Digital Literacy, the Community College,           and Student Success                Charting digital literacy:  A framew...
Our goals for this forum- Present Lane’s digital literacy project & recent research- Discuss the findings and implications ...
Why Did We Start This Research?- Spurred by OER initiative at Lane in 2010- Put the cart before the horse in many ways: re...
Why Did We Start This Research?- We knew there was something drastically changing with  how people used technology and the...
Why Is Digital Literacy Important?- We are moving toward a knowledge-based economy that  uses ubiquitous digital tools- A ...
About the 2011 Study- 1st Paper entitled “Charting Digital Literacy”- Categorizes 4 dimensions of digital literacy- Provid...
Research Questions1) What technologies and functionalities exist today within  the global information economy and how are ...
Defining Digital Literacy- Hasn’t been defined uniformly across disciplines- Part of the problem is that we didn’t know what...
Defining Digital Literacy- Similarities to other literacies appearing in the literature:      - Information literacy      -...
Methodology- Meta-analysis of 20+ studies on digital literacy:   * Theoretical Studies   * Benchmarks for science/tech com...
Findings: Four Dimensions- Tools & Interface- Information- Sharing & Creation- Historical & Cultural Context
Findings: Tools & InterfaceComputational BasicsComputer HardwareComputer Software & ApplicationsNetworksDesignAugmentation
Findings: InformationRepresentationSearchAssemblyAnalysis & JudgmentSynthesisArchivingNavigation
Findings: Sharing & CreationInventive ThinkingDocuments (text)MultimediaCommunicationOnline PersonaProductivitySharing & C...
Findings: Historical & Cultural Context  Digital Citizenship  Diversity  Intellectual Property  Privacy and Identity  Prog...
Our Next Steps- Assessment rubric- Moodle course for faculty professional development  opportunities- Documents, videos, w...
Digital Literacy Initiatives & Ideas- Have any campuses here had any wide-scale or pilot  digital literacy initiatives and...
Faculty Adoption of          Digital Literacy Integration- What are some of the ways that you could recommend  to engage f...
Measurement- Have any campuses attempted to measure the digital  literacy skills of their students?- Have there been any e...
Implications: Short-term- Common framework and definitions to discuss material  for innovative pedagogies- Common language ...
Implications: Long-term- Students and faculty as better consumers of information  and digital tools- Formalized coursework...
TechLiterate.org- Text
Any Other Ideas? - We’d love to hear your feedback! - Please take our cards and feel free to contact us - Visit TechLitera...
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Digital Literacy, the Community College, and Student Success

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This presentation was delivered at Innovations 2012 hosted by the League for Innovation in the Community College, March 2012.

These slides outline Lane Community College's recent efforts to define digital literacy from the lens of community college students and faculty. Using a meta-analysis from a variety of past literature from multiple disciplines, this study identifies four domains of digital literacy and details the sub-domains appearing in each.

The paper referenced within is called "Charting Digital Literacy," by Jeremy Riel, Sonya Christian, and Brad Hinson (2012). It is available for download at www.techliterate.org

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  • Digital Literacy, the Community College, and Student Success

