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Digital Literacies in Higher Education: Increased Mobility

Key messages from the JISC-funded project focussing on postgraduate students at the Institute of Education

Increased Mobility

The findings indicate that there is increased mobilty among many students.  This is evidenced by the following:

  • They often travel between sites (work, home, place of study, country-to-country, work commitments away from home, conferences, etc.).
  • The majority of participants used more than one library and more than one institution to support their studies.
  • Nearly all turn to technology to support remote and immediate access to digital resources for study and other purposes.
  • Ownership, size, portability, connectivity (and quality/ reliability thereof) as well as access to, and ‘readability’ of remote resources are important factors.


picture of Ipad on train

'A lot of times, ... I'm on the train fairly often... it's easy for me to ... throw the things that I need to read into my bag and do that.'


'I love to get books from the library to go and read on the bus. I feel like I'm very productive on the bus.'


Key Messages

1. Recognise that students expect the following from shared and collaborative spaces:

  • flexible spaces,
  • ease of use of mobile and handheld devices and fast wifi connectivity,
  • multimodel and audiovisual content and
  • video conferencing facilities.

2. Standardise service provision across all stakeholders within an institution in order to ensure familiarity with systems across all contexts, e.g. IT, Library, Academic Writing Centre, etc.

3. Ensure agreements are in place to enable students to use other libraries (either for ease of access or because of subject relevance) via collaborative schemes and to communicate these agreements so that these are understood and widely used.


image of person reading outside

'...if it is [a]... clear day and I have time I like to go outside but if I... do writing ...I prefer my room and using [my] PC ....'