Digital Literacy at Weber State University

Digital Literacy Discussion Group

Our Objective

To better prepare students for post WSU experiences by increasing their digital literacy.

WSU's Definition of Digital Literacy

Proficiency in creating, critically assessing, and utilizing digital content.

Why is Digital Literacy Important?

1. There is a rapid proliferation of technology but a growing divide between those who know how to use it and those who don't.

  • 17% of adults report being active learners who are "confident in their ability to use digital tools to pursue learning." -- 2016 Pew Research Center study

2. Productive and innovative use of technology is a 21st century skill graduates need to be successful in the workplace and beyond.

3. We have a responsibility to prepare our students for a future where learning new digital tools is an intuitive process.

GOALS 2017-2019

Goal #1: Training

Students, Faculty and Staff are provided with professional development or training opportunities in digital literacy technologies to enhance their capacity to successfully perform and compete in the evolving workplace.

Goal #2: Pedagogy

Digital literacy technologies become a fundamental pedagogy at WSU.

Goal #3: Partnerships

Public-Private Partnerships are established with technology companies.

Goal #4: Spaces & Culture

Teaching, learning and collaborative spaces are created on campus to promote a culture of innovation and creativity.

Highlight of Fall 2017

FieldTrip

What's Next?

  1. Forming two working groups: one to focus on training and pedagogy (Goals 1 and 2), and one to focus on partnerships, space and culture (Goals 3 and 4).
  2. Creating an inventory of resources we already have on campus and the full digital literacy group will visit these spaces on campus to learn about each.
  3. Begin building training modules to fit the needs of faculty, staff and students in a way that proficiency can be certified and recognized.
  4. Begin exploring sponsorship, internships and potential employment opportunities for WSU students at local technology companies.
Questions?

References

Alexander, B., Adams Becker, S., and Cummins, M. (2016). Digital Literacy: An NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief. Volume 3.3, October 2016. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium.

Credits:

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