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April 23, 2013

Activity 23 and 24 – A set of open learner literacies

· These should be based on what you have experienced and researched so far in this course. They should cover the types of skill you feel are important for an individual to learn successfully in an open learning context (whether that is using OER, in a MOOC or through informal, lifelong learning).

According to Beetham (2010, p1) “digital literacy defines those capabilities which fit an individual for living, learning and working in a digital society”. She continues that a particular set of capabilities as a “literacy” means:

  • “they are a pre-requisite or foundation for other capabilities;
  • they are critical to an individual’s life chances;
  • they are essential to the making and sharing of culturally significant meanings;
  • as a result, there is or should be a society-wide entitlement to these capabilities at some level.’

My suggested open learner literacies

  1. Research information skills – critical and analytical skills to assess information
  2. Engagement of learners with digital technologies across boundaries – studying via formal and informal opportunities simultaneously and across different institutions
  3. Realization of empowerment of collaborative learning – discussions with fellow students leads to better learning
  4. Participation, stay alert and active – access information
  5. Finding and using the open content
  6. Improved skills in using technologies appropriately and effectively – of learners and teachers
  7. Literacy/how to in bridging the gap between study demands and informal knowledge/social lives – to support learning
  8. Strong sense of self-efficacy
  9. Adaptability to aggregate own resources and services in virtual environment

10. Emotional literacy – to understand the emotions of yourself and others

11. Knowledge of and use of social networks and Web 2.0 technologies – in identifying and accessing research

12. Harnessing the power of social network tools and informal processes to enhance learning e.g. the use of wikis

13. Design of authentic tasks – involving digital skills

14.  Skills to use assistive technologies (where applicable)

15. Prepared to share resources (and services) and research

16. Learners should engage in their own development

17. Management of online identity

18. Reflection skills

19. Beetham (2010), “Higher-order skills of evaluation, critical analysis and reflection, synthesis, problem-solving, creativity and thinking across discipline boundaries”


I agree with Pam Jarvis’ statement that digital skills shouldn’t be addressed as a discrete issue but as a component of key skills and digital literacy as specifically important for open learners. I also agree with Pam as to critical thinking skills which should be developed at a young age e.g. Dave Cormier mentioned it in the video on Rhizomatic learning, educating his children at a very young age.


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