Presentation on theme: "Teaching and Learning in a Digital Age: Myths of Digital Competence Blackboard Users Conference Durham 9-10 January 2014 Sue Watling University of Lincoln."— Presentation transcript:
Teaching and Learning in a Digital Age: Myths of Digital Competence Blackboard Users Conference Durham 9-10 January 2014 Sue Watling University of Lincoln
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Digital Natives Sticky image Digital Literacies Digital Scholarship Steep learning curves for all… Marc Prensky (2001) ‘Digital Natives Digital Immigrants’ http://www.marcprensky.com http://www.marcprensky.com Neil Selwyn (2008) ‘The digital native myth and reality’ http://tinyurl.com/pxedt3w http://tinyurl.com/pxedt3w
Digital Immigrants Support for virtual learning UCISA/JISC reports: development barriers include lack of time, money, training and the speed of digital change Risks of low development: –Self-selection –DIY models –Digital divides and exclusions Image from: http://blog.b2sm.de/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/evolution.pnghttp://blog.b2sm.de/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/evolution.png
Myths of digital competence There’s no need to provide support or resource for digital ways of working e.g. –digital literacies –digital scholarship –digital pedagogy People know all this stuff these days….
Need to bear in mind… Not everyone: has a smart phone can use track changes manages their email knows about html view chats online uses a webcam or wiki, blogs …or is on Twitter… Image from http://edutech4teachers.edublogs.org/files/2012/07/digital-footprint-1beuk2c.png
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 determinism The belief virtual learning will: cut costs increase efficiency let you do more for less be intuitive, user friendly Whose research is it anyway?
Myths…can be based on assumptions Most staff are not learning technologists – but subject experts
It’s only easy if you know how... VLE challenge can’t be underestimated Can’t know what you don’t know technology change = exponentially increased learning curves. Digital immigrants need support too! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQHX-SjgQvQ&list=RDUOorZQLsmuA (2.44) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQHX-SjgQvQ&list=RDUOorZQLsmuA
Sue Watling firstname.lastname@example.org Centre for Educational Research and Development University of Lincoln http://suewatling.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk Twitter @suewatling