Digital Literacy

The Digital Literacy project has been designed to facilitate a greater understanding of individuals’ digital skills, experiences and expectations, both staff and student digital literacy/competency levels will be explored across the University of South Wales (USW). The project aims to produce a final report recommending the relevant policy changes and guidelines to embed digital literacies into the curriculum in preparation for employment and developing a core set of graduate attributes across the University.


What is digital literacy?

JISC define Digital Literacies as ‘those capabilities which fit an individual for living, learning and working in a digital society’ (JISC, 2015). Digital Literacy levels of University of South Wales (USW) staff and students are often assumed and this project aims to eliminate the assumptions and create a bigger picture of what ‘Digital Literacy’ means and looks like for staff and students at USW.

The 7 elements of Digital Literacy by Jisc. Click the image to view a full-size version.

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What CELT are doing

CELT are currently supporting and working with faculties to develop staff digital literacy skills to enhance pedagogy and using Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) to facilitate active and experiential approaches, simulation and immersion at course level to move pedagogy away from transmission of information to dialogue (e.g. through flipped classroom learning) and to create resilience to staff changes through access to quality online resources with reference to the objectives S07.3 and S02.8 in the Student Experience Plan.

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Project progress

The lifeline of the project will include surveying both staff and students and holding focus groups and/or semi-constructed interviews with participants to gather a richer set of data. The staff survey has been complied by a project group that aims to target academic, support and administrative staff across the University. The student survey has been provided by JISC and once complete will be used as a benchmarking tool against other HE institutions. Both surveys are scheduled to be released during late January 2017.

As the project progresses this page will be updated with further information.

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More information and contacts

For further information about the project please contact Sophie Meace –

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