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Digital Literacy for Instructional Practices Seminar

Join us for a series of workshops and discussion groups for faculty, staff, and graduate students to discover ways to better integrate teaching digital skills into the intellectual work of your course. Held in partnership with the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship and the Columbia Libraries Digital Humanities Center, this seminar will help instructors:

  • Connect technical skills to intellectual practices;
  • Create activities to scaffold students’ development of mastery;
  • Develop rubrics to assess students’ progress and what different stages of mastery look like;
  • Create a community of practice.

Deadline: January 20, 2017

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When and Where

This program enrolls a new cohort at the beginning of each semester. Deadline for applying to participate in the Spring 2017 cohort will be January 20, 2017. Please note that the Spring 2017 Seminar will be offered in collaboration with the Columbia Libraries Digital Humanities Center and priority will be given to those supporting Digital Humanities instructional efforts.

Spring 2017 seminar meeting dates are scheduled from 1-3 pm on the following five Fridays in 213 Butler Library: January 27; February 10; March 3; March 31; and April 21.


This program is open to anyone at Columbia who teaches digital skills as a central or secondary focus. Faculty, staff, and graduate students who lead or assist with courses, bootcamps, and technical training are all encouraged to apply.

Program Description

This seminar offers anyone at Columbia (faculty, staff, or graduate student) who teaches digital skills at any level the opportunity to ground their work in a structured approach for representing skill development.  During the seminar’s workshops, participants delve into the basics of digital literacy, data management, and open practices in research and scholarship. Through the seminar’s reflective communities of practice, they gain a broader understanding of digital literacy as an intrinsic element of higher education. Upon completion of the seminar, participants will be able to connect their implementation of digital literacy instruction to a standardized structure for representing skills and competencies.


Any questions? Email Lucy Appert (

Frequently Asked Questions

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Is this a credit-bearing university seminar?

No. The Instructional Practices for Digital Literacy seminar is a program offered through the CTL designed to further develop your teaching and learning.

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