Call for Papers
Digital Literacies and eCompetence (Deadline, December 30th, 2013)
There is an expanding spectrum of new digital literacies, which have become an essential asset for gaining a complete Education in the open and democratic knowledge society that we have today. As a result, the former definition of literacy, being the intellectual process of deriving meaning from a critical interpretation of the written or printed text, has become somewhat obsolete. This issue of eLearning Papers aims to embrace and explore the aforementioned concept of ‘new literacies’, including media literacy, information literacy, computer literacy, digital competence and eskills.
Digital literacies are multi-dimensional and they can be defined as the abilities that are employed in the use of digital technology when gathering, interpreting, understanding, processing, and elaborating information in different media and various formats that go beyond the text and include images, music, hyperlinks, and so on. These skills are required on the part of the transmitter, but also on the part of the receiver of that digital information. Among these various skills, Gilster (1997) identified four key compentences: assembling knowledge, evaluating information, searching, and navigating in non-linear routes.
In these times, where the web brings in new forms of creative communication and social media, digital literacies and their associated skills need to be widely developed and established in order to facilitate the share, access, use, and reuse of digital resources. As mentioned above, the multiple e-competence and digital literacies definitions currently in use reflect the fact that the competences needed in the digital era are also multi-modal and multi-dimensional.
This issue of eLearning Papers seeks contributions which describe the current theoretical approaches, bring about critical reflections, or outline practical contributions to the field. The latter should illustrate situated practices that address to some extent how these competences and literacies are taken into account in different teaching practices, both when planning or designing teaching and when assessing learning outcomes.
Papers can address, but are not restricted to, the following themes:
-Multimodality in digital communications
-Digital literacies as social practices
-Dynamicity of digital literacies
-New pedagogies employed when using digital media and digital technologies
-New multimodal texts
-New e-competences and digital literacies in curricula.
Gilster, Paul (1997). Digital Literacy. John Wiley & Sons, New York.
Gillen, Julia & David Barton (2009). Digital Literacies. A Research Briefing by the Technology Enhanced Learning phase of the Teaching and Learning Research Programme. London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University of London.
The article submission deadline is December 30th, 2013. The anticipated publication date: January 2013. For further information and to submit your article, please contact Laia Canals, current chief editor, at editorialteam[at]openeducationeuropa[dot]eu
The submissions must comply with the following guidelines:
- -Submission language: English
- -Title: must effectively and creatively communicate the content of the article and may include a subtitle.
- -Executive summary for the In-depth section should not exceed 200 words.
- -Executive summary for the From the Field section should not exceed 50 words.
- -Keywords: up to five relevant keywords must be included.
- -In-depth full texts: articles should range from 4,000 to 6,000 words.
- -From the Field texts: texts should not exceed 1,200 words.
- -Conclusions: special importance is given to the representation of the conclusions, which should be clearly stated both in the summary and at the end of the article.
- -References: All the references must be adequately cited and listed.
- -Author profile: author name, institution, position and e-mail address must accompany each submission.
- -Images: Please send high resolution JPEG files
See the complete guidelines at: Instructions for writers
Upcoming call for papers
Digital Literacies and eCompetence, November 2013.