The Growing Skills Project aims to identify the Information Technology (IT) skills and learning requirements of adults returning to education via online learning with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE).
Some adult learners have limited experience of using computers, and so interacting with a course through an online learning environment can be a big challenge.
As part of the project, we will take a look at the current ‘digital literacy landscape’ – i.e. any courses and resources already available to adults who want to get started with computers, or those who want to improve their IT skills.
A complementary part of the project will focus around a survey aimed at former, current and prospective RBGE students, intended to gauge their levels of digital literacy and uncover which aspects of computing they find most challenging. Based on our findings, we will then make recommendations on how our students’ learning requirements might be met. This could be achievable through referring them to existing resources, or there may be a need for something new, tailored to RBGE students.
The project is funded by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC).
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