A few people have asked me recently why we decided to create our own framework for information and digital literacy, rather than working with the JISC models. Interestingly it was a conversation with Helen Beetham, from JISC, about contextualisation which inspired us to do this. Although the JISC models provided a great starting point for us, we wanted a framework which reflected the ethos of our own University. The image below, taken from our Learning and Teaching Strategy, highlights our three current strategic priorities for learning and teaching:
Outward facing ethos – Developing a flexible approach – Excellence in practice
We’ll be exploring these themes in more detail and in relation to our library offer in future blog posts. In Sheffield we position student learning central to our offer and digital technologies as enablers. It was for this reason that we placed the focus of our Information and Digital Literacy Framework on our six literacies: Discovering, Understanding, Questioning, Referencing, Creating and Communicating. Digital skills, tools and capabilities support information literacy to enable a flexible, engaged and high quality learning experience.
Vicky Grant. Head of Library Learning Services at the University of Sheffield Library.