2019 The use of digital literacy by university students NAP webinarsVirtual Events

Wednesday, 8 May 2019, 15:30 CEST

EDEN NAP webinar

“The use of digital literacy by University Students” webinar took place on Wednesday, 8 May 2019 at 15:30 CEST with Palitha Edirisingha from the Leicester University, UK in EDEN’s dedicated Adobe Connect room.


This webinar session focused on digital literacy skills and practices from an international student perspective. Some of the points and issues covered in the session include:

  1. The lenses (definitions, frameworks) through which we look at digital literacy skills, and their pros and cons
  2. The importance of looking at digital literacy skills from a more international perspective
  3. Prior learning experience and useful concepts such as ‘cultural script’
  4. Cultural and academic contexts in which students develop digital literacy skills and practices
  5. Research methodological issues
  6. Some of the findings from our research (2012 – to-date)
  7. Future work

Dr Palitha Edirisingha is a Lecturer in E-Learning at the School of Education, University of Leicester. He leads two distance learning programmes at the School: MA International Education and Post-Graduate Certificate in Learning Technologies, and teaches on the MA International Education Campus-Based programme. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

His research, teaching and PhD supervision interests are on digital technologies and their application to teaching and learning, within the UK and internationally. He also carries out on research concerning international education in distance learning contexts. He has published on topics related to podcasting, mobile learning, virtual worlds, digital literacy and open and distance education in developing countries. He is a regular contributor to EDEN Research Workshops.

He conducts learning technology workshops for academic staff, and has been involved in developing Open Educational Resources (OERs) for the University of Leicester OER repository.

Learn more about him here.