September 2, 2005
AccessE.Info is a curriculum developed by the University of Minnesota Extension program to support the development of technology literacy among Minnesota Citizens.
AccessE.Info has training modules designed to help people and local governments more effectively use the internet.
September 1, 2005
Assessing the Impact of Technology in Teaching and Learning: A Sourcebook for Evaluators
This online publication by Jerome Johnston and Linda Toms Barker examines a number of case studies related to technology integration in school settings. This document would be particularly helpful for someone considering an evaluation of a technology literacy initiative. This document has an extensive bibliography as well as a measurement index (which lists what types of measures were used in the evaluations they mentioned in their report).
The full report is available online.
Technology Literacy in Information Technology
From an IT perspective, technology literacy is a broad term. While often, technology literacy is linked to information literacy, rather than connecting to the definition of technology as applied science.
IT students are expected to enter the university with basic word processing and spreadsheet skills. Other technology skills, to include understanding of math software, CAD (Computer Assisted Drawing) programs, and programming, are skills that are developed in the context of a student's coursework.
In terms of many information literacy concerns, students learn about information literacy through the focus on ethics in IT coursework. Information for new students (from the IT Survival Guide) focuses on fair use of software.
MERLOT stands for Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching. MERLOT describes itself as "a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education. Links to online learning materials are collected here along with annotations such as peer reviews and assignments."
This is an incredible online resource!
ITeach is MnSCU's online professional development center for faculty. This site has links to articles, conference opportunities, funding opportunities, as well as a library of resources for teaching.
In addition, ITeach also offers online tutorials that cover a range of instructional topics, some of which are related to information and technology literacy.
Silicon Literacies: Communication, Innovation, and Education in the Electronic Age
This volume, edited by Ilana Snyder, considers "multiliteracies" in light of the exponential growth of information and the electronic age we live in.
# Paperback: 190 pages
# Publisher: Routledge (May 1, 2002)
# Language: English
# ISBN: 0415276683
Library Teaching Fellows Program
This August, the University of Minnesota libraries and the Center for Teaching and Learning sponsored a library fellowship program. A primary goal of this fellowship program was to support faculty, instructional staff, and teaching assistants in designing courses with thoughtful components of information literacy. This program was being pilot tested this fall; hopefully, it will be offered again in the near future.
Technology and Teaching Center--Mankato State
Educational Technology Services, part of the larger Technology and Teaching Center (T n T Center) at Mankato State offers technology support for students, faculty and staff. One of the best resources on their homepage is their software support page.
On this page, faculty can get information about the latest software to enhance their teaching. Faculty and students can also link to online tutorials for a wide range of software programs.
Class of 2009 Web Portal
The University of Minnesota Portal has a unique interface for the incoming class of 2009. This interface has been designed spefically with the needs of first-year students in mind. Links to technology resources appear near the top of the list of resources in the left side tool bar.
If you want to check out the MyU Portal for incoming students, you can access the website at www.classof2009.umn.edu
Use the following guest username and password:
Distance Learning: Moorhead State
Moorhead State has a strong website in support of distance learning. The Student Resource page gives clear guidance to students about getting started with distance learning (what kinds of technology are required for online learning), a quiz to see if online learning is right for you, and some tips for e-learning.
Moorhead State also has clear links to both D2L and MN Online.