LEAP - Links Digital Literacy

LEAP - Links Digital Literacy

LEAP - Links Digital Literacy

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Our Program

About Our Program

The LEAP-Links Digital Literacy program is aimed at enhancing the digital literacy skills of high school teachers and students in regional and remote areas of NSW. This program is run by Macquarie University’s Widening Participation Unit (WPU) as one of the University’s LEAP (Learning, Education, Aspiration, Participation) projects. It is one of many initiatives undertaken by LEAP to broaden aspirations, create possibilities, and actively support students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented to gain access to and succeed in higher education. This program targets four key regions of NSW: Far West, Central West, Riverina, and New England/North Coast.

Project Objectives

  • To enhance support to regional and remote low SES students by identifying and addressing digital skill gaps for teachers and students
  • To assist regional and remote low SES students in building the digital competencies needed to succeed in school and the transition to higher education

Project Phases

This program has three major phases

PHASE 1: RESEARCH AND COLLABORATION [March '17 - June '17]

With support from a reference group, research and collaborate with schools in regional and remote NSW to identify digital literacy learning requirements

This phase is currently completed. Key research findings were presented at HERDSA Conference in June '17. Click here to see the conference poster.  

PHASE 2: IMPLEMENTATION OF PROGRAM [Ongoing]

Design and deliver NESA teacher accredited professional learning workshops to optimally enhance digital literacy skills and knowledge, and engage students in teacher-led online units of work. 

This phase is currently underway. We are scheduling workshops in the four target regions. Please see the "For Teachers" Tab for more information. 

PHASE 3: EVALUATION AND REPORTING 

Evaluation of the program, feedback from teachers and students about skills acquired and collating data analysis to produce a final report on the program and key learnings

For Teachers

Workshop

Boot camp for Beginners: Digital Skills for Learning and Teaching

We are excited to be offering a full-day teacher workshop (5.5 non-registered hours) on digital literacy in the classroom PLUS a follow-on online collaboration session. This course is designed for high school teachers, librarians and DPs with basic digital ability. The minimum requirement is to at least know how to log onto the DET portal. After that, please come ready to join in and learn new digital skills. You’ll be in good hands.

The workshop will cover:

  • Digital literacy key drivers
  • Essentials of digital citizenship
  • Hands-on activities integrating ICT activities into the learning design process
  • Immersive skill-building activities with Google Suite

Terms of Participation: This project is funded by the Commonwealth's National Priority Pool, as such, participating teachers must commit to assisting with the evaluation of the program. 

Contact: Rebecca Turnbow, Macquarie Uni LEAP Project Coordinator, (02) 9850 7335, Rebecca.turnbow@mq.edu.au

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a digital skills boot camp? It’s a hands-on workshop that has you learning the basics of G Suite by exploring ways to weave digital literacy into your teaching practice. The boot camp designers have developed participant-centred activities to boost your confidence with digital literacy and make you feel supported as you navigate the ICT professional standards.  

Why attend this workshop? We recognise that with any training you should start with a foundation. This workshop will provide you with the basics of digital literacy and builds from there.

Who should attend? High school teachers, librarians and DPs with basic digital skills. The minimum requirement is to be able to log onto the DET portal. After that, please come ready to jump in and learn new digital skills. You’ll be in good hands. 

When are the workshops?  The first pilot workshop will happen at the end of August 2017. Then we'll be scheduling workshops in Term 4 in the following regional areas: Central West, Far West, Riverina, and North Coast/New England. 

Where will the workshops be held? The first pilot workshop will be held in Sydney with a limited number of teachers from metropolitan schools. The accredited workshops will be held in the following regional areas: Central West, Far West, Riverina, and North Coast/New England.  Exact locations TBD.  Watch this space in the next few weeks for more details.

What does the workshop cover? In this workshop, you’ll take a step (or a LEAP) forward in using digital activities for deep learning and engagement. The workshop has been tailored to meet the professional learning needs of high school teachers at the beginner-level who are ready to take their digital skills to the next level. Through formal instruction, discussions and hands-on guidance, beginners will learn to use the Google Suite to build their digital learning foundation efficiently and effectively.

What is the cost?  We’re offering the teacher PL at no cost to teachers. We also have some limited funding to help cover the cost of a relief teacher.

Is this workshop accredited? If you attend the pilot in August, the workshop will not be accredited. BUT, we will be offering a NESA-accredited version to schools in regional areas at the beginning of Term 4.  Watch this space for more dates and locations.

What else should I know? The program is offered in a learning environment that is technology smart and rich. To ensure that every participant has access to the appropriate technology, participants are required to bring their own laptop to the workshops. Spaces are limited, so contact us to find out more. 

What if I want to learn more? If you would like to participate in our workshops or to learn more, please contact the Project Coordinator, Rebecca Turnbow at leaplinks@mq.edu.qu or call us (02) 9850-7335

Contact Us

Rebecca Turnbow, Project Coordinator
Muna Musarrat, Project Administrator
LEAP Links Digital Literacy Project 

Level 2, Building Y2A
11 Hadenfeld Ave
Macquarie University NSW 2109  

T: +61 2 9850 7335
E: leaplinks@mq.edu.au

What's New?

In July 2017, the Digital Literacy Team presented a paper at the UniSTARS conference. The conference and presentation opened up multiple avenues to collaborate with other universities working with regional and remote communities. 

The Digital Literacy Team presented a poster at the HERDSA conference held in Sydney from 27th to 30th June 2017. The poster highlighted the research findings from the first phase of the project. 

A reference group meeting was held with experts on regional and remote education in May 2017 at the Widening Participation Unit office at Macquarie University. 

A pilot study was conducted among schools in metropolitan Sydney where teachers participated in a workshop and engaged students in a unit of work. Students from participating schools presented their work at Macquarie University. Presentations by these school students were highly praised and reported on the University's blog, Teche

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