A holistic approach to defining digital literacy needs across the education spectrum
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The aim of this project was to increase the University’s ability to forward plan the technologies and support necessary to meet evolving institutional needs and learner expectations. To achieve this it was proposed to develop an instrument and methodology based on the Biennial Student Technology Survey (BSTS) that will investigate new uses and practices with technologies by pre and post 16 learners, as well as update our current questionnaire to be relevant for 2015.
Background/context to project: In 2010 a consortia of post-92 institutions (N=5) developed and ran a survey of students’ personal ownership and use of mobile devices, laptops, services and software. Two years later the instrument was refined and updated to include questions about respondents’ digital literacies and their technology enhanced learning practices. It was made available to all undergraduate and postgraduate students at Plymouth University and its partner further education colleges and generated 1149 responses. Analysis of the results helped to shape the University’s current Digital Strategy and Digital Learning Environment; the BSTS is now a Key Performance Indicator in the Teaching and Learning Strategy 2013-2020.
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