In March 2014 the ACODE64 workshop was based around digital literacies for staff. This site contains as many of the resources that we could gather from the day.  Prior to the workshop we ran a webinar to give some background to Waikato's interest in digital literacy for staff.  Just 10 days after the Acode workshop we formally began a project investigating how we can best support the development of student digital literacies in academic contexts. Ultimately, we see the outcomes from both staff and student projects merging but we have some journeys to take before we get there!

I think it's called the Internet
Image thanks to Leigh Blackall and a CC License


Digital literacy is a prerequisite for engaging in our open and global educational environment. For universities to operate effectively and critically in this constantly evolving environment and to provide enhanced and engaged learning, teaching and research experiences, staff need to be agile & confident in their engagement with technology, while universities need strategies and operational plans that embed literacy within core systems and processes. The development of staff digital literacies has dependencies in conceptual understandings, and individual and institutional approaches to professional development. This workshop is activity based, focusing on staff digital literacies, exploring concepts and definitions; strategies for institutional implementation; and personal development and application.


Participants will be able to:
  1. Articulate a conceptual understanding of digital literacies and fluency and explain differences from skill development. 
  2. Identify institutional strategy, plans and structures that should or could include references to digital literacy.
  3. Consider the implementation and impact of new technologies through a digital literacy lens
  4. Begin assessing the resources required to support the systemised digital literacy development of staff.

Workshop Sessions

Pre-Workshop Webinar The Waikato Story
Nigel Robertson and Tracey Morgan

8:30 - 9:00

Registration, Tea & Coffee

9:00 - 9:15

Mihi & Welcome

Professor Robyn Longhurst,  Pro-Vice Chancellor - Education

Session 1 - Why Digital Literacy?

9:15 - 10:30

Digital Literacy concepts and current work in UK

Helen Beetham, Education and JISC Consultant (video link)

10:30 - 11:00

Morning Tea

Session 2 - Institutionalising  Digital Literacy

11:00 - 12:30

University Strategies, Plans and Resourcing

Dr Maureen Marra, Programme Manager, Organisational Development (UoW)

12:30 - 1:30


Session 3 - Application

1:30 - 3:00

Discovering Technology

Speed seminars facilitated by Stephen Harlow.

3:00 - 3:30

Afternoon Tea

3:30 - 4:30

Looking at the world through the Digital Literacy Lens

Nigel Robertson & Tracey Morgan, Digital Literacy Advisor (UoW)

4:30 - 4:45

Wrap Up