Teaching Digital Literacy in the 21st Century: Is it Still Relevant?

Presenter: Vicki Brooks, Columbia College Despite widespread agreement about the importance of digital literacy in today’s world, faculty in higher education are often ill-prepared (and sometimes resistant) to teach students how to find, evaluate, and create information in a variety of digital formats. Too often they assume that their students are “digital natives” who have been immersed in technology since birth and who possess advanced skills and knowledge about digital media. However, recent research suggests that this image of the “digital native” represents only a small proportion of today’s college students. Access, experience, and skills vary widely. The majority of students in higher education – particularly at the undergraduate level – still need intentional training in digital literacy.

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Presenter: Vicki Brooks, Columbia College Despite widespread agreement about the importance of digital literacy in today’s world, faculty in higher education are often ill-prepared (and sometimes resistant) to teach students how to find, evaluate, and create information in a variety of digital formats. Too often they assume that their students are “digital natives” who have been immersed in technology since birth and who possess advanced skills and knowledge about digital media. However, recent research suggests that this image of the “digital native” represents only a small proportion of today’s college students. Access, experience, and skills vary widely. The majority of students in higher education – particularly at the undergraduate level – still need intentional training in digital literacy.
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  1. Teaching Digital Literacy in the 21st Century: Is it Still Relevant?

    Slide 1 - Teaching Digital Literacy in the 21st Century: Is it Still Relevant?

    • Vicki Brooks, Columbia College
  2. Digital Literacy

    Slide 2 - Digital Literacy

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  3. Slide 3

    • Foundational Knowledge
    • Contemporary Skills
    • Critical Thinking Ability
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  4. Digital Literacy Research Findings

    Slide 4 - Digital Literacy Research Findings

    • Significant discrepancy between perception of computer skills and competence
    • (Hanson, Kilcoyne, et. al, 2011)
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  5. Digital Literacy Research Findings

    Slide 5 - Digital Literacy Research Findings

    • Gap between perceived versus
    • assessed computer skills
    • (Grant, Malloy, & Murphy, 2009)
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  6. Deconstructing Digital Natives: Young People, Technology and the New Literacies

    Slide 6 - Deconstructing Digital Natives: Young People, Technology and the New Literacies

    • “While some young people may be confident in using technology, their understanding of how that technology works and how it might help them learn may be extremely limited.” (Thomas, 2011)
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  7. Role of colleges in helping students to develop these skills?

    Slide 7 - Role of colleges in helping students to develop these skills?

    • Rethink capabilities graduates need
    • Develop new policies/strategies for curriculum review
    • Maintain relevancy
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  8. www.dhmo.org

    Slide 8 - www.dhmo.org

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  9. Information Literacy

    Slide 9 - Information Literacy

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  10. The relationship between DL and IL

    Slide 10 - The relationship between DL and IL

    • Not competing concepts
    • Complementary areas for students in higher education
    • Digital literacy concepts & skills provide the fundamentals for success in information literacy
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  11. Digital Fluency =

    Slide 11 - Digital Fluency =

    • digital tool knowledge
    • + critical thinking
    • + social engagement
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  12. Digital Fluency

    Slide 12 - Digital Fluency

    • Fluency raises the bar
    • Empowers students
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  13. Employers are looking for students equipped to:

    Slide 13 - Employers are looking for students equipped to:

    • communicate ideas
    • function as a team member or leader
    • use technology to make or save the company money
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  14. Teaching Digital Fluency

    Slide 14 - Teaching Digital Fluency

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    • Concepts
    • Skills
    • Issues
  15. Questions/Comments

    Slide 15 - Questions/Comments

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