My session idea for last year was how campuses might help support new media / transmedia student publications, and after a year of working with students on my own campus, I’ve started to think more broadly about campus cultures as a whole, and how new media and/or DH might fit into them.
It’s clear that the arts and humanities are part of the fabric of college campuses in ways that exceed the classroom–campuses have their own theatres, their own music scenes, their own art museums and entertainment venues, they have political societies and improv groups, dance troupes and poetry journals, all fostered and cultivated by university support and guidance. How might arts and humanities computing be supported in similar ways outside the structure of a classroom but within the culture of a campus? What kinds of publications, installations, events or archives might be possible? And how might universities encourage students to be producers, curators and project managers as well as users and clients?
The Techmobile and Free Library Hot Spots are part of the effort to spread digital literacy, but we often encounter those with multiple literacy issues.
According to the Center for Literacy, an estimated 550,000 individuals in Philadelphia are considered low literate. And if you’ve been paying attention to the big digital literacy push here in Philly, you’ve probably heard something like 41%-55% of Philadelphians lack access to broadband internet.
With all of these disheartening statistics, how do we keep working to help people make the leap from low literate to functionally literate and help them adopt technology at the same time? How do we look at literacy as a whole? How do we encourage students of all ages to improve?
I’d love to talk about literacy and digital literacy and what I’ve encountered working for the Hot Spots and Techmobile. If you have encountered literacy issues at your institution or workplace, how do you approach it?
As you will recall from last year’s ThatCamp Philly, I ran a session on working with students who have low technology skills. I took the wonderful information you gave me and brought it back to my own campus, where I gave a talk to our Center For Learning and Instruction about this issue (with plenty of ThatCamp references).
What followed out of this talk was a few of my colleagues organizing with me here at Burlington County College to create lectures on using technology for the student body at large. Pending administrative approval, we will be doing these starting in October.
What I propose is a session to continue our conversation from last year and also discuss how ti implement these kinds of discussions on a college-wide level can be accomplished. What do students need to know? How do you include faculty not only in your own department, but others across campus? What is the role of administration? How can they be involved?
I look forward to seeing all of you this weekend.