Planning and preparation

The initial planning and preparation for the Digital Literacy course is now complete. A draft course structure has been created on Moodle using the grid format and including 10 topics.

Digital Literacy Course
Digital Literacy Course

We’ve set up a college Digital Literacy Group who will be taking the project forward. Channels of communication have been set up through a Moodle discussion forum and through an Outlook distribution list so that staff can communicate easily with each other over the next few months. Formal meetings at scheduled times are sometimes difficult to arrange, so communication online is essential if we want to maintain a ‘community of practice’.

We’ve also created a shared area on the college network for relevant literature on digital literacy and e-learning. E-learning will play a central role, not only because the end product will be a collection of e-resources delivered through Moodle, but because the project will provide a good opportunity for teachers to explore blended learning. The course will primarily be delivered via a digital platform, but could also include an element of face-to-face support and this will give teachers a better understanding of how they could incorporate blended learning into their examined courses at a later date.

Initial discussions will include:

  • What are the initial training needs of the staff involved?
  • How many badges should we create for students to earn and at what level? What criteria should we set?
  • Have the students been given the opportunity by teachers so far to advance their digital skills in the first term at college?
  • How can we get local employers on board to find out what digital literacy skills they require from college leavers?

Julie Lindsay – e-Learning

Welcome to our ‘Digital Literacy’ blog

We are a sixth form college in Cambridge UK and would like to keep you informed over the next 6 months about a project we are working on. The project is being funded by a DfE grant for sharing innovative approaches to delivering the 16-19 study programme. We are going to create an online course for students on the topic of ‘Digital Literacy’. The completion date will be at the end of March 2015 and the course will be delivered through our VLE Moodle.

We use Moodle version 2.6 and our site theme currently is Clean. We’ve chosen this theme as it has been designed to respond to access via mobile devices and this will be an important feature when investigating alternative methods of curriculum delivery.

The course will be delivered as blended learning and we estimate that it will include about 30 hours of study time. Students will be encouraged to be independent learners but will also have some access to face-to-face support from a teacher.

Digital Literacy covers the skills needed to live, learn and work in a digital environment and we have used the excellent resources provided by JISC to develop a framework in which to operate. The topics we’ll focus on are digital identity, e-safety, employment, 21st century learning skills, the creative use of technology, digital citizenship and also the essential functional skills.

Julie Lindsay – responsible for E-Learning and Moodle at LRSFC