20 ways of thinking about digital literacy in higher education

“From understanding what digital literacy is, to developing skills and establishing ethical principles for students,” check out this insightful article at The Guardian.


Mobile Innovations Recognized in Chronicle Article

6 Top Smartphone Apps to Improve Teaching, Research, and Your Life, by Jeffrey R. Young, The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 2, 2011
“Not long ago, it seemed absurd for aca­demics to carry around a computer, camera, and GPS device every­where they went. Actually, it still seems absurd. But many professors (and administrators) now do just that in the form of all-in-one devices.” MORE

Teaching with Twitter

Take a look at this recent blog post by Mark Sample on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s ProfHacker blog. It looks at potential benefits of using Twitter as a teaching tool. The potential for immediate, concise reflection, as well as providing another way for less vocal students to add to discussions might also make it a good addition to civic engagement efforts.

“[Twitter] can be an effective one-way communication tool for sharing news or broadcasting links over the weekend. Or it can be used in class itself as a two-way backchannel. Or try Twitter as a platform for reflective thinking, asking students at the end of class to sum up the most valuable lesson of the day. In my experience, having only 140 characters to do so will actually make it much more likely the students give a concise and focused reflection, rather than some canned response they think you want to hear.” MORE

side by side: social media and higher education

Sarah “Intellagirl” Robbins  outlines some fundamental realities that not enough folks are paying attention to.  Robbins is correct that higher ed. is no longer the gatekeeper of knowledge. As people interested in higher education’s community engagement practices,  this is also a great reminder that the community at large also holds knowledge that will help to overcome the challenges it faces. The “experts” may not be where you think they are.