Using an adaptive e-learning curriculum to enhance digital literacy: challenges and opportunities

Morgan, Rhian, Bryan, Sharon, Meldrum, Kathryn, Mathiesen, Bronwyn, and Hill, Angela (2016) Using an adaptive e-learning curriculum to enhance digital literacy: challenges and opportunities. In: Proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education Conference. From: AARE 2016: Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, 27 November - 1 December 2016, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

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Universities have established the need for digital literacies as key graduate outcomes and must support students' development in these areas (Lea, 2013; Littlejohn, Beetham & McGill, 2012). In an era of widening participation, it is erroneous to assume all students will enter the sector with the technological skills required to support their studies. While some may be "skilled technology users", many will lack the digital competencies required for academic success (Jisc, 2014). Students need support for developing digital literacies, but explicit teaching may lead to frustration, as some are forced to "learn" skills they possess, while others are lost in the crowd. Adaptive learning technologies are particularly suited to addressing student diversity, as they automatically adjust to individual student's needs. This paper documents the development of a digital literacies curriculum that utilises an adaptive e-Learning platform to prepare students for technology-rich academic environments. The curriculum was co-developed by academics and librarians and consists of lessons on information literacy, media literacy, and online identity management. The paper outlines the pedagogical underpinnings of the lessons, alongside the challenges and opportunities observed during development process, and reflects on the impacts of adaptive technologies on teaching in blending learning environments.

Item ID: 64085
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
Keywords: Digital literacy, adaptive e-Learning, information literacy, smart-sparrow, e-Learning, digital readiness
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2020 02:19
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education @ 15%
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development @ 15%
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390405 Educational technology and computing @ 70%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies @ 60%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development @ 40%
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