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Teaching Tuesdays: Enhancing Digital Literacy for Our Students (and Ourselves!)

The P3 Collaboratory is pleased to launch “Teaching Tuesdays”, our summer weekly series centered around best practices for remote instruction and teaching effectiveness.  It is our hope that this series will be of particular use to RU-N instructors currently engaging with students using an online framework, as well as instructors planning for Fall 2020 and hoping to dive deeper into tools and resources around remote instruction.

The transition to remote instruction is not just a change of medium; it is an opportunity to develop and embrace new learning goals that strive to equip our students with the analytic skills they need to navigate today's information-dense and technology-laden world. When developing (or adapting) a course for an online platform, faculty should consider how they can integrate digital literacy lessons in their course while simultaneously delivering high-impact, discipline-specific content.

What is digital literacy? 

“Digital literacy” encompasses a variety of proficiencies clustered on a central theme of using communication technologies to find, evaluate, and create information. Specific examples of digital literacy include:

  1. the ability to operate and understand appropriate uses of digital technology and communication platforms;

  2. an understanding of how to access and critically assess information gathered through various technologies and platforms;

  3. an awareness of what constitutes digital good citizenship, stewardship, and e-safety; and the ability to create new content for digital platforms. (Expanded definitions of digital literacy can be found here and here.)

As part of your process for developing / adapting courses for remote instruction, the P3 Collaboratory recommends that instructors consider how their courses might help students develop digital literacy skills. Developing such skills can even be integrated explicitly as a course learning outcome (see RU Libraries Information Literacy Goals / outcomes here). Some relevant references to explore on this topic include:

We also recommend that teaching faculty and instructors explore the ongoing workshop series and video tutorials offered by our colleagues at the Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) division.  

A snapshot of the synchronous workshops being offered June 3 (tomorrow) - June 9 is below. Visit the links to register!

June 3, 3pm (1.5 hours): "Intro to Canvas Part 1: Setting Up & Building Your Course in Canvas" (Part 2 occurs on June 10)

June 4, 12pm (1 hour): "Creating Accessible Online Content: Text, Documents, Images, and Video"

June 9, 1pm (1 hour): "Best Practices for Lecture Capture and Video"

Other Upcoming Workshops of Interest: June 3, 10am: "Rutgers COVID-19 Response: What We Learned." Register here. (Facilitated by CTAAR, Rutgers-New Brunswick)

Brought to you by the P3 Collaboratory for Pedagogy, Professional Development, and Publicly-Engaged Scholarship at Rutgers University-Newark