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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.

Posted by chri1010 at 11:34 AM

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.

Posted by chri1010 at 3:43 PM

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.

Posted by chri1010 at 3:13 PM


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!

Posted by chri1010 at 2:55 PM


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.

Posted by chri1010 at 2:49 PM

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.

Publication information:

# Paperback: 190 pages
# Publisher: Routledge (May 1, 2002)
# Language: English
# ISBN: 0415276683

Posted by chri1010 at 2:27 PM

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.

Posted by chri1010 at 2:04 PM

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.

Posted by chri1010 at 1:50 PM

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

Use the following guest username and password:
Username: tcfresh
Password: freshh123

Posted by chri1010 at 1:40 PM

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.

Posted by chri1010 at 1:03 PM

The Original Laptop Campus: University of Minnestoa-Crookston

It's incredible to read that the University of Minnesota-Crookston has been providing laptops and network access to all full-time students (and faculty, too) since 1993! Since Crookston has been doing this for so long, they have some well-developed resources for students and faculty. In addition, they have won awards and acclaim for this tech literacy project.

Information about their resources as well as links to publications about the laptop project can be accessed here.

Posted by chri1010 at 12:58 PM

Technology Literacy in Epidemiology

Epidemiology and Community Health's newsletter, EpiCHNews, includes a section called Employee Reference. In this section are a host of useful technology tips, including how to sue the calendar tool in Vista or how to use Dreamweaver. These very helpful tips are located here.

Posted by chri1010 at 11:57 AM

Emma B. Howe Teen Central at Minneapolis Public Library

Earlier this year, the Minneapolis public library announced the creation of a new teen space at the library. While the space has been "designed by teens for teens," librarians have also been thoughtful about making sure that the space can also be used to develop teens' information literacy.

Access a full article on this topic here.

Posted by chri1010 at 11:50 AM

Orientation and Technology Literacy

At the University of Minnesota, all incoming students receive welcome CDs that give an introduction to the resources available at the university. The CD also comes with instructions for initializing a students' email account.

In addition, first year students also receive an orientation booklet that gives information about the portal, OneStop, getting online on campus, locations of computer labs, purchasing computers on campus, using email, and safe computing. During orientation itself, students also get some time in computer labs where orientation leaders make sure that students have initialized their email and are familiar with the portal and other technology resources on campus.

Posted by chri1010 at 11:32 AM

U of M Microsoft Software License Program for Students

The University of Minnesota recently entered into an agreement with Microsoft to offer discounted software to students. Students can buy Microsoft Windows and Office Professional for less than $6 each!

Additionally, other software programs such as Visio and FrontPage are available at deep discounts.

These offers are only available to students.

Ordering information can be found at University Computer Services' homepage.

Posted by chri1010 at 11:25 AM

QuickStudy: The Library Research Guide

This tutorial from the University of Minnesota library system provides an interactive approach to explaining the research process. A very helpful tool for someone new to the library and to research.

Posted by chri1010 at 11:16 AM

Technology at St. Cloud State

St. Cloud State has an InforMedia Center to provide technology literacy support for students, faculty, and staff. Through the InforMedia website, people can register for workshops on a variety of technology topics (although it's not fully clear if these workshops are open to students AND faculty and staff).

Posted by chri1010 at 12:12 AM

Winona State: MnSCU's laptop campus

Winona State also has a laptop program. New this year, students may choose a tablet PC as one option in the laptop program.

To support the building of technology literacy, Winona has several online resources for students and faculty.

One program, the STARS program, involves peer tutoring in tech literacy. The STARS tutors have also created a set of online tutorials called Knowledgebase. These tutorials help people with simpler elements of tech literacy, like adding a signature line to email.

Faculty at Winona have a separate program, called eLearning, to support their own technology literacy.

Posted by chri1010 at 12:12 AM