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ARTiFactor: My Dream: a Digital Literacy MOOC

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Art Oglesby
10 January 2013

My dream is to help create a MOOC that will enable world wide Digital Literacy.

I envision a map of learning activities for raising ones digital literacy competencies. Learners could jump in at any time, anywhere on the map, and find guidance to master that particular skill set. 

The map would be dynamic, continually being improved and expanded, much like in wikipedia.


Digital Literacy includes an enormous range of competencies.

Mapping out the ever growing skill sets could perhaps be structured as a massive outline with collapsing/expanding branches (or a MindMap)

Multi-level Marketing techniques - newbies would sign up and be given a number of tokens/coins. They would offer to pay a coach/mentor/teacher coins  in order to master a particular competency. Eventually they would advance into the mentor-coach role and pay their former mentor coach for back-up or support.

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Peter Cheer
6:40am 11 January 2013

Hi, this sounds like an interesting idea Art  and I would be interested in contributing, I have taught digital literacy in UK community education and digital literacy is a huge need where I am  now in Ethiopia. As I rely on work for a decent internet connection I will be offline over the weekend.



Denise Ozdeniz
10:42am 11 January 2013

I am working on developing digital literacy with learners of English as a Foreign Language where the issue is not just learning how to operate in a digital environment, but also understanding the vocabulary used by many Apps and tools e.g. submit, enter, proceed. I wonder if you have some of the same difficulties Peter in Ethiopia?

I would be interested in helping map the skill sets needed. My particular focus on my course will be looking at ways of storing and sharing oral production, recording yourself etc. I am happy to enter into discussion or add to checklists, can do statements or whatever you have in mind.


Marie Arndt
1:11pm 11 January 2013


My Oman-based project of English for engineering students could be linked to you,r ideas, They need to improve their English skills vocabulary skills needed by engineers, as well as their academic writing skills. I would be interested in mapping the methodology and technology that can be used to achieve this. 

In Oman weekend means Thursday and Friday, so I am working on Saturdays and Sunday, but I have interenet at home.




Art Oglesby
2:13pm 11 January 2013

Good morning (for me). Different times of day for participants amazes me.

Mapping out different areas of digital literacy definitely involves language (although adding visual symbols would be a good idea). I am thinking of words like keyboard, mouse, audio, video, photo, hardware, software, etc. Your suggestions for better alternative words might be added in (..) after each term.  

What tool would be best to start creating a map?     MindMeister?

Art Oglesby
4:00pm 11 January 2013

Here is a link to my Digital Literacy MindMeister map.

Catherine El-Bez
12:13am 12 January 2013


We have the same interests.  I wanted to add things to your map but I couldn't edit it.


Art Oglesby
12:53am 12 January 2013


I will modify the permissions as soon as I figure out how, lol.


Jane Challinor
4:35pm 12 January 2013 (Edited 4:45pm 12 January 2013)

Hi Art

My interest is in information and social media literacy rather than the hardware etc - couldn't add to the mind map so it still looks a bit "one sided" :)

Can you/someone add these elements?


Art Oglesby
4:47pm 12 January 2013


couldn't add to the mind map 

I can relate to that, and I created it.

Try going to

sign in, then search public maps for "digital literacy" (by Arthur Oglesby)

Katharine Reedy
6:27pm 12 January 2013

Hello, this sounds interesting and I may like to join you. At the OU we've already had a go at mapping the skills and created a Digital and information literacy framework (freely available online for anyone to look at).

It's done for our context so may not look 'complete' in all aspects. It has a strong emphasis on information literacy together with skills for social and collaborative learning.

I'll come back tomorrow and see if I can contribute to the mindmap (am doing this MOOC between other activities today).

Joe Nicholls
7:33am 13 January 2013

Hi Art - I'm also keen to explore approaches to developing digital literacy, although in a different context (, although I'm unsure whether a MOOC approach would be the most appriate way to go about it in my situation - keeping an open mind though and I'm sure there's much we can explore together. Joe

Will Pollard
5:55pm 13 January 2013


I have added the video production dream to the possible projects and hope you will join or at least support.

Otherwise I could join this and add video as a branch of digital literacy. Not sure how trhis will work out, seems toi need a lot of new clouds.



Simon Walker
8:02pm 13 January 2013

I'm really interested in joining with you all in this study circle. We have a national project which is looking at Digital Literacy in Transistion in Higher Education, and are currently busy testing curriculum tools, and working with students to write blogs about tbeir experiences, etc. The Project website is at:


Art Oglesby
8:59pm 13 January 2013


I chose to use Ning several years ago for a family reunion Site back when they were free - liked their UI & features.

I am excited by all the expertise within this MOOC.



