Views in*2 Literacies

What are the relevant aspects for successful literacy acquisition and language learning? Adolescents and adults reflect about favorable and adverse learning conditions by creating Digital Literacy Narratives.

language, learning, stories

The project overview

Area of Science: Humanities
Location: independent of location
Used Devices: with PC/Mobile
Equipment of citizen scientists: Internet access, use of software with the help of guidlines for creating Digital Literacy Narratives
Activities of citizen scientists: sharing ideas, photographing, other activities
Suitable for: Youngsters and adults
Project duration: 15.01.2017 - 30.06.2019
Time to join in: 01.04.2017 - 30.04.2018
Expenditure of time: Registration and communication on web platform: time expenditure as desired; making a contribution (Digital Literacy Stories) for the website: time expenditure as desired; online survey: autumn 2017, approx. 15 min

Project objective

Literacy – the use of writing and written language – is part of our every-day social practices. Learning to read and write is more than just developing technical skills and language acquisition is more than just learning words. The use of the written word is considered here as a collection of interactive processes between texts, authors, readers, languages, contexts, institutions and societies that shape and are shaped by literacy practices in specific social contexts. This project asks for the many aspects of literacy-related practices and learning processes as experienced by language learners and literacy users.

Citizens are encouraged to share their personal experiences with literacy and language learning by creating Digital Literacy Narratives, a combination of Digital Storytelling and Literacy Narratives. Digital Literacy Narratives (DLN) are first-hand narratives about reading, writing and language learning in any form, context or media. These digital stories are composed of language(s) in oral or written form combined with images, video, music, motion or other modes.

Before participating, users will have to sign in with a valid e-mail address. Registered persons can submit a contribution under their real name or a pseudonym. Published contributions can be commented and discussed by other users. Participants from diverse target groups will be able to communicate via the project’s web platform to exchange their experiences, views and ideas.

Teachers are particularly encouraged to participate by organizing their own DLN-project and will be supported with How-to-tutorials and other materials. Experiences and materials from pilot workshops starting in spring 2017 will be available on the project’s website.

Digital Literacy Narratives give us an understanding of socially constructed values and beliefs that shape and are shaped by literacy practices in complex cultural, political and historical contexts. Major objectives of the project are to encourage individuals to express their experiences, thoughts, attitudes and ideas about successful learning processes and to pool experiences of academic and non-academic individuals in order to improve and diversify the ways literacy and languages are learned or taught and to create new directions for language teaching and learning.

Participating and supporting institutions


Mag. Dr. Nadja Kerschhofer-Puhalo

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