A short course for educators
This course aims to help participants go beyond instrumental approaches to digital literacy and engage with critical digital literacy, media literacy and related concepts. It also considers how to apply critical approaches to examine key issues relating to digital media use, such as surveillance capitalism, in educational contexts. Watch this short video that outlines the course objectives. Or, if unable to watch the video, you can download this summary here.
Who is this course for?
Participants will typically be educational professionals and Masters-level students working in fields including digital education, learning technology, digital futures, and e-learning
How long will it take?
The coursework shouldn’t take more than three hours in total. Please note that the further reading is not included in this time estimate. If you do the optional reading provided, this will take additional time.
How can I use it?
It’s best to follow the steps given, though you could dip and out of the content. Further reading is suggested if you’d like to go deeper, but you won’t lose out if you choose not to pursue this optional material.
What will I need to access it?
You will need a computer or mobile phone with internet access. Your device will need audio enabled as there may be videos to watch. You will also need a PDF reader to access downloadable documents.
‘The future, and how to prepare for it, is a perennial concern of education.’ (Facer, 2016, p.63)
Some background on this course
This OER (Open Education Resource) was produced by Neenaz Ichaporia, a student of the MSc in Digital Education programme at the University of Edinburgh in October 2019. It is closely based on a ‘Position Paper’ assignment undertaken at the university for the 'Digital Futures for Learning' module of the course. On this module, students authored a persuasive essay relating to a key issue in the field. The original position paper was titled ‘Digital Literacy at the Dawn of the Deepfake: Key implications for educators’. You can read it by clicking on the link below.
Digital literacy for digital futures: Key implications for educators by Neenaz Ichaporia is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.