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Student experiences and perceptions of digital literacy skills development: engaging learners by design?

Hall, Marion; Nix, Ingrid and Baker, Kirsty (2013). Student experiences and perceptions of digital literacy skills development: engaging learners by design? Electronic Journal of e-Learning, 11(3) pp. 207–225.

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Abstract

In the current digital environment, it is vital for learners to develop digital literacy skills. The UK’s Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (HE) requires graduates to demonstrate digital literacy. Employers consider these skills essential. With the high cost of HE in the UK, learners themselves also expect university courses to demonstrate relevance to the workplace. Nevertheless, some learners may not fully engage in digital literacy skills development, instead concentrating on the subject-specific content of their modules. The Faculty of Health & Social Care (FH&SC) at the UK’s Open University uses different approaches to digital literacy skills development, based on skills resources that are either ‘generic’ (usable by any FH&SC module) or module specific. By exploring student experiences of digital literacy skills development, we aim to understand what motivates learners to engage with the skills content of their module. We collected data from online questionnaires and interviews involving learners from three modules and present findings from an analysis of the quantitative questionnaire data, supported by qualitative interview data, where relevant. We look at learner perceptions and engagement in relation to the demographic factors gender, age, previous education, disability and financial status and whether these factors influence individual learner preferences for learning design, such as use of generic resources versus contextualisation of skills activities within the module. We aim to identify good practice in learning design and what demographic factors need to be considered to support individual learners appropriately, and so optimise engagement.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 ACPIL
ISSN: 1479-4403
Keywords: e-learning; digital literacy; skills; information literacy; ICT; IT; information; communication; technology; learning design; demographic factors; health; social care; using ICT; developing ICT; health and social care; undergraduate; higher education
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care > Social Work
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Learner and Discovery Services (LDS) > Library Services
Learner and Discovery Services (LDS)
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Item ID: 38213
Depositing User: Marion Hall
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2013 12:39
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2019 00:42
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/38213
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