Friday, October 26, 2012

(26) Friday flicks: Digital Literacies + TimeZones

Video 1:  Living and working on the web.

 This week's first Friday flick is a video outlining a Digital Literacies program developed for students at the University of Southampton by Dr Lisa Harris.

Here is the link to the webpage with the video - scroll down to find the video.

Notice the learning outcomes of the module are:

Having successfully completed this module students will:

1. be proactive, confident and flexible adopters of a range of web and mobile technologies for personal, academic and professional use
2. use appropriate web and mobile technologies effectively to search for, store and curate relevant information
3. be equipped to reflect upon and critically evaluate the information obtained
4. engage creatively and productively in relevant online communities
5. be familiar with the use of collaboration tools to facilitate networking, group work and project management
6. be aware of the challenges inherent in ensuring online privacy and security
7. have developed appropriate communication skills for peer and tutor interaction within an ‘always on’ environment

Interestingly, the content is very similar to the topics we are covering in the Assembling Your Digital Toolkit program.

(1) How can we support our students to develop digital literacies?
(2) Are those above the right Learning Outcomes for our Exercise Science and Food and Nutrition graduates?


Video 2:
The Secret Powers of Time by Professor Philip Zimbardo
We are talking a great deal about change at the moment and particularly in this Digital toolkit program. This is a future-focussed approach that may not be the way we or our students approach life.

Here is a 10 minute RSA version of a talk by Philip Zimbardo on research that identified different ways people live in time (and here is the live 40 minute version).


  1. How come everyone else can draw so well?? Re-wiring brains is scary but I don't believe school is one dimensional. From what I can see of the schools I visit is that play and exploration makes up a large part of the learning activities. Perhaps it changes at high school level, I am yet to get there but I see it as much more than how it is described above.

  2. I find the pace of life info very interesting. If slowing was the right thing to do, how do we change? Even if Philip can answer that, I am afraid that we can't/won't all change at the same time, which means some of us will appear to be "slacking off" while the rest continue to row the boat. And that will be tricky.