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Helen Beetham, Allison Littlejohn & Colin Milligan

In: The SAGE Handbook of Digital Dissertations and Theses

Chapter 4: Digital Literacies for the Research Institution

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Digital Literacies for the Research Institution
Digital literacies for the research institution
HelenBeetham, AllisonLittlejohn and ColinMilligan
Digital Literacy and Knowledge Work

The academic community has a complex relationship with digital technology, driving innovation and often spearheading adoption, but troubled by the impact that socio-technical change is having on long-established norms. No core university processes are untouched by the digital revolution. In this chapter, we describe how research and writing at university level demand a set of capabilities at the interface of traditional scholarship and technology use, which we call ‘digital literacy’. We set out some of the challenges this represents to students, focusing on postgraduates. We also introduce a framework for describing digital literacy and for supporting students as they bring digital tools to bear on the work ...

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