I have just been reviewing the NSCC Technology Strategy 2016-2021 to ensure that my LCP research remains in line with this document. The plan was influenced by a need to help students and staff develop competencies in digital literacies in order to embrace technology in how we access and use information, areas in which I have been focussing my self-study recently.
There are a number of freely accessible resources which could support the Technology Strategy. One that would be useful for students is the Coursera course, Metaliteracy: Empowering Yourself in a Connected World. This course addresses the following skills:
- Evaluating content critically, including dynamic, online content that changes and evolves, such as article preprints, blogs and wikis. This outcome includes discussion of fake news.
- Understanding personal privacy information ethics and intellectual property issues in changing technology environments.
- Sharing information and collaborating in a variety of participatory online environments.
- Demonstrating the ability to connect learning and research strategies with lifelong learning processes and personal, academic and professional goals.
I am also exploring tools which could be used to help students with digital literacies, including Mohawk College’s Digital Skills Toolkit, which I referenced in a previous post, and a new tool, Credo’s InfoLit modules. I have invited my LCP counterparts in Library Services to discuss the Mohawk tool and to take part in the Credo demo I have set up for this week.