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Technology Literacy? Digital Literacy? Digital Fluency? Why is it important to our new general education curriculum?

When Bringing Your Own Device is Not Enough: Identifying What Digital Literacy Initiatives Really Need, is the title of a recent article from EDUCAUSE Review, dated April 23, 2019. The article proposes a broadening of the traditional definition of digital literacy and suggests using the phrase digital fluency instead. Here are a few quotes from the article that may pique your interest:

  • “… two-thirds of faculty think that students are prepared to use software applications, but students themselves express discomfort with applying these tools for learning.”
  • “Several factors contribute to this disconnect between tool usage and academic skill development.  For one, students are often not exposed to how to use and navigate databases for research, how to create projects with different digital tools, or even how to communicate and collaborate flexibly to meet the needs and interests of diverse groups. Not all students are required to take any type of course in computer skills or computer application, and while many primary and secondary schools now give students access to devices such as iPads or Chromebooks, rarely do they receive formal instruction on how to use these devices.”
  • “On college campuses, it is not always clear where students go to access training for these skills. Sometimes, this training can be located in libraries; at other times, it may be offered in dormitories. Regardless, instruction in digital literacy acquisition is often inconsistent, both from campus to campus and even among students on the same campus.”

LEDS is Here to Help

LEDS offers a range of Technology Literacy Workshops that we will bring to the classroom for you. We are also available to brainstorm ideas of how to tailor technology literacy experiences for your students that meet the specialized requirements of your departmental curriculum goals. Contact us at:


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Immersive Learning

Want to explore virtual reality? Skidmore faculty are exploring a variety of applications to extend the classroom and provide unique learning experiences.
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3D Printing

Want to learn about 3D printing as a tool for teaching and learning?  Or have a project you want to include in your syllabus? We can help!
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Web Design and Digital Scholarship

Want to include web design in your syllabus? Need a professional web presence of your own? Or a special place to host your digital scholarship?
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Learning Lab

Want to host a virtual speaker or distance collaboration? We can assist you in our flexible learning space, where we are always exploring with new instructional technologies.
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How Do I?

Find answers to questions, useful documentation, and quality just-in-time tutorials. You will also find what software is available for public use and installation on your personal computer.


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