Catherine El-Bez: MOOC on 'Digital Literacy and Personal Learning Environment'
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11 January 2013
The University of Lausanne in Switzerland. I'm working as a learning engineer. I collaborate on a pilot project which aims at developing and enhancing student's soft skills such as Information Literacy (IL) and ICT skills
The main goals of the Project are:
-helping the students to self-evaluate their IL and ICT skills
-helping the students to develop their skills through existing pedagogical resources (courses, modules, etc.) -helping the students to reflect on the 'soft skills' acquired with different learning experiences and artefacts ( academic works such as dissertation, exams, etc...
It would be interesting to expand the project to Digital Literacy.
Why? According to the Digital literacy framework from OU 'Digital literacy includes the ability to find and use information (otherwise known as information literacy) but goes beyond this to encompass communication, collaboration and teamwork, social awareness in the digital environment, understanding of e-safety and creation of new information. Both digital and information literacy are underpinned by critical thinking and evaluation'.
I think that a cMOOC could help the students to enhance one of these digital literacy skills:
- Demonstrate the ability to create a personal learning environment incorporating elements of OU digital study practices and external applications and environments. (Level 3 of the OU framwork, skill: 'Understand and engage in digital practices')
- Demonstrate effective use of social and/or professional online networks outside the OU study community. (Level 3 of the OU framwork, skill: 'Understand and engage in digital practices')
- Articulate the characteristics of digital scholarship in the relevant subject and/or professional area (Master Level of the OU framwork, skill: 'Understand and engage in digital practices')
The change I would like to see (challenge)
For the participants: I need to reflect on this point further but I really think that if you can survive to a cMOOC until the end then you have acquired high digital skills and enhancing your own PLE ;-)
I agree with Bronwyn Hegarty who has given us on the forum this afternoon an interesting reference to his articles on this topic.
(See the exec summary and full report: Digital Information Literacy: Supported Development of Capability in Tertiary Environments. An article that arose from the research is published in JITE: Developing Digital Information Literacy in Higher Education: Obstacles and Supports.)
I quote him from the discussion forum : 'From our perspective digital literacy is a subset, and to be an active player on the web, and a proficient online learner digital information literacy is more important than mere digital literacy.'
For me: this MOOC could be part to the Magellan project. We could then offer to the students the opportunitiy to develop their Digital skills (both digital information literacy and mere digitsl literacy).
-A connectivist MOOC, (I'm more interested by the connectivist feature than the massive one) / participative pedagogy
According to the report 'The MOOC MODEL FOR DIGITAL PRACTICE (McAuley ET AL., 2010, p.46-47)
Which technologies will I use to implement it, and how
a cMOOC plateform, (wordpress, moodle), aggregation tool, web2.0 tools, eportfolio Mahara.
I don't have yet experiences in designing and implementing a cMOOC....