Peer Learning example from Designing Your Research Project MOOC on Futruelearn

This was a useful post made by one of the students on the MOOC concerning: Digital Literacies — Information Literacies — Searching Literacy.

Many other coursemates (and the odd mentor!) were able to learn something from this student. I found suggestion 7 especially useful.

“For literature searching, there are many strategies;

1) Use Boolean operator like AND, OR, NOT
2) Use Bracket like ( Digital AND Literacy ) AND Government..
3) Use File type like literacy:pdf
4) Use wildcard e.g. Literacy*
5) use quotation e.g. “literacy”
6) use keyword of topic then search synonyms and then apply Boolean operators.
7) Use domain or site. e.g Digital Literacy Site: .edu

in which you can search website with name of literacy in education sector.

8) you can use URL e.g InURL: Literacy

9) If you want to search literacy in any website then type


10) if you want to see literacy in title of any journal then you can type

ti stand for Title

similary many short form used in brackets;

ab stand for abstract
tw stand for text word”

Feel free to add any more good ideas, even if you think they are a bit old or that everyone knows them. It all helps!


I was lucky enough to hear Anne-Marie Imafidon speak at the EDULEARN16 conference in Barcelona in July and Martha Lane-Fox at the WWW2016 Conference in Montreal in April. I was also able to talk with both inspirational speakers after their keynotes were finished.

From these talks and subsequent chats it became clear to me that the Doteveryone organisation is a vital and very interesting set of intiatives which include, among others, the:

50/50 strand – which aims to fix the gender gap in technology

Doteveryone Campus – which aims to network interested partners for transformational change

and importantly for me,

Digital Skills – which has a focus on developing digital literacies and Powering Up MPs (both topics close to my heart)

I really hope that I will be able to be involved with this work at some stage (as opposed to a keen supporter) and advise anyone reading this post with the energy, skills and knowledge to help the organisation to check out the links above and get involved.

A Socio-technical Approach to Higher Education design

I’ve been developing some ideas and principles around the concept of a Socio-Technical Approach to education – specifically UK Higher Education. These ideas are still in development, so any thoughts or comments you may have would be gratefully received.

I have attempted to outline (in fairly over-simplified terms) this approach in the graphic below.

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