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"Information Literacy lies at the core of lifelong learning. It empowers people in all walks of life to seek, evaluate, use and create information effectively to achieve their personal, social, occupational and educational goals. It is a basic human right in a digital world and promotes social inclusion of all nations." (Alexander Proclamation, 2005)
Digital literacies are currently defined as the “capabilities which fit someone for living, learning and working in a digital society”. (JISC, 2015) They include the ability to find and use information but go beyond this to encompass communication, collaboration and teamwork, social awareness in the digital environment, understanding of e-safety and creation of new information. Both digital and information literacy are underpinned by critical thinking and evaluation.
This workshop will provide opportunities to develop knowledge and critical understanding of underpinning concepts related to information and digital literacy; develop awareness of research-based evidence in this area and how these promote participation and enable lifelong learning and employability. Attendees will also identify and critically reflect on aspects of digital technology for their own use and for the benefits of their students’ learning.