University of Nebraska Medical Center

Digital Skills References

A Strategic Leader for Student Success: An Argument for the Chief Academic Technology Officer
Academic technology developments, which offer potential solutions to improving student success, demand an institutional academic technology strategy led by the Chief Academic Technology Officer (CATO). https://er.educause.edu/articles/2019/5/a-strategic-leader-for-student-success-an-argument-for-the-chief-academic-technology-officer?utm_source=Informz&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=ER

How Can Edtech Address Evolving School and Workforce Needs? The education-to-employment gap can be proactively addressed throughout K–20 education by purposefully designed education technologies. https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2019/5/how-can-edtech-address-evolving-school-and-workforce-needs?utm_source=Informz&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=ER#_zsAwtKe1_zluMVq5

The Next Era of Human | Machine Partnerships: New Report Explores Emerging Technologies’ Impact on Society & Work in 2030.

Untangling Academic Transformation through Untethered, Equitable Professional Development: 
Flexible, untethered professional development models are emerging that offer all educators (not just teaching staff) opportunities to experiment, reflect, and grow at their own pace.

Developing the Diverse Digital Professional of the Future with Experiential Learning: Georgia State University is exploring curriculum and program initiatives to ensure that students possess the digital skills needed to succeed in a swiftly changing professional landscape. Read the Case Study

2018 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology: Inside Higher Ed released their study, “2018 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology,” and the results were conflicting. As the proportion of college instructors teaching online and blended courses grows, so is their support for using technology to deliver instruction. At the same time, their belief in the quality and effectiveness of online courses and digital technology isn’t keeping pace.

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.

Job Roles of the 2025 Medical Educator: To identify the future roles of medical educators, we led an “Educators of the Future—2025 Job Roles” session at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) 2017 Learn, Serve, Lead meeting. The 90-minute interactive session used the futurist concept of hard trends7 (measurable, predictable facts about transformations in education) and began with a rapidly playing set of screen shots and images of current education trends. Then, the session organizers provided provocative, hard trend–based perspectives on the future of medical education and the roles of the medical educator.

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