    1. 1. Digital Literacy, the Community College, and Student Success Charting digital literacy: A framework for information technology and digital skills education in the community college Jeremy Riel Brad Hinson Sonya Christian Primary Investigator Academic Dean Vice President Georgetown University Instructional Technology Academic and Student Affairs Lane Community College Lane Community College A project by: www.lanecc.edu
    2. 2. Our goals for this forum- Present Lane’s digital literacy project & recent research- Discuss the findings and implications we see- Ask our colleagues at Innovations what they see happening on their campus and- Share ideas on how to use this research and to discuss our next steps for research to get your ideas
    3. 3. Why Did We Start This Research?- Spurred by OER initiative at Lane in 2010- Put the cart before the horse in many ways: researchers assumed a uniform degree of digital skills and information literacy and were surprised to the degree to which it varied- Needed to figure out a common language and framework for our digital efforts
    4. 4. Why Did We Start This Research?- We knew there was something drastically changing with how people used technology and the skills that the workforce demanded- We wanted to know what was changing from a research perspective- Plenty of anecdotal stories and ideas, but not enough evidence or actual formalized classroom integration- Dual problem: Identifying what digital literacy is and how to disseminate it
    5. 5. Why Is Digital Literacy Important?- We are moving toward a knowledge-based economy that uses ubiquitous digital tools- A hunch that there are some universal tech skills that are required for success today- National emphasis on STEM education, particularly the integration of STEM principles and tools into the social sciences to provide exposure- Mission of the community college to empower student success and robust workforce skills
    6. 6. About the 2011 Study- 1st Paper entitled “Charting Digital Literacy”- Categorizes 4 dimensions of digital literacy- Provides a framework for future analysis- Allows for creation of actionable metrics
    7. 7. Research Questions1) What technologies and functionalities exist today within the global information economy and how are they used?2) What is digital literacy and what digital skills do students and faculty need to know?3) How do digital literacy and technology skills differ among educational levels and different groups of students? (i.e., high school, remedial learning, career/techincal, transfer programs, four-year university)
    8. 8. Defining Digital Literacy- Hasn’t been defined uniformly across disciplines- Part of the problem is that we didn’t know what it even was or where to look to begin defining it.- Gilster (1997): “the ability to understand and use information in multiple formats from a wide range of sources when it is presented via computers.” - not just technical skills- Martin & Madigan (2005): “the ability to succeed in encounters with the electronic infrastrutctures and tools that make possible the world of the twenty-first century.”
    9. 9. Defining Digital Literacy- Similarities to other literacies appearing in the literature: - Information literacy - Computer literacy - Library literacy - Media literacy - Network literacy - Informacy - Mediacy- Common to most themes: literacy is contextual, changes based on the environment, intended outcomes, and social cues/rules
    10. 10. Methodology- Meta-analysis of 20+ studies on digital literacy: * Theoretical Studies * Benchmarks for science/tech competency * Commissioned reports- Coded for the presence of specific digital or related skills that a “digitally literate” person would have
    11. 11. Findings: Four Dimensions- Tools & Interface- Information- Sharing & Creation- Historical & Cultural Context
    12. 12. Findings: Tools & InterfaceComputational BasicsComputer HardwareComputer Software & ApplicationsNetworksDesignAugmentation
    13. 13. Findings: InformationRepresentationSearchAssemblyAnalysis & JudgmentSynthesisArchivingNavigation
    14. 14. Findings: Sharing & CreationInventive ThinkingDocuments (text)MultimediaCommunicationOnline PersonaProductivitySharing & Collaboration
    15. 15. Findings: Historical & Cultural Context Digital Citizenship Diversity Intellectual Property Privacy and Identity Programmed Agendas Technology Impact
    16. 16. Our Next Steps- Assessment rubric- Moodle course for faculty professional development opportunities- Documents, videos, walkthroughs, guides- Best practices sharing site and blog for faculty- Student challenges and contests- In-class assignment and project ideas- We have yet to really start! Our goal to begin was to define what we were even looking at
    17. 17. Digital Literacy Initiatives & Ideas- Have any campuses here had any wide-scale or pilot digital literacy initiatives and if so, what are they composed of?
    18. 18. Faculty Adoption of Digital Literacy Integration- What are some of the ways that you could recommend to engage faculty to pilot some digital literacy initiatives or integrate practical digital literacy assignments into their curriculum?
    19. 19. Measurement- Have any campuses attempted to measure the digital literacy skills of their students?- Have there been any efforts to analyze the types of digital literacy offerings in classes? If so, what do these look like? (we think this could be useful to take inventory of what we’re offering and to see what is already working well)
    20. 20. Implications: Short-term- Common framework and definitions to discuss material for innovative pedagogies- Common language by which to communicate the value of digital skills across the disciplines- Allows for creation of uniform resources for new innovations; common understanding- Research to find measurable correlations between specific digital skills and student success measures (completion, retention, grades, satisfaction)
    21. 21. Implications: Long-term- Students and faculty as better consumers of information and digital tools- Formalized coursework and best practices for assignments/assessment tools- Common language that can be shared across institutions- Institutionalization of the value and practice of digital literacy instruction
    22. 22. TechLiterate.org- Text
    23. 23. Any Other Ideas? - We’d love to hear your feedback! - Please take our cards and feel free to contact us - Visit TechLiterate.org Jeremy Riel Brad Hinson Sonya Christian Primary Investigator Academic Dean Vice PresidentGeorgetown University Instructional Technology Academic and Student Affairs Lane Community College Lane Community College Thank You!

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