Andrew Eynon’s Library Blog

A blog about librarianship in Further Education

What are the barriers to FE students becoming effective learners in a digital world?

Posted by andrewey on November 3, 2011

I’m a panel member at the forthcoming JISC Innovating e-learning conference on Thursday 24 November 2011. I’ll be addressing the following issues:

What are the barriers to FE students becoming effective learners in a digital world and how might we overcome those barriers?

One area for discussion, for example,  is about whether or not learners should be able to use social media to collect/create evidence for assessment.

Comments, ideas or suggestions  welcome

Advertisements

2 Responses to “What are the barriers to FE students becoming effective learners in a digital world?”

  1. Steve Cropper said

    Observations from working with young people who are (allegedly) “digital natives” suggest that (a) a suprising number still lack basic IT skills. They may be able to text like lightning, but do not understand simple word document functions. Their spelling and grammar are frequently poor which means that while they may be able to find information if the search engine recognises their errors, their ability to communicate it effectively is often lacking (b) distraction remains a major issue. Keeping to the task in hand is difficult for some students when there are so many more “interesting” avenues than the specified coursework to explore (c) the instict of many youngester to head straight for Google generates an inordinate ammount of unwanted information, even for experienced searchers and (e) the indexing of e-books and the platforms themselves is fairly rudimentary and can lead to missed information.

    (b)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: