Online Identity Unpacked: Digital Literacy Symposium

Thursday, April 4
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Newman Library Multipurpose Room

Where do your online and offline selves collide? When is your digital presence in and outside of your control? The answers to these questions are often complex. Join us for a day of exploring online identities through our many roles as students, educators, scholars, and more. You will have opportunities to reflect on and develop your own online presence throughout the day.

Lunch and refreshments provided. Please register by Monday, April 1. 

Bonnie Stewart Photograph
Photo by Nobuko Fujita, 2018


Bringing the Web Back: The Digital Literacies We Need Right Now

Dr. Bonnie Stewart is Assistant Professor of Online Pedagogy and Workplace Learning at the University of Windsor in Ontario, CA. 


11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Newman Library Multipurpose Room

Bringing the Web Back: The Digital Literacies We Need Right Now

Who are we when we're online? And how can we engage in digital spaces in ways that don't undermine the mandates, practices, and ethos of higher education? The keynote explores the underpinnings of our emergent information ecosystem. Digital and open spaces are being weaponized, while pervasive surveillance and predatory practices are normalized. Trolling and bots are regular features of social landscapes, and people are often hesitant to engage online in fighting the echo chamber. Concepts of what it means to know are increasingly generated outside the academy, in Silicon Valley AI frameworks.

What does this mean for higher ed, and for the future of knowledge in a data society? Bonnie will explore ideas grounded in adult education histories and contemporary open practices—including participatory digital literacies and the pro-social web—that may be ways we can ALL help bring the web back from the brink.

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m., Newman Library Multipurpose Room

Let us know that you will be joining us for lunch when you register. 

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m., Newman 207A

Ginny Pannabecker, Director, Research Collaboration and Engagement, University Libraries

Explore tools, discuss approaches, and develop your personal strategy for managing your online presence in the academic world. Identify consistent elements to carry across platforms, and areas to customize. Plan how you will post, link to, and promote your work while complying with copyright.

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m., Newman Library Multipurpose Room

Miko Nino, Instructional Design and Training Manager, University Libraries

This session will explore best practices and strategies to use ePortfolios as a tool to build a competitive and marketable professional online presence when applying for jobs and interviewing. Participants will be able to list artifacts that are needed in a professional ePortfolio, as well as strategies to showcase their work through ePortfolios and social media. 

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m., Newman Library Multipurpose Room

Laurie Fritsch, Assistant Director of Hokie Wellness

How does digital tech affect you? Are you constantly checking social media? Participants in this workshop will gain an understanding of their level of technology dependence and its effects on aspects of health and well-being, learn the pros and cons of device use, discuss addictive aspects of social media, and learn tips to minimize the negatives of device use.

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Newman Library Athenaeum

Moderator: Miko Nino, Instructional Design and Training Manager, University Libraries


  • Charlotte Hendrix, Junior, Arts
  • Olyvia Lose, Junior, Public Relations 
  • John Nicopoulos, Senior, Business Information Technology
  • Mary Desmond, Graduate Student, Curriculum and Instruction
  • Andrew Kulak, Graduate Student, English 
  • Sara Lamb Harrell, Graduate Student, Architecture & Design Research


5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Newman Library Multipurpose Room

Join us for refreshments and networking. Take your photo at the online identity photo booth for a chance to win a prize.   

Accommodation Requests

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Julia Feerrar at 540-231-3067 or during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Digital Literacy Framework

digital literacy framework

Learning, creating, and collaborating in the digital world is increasingly complex. Through digital literacy initiatives, University Libraries seeks to empower our community of learners and researchers as they navigate and participate in digital environments. 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. Digital literacy at Virginia Tech includes data, information, media, and invention literacies, which are comprised of key values built on core competencies. These competencies empower learners to become engaged global citizens in a digital world. 

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

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 and select 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? What guides the ways in which others use 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?

How can you participate in online environments and collaborative projects most effectively? How do you package communication for particular audiences? How do you build networks with collaborators?

How do you organize and save your data, information, media, or other creative outputs? Where and how do you manage and share content for others to use?

Who are you online? How do you create, curate, and assess this online identity in order to tell your story? How do you manage your privacy? When do you choose to disconnect from digital environments?

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