Crowdsourcing digital literacies

I am doing a seminar at Plymouth University on the 18th April. I thought it might be fun to adopt a crowdsourcing approach to gathering material for the event. I would of course acknowledge all contributions. Don’t know how this will work but thought it might be fun as an experiment. The topic is digital liteacies and creativity. So…. Contributions here please!

15 Responses to “Crowdsourcing digital literacies”

  1. AJC Says:

    Creativity is the residue of time misspent. Einstein.

  2. Gráinne Says:

    Interesting comment AJC but not sure I agree! ;-) Creativity to me is one of the key ways of developing new knowledge…

  3. Mark Smith Says:

    I think that media literacy would be closely related, though of course not all media are digital. So the work of David Considine (Appalachian State University, NC, US). One article I just found and have skimmed through (doi:10.1598/JAAL.52.6.2) addresses the Socrates Legacy — the poo-pooing of and concern over rigor of academic work by subsequent generations — and suggests that concern over literacy of young people needs to be understood through a more complex lens than “They just don’t read.”

  4. Len Says:

    What does it mean to be creative and what would pass as a creative “piece/artefact”? I am not sure how different cultures interpret creativity , if there is indeed a cultural slant to it. Would i be considered creative if i set up a Facebook Group and facilitate interaction? What if i write a blog post? Maybe a youtube video that explains a principle or concept? Would those be considered creative or just a repeat/copy of what others are doing?

    I think it is important to examine creativity at different levels [perhaps a taxonomy??? :)] especially for neophytes

  5. Santanu Vasant Says:

    Isn’t it odd in the UK that we can say we are not good with numbers (numeracy) or with computers (part of digital literacies), but we don’t say we don’t say we can’t read or write properly (literacy). I think we need to do more with digital literacies in Universities, I see so many bright students who just don’t enough about how to make the best use of digital sources, critically evaluating the sources.

    Creativity I think is thinking and articulating something that hasn’t been done before, it needs to be nurtured in education, I don’t it can be taught, but we can give students tools to open up their own creativity.

    These are just my views. I hope you get lots more replies! :)

  6. catherinecronin Says:

    The act of creating is an important element of digital literacy/ies. In addition to using digital tools critically, the abilities to communicate, collaborate, *create* and share are key. But you ask about creativity… do you feel there is an important distinction to be made between the verb ‘create’ and the noun ‘creativity’, or no? :)

  7. AJC Says:

    The point of Albert’s comment is that it doesn’t just happen and cannot be forced, it’s an emergent property.

  8. Peter Albion Says:

    David Gauntlett describes ‘everyday creativity’:
    Everyday creativity refers to a process which brings together at least one active human mind, and the material or digital world, in the activity of making something which is novel in that context, and is a process which evokes a feeling of joy.

  9. Gráinne Says:

    WOW! fantastic set of replies need to digest them! Lol love the idea of a taxonomy that is so up my street ;-)

  10. Lisa Vincent Says:

    Digital Literacy (to me) is about having knowledge and awareness of the right tools, resources, contacts (networks) at the right time. These (to me) are the things I access via the web, whether they are tools that help me do things, or resources (best practise). To communicate, collaborate, network, improve a process, learn, develop myself etc…

    To get the knowledge, become more digitally literate requires creativity: the time, agility and flexibility to explore, experiment, adopt, adapt, share and evolve. I don’t think you can be Digitally Literate without being creative (even if you don’t think you are).

    I also think that it’s not a static place, you can’t just learn how to use Twitter, Diigo, WordPress, SlimTimer and Doodle and say “im now digitally literate” it’s a state of mind, an attitude, and an understanding that you need to be agile and flow with the ever changing world wide web.

    Hope that helps.

  11. Sui Fai John Mak Says:

    Hi Grainne,
    Here is my post on Creativity and Creative Learning

  12. Daniel K. Schneider Says:

    Procedural literacy ?
    Here is a student contribution:

    Literacy that allows to be cutting edge in his/her job. Not Word, HTML, e-mail, facebook. But technical drawing, Data Analysis, End-user scripting, etc.

    Be able to read technical documentation (surprisingly difficult skill to acquire).

  13. Sandra Sinfield Says:

    I’m really interested in harnessing multimodality in IBL and PBL challenges - to promote engagement, creativity through real research projects and real challenges that don’t ‘waste students’ work’. We want to harness the visual aspects of Digital Literacy, particularly in how students can express their ideas on studying, learning and knowledge via designing their own animations and teaching/learning resources. We have developed a prototype resource ‘The AniMet Challenge’ that anyone can use to get their students exploring aspects of studying - and then producing animations etc around what they discover.

    Also involved in exploring how students inhabit Second Life and other 3D spaces. How do they represent themselves? How powerful do they feel in these spaces - and can they be more creative in these more (than a traditional HE space) liberating learning spaces? See for resources we’ve developed to help other educationalists join in.

    We’ve been exploring these ideas at the latest ALDinHE Conference - check out #aldcon and #loveld

  14. Sandra Sinfield Says:

    If interested in joining in The AniMet Challenge, go to: - this also links to LearnHigher’s Animation Challenge - which has been extended to 29th June: animate an aspect of study and academic skills …

  15. Gráinne Says:

    Great comments everyone - will try and weave together and make sense of!

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