Event: Think Tank on Digital Competencies for the Liberal Arts
Location: Davidson College
Date: Saturday, October 28th, 11am-3pm
Travel: Davidson College Visitor Information
Recommended Hotel: Homewood Suites (group rate available if you reserve before Oct 6th)
Registration Required: https://goo.gl/forms/bX35DWtDhBk2Tl2s1
- Kristen Eshleman, Director of Digital Innovation, Davidson College
- Beth Seltzer, Educational Technology Specialist, Bryn Mawr College
- Gina Siesing, Chief Information Officer and Constance A. Jones Director of Libraries, Bryn Mawr College
- Jennifer Spohrer, Director of Educational Technology Services, Bryn Mawr College
October 28th Program:
- Part 1: A workshop exploring the strategy and design behind the Bryn Mawr Digital Competencies Framework & Program (https://www.brynmawr.edu/digitalcompetencies)
- Lunch: A group lunch hosted by Kristen Eshleman and Sundi Richard, Davidson College
- Part 2: A facilitated discussion of digital competency/dexterity/fluency program goals and components across our institutions including guided design thinking activities to support participants’ articulation of next steps in local program development and collective brainstorming around the potential for building a liberal arts community of practice related to digital competency/dexterity/fluency programs.
Description: The concepts of digital competencies and digital fluency reflect the need for students to develop digital skills and critical perspectives as lifelong learners prepared for work and life in the 21st century. There is growing recognition of the importance of integrating these skills into a well-rounded liberal arts education. Recently, Bryn Mawr College has developed a digital competencies framework focused on these five areas:
- Digital Survival Skills
- Digital Communication
- Data Management and Preservation
- Data Analysis and Presentation
- Critical Design, Making, and Development
At this one-day think tank event hosted at Davidson College in October 2017, participants will focus on the Bryn Mawr College Digital Competencies Program and allied endeavors at peer institutions. Using the BMC framework as a case study, attendees will explore related interest across our institutions, many of whom are exploring and building similar kinds of programs and looking for frameworks to share and adapt. Faculty, academic technologists, leadership and career development center directors, and others engaged in thinking through digital competency frameworks for the liberal arts are encouraged to participate.
The main outcomes for this workshop will be to create a community of practice around design, development, and facilitation of digital competency/dexterity/fluency programs in the liberal arts and to identify ongoing ways of sharing program models and resources. Individual institutional teams will also be able to adapt and expand Bryn Mawr’s digital competencies framework as appropriate for local contexts. We hope that LACOL might also at some point endorse the BMC digital competencies framework as an expression of foundational capabilities that we agree on across liberal art institutions as relevant for scholarship, learning, work, and life in the digital age. A shared framework can provide a pathway to accelerate stated LACOL goals for creative collaboration in digital experimentation, faculty development, and research.