Welcome to EDUC588: Digital Literacies in a Networked World. Throughout this semester, we’ll be exploring ways that literacy and learning are changing as people participate with digital technologies across local and global networks. This website is one of a few resources (along with our Google+ Community, and Twitter) we’ll be using in the course to help synthesize and extend our classroom conversations.
NAVIGATING THE SITE
The main navigation of this site has links to some useful pages:
The Home page of this site is a blog that will develop gradually over the course of the semester. Each week, a pair of students will be responsible for synthesizing material from class discussions, our Google+ community (see below), and student blogs as a springboard for conversation in our face-to-face meetings. More details about this assignment will be forthcoming.
The Course Details, Calendar, and Assignments pages come directly from the syllabus. They provide information about the purpose and vision for the class, the guiding questions and readings for each week, and the expectations for course projects and assignments.
The Weekly Materials page is where we will post links and files for each week’s assignments and readings. If you are ever uncertain about what is due for a given class, this page is an excellent resource. For copyright purposes, you will need a password to access this section. Check your email for the password (or contact a member of the teaching team).
The Google+ Community is a space where we can share links, photos, memes, questions, and any other information related to the course. Each week, we will also have a “G+ Challenge” that will help us prepare for the upcoming class. You will be asked to post a challenge response (and a comment on at least one other person’s) each week.
In the sidebar, you can see recent Twitter posts that use our class’s “#diglits” hashtag. If you are not already on Twitter, signing up will be one of your ‘assignments’ at a later date. Here’s a helpful “beginner’s guide” if you’re unfamiliar with the platform. Once you’re signed up, begin building your network – you can follow Amy (@amystorn), Phil (@philnichols), Veena (@veenav) and any other classmates, professors, authors (etc.) whose work is of interest to you.
We’re very excited to work with you this semester. If you have questions about the course, the website, or anything related to digital literacies, please don’t hesitate to ask!