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What Are Digital Capabilities?

This project uses the concept of digital literacies developed by the UK Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) Link to external website:

  • The six digital capabilities

    Diagram showing digital literacies

    The Digital Capabilities @ Adelaide Framework is now available to download.

    The Adelaide Digital Capabilities Framework comprises a student profile and a staff profile. It has been adapted from work by the Jisc (UK).
    The Framework is indicative, and can be contextualised for different uses and revised periodically. It is not dependent on a particular set of software programs. It is a flexible tool highlighting key areas of capability.

    For more information about Digital Capabilities please see this resource guide

  • Why are they important?

    Our students often have digital skills which they use for social reasons, but have not been exposed to ways to use them effectively in an academic environment. There is a gap which needs to be acknowledged and which the University needs to address through better integration of digital capabilities into programs and courses.

    Infographic: 90% of future jobs will involve digital literacy (50% advanced digital skills); 35% of 15 year olds are not digitally literate.

    The above graphic is taken from the Foundation for Young Australians (2016) Enterprise skills and careers education in schools: why Australia needs a national strategy Link to external website.

  • How will the project align with the Strategy for Learning Teaching and Assessment (SLTA)?

    The SLTA establishes the goal of piloting program-level structured embedding of digital literacies development in all faculties by Q3 2017 (SLTA 1.8). This project will lead the work associated with the achievement of that goal, and will also contribute strongly to the enhanced interaction between the Library and the Student Learning portfolio as envisaged by The Library of the Future project.

    The Digital Capabilities Framework will align with other strands within the Strategy for Teaching, Learning and Assessment 2016-18 Implementation Plan. Specifically:

    • Improved program-level coherence with integration of the UoA graduate attributes curriculum
    • An integrated approach to students’ career-readiness development across all programs, connecting curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities
    • A clearly defined ‘attributes curriculum’ with priority given to embedding of career-readiness, global citizenship, intercultural awareness, and digital literacy development

    The Digital Capabilities Framework Project will also support the achievement of the Beacon Operational Plan goal to Review Graduate Attributes Statement to maintain currency by Quarter 3 in 2017, by gathering evidence to support the decision whether to include ‘Digital Capabilities’ as a Graduate Attribute.

  • Other digital literacies frameworks

    LaTrobe University

    LaTrobe University are currently in the final stages of developing a Digital Literacy Framework. For more information about the Framework and the process read the blog Link to external website.

    Deakin University

    Deakin University Link to external website has a useful website for digital literacy with short, informative videos.

    University of Queensland

    The University of Queensland has recently released an Information & Digital Literacy Strategic Framework Link to external website for 2016-2020.

    JISC (UK)

    A world leader in digital literacy framework development, this website Link to external website is a great place to start when trying to understand digital literacies.

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