Delhi University focuses on digital literacy for professors
As the digital revolution gains impetus, the University aims to keep its educators abreast with new technologies in pedagogy.
Despite the brouhaha over the digital revolution, even the most optimistic estimates suggest that not more than 20 per cent of India’s population has internet accessibility. However, there is mutual agreement among stakeholders that this number will increase exponentially in the next decade. In order to galvanise this process, it is imperative that educators are in tune with this technology revolution, so as to pass it on to students. Keeping this in mind, the UK and India Education Research Initiative provided funding to Edinburgh College, Scotland and Delhi University (DU) to collaboratively develop a digital literacy skills programme to promote digital participation and subsequent inclusion among educators.
As part of this programme, DU will be conducting a two day workshop on Digital Literacy and Innovation for Tomorrow’s Education (D-LITE). “Our objective is to engage learners, teachers and employers in UK, India and share the project globally,” says Chandra Shekhar Dubey, Department of Geology, DU.
According to Dubey, The Indian leg of the workshop will cover different topics including Web 2.0 tools (Wiki, WordPress, Facebook, Flckr, Twitter and Instagram); Virtual Learning Environment Training (Forum, chats etc.) as well as E-Assessment. “Acquisition of digital skills is becoming more and more important in daily life for social participation, economic advancement as well as preparation for future employment,” he says.
Four professors were selected from the workshop and sent to a week-long trip to Scotland for further training. They received information regarding different contexts of digital literacy so that they can develop their own practice. After returning, these professors have started delivering the ‘Digital Literacy for Teachers’ course at DU. This course introduces educators to different technologies and aims to build the components of digital literacy in classroom teaching as well as university settings. It is suitable for teachers who already have a basic knowledge of computers and access to a range of digital tools including computers, mobiles, tablets etc.
Different concepts including computer security and privacy, digital lifestyle, social networking, internet, audio and video tools etc. are part of the teacher training programme. “The course is delivered in a combination of classroom training and online sessions,” signs off Dubey.