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The triadic model: How digital and information literacy must support each other

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Transcript of The triadic model: How digital and information literacy must support each other

How Digital and Information Literacy
must support each other THE TRIADIC MODEL Andrew Whitworth, University
of Manchester All around every learner is
a near-infinity of potential
RESOURCES.

These resources mediate our
interaction with the world - and
thus, our learning These resources must, however,
be filtered before they are of
practical use. Resources include knowledge,
skills, people, technological
tools, the wider environment... For Rose Luckin (2010) the learner is at
the centre of an 'ecology of resources'... The learner partly
defines what is in
their 'ecology'... ...but choices will also
be made for them, in
various ways Proximity, availability,
routine, language, peer
pressure, regulations... Can the effectiveness and appropriateness
of these choices be scrutinised? And by whom? Digital literacy could be described as
"the access, skills, strategies and attributes needed to learn effectively
with technology" (Beetham et al) In practice, however,
these three domains... Information
literacy Media
literacy ...are beginning to
overlap.

Each is concerned with
how choices are made
- and evaluated -
from the ecology of
resources. The ecology of resources is DYNAMIC...
change can come quickly More useful, then, than skills with specific
technologies, is the ability to adapt, try new
solutions, review one's options, move on,
make new choices where necessary... This is 'literacy' as both READING
and WRITING... 'Reading' the environment
for the best sources of support I want in this paper to present a
different perspective on 'literacy' ...more have been added since.

Let us not worry about the differences
however - I want, instead, to talk about
the commonalities. I believe this is important for understanding
the technology - learner - library relationship in
all its complexity.

Also that we can no longer view 'academic
support' as something which is silo-specific. 'Writing' the outcomes of our
learning back into the world:
formally, but also often
informally Through this process we STEWARD
the 'digital habitat', for ourselves, and
others with whom we share learning
needs. (Wenger, White & Smith 2009) What happens if this process
is blocked? Technologies become imposed
on learners (and/or teachers).... ...with consequent avoidance Exploration degenerates
into procedure and routine Habitats become UNRESPONSIVE...
'literacy' may lead to good readings
of conditions, but an inability to
enact these new understandings Why a holistic approach is
important... Valuing and filtering
decisions are made in
three basic ways: CONFORMING to
procedures and
generic rules INFORMING ourselves
of available alternatives TRANSFORMING practice
based on new understandings Objective approach;
Based on training and
competencies Subjective approach;
Based on reflection Intersubjective approach;
Based on discussion and
action Related pathology:
Counterknowledge,
irrational decisions Groupthink, no
creativity or innovation Relativism, an
inappropriateness to
context So what does this mean
for libraries? Libraries are, clearly, significant
resources for learners.

I believe, however, they need to evolve
beyond a focus on the 'reading' aspects
of literacy such as retrieval, judging
relevance, competencies. 'Library 2.0' is a step there:
user-centred, social, innovative,
in multiple media (see Maness 2006) In such a dynamic environment,
can digital, information and media literacy be productively separated? CONFORMING to generic rules & guidelines
for assuring the quality of choices

INFORMING oneself about the effectiveness of
these choices and, if necessary, alternatives

TRANSFORMING the environment in response
to learning The triadic model can be used to
consider the need for ALL these literacies
together: But how can and should learners
be supported to 'write': that is,
update the ecology of resources? A possible alliance?

Or irreconcilable differences? Libraries IT services Open source
technologies Students Academic
liaison Professional
developers Open access
resources THANK YOU. drew.whitworth@manchester.ac.uk
www.cwa-consulting.co.uk
Twitter: @DrewWhitworth1 FUNDING is always a
useful glue... ...the UK cut funding to
JISC, hopefully yours is
more enlightened. Funding from non-traditional sources
(e.g. communities? NGOs?) may be
more likely to break down the barriers. Emerging technologies = new
skills, new relationships How do we nurture the skills and
knowledge that we need in order
to use emerging technologies
effectively? (always on Facebook, doesn't watch
TV, several tattoos)
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