A summary of #LTHEchat 2 – Developing Staff Digital Fluency

A big thank you to all who participated and listened in to #LTHEchat on Bonfire Night!

The topic for the chat was:  Developing Staff Digital Fluency and was led by Dr Liz Bennett and co-hosted with Dr David Walker.

Liz’s article published in Research and Learning Technology was a trigger for the conversation this week.

Learning from the early adopters: developing the digital practitioner

The conversation began with does terminology matter and whether we should refer to digital literacy or digital fluency.

“Are these different levels?”

“Students tell me digital literacy is meaningless…”

“Fluency is productive, literacy is comprehension”

“What matters is using language we understand and can explain to students and employers”

“Being illiterate is loaded…”

You can read more about this lively debate by looking at the questions below that were raised by Liz during the chat and read the rich discussion curated as a Storify.


Q1: Digital fluency:Digital literacy does it matter what term we use?
Q2: What characterises a digitally fluent lecturer in HE?
Q3: what motivates lecturers to become digitally fluent?
Q4: what emotional impact does trying digital practices have on individuals?
Q5: how do we support and engage lecturers to become more digitally literate?


The answers to these questions and the discussion by tweets was captured using Storify. You can find the full story here

Next week

Engaging the un-engaged learner will be the topic for next week’s tweetchat on Wednesday 12th November 8-9pm GMT. The tweetchat will be led by Peter Reed @reedyreedles and Dr David Walker. @drdjwalker


Learning from the early adopters: developing the digital practitioner

JISC: Digital Literacies

JISC Infokit: Digital Literacies

Please add links to further resources using the comments section below.

About Sue Beckingham

A National Teaching Fellow, Educational Developer and Principal Lecturer in Computing with a research interest in the use of social media in higher education.
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