Thinking about digital and information literacy

Anonymous statue in Budapest

This week and last week I have been teaching on the PGCert at LSE (the course that is Higher Education Academy accredited and qualifies you to teach in higher education). I’ve been teaching first year students on Module 2: Supporting Student Learning and second year students on Module 5: Course Design. I have been really struck by how when we come to talk about technology and its role in the design of a course, and its role in supporting student learning, a lot of the students wanted to talk about what I call digital and information literacy. Most of them have not used this terminology – the phrase ‘research skills’ seemed to arise, but some people did talk about students technical abilities. The overwhelming message seemed to be that many teachers were concerned that using the VLE (in our case Moodle) as largely a repository of information is helpful and convenient for students, but not always the best for them in the long run. Particularly if they are not given the opportunity to learn research skills. A common complaint was ‘when the link is broken in Moodle my students don’t know how to find a reading in the library’.

That’s why its really timely that we are conducting a review (or audit) of information and digital literacy support at LSE. I have written a short post about this on the ANCIL blog, as it relates directly to the work I did as part of my Arcadia Fellowship. I’m hoping to run a panel discussion at this year’s Teaching Day event at LSE to debate whether Moodle discourages ‘active learning’ in our students and I’ve managed to get a group of LSE teachers together to join me.

One final thing on this topic, I’ve been really pleased to see the information and digital literacy resources that we converted for the DELILA project are been featured at the moment on the Jorum website. If you’ve not seen them do take a look!


One thought on “Thinking about digital and information literacy

  1. Hi Jane

    I’d love to see a credit against photos on your blog. Where is this statue?
    I Googled and found:

    “Near Széchenyi baths[Budapest] a statue of a hooded man sat anonymously amongst the leafy grounds. The plaque literally read ‘ANONYMVS’. He was a monk, but no one knew his name. In the 13th century he penned the first of Hungary’s settlement history, and for such a good deed was granted the privilege of having his likeness carved and displayed in gratitude here in the capital. The statue had an aged green layer of weathering, but the pen grasped in his relaxed hand shone a royal yellow. The legend says that a writer in need of inspiration could touch the writing implement and receive ancient blessings of literary prowess, hence the shiny exterior of that part compared to the dullness of the rest of his cloak, the stroking hands over the years had kept the atmospheric dirt and microscopic greenery at bay. I held the pen, wishing for a commanding grasp of the English language in all its unyielding complexity.” – from
    take a look at

    It’s amazing what a pleasurable search I can have after seeing a serendipitous work. Thanks

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