The first step is to change the name from 'using technology' to 'digital literacy' - but then that begs the question - what is it? I've not got time to spend hours getting up to speed with the debate but I do need a much better summary of what digital literacies (for undergraduates and employees) looks like. Our transferable skills framework includes a descriptor (skills knowledge or attitude related to a particular competency - in this case 'digital literacy'), behavioural indicators (observable behaviours to provide evidence that the competency is being demonstrated) and examples of activities (inside or outside the curriculum) to develop and assess the competencies). Our framework also divides the descriptors and behavioural indicators into levels - level 1 being the more basic stuff and level 2 the more advanced.
Clearly this is work in progress but here's first very rough stab...
Things to include
- Using email professionally - when to use Cc, Reply to all etc. how to manage your inbox
- Using spreadsheet packages to process data - sorting, basic formulas, presenting data appropriately (could have a level 2 for this too - pivot tables)
- Using presentation packages to support presentations - using images appropriately, displaying the right amount of information, clearly structured and easy to follow
- Using bibliographic software to find and reference information (less employer focussed perhaps?)
- Using technology to support collaborative working - shared documents, video conferencing, screen sharing
- Using social media to build your networks and actively engage... (? suggestion please...)
- Manage your online identify - not just to avoid posting things you will regret but proactively managing your digital footprint