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Digital Literacies in Higher Education (DigitaLits)

This research project sets out to examine the real nature of digital literacies for today’s undergraduates. These students are often referred to as ‘digital natives’, spending time text messaging, chatting online, surfing the net and using social networking sites like Facebook.

The Digital Literacies in Higher Education project takes a critical look at technologies and practices, and examines the changing status and nature of contemporary knowledge making. This research, which includes interviews and observation with students, is being undertaken in three different HE institutions. It is providing an in depth study of undergraduate literacy practices in a digital age, exploring the part that digital texts play for them in and around their studies and the implications of this for the changing nature of learning and knowledge in tertiary education.