DigLibArts 2020 Vision
Our media-saturated world needs liberal arts students who graduate from college with demonstrable digital and information fluencies. Many courses throughout the liberal arts curriculum already offer students opportunities to creatively use, make, and critique digital environments. At Whittier, these opportunities include everything from advanced scholarship or creativity in senior research courses to introductory information literacy workshops in writing classes. In fact, digital pedagogy and scholarship is thriving at Whittier! In the past few years alone more than 70 faculty and staff members have tried new digital methods in their research and/or teaching. And before that, librarians were teaching us all about information literacy. Therefore, our intent is to map out pathways that make these opportunities plain to all.
The objective of the DigLibArts 2020 Initiative, in other words, is to enable the campus to come together in learning communities to envision ways to build bridges among various student learning experiences. This goal grows out of years of discussions across campus, among faculty from all divisions of the college, and staff and administrators from Academic Affairs to Student Life to Admissions. To facilitate this goal, DigLibArts seeks to nurture the digital well-being of all campus members. Our vision is for Whittier graduates to become flexible learners who will thrive across virtual and physical spaces as informed multi-modal public scholars able to teach themselves new skills as technologies change, to imagine alternative uses for existing technologies, or to create new solutions for the challenges ahead.
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DigLibArts 2020 Resources
- Learning community overview
- Learning community FAQ
- Apply to initiate or join a learning community here
- Press release here
DigLibArts 2020 Objectives
- Integrate information and digital literacies into the curriculum
- Support disciplines/programs who are discussing information and digital fluencies for their majors
- Consider institutional learning outcomes for digital and information literacy/fluency
- Identify faculty appointments that align with curriculum
DigLibArts 2020 expected outcomes and benefits
- The faculty as a whole will have a series of opportunities to focus on how separate courses contribute to the mosaic of students’ paths through college.
- Campus members will have an opportunity to review, renew, and recommit to the College’s curriculum.
- Whittier College graduates will demonstrate information fluencies that enhance their ability to articulate their understanding of subject matter and the value of their individual education.
- Senior and supported undergraduate research and creative production can be digitally archived and published, where appropriate.