Digital Literacy in Higher Education, Part II > An NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief: Digital Literacy in Higher Education, Part II: An NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief is a follow-up to the 2016 strategic brief, supported by Adobe, which explored an increasingly pressing challenge for United States higher education institutions: advancing digital literacy among students and faculty. This second edition aims to examine digital literacy through a global and discipline-specific lens to reveal new contexts that are shaping the way learners create, discover, and critically assess digital content. The NMC’s research examines the current landscape of digital literacy frameworks to illuminate its multiple dimensions — technical, psychological, and interpersonal — around which students’ ability to produce new content generates a sense of empowerment.
Seven Things You Should Know About Digital: Students prefer to learn, and faculty prefer to teach, in blended environments. At the same time, the LMS has become critical to teaching and learning. This report takes a closer look at some of the findings from the 2017 Student and Faculty Technology Research Studies about the LMS, as well as the preferences of students and faculty for teaching and learning environments, to investigate the relationship of blended learning and the LMS and to set the stage for a discussion of what might come next for the LMS.
ECAR Technology Research in Academic Community: The student and faculty data you need to start conversations with peers, institutional leaders, and faculty about achieving common educational tech goals.
New Media Consortium’s Digital Literacy Impact Study: The NMC has released the 2017 Digital Literacy Impact Study: An NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief to uncover the learner’s perspective of how digital literacy training influences work life after graduation. As a complement to the definitions and frameworks outlined in the NMC’s 2017 strategic brief on digital literacy in higher education, this new study examines digital literacy in action as learners enter the workforce.
Digital Literacy.gov: Destination for digital literacy resources and collaboration. Use it to share and enhance the tools necessary to learn computer and internet skills needed in today’s global work environment.
Accessibility Principles: Introduces some of the web accessibility requirements for websites, web applications, browsers, and other tools. It provides references to the international standards from W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).
Leading Academic Transformation (LAT): A community of practice* for senior campus leaders who advance their institution’s teaching, learning, and student success mission. Our goal is to build capacity to inspire and lead academic transformation.
The University of Iowa offers faculty learning community is a cross-disciplinary faculty group of 5 or more members engaging in an active, collaborative, yearlong program with a curriculum focus on specific topics about pedagogy in higher education. https://teach.its.uiowa.edu/initiatives/faculty-learning-communities
First Four Weeks Initiative (FFW) – Colorado State University: Drawing on institutional data showing the importance of students’ academic performance in the first four weeks of foundation courses. Initiative includes the process of preparing faculty to use key approaches for creating inclusive classroom environments; convey high expectations; help students understand the level of challenge and the grading criteria associated with exams, projects, papers, and other assessments; and guide students in developing effective, research-based study approaches.
CSU is launching a Learning Analytics pilot project associated with the FFW initiative. We’ll recruit instructors from the next cohort of FFW faculty and ask them to work with a learning sciences researcher and instructional designers (IDs) to build into their course LMS sites assignments grounded in research on learning. Examples are likely to include spaced or interleaved practice opportunities, self-explanation of concepts, explanations of concepts’ implications, and the like.
GOAL: use behavioral data shown by prior research on learning to predict academic success and guide interventions that prompt students to use more effective study approaches and take related steps (e.g., attending tutoring, meeting with the instructor, etc.).
Educause Community Collaboration / Workgroups: Collaborate on emerging and common challenges, including cloud data, and mobile. This focuses on information security awareness, training, and education efforts on campus. HEISC Awareness and Training (A&T) https://www.educause.edu/about/mission-and-organization/governance-and-leadership/member-committees/heisc-awareness-and-training-working-group