Digital capabilities are critical to our students’ academic success and the career success of our graduates.
Their future work will require them to find, assess and create increasingly complex multimedia digital resources, necessitating the integration of technical competence and critical thinking skills.
The Digital Capabilities @ Adelaide project has developed a flexible framework comprising six elements to support the development of our students’ digital capabilities.
What are digital capabilities?
This project uses the concept of digital literacies developed by the UK Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC):
Those capabilities which fit an individual for living, learning and working in a digital society.JISC
Developing digital capabilities at university
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What are some examples of these capabilities?
There are numerous examples of digital capabilities, here are just a couple from each of the six areas:
- learning to use software
- personalising IT to suit your needs
- transferring skills and knowledge of current technologies to new technologies
Digital creation, innovation and scholarship
- ensuring security of your research data
- creating podcasts or wikis
- being able to code (e.g. developing an app)
Communication, collaboration and participation
- respecting others when communicating online
- participating in digital teams
- developing digital networks
- behaving ethically in a digital environment
Digital learning and self-development
- using digital learning resources (e.g. Canvas)
- using EndNote or other reference management software
- making sure you can keep motivated to learn while in a digital environment
Information, data and media literacies
- evaluating online material
- understanding digital copyright
- knowing where to find information online
- interpret data, run reports and complete data analysis
Digital identity and wellbeing
- developing a positive digital identity
- staying safe online
- managing digital stress
- keeping a balance between real world and digital interactions
How did 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- Are currently in the final stages of developing a Digital Literacy Framework. For more information about the Framework and the process read the blog.
- Deakin University - Has a useful website for digital literacy with short, informative videos.
- University of Queensland - Has recently released an Information & Digital Literacy Strategic Framework for 2016-2020.
- JISC (UK) - A world leader in digital literacy framework development, this website is a great place to start when trying to understand digital literacies.