This blog post invites you to consider 3 examples and identify: are they examples of digital literacies? If so, in what way? If not, why not? This task is the one Oxford Brookes’ Rhona Sharpe, a pioneer in digital literacies research (LLiDA, SLiDA), asked us, the participants of the HEA-organised day, entitled “Changing Learning Landscape —The role of digital literacies in supporting continuing professional development in HE contexts“, to consider, which I attended on the 29th May in Birmingham.
The task worked well on the day to get us into thinking what digital literacies are. Rhona Sharpe’s presentation on the day can be found on slideshare.
Example 1: Baby talks with cat on iPad
Example 2: a student’s writing who uses a blog to make them public
Example 3: iPad Cafe : students from York St John meeting up and discussing useful iPad apps
Can I ask you to do the same? Please consider:
- the baby (Example 1),
- the young pupil (Example 2) or
- the York students iPad Cafe (Example 3)
Do the examples demonstrate digital literacy? Yes/No? Why?
Please post and share your responses and respond to that of others.
Tünde Varga-Atkins, eLearning Unit, University of Liverpool