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Digital Literacies Pilot Materials

Materials for curriculum and institutional development in response to a digital literacies agenda

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Helen Beetham
31 August 2010

These materials are designed to support staff, curriculum and institutional development in response to the digital literacies agenda. The materials are freely available for adaptation, printing, piloting etc. Please, if you adapt or use them in any way, consider commenting here or on the associated JISCmail list.

You can discuss these materials and share your own experiences of developing digital capability at the Alt-C 10 conference (symposium on Tuesday 7th September at 13.40) and at a pre-conference workshop on Monday 6th September.

There are no materials designed for use directly by learners as there are many of these, meeting a host of different needs. However, the pilot process has offered opportunities to share 'what works' in terms of materials for direct support of learners e.g. reflective prompts, tasks, diagnostic tests, guidance materials. These are being collated on the LLiDA wiki, which is also where the materials (linked below) are being hosted.


Extra content

These materials are all available under a Creative Commons ShareAlike license from slideshare. In addition to following the links below, you can access them by going directly to my slideshare site and searching on 'digital literacy' or by visiting the LLiDA wiki.


Materials available

  1. Using these materials - a guide

  2. Introduction – some definitions and models of digital literacy

Institutional agenda

  1. Institutional audit - tool for auditing institutional (or e.g. faculty/college) strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in relation to provision for digital literacy, with notes

  2. Managing change – several activities for an institutional working group or change initiative, looking at an integrated approach, strategic change, and changing roles/responsibilities

  3. Graduate attributes – rethinking what will be required of graduates in the next 5-10 years, generically and in different subject areas 

  4. Meeting the needs of learners – with pinch-points and common problems identified

Also available shortly will be case studies of institutions addressing specific issues in literacies of the digital – under development by the JISC SliDA project – and a Senior Managers' briefing paper, to be produced in collaboration with TLRP/TEL


Curriculum/learning support agenda

  1. Literacies development framework - describing stages of development towards digital literacy

  2. Framework of competences - summary of available competence frameworks for supporting a wide range of 'literacies of the digital'

  3. Graduate attributes – rethinking what will be required of graduates in the next 5-10 years, generically and in different subject areas

  4. Meeting the needs of learners – with pinch-points and common problems identified

  5. Learner profile - tool for profiling individual or cohort experience of learning with technology
  6. Research into practice – summary of theoretical work and research findings in this area, and their implications for curriculum practice

Also available on the LLiDA wiki are a number of best practice examples which are continually being updated.

Helen Beetham
22:57 on 31 August 2010 (Edited 14:22 on 1 September 2010)

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Bex Lewis
8:36pm 3 September 2010

Very much looking forward to hearing about this, as we look to develop digital literacies amongst Level 1 Media Studies students:, and as I start to work with those within the Christian sector to convince that new media is worth time, effort and training:!

Terence Mallet
5:12am 5 April 2018

Hi Helen,

Thanks for sharing the slideshare materials on This approach is also suitable for finding complex digital literacies. The disadvantage of the method is the need to carry out operations with large numbers on the program (particularly, I did on the official site). In addition, there is not enough reliable control of the calculations, as well as the assessment of the accuracy of the result is associated with certain difficulties.



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