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Book review: Literacy in the digital university

Leedham, Maria (2014). Book review: Literacy in the digital university. System, 45 pp. 261–262.

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This timely book comes amidst a plethora of online learning materials – such as the newly launched FutureLearn platform (2014) – and concern over the increasingly ubiquitous world of digital scholarship. Goodfellow and Lea's introduction to this edited collection outlines the widespread use of new technologies within tertiary education, contrasting early adopters and dinosaur resisters, and pointing out that many of us are “quietly getting on with using technologies, day to day, and developing new ways of working” (p. 1). The three concepts in the book's title are unpacked: ‘literacy’ is often used as a catch-all term meaning competence in an area (cf. ‘mathematical literacy’, ‘computer literacy’) and this approach is problematised by the authors (and indeed, throughout the volume) and contrasted with the multiplicity of practices around reading and writing signalled through the plural ‘literacies’. ‘Digital’ is used in different ways by contributing authors to refer to technologies, specific devices, networks, practices and more. Finally, ‘university’ might seem an uncontentious denotation of academic establishments in the physical world but of course now also refers to the very different institutional spaces within open educational resources (OERs).

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 0346-251X
Extra Information: Review of: Goodfellow, Robin & Lea, Mary R. (Eds) 2013 Literacy in the Digital University.
Routledge, Abingdon and New York. 213 pp.
Keywords: digital literacy; tertiary education
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics > English Language & Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Language & Literacies
Item ID: 40585
Depositing User: Maria Leedham
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2014 12:20
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2019 10:35
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