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Digital Literacies in Higher Education (DigitaLits)


Where did it happen?

The project was carried out in 3 different UK research sites:

  • a further education college offering foundation degree programmes
  • a post 1992 university offering a range of professional and academic degree programmes
  • an elite, research intensive university offering established academic programmes of study

Who was involved?

  • 45 students were involved in the project across the three different research sites
  • They were mainly 1st year undergraduates, with some 2nd and 3rd years
  • They were studying across a range of different courses: vocational, professional, traditional academic subjects

How was the data collected?

  • Regular meetings and discussions with students over a 6 month period
  • Students talking to researchers, showing what, how and why they accessed and used particular digital resources

Examples of data

  • Screen shots: web-pages; social networking sites; university VLE; e mail; assessment tasks; blogs; commercial sites; leisure sites; course-based sites
  • Photographs of students’ work
  • emails
  • Student assignments
  • Assessment tasks
  • Teaching materials
  • PowerPoint slides