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Note: After submitting this thesis I gave a TEDx Talk on digital literacies and then went to work for Mozilla as their Web Literacy Lead. I worked with the community taking the Web Literacy Map from v0.1 to v1.5 while writing an e-book of this thesis entitled The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies which explains its concepts in a more accessible way.

Doug Belshaw's Ed.D. thesis What is 'digital literacy'? A Pragmatic investigation is available under a CC0 licence.


Welcome to Doug Belshaw's #neverendingthesis!

On Monday 3rd October 2011 I submitted my doctoral thesis to Durham University: What is 'digital literacy'? A Pragmatic investigation.

"A movie is never finished, only abandoned." (George Lucas)

Just like a movie director, I don't feel that I 'finished' my work in order to submit. Instead, there came a time when I had to draw a line under which was written 'submission date'. This wiki was a chance for me to continue working on my thesis. I also chose this title because, working on my Ed.D. part-time while teaching and starting a family made it feel 'never-ending'! In the sidebar you will see links to the various chapters that make up my thesis. Depending upon when you access this wiki, the content may be very similar or completely different from the version I submitted.

The version I deposited in Durham University's e-theses repository is available in Microsoft Word (.doc) and Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format below:

Download Doug Belshaw's Ed.D. thesis in Microsoft Word format Word (6.1MB)    Download Doug Belshaw's Ed.D. thesis in Microsoft Word format PDF (6.8MB)

My most up-to-date presentations, including those on digital literacies, can be found on the Speaking page of my website.


This page last updated: July 2020