Helen Beetham's paper for the 2nd LiDU seminar at Glasgow Caledonian on March 1st: 'Beyond Competence: digital literacies as knowledge practices, and implications for learner development' (co-writtten with Alison Littlejohn and Lou McGill) should serve as a kind of keynote for the day.
The paper, which draws on the work of the JISC-funded project 'Learning Literacies in a Digital Age' (LLiDA), picks up on a number of themes that other contributors will be elaborating on later in the day: the 'participative' multimodal and agentic literacy practices that characterise learners' everyday lives (Mary Hamilton and colleagues from the ESRC-funded 'Literacies for Learning in Further Education' project); the challenging of assessing student work developed through a range of media (Sian Bayne and Jenn Ross on Edinburgh University's MA in Elearning programme); the role of knowledge practices in the creation of academic identities (Mary Lea and myself from the OU); knowledge practices in employment contexts (presentations from Dane Lukic and Elena Golovushkina of GCU); and the role of competence frameworks for information literacy (Alison Mackenzie of SCONUL).
The day promises to give Alison and Caroline Haythornthwaite, the discussants, quite a bit to get their teeth into.
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