Welcome to the Digital Literacy @ University of Worcester Blog
Hi Everyone this is not one of those blogs that showers you with information all the time. We will, of course, do our best to entertain and inform you – but, most importantly, we want to hear from all of you.
Davies and Merchant (2009), “see digital literacy as a set of social practices that are interwoven with contemporary “ways of being” (p83). The concept of social practices fits well with changing practices of “work, rest and play”, and our “ways of being” are constantly changing to accommodate newer ways of keeping a balance between work and the rest of our lives. There are many new digital technologies for us to use whether we are at work, rest or play; some will stick and some will fall away. UoW is doing its bit to support digital literacy within the University and the wider community. There are a number of things we are doing:
- this blog for Digital Literacy, bringing you interesting pieces of information encouraging all to join a community interested in discussing the impact technology is or might have on our lives whether we are students or staff
- Exploring Open Education Resources – cost, quality, best practice frameworks
- Running an annual survey for Digital Literacy (with a prize) to help us find out what you want, need and aspire to
- Exploring social networking virtual worlds for administrative, teaching and communication affordances
- Exploring online lunchtime seminars for staff
Davies J and Merchant G (2009) Chapter 5 Negotiating the Blogosphere, Educational
Possibilities in Digital Literacies: Social Learning and Classroom Practices (Eds)
Victoria Carrinton and Muriel Robinson, Sage Publications Ltd, London
Being digitally literate is not just about being able to use Information Technology (IT) or a particular programme really well. It is about feeling comfortable communicating in many different ways using digital technologies. Using a range of different communication devices/methods should not cause any disruption to our equilibrium just as moving from walking to running to sitting down doesn’t (generally) cause us any problems.