Digital Education - Why

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1. To develop my one digital literacies

1. To develop your own digital literacies

Digital literacies can be defined as the capabilities which fit someone for living, learning and working in a digital society.


The staff do not need to be technology experts; communications skills, flexibility and an eagerness to learn and share are much more important.

JISC: 2. To boost your confidence in using digital media for teaching

3. To deeply understand the nature of Technology-Enhanced Learning

Learning technology is the broad range of communication, information and related technologies that can be used to support learning, teaching, and assessment.Association for Leaning Technology:

4. To look at the technological developments and their implications for teaching

The pace of technological change is accelerating and the impact of digital technology will continue to have a profound effect on society. It is critical to fully understand these technological developments and their implications for teaching, learning and assessment.FELTAG (2013): Paths forward to a digital future for Further Education and Skills

5. To ensure the effective use of digital technology in learning

which does not mean digital technology in teaching is not the end goal in itself.FELTAG (2013): Paths forward to a digital future for Further Education and Skills

6. International institutions are encouraging educators to use digital technologies

The European Commission initiative Opening Up Education2 (September 2013 calls for member states to support innovative teaching and learning environments.


7. To prepare students for real life

A recent report found that 90% of jobs require digital skills to some degree and skills gap costs economy around 63bn a year in lost incomeBBC:

8. To tackle digital exclusionIt is thought 12.6 million adults lack basic digital skills, while 5.8 million have never used the internet at all. Digital exclusion and systemic problems with education and training need to be urgently addressed, a recent report said.



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