Julia Gillen and David Barton of the Literacy Research Centre, Lancaster University lead the digital literacies thematic strand. The workshop was held at the Lancaster University Conference Centre at the Lancaster House Hotel. A research briefing on digital literacies is available here. (contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information on obtaining hard copies).
Richard Noss recognised the significance of digital literacies to the TEL programme in his introduction to the workshop held at Lancaster University on 12-13 March, 2009. He writes:
“At the heart of each TLRP-TEL project is a central research challenge: to understand what meanings our learners are creating for themselves as they engage with the artefacts we develop. It is more or less clear that attempting this challenge by drawing any simple correspondence between communication with and without digital technologies just won’t work: people with digital technologies have new things to say, and new ways of saying them. The implications for interdisciplinary design, and evaluative methodologies are complex.
“The Lancaster workshop is a step towards unravelling this complexity. By considering what it takes to express ideas in a digital context, how new social, cultural as well as cognitive affordances are created, the team based at the Literacy Research Centre at Lancaster will challenge us to think carefully about our own research, and how it might be developed by this perspective. At the same time, I invite each project to consider how it might contribute to the broader issues raised by the digital literacies viewpoint, and ultimately contribute to the forthcoming research commentary on this theme.”