Peter Cheer
6:27am 14 January 2013

Art I had a look at your mind map, it looks good, I might put in desktop publishing as well (personally I use the open source program scribus)  and basic web page / blogging skills to round off the media production elements. I would guess given the duration of the course we should have time to firm up the framework and explore some parts of it in more depth.

A start might be thinking about what are core digital literacy skills and what are useful to know but optional.





Karen Ferreira-Meyers
8:48am 14 January 2013

Sounds great! My problem for now is that there are many ideas/clouds that interest me, so I want to read and contribute to 101 thoughts, but time is not on my side. I hope to get involved here though!

caroline kuhn
11:29am 14 January 2013

HI everybody of this fantastik group!!

I am a little late, but I would love to join your project. I am experiencing myself the need to improve this digital and media literacy and so most of the inservice teachers. 

Some time ago I was taking a look on ROLE ( wich is a very interesting project of creating personalized learning environments. I believe that in soing or creating this PLE you develop digital literacy. It is not just an idea I had, it is refred in the literature (Fridolin Wild, is doing interesting work with that) He also developed a framework which is worthy to take a look. But any how and no matter what is the literature or framework that we are using I would love to work with your group!! 

Fiona Durham
5:08pm 14 January 2013

Hello all,

I work with Katharine at the Open University and am also interested in digital literacy.  I'm really looking forward to hearing other people's ideas of how we can support the digital literacy of staff and students.

Barry Peddycord III
5:38pm 14 January 2013

This sounds like the kind of group I'd like to participate in! I'm interested in Computer Science education for non-Computer Scientists, which has a lot of overlap with basic digital literacy (though admittedly, I'm interested in at least a little bit of programming). I'd love to see this project take off! :D

Peter Cheer
10:42am 15 January 2013

Art can you give me the full URL of the Googledocs workspace. When I try

I get a connection reset error from this link, this is almost certainly the fault of my ISP Ethiopia Telecom who are far from infallible, the full URL might work.



Art Oglesby
11:53am 15 January 2013


Here is the full URL of the Googledocs workspace.


Peter Cheer
7:51am 17 January 2013

Thanks Art the full URL to theb google docs page works, even through Ethiopia Telecom.

I have complete a a scenario for Digital Literacy but am not sure what to do with it as we have not settled on a collaborative tool or workspace. I would think that this is a priority. Does anyone have some suggestions?



Art Oglesby
1:19pm 17 January 2013


I recommend pinning stuff on a wall


Chris Follows
5:51pm 19 January 2013

The DIAL project at UAL would be interested in creating Digital Literacy MOOC from user generated content and open content communities, Independently driven MOOCS by interested groups/specialists, agile developmed.

Two or more projects linked to the DIAL project and

During these projects we aim to develop and design a pilot MOOC with specific pathways for bespoke training in this field.


During these projects we aim to develop and design a pilot MOOC with specific pathways for bespoke training in unique and besoke subjects like Professional Online Identities and digital presentation skills, like presenting using video etc....

We aim to continue the agile development of process.arts and try and explore and integrate this particular DIAL project Prototype thing: template example, The aim is to provide a resource that filters information and presents an initial highly relevant focus. -

Art Oglesby
6:27pm 19 January 2013

Chris Follows,

Thanks for these links.

Whoever Follows them will learn lots (sorry).

I especially like the Action Plan information.

I am looking for advice about open source tools for running a learning environment.

Are you going to use you own servers?


Chris Follows
9:11pm 19 January 2013

Thank you.

We have been using a few tools true open source tools at UAL (Drupal, Moodle and Mahara), personally I have more experience and a preference for using Drupal (through developing and I'm keen to promote drupal to others for creating learning and teaching CMS. We are starting a Cop at UAL to support open source web development - . 

The reason for setting up the drupal community came out of a need because of a huge lack of open source web developers and a reliance on overpriced commercial alternatives. not sustainable in the long term. The in-house community aims to empower web users to become web makers which supports sustainable and agile development of these new tools. We've been training/employing our staff and students as our drupal developers (an experienced in-house developer is essential in this mix) - you can read more in this report -  

Servers are the primary contentious issue  in my opinion and seems to be the problem for most uk colleges that their in-house IT set ups are not really in tune with the technological innovation needs of those who are pushing the boundaries of the 'institution'.

Examples of one experience can be seen here:

Process.arts overview and context -

Conflict and Media -

Unless things change it may be best to look outside the institution in future, there are lots of commercial server setups to choose from, but ideally there is a lot to be gained from using in house server provision but the negatives far out way the positives at the moment, this could, in the long term, be a huge problem for universities who are so far behind the game that they have no other option than to use a commercial alternative/channels as primary instead of in-house as primary. This can be seen in rich media and community networks. I talk a bit more about this here - and here -           


Art Oglesby
5:28pm 22 January 2013

I am sharing my best "Digital Literacy" links here:

Art's Hearth

A gathering place where we can warm each other

by sharing our pesonal fires.

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