We Need to Talk: Are We Making the Right Connections?

Presented by: Deirdre Butler & Mark Brown

The literature contains a plethora of models and frameworks purporting to encapsulate the various dimensions of digital skills, literacies or competencies. This point is evidenced by a recent review and comparison of models which identified around 150 of them (All Aboard, 2015). The models range from those with a narrow skills focus to more authentic integrated frameworks, which importantly situate the conception of literacy within complex cultural and institutional contexts. In this fishbowl debate two experienced educators committed to a transformative agenda talk about the strengths and weaknesses of some of the more recent frameworks. Through a lively and provocative critique of the literature they aim to actively engage participants by asking the question: Are we at risk of deskilling Irish teachers by making the wrong connections and failing to learn from previous mistakes?

Presentation Slides: https://www.slideshare.net/mbrownz/we-need-to-talk-are-we-making-the-right-connections

Presentation Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxNK2YGjoI4&feature=youtu.be&t=3721



Presenter Biography:

Professor Mark Brown is the Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning at Dublin City University. For further information: http://www4.dcu.ie/nidl/people/director.shtml

Professor Deirdre Butler plays a key leadership role in the area of digital learning in the DCU Institute of Education. For further information: http://www4.dcu.ie/stem_education_innovation_global_studies/people/Deirdre-Butler.shtml