Digital skills for employment: to teach or not to teach?

‘a set of achievements – skills, understandings and personal attributes – that make graduates more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupations.’[1] Employability has occupied a prominent place on the wider HE agenda for a number of years. However, … Continue reading

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Implementing digital capabilities

Last year I wrote a post on the concept of ‘digital capabilities’ and how it has taken over from the previous term ‘digital literacy’. To recap the generally accepted definition, digital capabilities are those ‘which support living, learning and working … Continue reading

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Seminar: Developing digital literacy by mapping controversies: Revealing echo chambers and the machinery of the internet

Academic IT has links with the  Learning and New Technologies Research Group in the Department of Education. The group organises a programme of research seminars with invited speakers; the next one is on Tuesday 9th May: Developing digital literacy by … Continue reading

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The Digital Wildfire project: helping young people stay safe online

Learning lessons when social media is misused  The growing use of social media can potentially bring about many benefits but also several risks to young people. The Digital Wildfire project is an exciting, interdisciplinary research study which focuses on how provocative content can rapidly … Continue reading

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How students locate their learning resources

Following on from last week’s article on digital capabilities, we focus this week on one aspect of students’ digital capabilities: how they search for the resources that they need for their learning, an aspect of information literacy. This article is … Continue reading

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From digital literacy to digital capabilities

It sometimes seems that one has barely got to grips with one term before another comes along to refine or replace it. This has been the case with the terms ‘digital literacy’ and ‘digital capabilities.’ The former has (surprisingly!) been … Continue reading

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From bricks to clicks: the potential of data and analytics in higher education

Setting out the transformative aspects of technology, last week saw the publication of the Higher Education Commission (HEC)’s report From Bricks to Clicks: the potential of data and analytics in Higher Education. The report contains the findings of the Commission’s … Continue reading

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‘joinin’: light-touch introductions to popular digital technologies

Digital literacy is fast becoming a 21st-century survival skill, with increasing attention paid to IT capabilities in the workplace, and references to Facebook and Twitter ubiquitous in the mass media. However, getting to grips with new technology can be daunting, … Continue reading

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