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Our Program

The University Libraries seek to empower our community of learners and researchers as they navigate digital environments. We are currently working with campus partners to develop a new digital literacy program. This program will focus efforts to support all learners in exploring, evaluating, creating, and sharing a variety of digital content, including data, information, and media.  We welcome your collaboration and feedback.

What is Digital Literacy?

Digital literacy is a set of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that empower learners to engage with digital content, tools, and processes. A digitally literate individual works towards engaged global citizenship in a digital world. Digital literacy at Virginia Tech includes data, information, media, and invention literacies, which are comprised of key values built on core competencies.

Digital literacy is a developing program and we are currently exploring the following core competencies for our framework.

Expand each competency to reveal the questions it aims to answer.

How do you navigate basic digital tools and spaces? Can you adjust settings and adapt tools to your needs? Can you get help when needed?

How do you learn productively in online environments? Can you utilize effective self-regulation strategies and support tools?

What are the questions driving your creative, academic, or professional work? What kinds of strategies and tools can you use to explore and access data, information, media, and other content?

What criteria do you use to assess digital content and tools? How does this criteria change in different contexts?

Who has access to certain information, data, media, or tools and how does this access shape its use? How can you use digital content and tools most ethically? What kinds of standards guide your work?

How do you synthesize learning and research in order to create something new? What are your rights and responsibilities when participating in a scholarly, creative, or professional community? Where and how do you curate and share your data, information, media, or other creative outputs?

How can you participate in online environments and collaborative projects most effectively? What kinds of strategies and tools can you use for creation, project management, and sharing? How do you package communication for particular audiences?

Who are you online? How do you create, curate, and assess this online identity in order to tell your story? Does this change for differing audiences?

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