DigLibArts 2020: Digital well-being for the liberal arts

This is the second in a series of posts on DigLibArts 2020 Initiative (dla2020) in support of sustainable innovation in the liberal arts.

What is digital well-being, and how does it relate to the liberal arts?

Digital well-being can be defined as the ability to define and develop a nurturing personal and/or community cyberinfrastructure.  This goal articulates one facet of Whittier’s mission to “prepare students from diverse backgrounds to excel in a complex global society” by empowering individuals and groups to become “active citizens and effective communicators who embrace diversity and act with integrity” in digital spaces.

Image from JISC: Building digital capability CC BY-NC-ND

In this diagram, the largest blue circle, which encompasses all the rest, embodies digital well-being. Each of the following overlapping areas contribute to it:

  • ICT proficiency: Fundamental capacity to use Information Computer Technology-based devices
  • Information, media and data literacy: Critical use of information, media, and data
  • Digital creation, scholarship, and innovation: Creative production of digital artifacts and practices
  • Digital communication, collaboration, and participation: Purpose-driven digital publication, curation, and participation in digital networks
  • Digital learning and personal/professional development: Learning for a lifetime
  • Digital Identity and Well-being: Managing your digital footprint and reputation

How might digital well-being promote liberal arts learning and outcomes?

Pick almost any topic you care about. It is probably related, somehow, to one of these areas. DigLibArts offers support for you to pursue your own ideas, plans, and projects that contribute in any way to the broader goal of enhancing digital well-being for all campus members. Below are just a few ideas,  color-coded to the digital capabilities diagram for explanatory purposes only. 

  • Consensus and participation in the digital age
  • What’s digital got to do with our discipline or major?
  • Bridging Whittier’s Quaker heritage and our HSI/MSI present
  • Information fluency for sociologists, or musicians, or college graduates
  • Plan &/or pilot new courses or departmental learning outcomes
  • Data analysis for social sciences
  • Information literacy or digital capability for first year students or capstone projects
  • Host a TEDxWhittier event
  • Digital storytelling in the classroom and community
  • Build websites for yourself or with your students, or as a community project
  • Expand #OER (open educational resources) https://www.oercommons.org/
  • Public scholarship in the humanities
  • Explore interdisciplinary digital research methods
  • What counts as digital scholarship in different fields? for promotion?
  • Research online and/or blended learning practices
  • GIS (geographic information systems) in scholarship and/or curriculum
  • Digitization of an archival collection for use in the curriculum or scholarly research
  • How can we reduce email overload?
  • There should be an app for that!
  • Explore and curate resources on a selected topic
  • Collaborate on an article, an artwork, or equivalent
  • Community-based projects, service-learning, etc.
  • Your idea here!

Want more information, or to learn how to begin your own learning community, or join one? Please contact Nat Zappia, Bill Kronholm, Geoff Long, Joanna Diaz, or Andrea Rehn, or all of us together. We’d love to help!