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What does digital literacy mean for information literacy practitioners?

Workshop presented at the LILAC conference, Sheffield Hallam University, 23rd April 2014.

Jonathan White

on 5 May 2014

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Transcript of What does digital literacy mean for information literacy practitioners?

My background
Working on a text for teachers.
Departmental context at
Digital literacy is a key agenda.

Moving towards digital literacy...
"Information literacy is knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner."
(CILIP, 2012)

"[Digital literacy is] those capabilities that mean an individual is fit for living, learning and working in a digital society. Digital literacy is about being able to make use of technologies to participate in and contribute to modern social, cultural, political and economic life."
(BCS, 2013)

“Digital literacy = digital tool knowledge + critical thinking + social engagement”
Definition on The Guardian website by Josie Fraser (in Anyangwe, 2012)


What do they really mean?
What are they for?
Who are they for?
Who ‘leads’ on each term?
Who teaches the different skills?

Are they really the same thing?
Context is everything!

Information literacy vs digital literacy?
Jonathan White, University of Derby

What is digital literacy?
What is information literacy?
In your groups look at the cards you have been given.
Create three headings on you sheet:
'a digitally literate person...’
‘an information literate person...’
Try to craft a sentence that describes digital literacy and a sentence that describes information literacy.

Educational drivers for digital literacy
The big questions!
3 themes:
Learning and teaching
Research and development
Practitioner skills
In your groups discuss the theme you are given.
Use the sheet to stimulate debate.
Think about your institution, experiences and practice.

What does digital literacy mean for information literacy practitioners? Business as usual or a disruptive force?

Public, FE & HE
Delivering training:
information literacy
Basic IT skills
ILT/blended learning support

Learning and teaching
Research and development
Practitioner skills

Do developments in digital literacy affect information literacy practitioners? How?

What do we do next?
What does the future look like?
Digital inclusion
Embracing social media/digital tools
Creating a digitally skilled workforce
Encouraging learner creativity
Developing new approaches to teaching

The differences...
Information literacy is process led?

Digital literacy is practice led?
Developing a digitally literate teacher framework...
Teachers lead digital literacy

Emphasis on team work.

Involving professional support staff/experts

Contact me...

Jonathan White
email: j.p.white@derby.ac.uk
Twitter: @jonwhite82
Website: http://www.teachdigitalliteracy.com


Anyangwe, E. (2012) ‘20 ways of thinking about digital literacy in higher education’,
The Guardian Higher Education Network
, 15 May [Online]. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2012/may/15/digital-literacy-in-universities.

BCS (2013)
More about digital literacy
. Available at: http://dlfl.bcs.org/content/ConWebDoc/50888.

CILIP (2012)
Information Literacy - definition
. Available at: http://www.cilip.org.uk/cilip/advocacy-campaigns-awards/advocacy-campaigns/information-literacy/information-literacy.
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My book for FE and Skills teachers to be published in late 2014:
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