A digital literacy proposal in online Higher Education: the UOC scenario

Note from the editor: This post is a summary of the paper originally published by Montse Guitart and Teresa Romeu at elearningeuropa.info (download PDF, 222kb). For further information about the authors, please click on the “read more” link at the end of the post.

 

 

 

A brief summary:

Universities have a key role in providing students with strategies and competences to allow them to form part of the current information society and, hence, to be able to have a productive career.

In the scenario in which the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia, UOC) is making strategic decisions about the implementation of the new degrees within the framework of the EHEA, one UOC-specific competence is defined as follows: use and application of ICTs in academic and professional settings. This includes working with ICT competences already developed. This institutional option is based on the historical decision made by the University from the start to create a specific subject and the decision of the Catalan government to create a qualification in ICT skills. Data on levels of satisfaction and the results at the end of each semester have been positive.

On the basis of the UOC’s experience, we are in a position to single out the key transferable elements for designing a proposal for achieving digital literacy in any educational context: the definition of the ICT competence, the gradual acquisition of ICT skills through project-based work, teamwork in using and applying the new tools and the role of the tutors.

Relevant publications related to this article:

  • GUITERT, M.; ROMEU, T.; PÉREZ-MATEO, M. (2007) Competencias TIC y trabajo en equipo en entornos virtuales. Revista de Universidad y Sociedad del Conocimiento, Vol. 4, No. 1, ISSN: 1658-580X.
  • GUITERT, M.; ROMEU, T (2008) A digital literacy proposal in the UOC scenario. Proceedings of the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN). Lisbon, Portugal, 11-14 June, p. 87, ISBN: 978-963-06-5132-5.
  • GUITERT, M.; ROMEU, T. (2008) Digital literacy proposal from higher education: the UOC case. International Conference on Digital Literacy. Brunel University, UK, 17-18 November.
  • GUITERT, M.; ROMEU, T. ; GUERRERO, A.; PADROS, A. (2008) ICT competences for net-generation students. Advanced Learning Technologies, 2008. ICALT ’08. Eighth IEEE International Conference, Santander, Spain, 1-5 July, pp. 480-481, ISBN: 978-0-7695-3167-0.
  • GUITERT, M.; GUERRERO, A. E.; ORNELLAS, A.; ROMEU, T.; ROMERO, M. (2008). Implementación de la competencia propia “Uso y aplicación de las TIC en el ámbito académico y profesional” en el contexto universitario de la UOC. Revista latinoamericana de Tecnología Educativa, No. 2, pp. 81- 89, ISSN: 1695-288X.
  • GUITERT, M.; ROMEU, T. (2009) ICT competences for online university students. Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference e-Society, Barcelona, Spain, 25-28 February.
  • ORNELLAS, A.; GUITERT, M.; ROMEU, T. (2009) Teaching strategies using social software for developing ICT competences in university students. 5th International Conferenceon Multimedia and ICT in Education, Lisbon, Portugal, 22-24 April.

About the authors:

Teresa Romeu – UOC

Teresa is a lecturer in the Digital Literacy area of the IT, Multimedia and Telecommunications department and on the Master’s Degree in Education and ICT at the UOC.

Her research focuses on educational technology and e-learning and, more specifically, on teamwork in virtual environments, online teacher training, multimedia teaching materials and digital literacy.

She has worked on several research projects like FREREF (Fundation des Régions Européenes pour la Recherche en Education et en Formation), PROFIT Acción Avanzada, the Elene-TT (E-Learning Network for Teacher Training) European project, and on some Catalan government projects on ICT competences and knowledge, 2005-2006.

She is currently taking part in the Elene-TLC European project, 2007-2008, and “Políticas y prácticas en torno a las TIC en la enseñanza obligatoria: Implicaciones para la innovación y la mejora”, 2007-2010. She has published several papers and participated actively in international conferences and workshops in her knowledge area.

Montse Guitert – UOC>

She’s PhD in Education from the University of Barcelona, 1995, on educational technology and Lecturer in higher education at the UOC since 1995. She is currently Director of the Digital Literacy area in the IT Multimedia and Telecommunications department. Her research focuses on educational technology and e-learning and, more specifically, on teamwork in virtual environments, online teacher training, multimedia teaching materials and digital literacy.

She has worked on several research projects like PROFIT Acción Avanzada, Spanish Ministry of Technology, FREREF (Fundation des Régions Européenes pour la Recherche en Education et en Formation), COLLEAGUE (Collaborative Learning in Virtual Environments), the Elene-TT (E-Learning Network for Teacher Training) European project, and on Catalan government projects on ICT competences and knowledge. She is also currently taking part in the Elene-TLC European project.

She has published several papers and participated actively in international conferences and workshops in her knowledge area.

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