It’s not about being good with digital technology

Thank you David for the very
engaging session this morning. What do you mean by digital literacies?
There are very different definitions. Well, I suppose I make the distinction
between the idea of a literacy or a practice or a behaviour or capability, there’s
lots of different words in that area but I make the distinction between
the idea of a literacy and a skill. So in terms of digital, a skill would be knowing
how to use the platform or the software but the literacy is knowing what to
do with it, so that would be say the difference between understanding how to
write a tweet, versus understanding how to get involved in
that conversation. In your session you said being good with
digital technologies isn’t good enough. So what should
we be aiming for? Well I think I was saying
that being good isn’t the point. Because I think when it comes to
digital, sometimes we do get obsessed with the idea of learning the
technology, learning the platform rather than necessarily
developing the practices that are gonna be useful
within that platform. I could say that I was
really good with Facebook because I know what all
the features and buttons do but I’ve got no friends, and
everything I say is offensive I’m posting weird things, doesn’t make
any sense, because I’m not building those relationships, building trust,
because I’m too focused on being good with all of the features, but not
actually developing the kind of practice of being a human being
in digital spaces. So, David, how can we engage with
our students to help them learn? I think it depends how you
define learn. So for me we were talking at the workshop about
how some students are really tactical they want to get from point A
to point B as quickly as possible so if learning for a student is getting
through the material, learning the stuff, and doing well at the assessment, well
then that’s one thing. At the other end of that spectrum if you like,
I think for some students it’s really important that they feel part of
something, that they feel part of a community of students. That they feel,
especially with online learning that there are other people out there that
are wrestling with the same challenges they are. Giving people the chance
to talk about themselves a little bit. To talk about the environment they’re in,
so that then when they’re learning they have that sense that
they’re doing it together and that can really help motivate
people, especially online. So how could we use digital technologies
to enhance our students’ experience? I think the important thing is to quite
often make the implicit explicit, so to make it clear what the value of engaging in
a particular mode might be, so for example in the workshop I was talking about
the difference between writing essays and blogging. For a lot of students,
blogging looks terrifying and sort of pointlessly difficult, but yet there
are a lot of educational advantages to it but we need to explain what the
reasons are for why we’re using that mode. So this being a UCEM Inspire session,
we ask all our Inspire speakers what inspire them.
So, what inspires you? Okay, yeah big question.
What I find inspiring is being in situations where I
don’t quite know what’s going on so I’m not quite sure of the
answer, and I’m not necessarily 100% sure what direction I’m
heading in. It’s one of the reasons why I like working at
University of the Arts London because that’s quite
a creative process so I find it inspiring to explore
in that way. So, sometimes people would call it divergent rather than
convergent thinking, and I like being in those environments because what
sometimes happens is that the things that you discover, the things that you
learn whether it’s about a subject or about yourself, are things that you could never
have imagined when you went into that situation and that’s quite exciting
and yeah for me, very inspiring.

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