The University of Southampton

EDUC2035 ICT and Digital Literacies

Module Overview

The module will enable you to gain an appreciation of the broader social context in which Digital Learning occurs.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• To enable you to gain an appreciation of the broader social context in which Digital Learning occurs • To develop your awareness of learning, teaching and approaches to Computer Assisted Assessment (CAA) • To give you opportunities to develop your Digital Literacies • To enable you to develop your ability to evaluate and reflect on appropriate use of ICT in education.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Define and discuss, in an informed manner, ‘Digital Literacies’
  • Suggest the advantages and disadvantages of CAA
  • Comment on the social context, values and beliefs related to Digital Literacies
  • Explain the application of ICT in a learning context


• ICT: Social, Ethical, Economic and Moral matters • Constructivist approaches to Learning • CAA (e.g. Driving Licence Test, Student Response Systems) • ‘Virtual Learning Environments are Dead’: The Debate • Avatars in virtual environments: ‘Cybergogy’ • Contemporary developments in technology: Implications for learning and teaching

Special Features

In addition to the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, this module will make use of all ‘freely and legally’ available electronic sources such as: Blogs, Wikis, Vlogs (Video Blog) and any other ‘contemporary’ technology.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A mix of lectures and seminars along with directed reading and suggested additional research. Typically this would be 12 single session lectures and 12 single session seminars.

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Blueprint for Computer-Assisted Assessment. 

Beyond Technology: Children’s Learning in the Age of Digital Culture. 

Other. EdShare - EdShare Southampton is the teaching and learning repository for the University of Southampton in the UK. It was created by the University's Learning Societies Lab, and is a University wide digital resource for all staff and students, and much of its content is also open to the rest of the world

Digital Literacies: Concepts, Policies and Practices. 

Subject to continuing availability: Google Docs; Google Wave; Google Apps. 

Other. eXe - a freely available Open Source authoring application to assist teachers and academics in the publishing of web content without the need to become proficient in HTML or XML markup. Resources authored in eXe can be exported in IMS Content Package, SCORM 1.2, or IMS Common Cartridge formats or as simple self-contained web pages

Wired for Learning: An Educators Guide to Web 2.0 Information Age Publishing Inc.. 

Pandora's Box: Social and Professional Issues of the Information Age. 


Assessment Strategy

Contribution (25%): Participation in a computerised assisted assessment relating to the content of the module


MethodPercentage contribution
Contribution 25%
Electronic artefact capable 75%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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