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Digital Literacy for Instructional Practices Seminar

Do you teach digital skills? Do you want to support your practice with strong learning design methods that treat those skills as part of the intellectual content of your course? Do you want to learn more about digital literacy standards and show your learners how their work aligns with those standards? Together with partners at Columbia Libraries and the Graduate School of Journalism, the CTL offers a seminar program for instructors who wish to ground their work in a structured approach to representing digital skill development.


Apply by the deadline: September 15, 2017

When and Where

This program enrolls a new cohort at the beginning of each semester. Deadline for application to participate in the Fall 2017 cohort is September 15, 2017. Apply here.

Fall 2017 seminar meeting dates are scheduled from 12-2 pm on the following five Fridays in Butler Library: September 29, October 13, November 10, December 1, December 8 (Project Showcase).


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

Digital literacy is a key component of critical thinking and analysis development in higher education today. This seminar will help instructors:

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

During the seminar’s workshops, participants will delve into effective teaching practices for digital skills and, review a range of digital literacy standards, data literacies, and open practices. Through the seminar’s reflective communities of practice, participants gain a broader understanding of digital literacy as an intrinsic element of higher education. Upon completion of the seminar, participants will have a learning design plan for their courses or instructional activities that is aligned with a digital literacy standard and assessment framework.


Jennifer C. Brown, Columbia University Libraries

Susan E. McGregor, Graduate School of Journalism


Any questions? Email Lucy Appert (lucy.appert@columbia.edu).

“Technology is a buzz word in most professions and can easily be misused as an empty signifier of novelty; in the digital literacy seminar, however, I learned about the implications of technology in the classroom and how it can be integral to both traditional and emerging learning goals.”

Erica Richardson

Graduate Student, English and Comparative Literature, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

“I registered for the Digital Literacy Seminar because I wanted to learn some strategies for incorporating digital literacy competencies into my teaching as a librarian. The Seminar provided me with such strategies and much more!”

Meredith J. Levin

Research Collection and Services Librarian, Interim Head Burke Library, CU Libraries

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