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Digital Literacy

Regent's Instructional Technology Committee of 2011-2012 proposed each academic program develop a learning outcome that addresses Information and Communication Technologies (digital literacy) when conducting their next program review.

 

Rationale

Despite coming of age with the Internet and other technology, many college students lack the information and communication technology (ICT) literacy skills - locating, evaluating, and communicating information - necessary to navigate and use the overabundance of information available today. The iSkills assessment pdf file supports ICT literacy instructional initiatives at colleges and universities.

 

Seven Task Types

Define

Understand and articulate the scope of an information problem in order to facilitate the electronic search for information by:

  • Distinguishing a clear, concise and topical research question from poorly framed questions, such as ones that are overly broad or do not otherwise fulfill the information need
  • Asking questions of a "professor" that help disambiguate a vague research assignment
  • Conducting effective preliminary information searches to help frame a research statement
     

Access

Collect and/or retrieve information in digital environments. Information sources might be web pages, databases, discussion groups, email or online descriptions of print media. Tasks include:

  • Generating and combining search terms (keywords) to satisfy the requirements of a particular research task
  • Efficiently browsing one or more resources to locate pertinent information
  • Deciding what types of resources might yield the most useful information for a particular need

    View examples of Access task types: Example 1 | Example 2
     

Evaluate

Judge whether information satisfies an information problem by determining authority, bias, timeliness, relevance and other aspects of materials. Tasks include:

  • Judging the relative usefulness of provided web pages and online journal articles
  • Evaluating whether a database contains appropriately current and pertinent information
  • Deciding the extent to which a collection of resources sufficiently covers a research area
     

Manage

Organize information to help you or others find it later by:

  • Categorizing emails into appropriate folders based on a critical view of the emails' contents
  • Arranging personnel information into an organizational chart
  • Sorting files, emails or database returns to clarify clusters of related information

    View an example of a Manage task type.
     

Integrate

Interpret and represent information using digital tools to synthesize, summarize, compare and contrast information from multiple sources. Tasks include:

  • Comparing advertisements, emails or websites from competing vendors by summarizing information into a table
  • Incorporating information from different sources to conduct a scientific experiment and report the results
  • Placing results from an academic or sports tournament into a spreadsheet to clarify standings and decide the need for playoffs

    View an example of an Integrate task type.
     

Create

Adapt, apply, design or construct information in digital environments by:

  • Editing and formatting a document according to a set of editorial specifications
  • Creating a presentation slide to support a position on a controversial topic
  • Creating a data display to clarify the relationship between academic and economic variables

    View an example of a Create task type.
     

Communicate

Disseminate information tailored to a particular audience in an effective digital format by:

  • Formatting a document to make it more useful to a particular group
  • Transforming an email into a succinct presentation to meet an audience's needs
  • Selecting and organizing slides for distinct presentations to different audiences
  • Designing a flyer to advertise to a distinct group of users

    View an example of a Communicate task type.
     

 

Content Topics

  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Practical Affairs
  • Popular Culture
  • Natural Sciences

 

Technology Topics

  • Web Use - Email, instant messaging, bulletin board postings, browser use, search engines
  • Database Management - Data searches, file management
  • Software - Word processing, spreadsheet, presentations, graphics