Some best practices for teaching digital literacy in college

A recent article from Ed Tech Magazine written by Laura A. Pasquini, lecturer with the Department of Learning Technologies in the College of Information at the University of North Texas, provided four major recommendations for teaching digital literacy for college students. Even though youth from these grades were born as digital natives, further considerations are necessary to enable them to better leverage technology for their development.

The recommendations are the following:

  • Context and Information Fluency – strategic planning is required to understanding not just how tools work, but also what are their role in the real world. Get youth involved in becoming also media producers, analyzing and understanding not just the information, but also the resources they use.
  • Critical Thinking – it is necessary to make meaning of the information that is accessed and how to perform more effective searches of processes and databases. Search skills are necessary to allow students to leverage technology and use these skills for their lives.
  • Collaboration and problem-solving – web services should also be encouraged as a tool to learn from others’ experiences and evaluate information to participate in civic online mechanisms. Promote group work to enhance the ideation process and come up with creative solutions.
  • Digital Privacy, Security and Data: prevention and awareness about cybersecurity are necessary to keep students protected given that human behavior and technology are each day more interrelated.

Source: Ed Tech Magazine