students, what approaches or interventions would you like to see at USQ to diagnose and support the development of your digital literacies when commencing/continuing with your studies in higher education?”
Any responses, suggestions and feedback will be welcome.