Digital Literacy, the Community College, and Student Success Charting digital literacy: A framework for information technology and digital skills education

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  • Digital Literacy, the Community College,and Student SuccessCharting digital literacy: A framework for information technology and digital skills education in the community collegewww.lanecc.eduA project by:Jeremy RielPrimary InvestigatorGeorgetown UniversitySonya ChristianVice PresidentAcademic and Student AffairsLane Community CollegeBrad HinsonAcademic DeanInstructional TechnologyLane Community College

  • - Present Lanes digital literacy project & recent researchOur goals for this forum- 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

  • - 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 effortsWhy 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 itWhy Did We Start This Research?

  • - We are moving toward a knowledge-based economy that uses ubiquitous digital toolsWhy Is Digital Literacy Important?- Mission of the community college to empower student success and robust workforce skills- National emphasis on STEM education, particularly the integration of STEM principles and tools into the social sciences to provide exposure- A hunch that there are some universal tech skills that are required for success today

  • - 1st Paper entitled Charting Digital LiteracyAbout the 2011 Study- Categorizes 4 dimensions of digital literacy- Provides a framework for future analysis- Allows for creation of actionable metrics

  • 1) What technologies and functionalities exist today within the global information economy and how are they used?Research Questions2) 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)

  • - Hasnt been defined uniformly across disciplinesDefining Digital Literacy- Part of the problem is that we didnt 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.

  • 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

  • - Meta-analysis of 20+ studies on digital literacy:* Theoretical Studies* Benchmarks for science/tech competency* Commissioned reportsMethodology- Coded for the presence of specific digital or related skills that a digitally literate person would have

  • - Tools & InterfaceFindings: Four Dimensions- Information- Sharing & Creation- Historical & Cultural Context

  • Findings: Tools & Interface

    Computational BasicsComputer HardwareComputer Software & ApplicationsNetworksDesignAugmentation

  • Findings: Information

    RepresentationSearchAssemblyAnalysis & JudgmentSynthesisArchivingNavigation

  • Findings: Sharing & Creation

    Inventive ThinkingDocuments (text)MultimediaCommunicationOnline PersonaProductivitySharing & Collaboration

  • Findings: Historical & Cultural Context

    Digital CitizenshipDiversityIntellectual PropertyPrivacy and IdentityProgrammed AgendasTechnology Impact

  • - 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

    Our Next Steps- We have yet to really start! Our goal to begin was to define what we were even looking at

  • - Have any campuses here had any wide-scale or pilot digital literacy initiatives and if so, what are they composed of?Digital Literacy Initiatives & Ideas

  • - 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?Faculty Adoption of Digital Literacy Integration

  • - 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 were offering and to see what is already working well)


  • - Common framework and definitions to discuss material for innovative pedagogiesImplications: Short-term- 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)

  • - Students and faculty as better consumers of information and digital toolsImplications: Long-term- 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

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  • - Wed love to hear your feedback!Any Other Ideas?- Please take our cards and feel free to contact us- Visit TechLiterate.orgThank You!Jeremy RielPrimary InvestigatorGeorgetown UniversityBrad HinsonAcademic DeanInstructional TechnologyLane Community CollegeSonya ChristianVice PresidentAcademic and Student AffairsLane Community College