Presentation Title

Designing a learner-centered digital literacy curriculum: Opportunities and Challenges

Presenter Information

Jasmine HsuFollow

Streaming Media

Submission Type

20-minute Presentation

Abstract

Educators, researchers and institutions recognized the importance of digital literacy and regarded digital competencies as essential skills for life and for employability. In India the development of digital literacy curriculum and course offerings remain in traditional modes, focusing on Information Communications Technology (ICT) knowledge. This paper will share learnings from conducting a digital literacy course in the liberal arts institution in India and discuss opportunities and challenges of adopting blended learning and designing the course to be learner-centered.

Start Date

5-23-2019 3:00 PM

End Date

5-23-2019 4:15 PM

Description

Students, born in the digital era, are digital natives and their lives and behaviors have been deeply influenced and shaped by digital innovations and technologies. However the pedagogy of delivering digital literacy curriculum in Indian institutions remains traditional, focusing on Information Communications Technology (ICT) knowledge. Students often lost interests or have developed some fear of technology in the past and are passive in their learnings. This session aims to focus on learnings from conducting a digital literacy course in the liberal arts institution in India and discuss opportunities and challenges of adopting blended learning and designing the course to be learner-centered.

It will address key questions and considerations of designing a digital literacy course in the first year undergraduate program, such as:

* What is the role of digital literacy in a liberal arts institution?

* How shall digital literacy be taught?

* What are included in the course?

* What should be included in the curriculum to prepare students for the world of accelerating technological changes?

* What are characteristics of students in Indian educational context?

I will share findings and observations from adopting blended learning model and learner-centered approach.

* How to communicate to students about course re-design

* How to engage students in face-to-face sessions and online

* How to embed digital competencies, reflection, critical thinking, collaboration in the course design

* Challenges of shifting the course from instructor-driven to learner-centered in a local setting

* Opportunities of connecting digital literacy to other courses across disciplines or designing courses to embed digital competencies by adopting blended learning model

The session will provide participants with an understanding of the development of digital literacy curriculum and benefits and opportunities of blended learning approach in India.

Keywords: digital literacy, blended Learning, learner-centered, digital competencies

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Designing a learner-centered digital literacy curriculum: Opportunities and Challenges

Educators, researchers and institutions recognized the importance of digital literacy and regarded digital competencies as essential skills for life and for employability. In India the development of digital literacy curriculum and course offerings remain in traditional modes, focusing on Information Communications Technology (ICT) knowledge. This paper will share learnings from conducting a digital literacy course in the liberal arts institution in India and discuss opportunities and challenges of adopting blended learning and designing the course to be learner-centered.