The University of Southampton

EDUC6346 Learning & Digital Literacies

Module Overview

The module will cover concepts related to learning and digital literacy; learning theories, management of, and practice with digital literacy; research-based evidence and debates in society and various perspectives on Learning and Digital Literacy; and issues in Learning and Digital Literacy.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• To provide you with opportunities to develop knowledge and critical understanding of underpinning concepts related to learning and digital literacy; • To provide you with opportunities to construct and extend your knowledge and critical awareness of learning theories, management of, and practice with digital literacy; • To create opportunities for you to develop critical awareness of research-based evidence and debates in society and various perspectives on Learning and Digital Literacy; • To develop your analytical and reflective skills on relevant issues in Learning and Digital Literacy in your own or intended professional context. • Explain relationships between learning theory and practice in terms of learning supported with/by digital technologies. • Comment on the notion of Digital Literacies in an informed manner reflecting alternative perspectives. • Identify and critically reflect on aspects of digital technology and learning. • Organise, assess and disseminate matters regarding learning with/by digital technologies in, particularly through the use of digital technologies. • Use a number of appropriate digital technologies in a competent and appropriate manner. • Work independently, demonstrating initiative and self-management.


You will study aspects of the following: • Educational affordances of digital technologies and the notion of digital literacies • Digital technologies as learning/teaching tools in relation to learning theories and learners’ needs. • Digital technologies and Constructivism, Social-Constructivism, Constructionist and Connectivism. .• Digital media • New opportunities to use digital platforms to facilitate learning (Web 2.0) • Learning Environments including considerations of location and user characteristics • Contemporary issues.

Special Features

You will have access to a range of freely available electronic sources and systems. The tutor(s) will employ a range of digital technologies in both their teaching and to support your learning.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

You will have access to a range of digital learning technologies and these will be employed by the tutors to support your learning and teaching. Learning will draw on your personal experience and that of other students. You will also have the opportunity to make presentations selecting from a variety of different approaches. Your learning will be supported through access to a range of digital technologies including hands-on experience. You will also have access to dedicated digital learning materials. A variety of other learning and teaching methods will be employed including lectures, workshops, seminars and small group tutorials.

Independent Study150
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

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

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

Communities in cyberspace. 

Blogging and other social media : exploiting the technology and protecting the enterprise.. 

Digital literacies for learning. 

Classroom blogging : a teacher's guide to blogs, wikis, & other tools that are shaping a new information landscape. 

Digital Literacies: Concepts, Policies and Practices. 

Some periodicals held by the Library which may be of interest. • Interactions: new visions of human-computer interaction • Behaviour and information technology • Ethics and information technology • Information technology & public policy • Journal of information technology • Journal of Information Technology for Teacher Education (JITTE) • Technology, pedagogy and education (formerly JITTE)

Cyberprotest : new media, citizens and social movements.. 

Popular culture, new media and digital literacy in early childhood. 

Born digital : understanding the first generation of digital natives. 

E-literature for children : enhancing digital literacy learning. 




MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment 80%
Presentation 20%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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