Embedding digital literacies in curricula: Australian and Malaysian experiences

Morgan, Rhian, Meldrum, Kathryn, Bryan, Sharon, Mathiesen, Bronwyn, Yakob, Nooraida, Esa, Norizan, and Ziden, Azidah Abu (2017) Embedding digital literacies in curricula: Australian and Malaysian experiences. In: Teh, Geok Bee, and Choy, Siew Chee, (eds.) Empowering 21st Century Learners Through Holistic and Enterprising Learning: selected papers from Tunku Abdul Rahman University College International Conference 2016. Springer, Singapore, pp. 11-19.

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The ubiquity of Web 2.0 technologies means students require a base level of digital literacies in order to succeed in 21st Century (C21st) learning environments. However, in the era of widening university participation it is problematic to assume that students will enter higher education with the digital literacies required to support their academic endeavours. This paper describes the theoretical and pedagogical impetus behind two distinct approaches to enhancing digital readiness among undergraduate students in Australian and Malaysian universities. A comprehensive literature review and adoption of the Joint Information Systems Committee (Jisc) six capabilities of digital literacies model as the underlying theoretical framework guided the development of two distinct projects, one based at an Australian university and the other at a Malaysian university. The Australian approach focused on the development of a suite of online modules utilising an adaptive e-Learning platform (AeLP). The Malaysian approach focused on facilitating digital readiness among education students through student-created learning objects that simultaneously served as interactive pedagogical products and cognitive tools for facilitating learning. The cases presented demonstrate two distinct approaches to developing curriculum to support students’ digital literacies that respond to two different contextual situations. Subsequent investigations into the student experience will inform future decisions regarding the use of AeLPs and cognitive tools in tertiary institutions, in addition to providing valuable information on the design of curriculum to support digital literacies instruction in the Australasian university context.

Item ID: 49382
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-981-10-4241-6
Keywords: digital literacies; curriculum design; higher education; adaptive e-learning; cognitive tools
Funders: Universiti Sains Malayasia (USM) APEX:7.4
Projects and Grants: USM Pengukuhan Institusi grant 1002/PGURU/910154
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2018 01:17
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development @ 50%
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390405 Educational technology and computing @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development @ 25%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 25%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies @ 50%
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