Digital Literacies for Learning

Sep 2006 | 304pp

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Digital Literacies for Learning

Edited by Allan Martin and Dan Madigan

In the 21st century, digital tools enable information to be generated faster and in greater profusion than ever before, to the point where its extent and value are literally beyond imagining. Such quantities can only be meaningfully addressed using more digital tools, and thus our relationship to information is fundamentally changed. This situation presents a particular challenge to processes of learning and teaching, and demands a response from both information professionals and educators. Enabling education in a digital environment means not only changing the form in which learning opportunities are offered, but also enabling students to survive and prosper in digitally based learning environments.

This collection brings together a global community of educators, educational researchers, librarians and IT strategists, to consider how learners need to be equipped in an educational environment that is increasingly suffused with digital technology. Traditional notions of literacy need to be challenged, and new literacies, including information literacy and IT literacy, need to be considered as foundation elements for digitally involved learners. Leading international experts from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Mexico and throughout Europe contribute to the debate, and Hannelore Rader, Librarian and Dean of the University Libraries, University of Louisville, Kentucky, provides the foreword. The book is in two parts:

  • In Part 1, Literacies in the Digital Age, the contributors analyse how digital technologies have enabled transformative change in the ways in which learning can be constructed, and discuss the nature of the new literacies that have emerged in this new virtual and e-learning environment.
  • In Part 2, Enabling and Supporting Digital Literacies, the contributors go on to consider the ways in which digital literacies can be made available to learners, and how these literacies are being relocated in a more student-centred environment within the broader perspective of learning.  

Readership: This book takes the issues raised in the successful Information and IT Literacy, also co-edited by Allan Martin, into a broader context. It is essential reading for all information professionals and educators involved in developing strategies and practices for learning in a digital age.

Foreword - Hannelore Rader  


1. Literacies for the digital age: preview of Part 1 - Allan Martin  
2. Learners, learning literacy and the pedagogy of e-learning - Terry Mayes and Chris Fowler  
3. Real learning in virtual environments - Johannes Cronjé  
4. Digital fusion: defining the intersection of content and communications - Paul Gilster  
5. Literacy and the digital knowledge revolution - Claire Bélisle  
6. Understanding e-literacy - Maryann Kope  
7. Information literacy – an overview - Ola Pilerot  
8. Contemporary literacy – the three Es - David F. Warlick  
9. Reconceptualizing media literacy for the digital age - Renee Hobbs  
10. Literacy, e-literacy and multiliteracies: meeting the challenges of teaching online - Chris Sutton  
11. Graduate e-literacies and employability - Denise Haywood, Jeff Haywood, and Hamish Macleod  


12. Supporting and enabling digital literacy in a global environment: preview of Part 2 - Dan Madigan  
13. A ‘dense symphony of the nation’: Cymru Ar-Lein and e-citizens and e-communities in Wales - Stephen Griffiths
14. The impact of information competencies on socio-economic development in Southern Hemisphere economies - Jesús Lau  
15. Supporting students in e-learning - Martin Jenkins  
16. The information commons: a student-centred environment for IT and information literacy development - Hester Mountifield  
17. Socio-cultural approaches to literacy and subject knowledge development in learning management systems - Neil Anderson  
18. Approaches to enabling digital literacies: successes and failures - Alex Reid  
19. Professional development and graduate students: approaches to technical and information competence - Catherine Cardwell  
20. Windward in an asynchronous world: the Antiguan initiative, unanticipated pleasure of the distance learning revolution - Cornel J. Reinhart  
21. A tale of two courses - Gill Needham and David Murphy

"The book does indeed look at literacy in a very broad context. It brings the reader up to date with what is being done to tackle the situation educators and librarians face with people at different levels of familiarity and comfort with technology we have available, including the common occurrence of learners being more au-fait with technology than their teachers."

Allan Martin is Director of the IT Education Unit at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. 

Dan Madigan was Founder Director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA, where he is currently Interim Director, Scholarship of Engagement.

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