Rationale & Format

Rationale & Format

“Capabilities are not only abilities that reside inside humans, but they also comprise the political, social, and economic environment. Literacy is a capability whose fulcrum is far away from the individual, depending crucially on societal forces that can hinder or promote human development. The efficiency of this promotion is critically constrained by the availability of accurate knowledge.

Knowing about literacy is contingent upon an interdisciplinary web of expertise that can, within a reasonable timeline, produce that sort of knowledge. Such network already exists in Europe, but needs to be sustained so that it can face the demands of the new digital era.”

European Literacy Network: Action Abstract


European Literacy Network

ELN brings together reading and writing research communities across Europe, integrating their findings and aligning their agendas so that they can:

  1. develop an integrated and inclusive approach to foundational literacy across Europe;
  2. devise a comprehensive framework of developmental aspects of literacy and education in a digital world; and
  3. further improve literacy technologies.

ELN is funded by COST Action IS1401 – Strengthening Europeans’ Capabilities by Establishing the European Literacy Network (ELN).

Aims of the TS

In a digital age characterised by human interactions that are increasingly mediated by multimodal ways of communication that go well beyond words, how can we assess students’ ability to read and write effectively, appropriately and critically?

Drawing on both traditional and media literacy, in this Training School (TS) we aim to explore new strategies and prototype models or tools that could help capture the level of fluency of students when using digital media in academic contexts.

By bringing together researchers, educators and practitioners from different backgrounds, we are creating a unique space to make an impact in the field. Participants in this three-day event will have the opportunity to present their work, discuss ideas, explore innovative pedagogical approaches and collaborate with peers in highly interactive sessions.

Format of the TS

This TS will include a variety of presentations, round tables, poster exhibitions and workshops aiming to both share expertise and envision new approaches to assessing digital skills. All participants will need to present a theoretical or practical contribution in a creative way, focusing on the main theme of the TS, namely how to assess literacy competences in a digital world.

Participants will be invited to visit some of the main landmarks of Coventry, including the famous Cathedral, the Lady Godiva Statue and the Coventry Transport Museum.

Coventry University

Coventry University is a public research university in the city of Coventry, England. Innovation and Digital Fluency is one of the main pillars of its Teaching Strategy. There are several units that promote digital innovation, namely the Disruptive Media Learning Lab (DMLL). Coventry University has been named ‘Modern University of the Year’ three years in a row in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2014, 2015, 2016).


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