As you can see I am making the website 'in the open' - so you can watch as things appear and disappear, blanks spaces are filled and links created. My H818 Open University course was all about being open and networked, so it seemed silly to work hidden away. Unfortunately this means you may be frustrated by my lack of progress, be annoyed that many of the pages are empty and unfinished, as I work my way round filling in the spaces. But you never know someone might be wanting to watch a novice website designer struggle to shape their ideas, or you may have some ideas of you own you wish to share to help me on my way. Most important, I think that doing it this way will make sure I keep going and produce something. Being open will keep me working.
I chose to explore Digital Literacy because I have found that in addition to subject and study skills I had used in the past, I needed to learn new skills to learn online - the best ways of researching, how to effectively communicate and collaborate via learning platforms and on social media, to learn how to use new hardware and software and finally I needed the confidence to create and share my work. At times it seemed that I had a lot to learn. I thought it was because I was an older learner, I had heard a lot about 'Digital Natives' (Prensky), but recent research has shown that younger people also need guidance, practice and time to experiment as digital learners (Emanuel, Kennedy).
So what are these skills, attitudes or approaches? Do they differ from conventional learning? Hopefully this site will have some suggestions.
Emanuel, J. (2013) Digital native librarians, technology skills, and their relationship with technology. Technology and Libraries, 32(3) http://ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/ital/article/view/3811/pdf
Kennedy, G., Gray, K. and Tse, J. (2008) ‘“Net Generation” medical students: technological experiences of pre-clinical and clinical students’, Medical Teacher, vol.30, no.1, pp.10–16 http://informahealthcare.com.libezproxy.open.ac.uk/doi/pdf/10.1080/01421590701798737
Prensky, M. (2001) ‘Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants’, On the Horizon, MCB University Press, vol.9, no.5
http://www.marcprensky.com/ writing/ Prensky - Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants - Part1.pdf