The University Libraries seek to empower our community of learners and researchers as they navigate and participate in 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. 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?
Learn More, Get Involved
- Organizing Your Digital Life, Feb. 22
- Online Collaboration and Teamwork, March 19
- Shaping an Online Identity, April 10
- Read more about some of the models that are influencing our program: Jisc Model for Developing Students' Digital Literacy and Association of College & Research Libraries Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education