Teaching and Learning in a Digital Age:Myths of Digital Competence
Blackboard Users ConferenceDurham 9-10 January 2014 Sue Watling University of Lincoln
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Digital NativesSticky image Digital LiteraciesDigital ScholarshipSteep learning curves for all
Marc Prensky (2001) Digital Natives Digital Immigrants http://www.marcprensky.com Neil Selwyn (2008) The digital native myth and reality http://tinyurl.com/pxedt3w
Digital ImmigrantsSupport for virtual learningUCISA/JISC reports: development barriers include lack of time, money, training and the speed of digital changeRisks of low development:Self-selectionDIY modelsDigital divides and exclusions
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Myths of digital competenceTheres no need to provide support or resource for digital ways of working e.g.digital literaciesdigital scholarshipdigital pedagogyPeople know all this stuff these days.
Need to bear in mindNot everyone:has a smart phone can use track changesmanages their emailknows about html viewchats onlineuses a webcam or wiki,blogs or is on Twitter
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Having to choose a webpage or blog to share was an interesting but daunting activity.The induction activities taught me how to use a Wiki, this was something that I hadn't done before. I felt less comfortable with the discussion board. I didn't manage to include a picture.I have even more to learn about online learning than I thought.Being an online learner is a confusing experience.I struggled to with some of the activities - my lack of skill in using the technology coming to play here
Technological determinismThe belief virtual learning will:
cut costsincrease efficiencylet you do more for lessbe intuitive, user friendly
Whose research is it anyway?
Mythscan be based on assumptions Most staff are not learning technologists but subject experts
Its only easy if you know how...VLE challenge cant be underestimatedCant know what you dont know technology change= exponentiallyincreasedlearning curves.Digital immigrants need support too! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQHX-SjgQvQ&list=RDUOorZQLsmuA (2.44)
Sue Watlingswatling@lincoln.ac.uk Centre for Educational Research and DevelopmentUniversity of Lincoln
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**image of the future for teaching and learningone of the greatest myths around digital education is people born into a technology enabled world are digital natives.
paper written in 2001 by Marc Prensky called Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants before user-generated content and file sharing before mobile technology became ubiquitous Neil Selwyn - useful critiques drawing attention to access inequalities and the need to address digital literacies and digital scholarship As far as students are concerned the learning curves are realised what about are the digital immigrants how is it for them?
*myth of digital competence is those who teach and support learning have evolved into digital natives support for technology enhanced learning decreasing UCISA (the Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association) reported in 2010 and 2012 how lack of time and money are the key barriers to the development of technology enhanced learningThe JISC Digital Literacies Programme found the main challenges to digital expertise were lack of time, speed of change and training not always available, or perceived to be timely, or relevant. Risks*Theres no need to provide support or resource for digital ways of working People know all this stuff these days. But they dont these are specialist aspects of academic practice and need supporting and resourcing
*Not everyone is permanently attached to the internet or leaves digital footprints where-ever they go
*Comments from staff on TELEDA course Myth os technological determinism promise of cutting costs, increasing efficiency, doing more for less, always intuitive and user friendly body of research into virtual learning is driven mostly by those already expert in the field or is focused more on the potential and theoretical rather than the practical aspects of learning online. **