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February 15, 2016

Digital Fluency

The days of children sitting round a TV and watching for hours on end are over according to a recent report. Instead the new generation of tech-savvy children are now spending more time browsing the internet and watching videos on YouTube.

For many people this will hardly be news, computers have become more and more accessible to all ages with modern mobile phones holding more computing power than the monster desktops of yesteryear. Some even claim that the modern smartphone has more computing power than NASA had when Neil Armstrong & Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to step onto the moon just under 50 years ago.

But there is a big difference between using technology and being able to get the most out of it.  This is the challenge Lancaster University are tackling head on: how do we help our people; students and staff, get the most out of the technology at their fingertips?

The University launched the Digital Lancaster campaign to address this, utilising technology to improve how the University interacts with everyone from students to the local community.  As part of this the University offered a bursary to students to become the first generation of Student Digital Ambassadors and complete a project developing the use of digital technology to support teaching & learning.

Over the course of these projects we will be tracking their trials and tribulations, looking at how the Digital Ambassadors approach these problems and seeing what they have achieved by the end of the term.