topic 2: digital literacies

Rationale: During this unit we will explore together important literacies to survive and thrive in the digital age as learners and educators. Accessing, filtering, critically evaluating information in vast networks, repositories and digital libraries as well as connecting with individuals and groups via social networks and make use for learning and teaching is a complex process and requires specific skills, attitudes and behaviours which become increasingly more important for individuals and society. We will also investigate the transition from digital consumer of information to producer and co-creator and contributor of new information, knowledge co-construction in the digital world and reflect on our digital presence and identity, experiences through consumption, communication, collaboration and creation, as learners and educators.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this unit, you will have had the opportunity to

  1. discuss the importance of digital literacies for learning and teaching
  2. reflect on digital literacies in your own practice
  3. review in PBL groups digital literacy features of the chosen activity/resource

Activities/tasks for all learners

  1. Google + FDOL community: Discuss aspects of digital literacies in participants’ professional context with peers and comment on each others’ contributions.
  2. Twitter: During this second topic you are encouraged to continue to use your Twitter account. Remember to use the hashtag #fdol141 when tweeting. Why not share a resource you have found useful.
  3. Reflection: Finalise and share your ‘Digital me post’ and have a look around what and how others have captured their stories. Comment and invite others to comment on yours.

Additional activities/tasks for learners within PBL group


“I have been asked to create a digital portfolio on the web for the course I am doing. Not sure I want to do this. Why would I want to share things about the course with the whole world? Who would want to read it anyway? Don’t get it really. Then they talked about creating a profile on LinkedIn, something like an open CV? I have my CV on a hard drive and when I need to I send it to people. Not sure I understand that we need to have everything online these days. I don’t really want people I don’t know look me up… Ok, I am on Facebook but that is it. I don’t accept invitations by people I don’t know or don’t like. I have seen some people have hundreds of friends there… Mmm, are these real friends? I am very sceptic about all this and sharing everything with everybody. I keep my private life separate from my professional life. People don’t need to see my holiday pictures or what I had for breakfast.”

  1. Study the scenario: or contribute your own.
  2. Investigate the chosen scenario: Consider using the COOL FISh framework and adapt as it suits the group.
  3. Share you findings: At the end of this topic share your main findings in a creative way in the FDOL  community.
  4. Reflection: Reflect individually and in your PBL group on your learning.

suggested readings

1. What is ‘digital literacy’ by Doug Belshaw (Phd thesis) available here
2. Towards a theory of digital literacy: Three scenarios for next steps, by Aharon Aviram et al., available here
3. Digital literacy across the curriculum, by Futurlab available here
4. To be or not to be, the importance of digital identity in the networked society, by Cristina Costa and Ricardo Torres, available here

additional resourcesFDOL diigo group at check this learners’ generated collection and add further resources you find useful and link well with this unit. Remember to use tags and comment on resources shared by others.


4 Responses to topic 2: digital literacies

  1. Doug Belshaw says:

    Hi Chrissi and Lars – thanks for including my thesis in your course! 🙂

    Your students might be interested in the Web Literacy Standard work I’m leading for Mozilla:

  2. Hi Doug,

    Thank you so much for stopping by and providing the additional link. We have included this now in our and will also add to the course resources in diigo. I am still very interested to do the video clip in the format of a Food for thought video around digital literacies if you would like to do this 😉

    Speak again soon.

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