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Literacy in the Digital University

Critical perspectives on learning, scholarship and technology, 1st Edition

Edited by Robin Goodfellow, Mary R. Lea


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Literacy in the Digital University is an innovative volume bringing together perspectives from two fields of enquiry and practice: ‘literacies and learning’ and ‘learning technologies’. With their own histories and trajectories, these fields have seldom overlapped either in practice, theory, or research. In tackling this divide head on, the 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 post-graduate level.

Table of Contents

Literacy in the Digital University: Critical Perspectives on Learning, Scholarship, and Technology

Edited by Robin Goodfellow and Mary Lea

Introduction: Literacy, the Digital, and the University

Robin Goodfellow and Mary Lea

1. Values, digital texts and open practices - a changing scholarly landscape in higher education

Colleen McKenna and Jane Hughes

2. Researching academic literacy practices around Twitter: Performative methods and their onto-ethical implications

Jude Fransman

3. Crossing boundaries: digital and non-digital literacy practices in formal and informal contexts in further and higher education

Candice Satchwell, David Barton and Mary Hamilton

4. Emergent practices for literacy, e-learners, and the digital university

Caroline Haythornthwaite

5. The Literacies of ‘Digital Scholarship’ – Truth and Use values

Robin Goodfellow

6. Beyond ‘the social’: digital literacies as sociomaterial practice

Lesley Gourlay and Martin Oliver

7. Posthuman literacy in heterotopic space: a pedagogical proposal

Siân Bayne and Jen Ross

8. Open Content Literacy: a new approach to content creation and collaboration?

Lindsey Martin and Alison Mackenzie

9. Digital literacies as situated knowledge practices: academics’ influence on learners behaviours

Allison Littlejohn, Helen Beetham and Lou McGill

10. Academic literacies in the digital university: integrating individual accounts with network practice

Mary R. Lea

11. Text-making Practices in Online Writing Spaces: from Research to Practice

Carmen Lee

12. The digital university: A concept in need of definition

Chris Jones

13. Control and the Classroom in the Digital University: the Effect of Course Management Systems on Pedagogy

Bronwyn T. Williams

About the Editors

Robin Goodfellow is Senior Lecturer in Teaching with New Technology in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, UK.

Mary R. Lea is Reader in Academic and Digital Literacies in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University, UK.

About the Series

Research into Higher Education

Co-published with the Society for Research into Higher Education

This exciting new series aims to publish cutting edge research and discourse that reflects the rapidly changing world of higher education, examined in a global context. Encompassing topics of wide international relevance, the series includes every aspect of the international higher education research agenda, from strategic policy formulation and impact to pragmatic advice on best practice in the field.

For more information, or to express an interest in writing for the series, please contact Sarah Tuckwell,

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Science & Technology