Me and Digital Literacy

I thought I would follow Pat’s example and introduce myself.

So I’m Shirley Williams, I am Professor of Learning Technologies and a National Teaching Fellow. I am equally proud of both of these. I chose the title Professor of Learning Technologies because I am really interested in pedagogy, I am also a geek and love technologies, I suspect it was the passion for this combination that also earned me the National Teaching Fellowship!

I have used computers for more years than I am prepared to admit (as a hint I helped write test software for the ICL 2900 series).


The term Digital Literacy didn’t exist when I started using computers, it is a term that has come in to existence in the last 20 years and it’s meaning is evolving. From work I have done in an international context it is also possible to say that it’s meaning varies around the world. For example in places with sparse internet connections a digitally literate citizen would be someone who can turn on a computer and run an application.
With this project we are looking to ensure all members of the University are digitally ready for their futures. We may not know what that future is but we can help identify resources that will help prepare.

About Shirley Williams

Shirley Williams is a National Teaching Fellow and Professor of Learning Technologies at the University of Reading. She is involved in a number of research projects related to learning technologies, communities, social networks, Digital identity and knowledge transfer. She also enjoys reading and cooking.
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