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Research Themes

Digital Literacies in Higher Education (DigitaLits)


Research Themes > Texts, Technologies and Practices

Three major research themes have emerged from the data analysis.

  • Texts, Technologies and Practices
  • Digital Literacies and Institutional Contexts
  • Issues of Student Identity

Texts, Technologies and Practices

The research documents a significant shift from more conventional academic literacy practices to engagement with a wide range of hybrid texts. Students describe how they access, read and use these varied resources. Many mention google and wikipaedia as a first port of call:

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They use the university library database for accessing more conventional texts, such as journal articles:

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Many choose external sites which they regard as reliable and authoritative. For example, Catherine uses the BBC:

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You can listen to Catherine talking about how she searches, reads and uses resources in her assignment:

Catherine's audio clip

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Many students integrate resources from a range of different contexts into their work, creating multimodal, hybrid texts:

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You can listen to Malcolm & Shaun talking about these texts and how they used them in their project:

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