This Project was a partnership of five UK universities researching literacies in higher education: the Open University (Lead), Glasgow Caledonian University, Lancaster University, Edinburgh University, and the Institute for Education.
Four research seminars took place between October 2009 and April 2011 promoting new research into digital literacy practices. These seminars brought together researchers from two different fields of enquiry and practice: 'literacies and learning' and 'learning technologies'.
The main output was Literacy in the Digital University, an edited volume published by Routledge in 2013.
With their own histories and trajectories, the fields of 'literacies and learning' and 'learning technologies' have seldom overlapped whether in practice, theory, or research. In tackling this divide head on, this volume breaks new ground.
It illustrates how complementary and contrasting approaches to literacy and technology can be brought together in productive ways and considers the implications of this for practitioners working across a wide range of contexts.
The book showcases work from well-respected authorities in the two fields in order to provide the foundations for new conversations about learning and practice in the digital university.
It will be of particular relevance to university teachers and researchers, educational developers and learning technologists, library staff, university managers and policy makers, and, not least, learners themselves, particularly those studying at postgraduate level.
These seminars were organised by researchers who led four publically-funded projects: Digital Literacies in Higher Education (Open University); Learning Literacies for a Digital Age (Glasgow Caledonian University, Caledonian Academy); Literacies for Learning in Further Education (Lancaster and Stirling Universities); Putting Web 2.0 to Work: New Pedagogies for New Learning Spaces (Universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde).
First Seminar: Friday, October 16th, 2009 (Edinburgh University)
Theme: The relation of new media practices to traditional literacy practices in the academy and the professions.
Second Seminar: Monday, March 1st, 2010 (Glasgow Caledonian University)
Theme: Digital texts and practices in formal and informal contexts and the transfer of learning across boundaries.
Third Seminar: Thursday, 14th & Friday, 15th October 2010 (Open University)
Theme: Methodologies for research in literacy and learning in digital contexts.
Fourth Seminar: Friday April 8th 2011 (Lancaster University)
Theme: A Research Agenda for Literacy in the Digital University.
Project Website: http://www.open.ac.uk/researchprojects/lidu/
Project Blog: http://literacyinthedigitaluniversity.blogspot.co.uk/