Digital Literacy Tips
Getting Students Online
- Assess learners’ digital access and skills.
- Consider making this a part of the intake/orientation process.
- Assessment options include surveys (e.g., Google Forms, SurveyMonkey, ), phone calls, or text messaging as well as more formal assessments such as Northstar Digital Literacy.
- Set up a plan for communication based on learner access. This might include text messaging and phone calls rather than relying on emails or announcements sent through a course site or learning management system (LMS).
- Provide individualized technology support. Possible supports include providing digital literacy tutoring or connecting learners for peer mentoring.
- Limit the amount of technology tools introduced at one time and make sure learners are comfortable with tools before introducing new ones.
- Provide onboarding for new tools (e.g., demonstrations and how-to-videos for accessing online tools).
- Provide all materials in a centralized location (e.g., Canvas, Google Classroom, Padlet, WhatsApp, a class Facebook group, etc. ).
Building Digital Literacy Skills
- Conduct a digital literacy skills assessment.
- Integrate online tools into classroom activities.
- Model and scaffold instruction using tools.
- Integrate tools into class routines.
- Provide multiple opportunities to practice and use new tools and skills.
- Provide authentic opportunities for application of digital literacy skills.
- Assess where and how students plan to use digital literacy skills.
- Consider skills needed for community participation, postsecondary education, and/or workforce preparation.
Visit the Digital Literacy Resources on the VALRC website for more information on resources to support learners, build skills, and determine online readiness.