Name: Depolluting the Web: Information Environmentalism in Education Date: Thursday, May 31st Time: 2pm-4pm Location: Weitz Center for Creativity at Carleton College (room tba) Facilitators:
Amy Collier, Associate Provost for Digital Learning, Middlebury College
Sundi Richard, Lead Instructional Designer, Davidson College
The web is polluted. The digital platforms where we learn and connect are replete with misinformation and threats to our wellbeing and privacy. We know that toxic digital information environments impact our daily lives, and the lives of our students, in everything from politics, to policy, to interactions in public and private spheres.
What can we do? What does informed participation or activism look like in these polluted web platforms?
In this hands-on session, we’ll “get our hands dirty” to better understand the drivers of mis/disinformation on the web (i.e., how our digital information environments become polluted) and begin to take actions to clean up those environments. Dubbed “Information Environmentalism” by Mike Caulfield, this work aims to depollute the web platforms where we find (mis)information and where we connect for social and educational purposes.
Information environmentalism embraces agency–rather than hopelessness and withdrawal–and because of this, we think it is a necessary part of digital literacy education in a liberal arts curriculum. (more…)
Workshop Session: Active Learning – Strategies & Spaces
Description: The purpose of this session is to start a discussion about Active Learning Spaces at Liberal Arts Colleges, and explore if there is an opportunity and mechanism through LACOL to share approaches and lessons about the design, technology and support of these classrooms.
Come to share insights on experimental, flexible learning spaces on your campus. What is the intent of those space? How are they used? How are they assessed?
Michael Jones, Director of Language and Media Centers, Swarthmore College
Ashley Turner, Academic Technologist, Swarthmore College
For faculty and staff across LACOL to build upon foundations laid at the Think Tank on Digital Competencies last fall, an interactive session exploring digital competencies across the curriculum will be held at the the 2018 Summer Workshop at Carleton College.
This discussion will focus on how digital competencies connect with faculty priorities and practices for teaching and learning in the physical and virtual classroom, and how digital competencies support and relate to higher order learning goals.
Session Lead: Gina Siesing, Chief Information Officer and Constance A. Jones Director of Libraries at Bryn Mawr College
Pre-workshop activity: Group annotatation of the Bryn Mawr Framework!
The concept of digital competencies (also known as digital fluencies, literacies or dexterities) reflects the need for students to develop digital skills and critical perspectives as lifelong learners prepared for scholarship, work and life in the 21st century. Recently, Bryn Mawr College has developed a digital competencies framework focused on these five areas:
Digital Survival Skills
Data Management and Preservation
Data Analysis and Presentation
Critical Design, Making, and Development
Bryn Mawr’s framework served as the basis for the excellent Think Tank on Digital Competencies last fall at Davidson College which attracted a vibrant group of faculty, librarians and technologists from across the liberal arts.
Digital Competencies Session at the LACOL Summer Workshop
For faculty and staff across LACOL to build upon foundations laid at the Think Tank, an interactive session exploring digital competencies across the curriculum will be held at the 2018 Summer Workshop. This discussion will focus on how digital competencies connect with faculty priorities and practices for teaching and learning in the physical and virtual classroom, and how digital competencies support and relate to higher order learning goals.
Pre-Workshop Activity – Group Annotation of the BMC Framework
As input to the workshop discussion, we are inviting groups of faculty, staff and students to annotate a copy of the Bryn Mawr Digital Competencies Framework using a collaborative annotation tool called Hypothesis. This tool is easy to use and allows everyone in a group to add and comment on annotations overlayed on top of any web document through a shared view. Shared annotation for the BMC Framework can help to reveal key trends and themes that will serve as a starting point for face to face discussion at the workshop.
LACOL is honored to announce that George Siemens will keynote the 2018 LACOL Workshop at Carleton College.
George Siemens researches, technology, networks, analytics, and openness in education. Dr. Siemens is Professor and Executive Director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab (LINK) at University of Texas, Arlington. He leads the development of the Center for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L) at University of South Australia. He has delivered keynote addresses in more than 35 countries on the influence of technology and media on education, organizations, and society. His work has been profiled in provincial, national, and international newspapers (including NY Times), radio, and television. He has served as PI or Co-PI on grants funded by NSF, SSHRC (Canada), Intel, Boeing, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Soros Foundation. He has received numerous awards, including honorary doctorates from Universidad de San Martín de Porres and Fraser Valley University for his pioneering work in learning, technology, and networks. He holds an honorary professorship with University of Edinburgh.
Dr. Siemens is a founding President of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (http://www.solaresearch.org/). He has advised government agencies Australia, European Union, Canada and United States, as well as numerous international universities, on digital learning and utilizing learning analytics for assessing and evaluating productivity gains in the education sector and improving learner results. In 2008, he pioneered massive open online courses (sometimes referred to as MOOCs). He blogs at http://www.elearnspace.org/blog/ and on Twitter: gsiemens