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What is Digital Literacy?

Learning, creating, and living in our digital world can be complicated. Digital literacy is the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that help us deal with this complexity and participate in our digital society.

Our Framework

People think about digital literacy in lots of different ways. We created a framework to define our approach and share it with others.

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Our framework represents a multilayered approach to digital literacy with learners at the center. Learners interact with core competencies like Identity & Wellbeing, Discovery, Evaluation, Ethics, Creation & Scholarship, Communication & Collaboration, and Curation. These core competencies are informed by key values like Curiosity, Reflection, Equity & Social Justice, Creativity, and Participation. Finally, all of this sits within the lens of multiple literacies including Data, Information, Media, and Invention.

Want to go deeper and learn more about our framework? Check out the Digital Literacy Framework Toolkit! This toolkit includes guides, learning outcomes, example lesson plans, and more.

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Get Involved

Explore, create, and connect with others at our workshops.

Past workshops:

  • Fact-Check Your Vote 
  • Declutter Your Digital Life 
  • Digital Self-Care 
  • Secure Passwords
  • Manage Your Online Presence 
     

Check out our Events Calendar for a full listing of upcoming events and workshops.

Contact digilit-g@vt.edu to request a workshop for your group. 

 

Digital Literacy Student Fellows support digital literacy initiatives through self-directed projects and participation in planning for events, teaching, and outreach. 

Past Fellows Projects:

  • Researching algorithmic bias education
  • Interviewing students about distance learning during the pandemic
  • Increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Library's Popular Reading Collection
  • Designing infographics, videos, and promotional materials 
  • Developing programming about reading diverse authors
     

To learn more about the Digital Literacy Fellows program, contact digilit-g@vt.edu. Fellows are hired periodically through Handshake

  • Online Identity Unpacked: Digital Literacy Symposium 2019
    • Watch Dr. Bonnie Stewart's keynote, Bringing the Web Back: The Digital Literacies We Need Right Now in VTechWorks.
       
  • Explore, Create, Connect: Digital Literacy Symposium 2017
    • View Dr. Renee Hobbs’ keynote slides
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Learn on Your Own

 

Explore, create, and connect with others at our workshops.

Past workshops:

  • Fact-Check Your Vote 
  • Declutter Your Digital Life 
  • Digital Self-Care 
  • Secure Passwords
  • Manage Your Online Presence 
     

Check out our Events Calendar for a full listing of upcoming events and workshops.

Contact digilit-g@vt.edu to request a workshop for your group.

 

  • Take our quiz to find out what kind of digital citizen you are! 
  • Read more about each digital citizen type 
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For Educators

Use this toolkit to put our digital literacy framework into action and get inspired when revising or creating a learning experience. 

Find digital literacy learning objects created at Virginia Tech in Odyssey. Check out collections for First-Year WritingUndergraduate Research, and Digital Literacy as a whole. 

Find curated resources from other institutions in the Digital Literacy toolkit companion guide.

  • Are you a community member looking to learn more about workshops or partnership? Email us at vtulcommunityengagement-g@vt.edu.
  • Are you a Virginia Tech affiliate looking to partner on ENGL 1105/1106 or COMM 1015/1016 instruction? Check out our request form.
  • Just want to learn more about teaching at the University Libraries? Visit our Instruction & Workshops page

 

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