The project - Edge Hill University

SOLSTICE & CLT Conference 2013
Project DigitISE: linking digital literacy and
Emma Woods, University of Westminster
5th & 6th June 2013
This session will provide:
• An introduction to the project
• A report on questionnaire & focus group
• An overview of our one day student
conference, “Get the Digital Edge”
• Information on our legacy plans
University of Westminster
Typing class at the Regent Street Polytechnic:
Photograph taken from an album of 1899
• Vision - “building the next generation of highly
employable global citizens to shape the future”
• 19,800 students across 4 sites
• Diverse student body
The project
• Jisc Transformations Programme
• One year project (Spring 2012 –
2013) exploring the links between
students’ attitudes towards digital
literacy and employability
• Project Board and delivery group
include staff from across the
DigitISE Delivery Group
Student digital literacy questionnaire
• Distributed online in Autumn
• Approx. 400 respondents in
first round
• Some schools (more science
based ones) underrepresented so opened again
• Total responses = 563
PG Diploma Office Technology and Business
Administration - using a word processor package
Students from the Polytechnic of Central London,
Questionnaire – key findings
love digital
believe they are
digitally literate
consider it
important for
students to
develop digital
agreed that most
students like to
engage with
learning material
while travelling
use their
for study
Focus Groups and workshops
February 2013 - 3 focus groups were held to follow up on
questionnaire findings:
DL skills - whose responsibility?
Awareness of current provision
DL skills assessment
Method of delivery
May 2013 – further 2 groups held on what students think a
digitally literate Westminster graduate will look like.
July 2013 – workshops for academic staff to draft a
definition of a digitally literate graduate for each faculty.
Get the Digital Edge – 21 March 2013
Student views:
Sustaining Project DigitISE
• WIReS (Change Academy proposal for
embedding information skills into the
• • University strategy for digital literacy
• Digital literacy guide for students
Questions or comments?
School of commerce
Students from the Regent Street Polytechnic .
Emma Woods (Academic Liaison Librarian)
[email protected]
DigitISE project site:
Digital Edge web page:
With thanks to the University of Westminster Archive Services for the photos

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