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Digital Literacies @Macalester

Guide and information on Digital Literacies @Mac vision, definition, events

Definition of Digital Literacies

Digital literacies are skills and aptitudes that empower individuals to learn and use technology and communication tools in an effective, ethical, and appropriate manner. In a complex environment of dynamic technology change, a digitally literate individual is comfortable in continually learning and adapting to new technologies. A digitally literate person:

  • Locates, analyzes, evaluates, and integrates materials from reliable digital sources.
  • Uses digital resources in an ethical manner, respecting by acknowledging the work of others.
  • Protects their identity and manage their electronic footprint and portfolio.
  • Understands how to use technology in ways that preserve the security of their own and Macalester’s data.
  • Is comfortable problem solving and troubleshooting basic technology, software, and apps.
  • Identifies and uses appropriate technologies for their everyday work, discipline, scholarship, professional, and personal lives.
  • Uses technologies to construct, create, and communicate by sharing original works and new ideas. 
  • Changes work practices to adapt to new technologies.
  • Understands technology terminology relevant to shared tools and software relevant to their everyday work, discipline, scholarship, professional, and personal lives.
  • Pushes themself to try new technologies.
  • And become increasingly fluent with the digital world!

Digital Literacies Vision

Digital competencies are essential in the 21st century for both personal and professional success. Our program will foster a community of digital learners who are able to support and teach each other,  adapt to new and changing technologies, and become efficient at identifying and using appropriate technologies.

Macalester will become a campus community in which change and transformation are the expectation and where all students, faculty, and staff will confidently adopt and use technology appropriately for increased productivity, improved collaboration, and effective communication in this rapidly evolving digital ecosystem.