Hello and welcome to another episode of the CTE’s special mini course on the hidden curriculum. Today we are going to continue looking at the soft skills that students need to get hired. For today’s course we are going to look at five tips to help build digital literacy in our students. Tip number one: Scaffold digital assignments.
Be sure to give students a chance to show you that they understand a technology in a smaller assignment prior to giving them a larger assignment. For example, if you assign a lengthy video
presentation in an online course, be sure to give a shorter video presentation earlier in the semester to make sure that students understand the concepts of video the concepts of uploading their video to your class. Tip two: Model digital ethics.
This is one that catches out a lot of instructors. Be sure that the materials you are showing your students is not just stolen from Google images. That you are actually using proper stock photography that doesn’t require attribution. If you are not doing this properly for the students you cannot expect the students to do it properly for you. Remember, plagiarism isn’t only related
to the written word. Tip three: Address anxieties.
Some students are nervous about new technology. Be sure to spend a little extra time with them and give them the guidance they need to understand what you are covering in your course. Make sure that you are reinforcing what is taught with training videos, tech sheets and good old face to face help. Tip four: Retrain students.
Now this is on the opposite side of the spectrum from tip number three. We have a lot of students who think they know everything about technology because they know how to use their phone. This isn’t always the case. Be sure to take the time with these students and train them the proper way to use the technology that is covered in your course. Tip number five: Stay up-to-date.
Do you know what the industry standard software is in your field? If not, be sure to do your research so the students have the skills they need to succeed in the real world. If you need training there are a lot of free webinars out there that you can take to learn new software and and gain new abilities. We hope these tips help out. If you need any further assistance drop by
the Center for Teaching Excellence and we can help you get yourself ready to teach your students about new technology.