Digital Literacies Seminar

This page is a supplement to the 1-day Digital Literacies Seminar run by Mark Pegrum for RMIT Melbourne on 5th December, 2016.



In the current era of web 2.0 and mobile apps, we need to teach students far more than print literacy skills. Nowadays, students need a whole range of digital literacy skills to enable them to interpret language when it is embedded in other media, distributed across networks, and shared on electronic platforms. Similarly, students need the digital literacy skills to express themselves in this new environment and ensure they communicate their messages effectively to their intended audiences and interlocutors. As Gavin Dudeney, Nicky Hockly and Mark Pegrum explain in their 2013 book Digital Literacies:

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Today's seminar will focus on the technological and pedagogical changes that have brought us to this point, and the suite of digital literacies that today's students need to operate effectively in the digital era. It will consist of a theoretical presentation of a digital literacies framework in the morning session, followed by a practical exploration of key digital tools in the afternoon session. There will be regular opportunities for participants to engage in discussion with each other and with the seminar presenter.

The presenter, Mark Pegrum, is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at The University of Western Australia, where he specialises in m-learning (mobile learning) and, more broadly, e-learning. His current research focuses on mobile technologies, digital literacies, augmented reality, and mobile learning trails and games. He teaches each year in Perth, Hong Kong and Singapore, and regularly gives presentations and runs seminars on e-learning and m-learning in Australia and New Zealand, Asia and the Middle East, and the UK and Europe. For more information, see his biodata.


There is no requirement to prepare before attending the seminar. However, those participants who wish to obtain some background on digital literacies before attending are invited to do some or all of the following:

  • Read the book chapter "From research to implications" (supplied as a digital document to participants). This is where the 4-part Framework of Digital Literacies, which provides the theoretical underpinning for the seminar, was first introduced. [Source: Dudeney, G., Hockly, N., & Pegrum, M. (2013). Digital literacies. Harlow: Pearson/Routledge.]

  • Read the book chapter "Languages and literacies for digital lives" (supplied as a digital document to participants). This is an updated view of the 4-part Framework of Digital Literacies. [Source: Pegrum, M. (2016). Languages and literacies for digital lives. In E. Martín-Monje, I. Elorza, & B. García Riaza (Eds.), Technology-enhanced language learning for specialized domains: Practical applications and mobility (pp.9-22). London: Routledge.]

  • Generate a list of questions, comments and concerns about digital literacies in higher education as they impact your own professional role(s). You might like to do this in conversation with colleagues. Feel free to:
    • email your list beforehand to the seminar presenter, Mark Pegrum;
    • bring your list with you to the seminar, where there will be plenty of opportunities for discussion with colleagues and the seminar presenter.

--Morning Session: Presentation on Digital Literacies--

The first part of the seminar will introduce the 4-part Framework of Digital Literacies developed by Gavin Dudeney, Nicky Hockly and Mark Pegrum, as shown below. It was published originally in 2013 in Dudeney, G., Hockly, N., & Pegrum, M. (2013). Digital literacies. Harlow: Pearson/Routledge. In late 2016, it was published in a Portuguese translation for the Brazilian market in Dudeney, G., Hockly, N., & Pegrum, M. (2016). Letramentos digitais. Trans. M. Marcionilo. São Paolo: Parábola.

This framework is being used to underpin a number of Scandinavian and other European language learning initiatives, including the national Irish Enhancing Digital Literacies for Language Teaching and Learning project currently being funded by the Irish Government.


We will go on to look at the key literacies from each of the four main focus areas, exploring their relevance to education.

--Afternoon Session: Exploration of Digital Tools--

The second part of the seminar will consist of a hands-on workshop session, where participants will be invited to view flipped videos about two key categories of web 2.0 and related tools which are relevant for education. There is no expectation that participants have used any of these tools previously, with each video providing a full introduction and detailed examples of use. Participants who already have some experience in this area may like to focus on tools or techniques they have not previously used.

Participants will have the opportunity to view one or more videos from each category before going on to explore these tools and set up their own accounts and platforms according to their interests. They will also be invited to share their thoughts about these tools on two interactive discussion boards, E-learning Tools 1 and E-learning Tools 2.

Credits: The word cloud at the top of the page was created by Mark Pegrum using Wordle software.

Contact: Please do not hesitate to contact Mark Pegrum with any questions or comments, either before or after the seminar itself. You should also feel free to explore the rest of this E-language resource wiki.