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LIN8020 Digital Literacies in Practice

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 23 May 2022


An understanding of and experience across a range of digital literacies is central to contemporary and effective practices and processes for creating and sharing knowledge and information. These New Literacies challenge teachers and trainers of languages and linguistics to incorporate mobile, Web2 and digital applications into their own practices, becoming lead learners in testing and applying new tools and processes. Becoming a confident user of Web2 and digital tools requires a shift away from teacher-led instructional practices in favour of more authentic, flexible, learner-driven and creative pedagogies. For teachers and trainers to model these community-emergent practices and content generation processes also requires a familiarity with a range of Open Education Resources for language learning and for the production of original digital audio and visual content to allow sharing across multiple modes.

This course addresses key professional competencies for teachers of languages, developing their skills and confidence in preparing and presenting authentic and student centred learning activities across a range of language teaching contexts. Informed by a New Literacies approach, the course employs Web2 and digital tools to support the development of teachers' contemporary understandings and creative practices in relation to representations of language and culture. Exploring global and transnational contexts and voices, participants employ Web2 tools, and hand-held technologies to becoming creators and users of Open Education Resources for language teaching. The course is suitable for postgraduates with experience and interest in language teaching and/or linguistics and for researchers with a focus upon language, digital media and critical and cultural theories. Participants will create and curate digital knowledge artefacts for language learning in authentic contexts. No prior experience in Information and Communication Technologies is necessary, but students will need access to a mobile phone or tablet with sound and camera, and to download free apps for audio and image editing. Web2 tools including Facebook and Twitter will be employed, and assessment tasks will include creating and curating Open Education Resources for language teaching. Students will be invited to share assignments via a Creative Commons License for re-use in the public arena.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 3, 2022 Online
Date printed 23 May 2022