EDU-569 Digital Competencies for the Scholar/Practitioner
4 semester credits
This course will examine emerging definitions of digital literacy, relying in part on a review of international academic literature. Three general themes appear to be widely accepted as part of the definition of digital literacy: 1) the skills and knowledge to access and use a variety of digital media software applications and hardware devices, such as a computer, mobile phone and Internet technology; 2) the ability to critically understand digital media content and applications; and 3) the knowledge and capacity to create digital content. Beyond digital literacy, participants will examine what it means to be digitally competent with respect the activities of scholar/ practitioners. This experiential course involves hands-on exploration of online applications using online environments to support critical analysis of the impact, limitations and possibilities of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), online social networks systems (SNS), and virtual learning environments.
1a. Integrate theoretical foundations of teaching, learning, online facilitation, design, and assessment into effective online course development and delivery.
1b. Develop and demonstrate skills in online course design and online curriculum development through applied projects and praxis.
1c. Demonstrate ability to select and utilize various instructional media.
1d. Demonstrate digital fluency through the use of emerging technologies and integration of technology into learning including the use of mobile technology.
1e. Select and utilize various Web2.0, social, and emerging applications for online learning.
1f. Demonstrate mastery of the use of asynchronous and synchronous learning management systems.
3a. Develop and demonstrate communication competencies necessary for teaching in a digital environment, including professional etiquette and interpersonal communication skills.
3b. Demonstrate fluency with social networking.
3c. Demonstrate differentiation in contact methods and frequency based on student needs.
3d. Demonstrate the ability to produce original digital content for use in a presentation, instruction or social media distribution.
6a. Identify the cultures of research inquiry used in education.
6b. Interpret and apply current research in the field of education.
6c. Demonstrate scholarly writing.
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