We cannot develop students’ digital literacies without developing those of educators, as models and mentors. Digital skills focus on what and how, while digital literacies consider why, when, who, and for whom, as well. This track focuses on the development of participatory, networked literacies that enable collaboration, contribution, and critical sense-making within information abundance. It fosters a critical orientation toward tools, portfolios, and digital presence within networks. Participants will discuss and experiment with various technological tools from the chalkboard to moveable chairs, computers, mobile devices, social media platforms, and learning management systems. Individual sessions and workshops will focus on teaching philosophies, discernment practices for using digital tools in courses, emergent learning, digital composition, and discussions of the impact of the digital on traditional and critical pedagogies.
Dave White will be talking about Visitors & Residents, a framework for digital engagement and an alternative/antidote to the concept of Digital Natives. Dave is the Head of Digital Learning at the University of the Arts London, where he helps to run the ‘Teaching and Learning Exchange’.
Kris Shaffer will lead a short discussion about his article, “Truthy Lies and Surreal Truths.” Kris is an Instructional Technology Specialist at the University of Mary Washington and writes about data literacy, data mining, and the social and political consequences of Twitter bots.
The readings below will help provide background and context for the work of Digital Literacies.
- Rheingold, Howard. Attention & Other 21st Century Social Media Literacies
- Shaffer, Kris. Truthy Lies & Surreal Truths
- Harford, Tim. The Problem with Facts
- Streitfeld, David. The Internet is Broken: @ev is Trying to Salvage It
- McMillan Cottom, Tressie. Academic Outrage: When The Culture Wars Go Digital
- White, David S. and Alison Le Cornu. Visitors & Residents: A New Typology for Online Engagement
- Skallerup Bessette, Lee. Arrested Professional Development
- Stewart, Bonnie. Antigonish 2.0 – The Plan