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Jane A. Van Galen
B EDUC 476
Bothell Campus

New Literacies for Digital Learning

Examines "literacy" in a time of global digital communication, collaboration, and creation. Includes both critical and theoretical readings on the rapid shifts in digital culture and hands-on experience with becoming a networked digital learner.

Class description

What does it now mean to be literate In this age of rapid, networked, global communication, when we all must sort through multiple sources of information, when digital tools enable everyone to create and publish multiple media, when political and civic organizing happens within digital social media?

What do we need to know to be able to read all forms of media critically, to contribute to the global conversation, and to create multi-media projects for telling one’s story? This class will include both critical and theoretical readings on the rapid shifts in digital culture and hands-on experience with becoming a networked digital learner. All tech skill levels welcome --- all that is need is an openness to play with new ways of connecting and creating.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The course is hybrid. We'll meet for three hours weekly and besides regular class preparation time students will do another two hours of work on-line, as we explore new social media tools, collaborate on projects, and view and critique media created by others.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Experimentation with on-line platforms, reading, weekly writing.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jane A. Van Galen
Date: 10/24/2013