Understanding digital literacies at UAL definitions and competencies

Understanding digital literacies at UAL definitions and competencies kick off meetings.

DIAL are address Digital literacies in its own way (sustainable community networks) this is not to say this is the only way or that we can obtain generalised definitions from general text book/web pages etc. Digital literacy means many things to many people, it is unique to individuals, groups, courses and colleges. Looking into narrower definition through research and case studies would be beneficial.

We have arranged two kick off meetings:

Thurs 14th Feb 10am – 11am (at High Holborn room TBC)

Thurs 7th March 12pm – 1pm  (at High Holborn room TBC)

Aim: To set up and establish a UAL focus group around ‘Understanding digital literacies at UAL definitions and competencies‘ The group would debate and draw up collective ideas about how best to map digital literacies across UAL as a whole with an aim of understanding how UAL communicate art specific digital literacy definitions/ideas and competencies. http://dial.myblog.arts.ac.uk/2012/10/30/understanding-digital-literacies-at-ual-definitions-and-competencies/

Please send these dates out to others who you think may be interested in these or future meetings. Also please add your ideas and comments to this post before we meet. If you’d like to be involved in these and/or future meeting please add a comment or email c.follows@arts.ac.uk


We’d like to arrange some college meetings, If you’d like to suggest a date and a venue we can start to arrange this with you?

CSM – To be confirmed

CCW – To be confirmed

LCC – To be confirmed

LCF – To be confirmed

In feedback from JISC they agree with our previous summary (interim report May 2012) that DIAL is a change programme (that we identified in the last interim report) rather than a project, this is the case with most institutional change projects and it is good to recognise this and the challenge that still exists to measure impact and outcomes across the institution. DIAL would like to try and formalise this finding as a way of looking for UAL long term funding?

The group will draw from existing digital literacy initiatives and from the JISC digital digital literacies programme findings – DL conceptual frameworks  – http://jiscdesignstudio.pbworks.com/w/page/46601840/DL%20conceptual%20frameworks  We would also like  to set up a sub group of this to address the sector skills and competencies needs.

See all-in-one digital literacy blog activity at:

As part of the process we hope to debate and define UALs institutional understanding of terms associated with ‘Digital literacies’ within all aspects creative practice, including media literacies, information literacies, digital practice, digital citizenship, online identities, digital/social/cultural competencies, participatory culture, digital attributes, open practice, digital fluency etc. with an aim of publishing an ‘institutional’ evidence base of UAL glossary of terms based on an iterative process of practical, subject and interest specific case study evidence.

Also see:

Personal digital devices: researching learning – http://digitalpresent.myblog.arts.ac.uk/2012/11/15/personal-digital-devices-and-learning-insights/

Digital literacy within arts and design education? – http://digitalpresent.myblog.arts.ac.uk/2012/11/06/digital-literacy-within-arts-and-design-education/

Digital Literacy – http://digitalpresent.myblog.arts.ac.uk/digital-literacy/

POST UPDATED 31 Jan 2012

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  5. Cara Lee Roth says:

    Add me to the list for the focus group! I would be interesting in connecting your research with the Enterprise and Employability Landscape Review. This research project brought forth a discussion on how staff can a digital environment to share practice, resources and connect across the university, and the importance of student online profiles in career development, identity, promotion and networking.

    • Cara Lee Roth says:

      Also… we discussed as part of the research project the need for the development of digital literacy as part of the creative curriculum, teaching skills and providing students with the right tools to apply creative and critical thinking.

  6. That’s great Cara thank you. We’ll be planing our first meeting soon.

  7. Hi Chris
    Yes – count me in too. We know Sconul quite well – it would be really valuable to look at art specific digital literacy definitions and competencies. Jess

  8. Gavin Jenkins says:

    Very happy to work on the Uni focus group for digital literacy. We’re working on a model(s) here at LCF but think that we’d all benefit from a bit of collaboration on this one!

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  15. David Sims says:

    The main issue I find is that some students applying for BA GMD believe it to be a software course. This perception is due in part to previous education, software is not appropriate content for HE level study, why are not more student’s learning via Lynda?

    Having said that we are discussing in the School of Design a series of digital literacy workshops for all student’s possibly as part of ISHE? Or beyond? On GMD we already embed digital literacy into the projects e.g. research outcomes will take the form of a PDF designed in InDesign we then support the students in the production of such PDF outcomes.

    I would argue that all students need to be able to have a basic understanding of CS and some open source tools?

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