Each day more aspects of our lives are connected through various forms of media. Having the right skills to access and analyze information, and employ critical thinking in a media-saturated world is becoming imperative. Now more than ever, we need to be able to seek out and navigate the overwhelming amount of information that is available thoughout our information-rich society. 

In a world where there is an estimated five trillion megabytes of data on the Internet, it is important as eLearning professionals to know how to traverse this ever-expanding world of information. We may each think we are digitally literate, but are we truly at the level we need to be? What about our learners and our employees? Have we considered yet how to help and ensure our learners and/or employees are just as confident using the Internet to explore and extract the information they need? This session will help participants to understand what digital literacy is and what is required to be capable and proficient in seeking, surfing, finding, analyzing, and creating data on the Internet.

In this session, you will learn:

  • The basic elements that are required to be digitally literate
  • How improving digital literacy is being managed by various groups
  • Specific tasks that can be practiced to develop digital literacy
  • Where to find resources that can be used to create action plans to develop digital literacy

Novice and intermediate designers, developers, and managers. 

Technology discussed in this session:
Virtual meeting spaces, RPGs, collaborative tools, information depositories (magazines, wikis, libraries, museums, photo/art collections), research tools. 

Student technology needs:
Not applicable.