Introducing PELICANS

Participatory learning cultures: a pilot study into digital literacy amongst HE students

PELICANS (Participatory E-Learning: Interactivity, Community And Networking Spaces) is a recent addition to the Media Zoo at Leicester.

pelicans ebsite

PELICANS website

PELICANS is a pilot research project that investigates the level of use and participation by university students in web 2.0 platforms as part of their formal and informal learning in Higher Education (HE). The research project is funded by the College of Social Science Research Development Fund.

Through interviews, questionnaires and simulated recall and observations, the project aims is to identify HE students’ patterns of web use, and their level of web literacy, awareness and skills in using online information resources.

PELICANS will propose recommendations on ways of addressing skills gaps in terms of web literacy, and develop guidelines for supporting the further development of students’ competencies with on-line literacy.

Palitha Edirisingha

17 January 2011

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