Category "University of Minnesota"

September 2, 2005

AccessE.Info

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 | University of Minnesota

Category "University of Minnesota"

September 1, 2005

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 | University of Minnesota

Category "Faculty/Staff"

Category "Information Literacy"

Category "Students"

Category "Teaching Resources"

Category "University of Minnesota"

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 | Faculty/Staff | Information Literacy | Students | Teaching Resources | University of Minnesota

Category "Students"

Category "University of Minnesota"

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:
Username: tcfresh
Password: freshh123

Posted by chri1010 at 1:40 PM | Students | University of Minnesota

Category "University of Minnesota"

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 | University of Minnesota

Category "University of Minnesota"

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 | University of Minnesota

Category "Students"

Category "University of Minnesota"

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 | Students | University of Minnesota

Category "Resources"

Category "Students"

Category "University of Minnesota"

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 | Resources | Students | University of Minnesota

Category "Online Training"

Category "Students"

Category "University of Minnesota"

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 | Online Training | Students | University of Minnesota

Category "University of Minnesota"

August 30, 2005

Technology Literacy in the School of Nursing

The School of Nursing has offered an orientation to technology for all students who are enrolled in online courses. This 2-4 hour training covers many aspects of online learning, including setting up your computer, using plug-ins and using WebCT.

Posted by chri1010 at 1:00 PM | University of Minnesota

Category "Students"

Category "University of Minnesota"

August 5, 2005

For Graduate Students: Library Orientation!

The University of Minnesota offers a series of library orientation workshops for graduate students. The workshop topics vary, but all relate to various aspects of information and technology literacy. The complete list of workshops can be found here.

Posted by chri1010 at 11:01 AM | Students | University of Minnesota

Category "Faculty/Staff"

Category "Resources"

Category "Students"

Category "University of Minnesota"

July 5, 2005

Innovation Researchers on Campus

Innovation Researchers on Campus, iROC, is a new club whose mission is to "join together to promote new ideas and change in the area of technology on campus." For more information, or to join, visit their website.

Two interesting things about iROC is that they plan to have regular meetings to demonstrate/showcase new technologies and they also have an iFellows program that will give support to early adopters to come up with innovative uses for various technologies.

Posted by chri1010 at 9:37 AM | Faculty/Staff | Resources | Students | University of Minnesota

Category "Definitions"

Category "Technology Literacy"

Category "University of Minnesota"

Technology Literacy--Another Definition

Here's a definition of technology literacy, written by Billie Wahlstrom:

"Technological literacy is not a 'skill' in the narrow sense, but a series of 'literacies' that are at the heart of the academic enterprise. Faculty and staff have to know what tools the University has, how to find help and resources, what best practices are, and how using technologies will improve their teaching and their work. In the academic setting technological literacy isn't about button pushing but must include education in intellectual property, academic integrity, security and risk management, copyright and fair use, privacy and piracy, accessibility, identity management, and ethical and legal considerations."

Although this definition does not explicity mention students, it certainly can apply to them.

Posted by chri1010 at 9:09 AM | Definitions | Technology Literacy | University of Minnesota

Category "Assessment"

Category "University of Minnesota"

June 29, 2005

Computer Literacy Self-Assessment

The University of Minnesota Duluth online student handbook offers students an opportunity to assess their computer literacy skills. Students can rate their own abilities in the following areas: ability to operate a computer; ability to use e-mail and internet to communicate and locate information; word processing ability; create a worksheet using a spreadsheet; creating and manipulating a database; creating and manipulating graphic files;applying general technology knowledge and skills. These assessment items were adapted from MnSCU/U of M Distance Learning Initiative. The webpage says that it has not been updated since 2002; as a result, some items (such as "format diskettes") are somewhat outdated.

Posted by chri1010 at 3:29 PM | Assessment | University of Minnesota

Category "Information Literacy"

Category "Resources"

Category "Technology Literacy"

Category "University of Minnesota"

Tech Talk

Tech Talk is a 30 minute television program hosted by Susan McKinnell. Produced by the University of Minnesota, the show airs Sundays at 9:00 pm on Twin Cities Public Television channel 17.

Tech Talk is designed to introduce viewers to a wide range of technologies and technology issues. Program topics covered have included using a digital camera, computer viruses, identity theft, etc. A complete listing of the program schedule can be found here.

Previous episodes are available, both as streaming video and as transcripts. Tech Talk also has a lengthy glossary of tech terms. An additional Tech Talk resource is that readers/viewers can submit questions, and the answers are then posted on the Tech Talk site. A complete listing of questions thus far is available here.

Posted by chri1010 at 2:58 PM | Information Literacy | Resources | Technology Literacy | University of Minnesota

Category "Information Literacy"

Category "Technology Literacy"

Category "University of Minnesota"

4-H and Technology

The 4-H youth programs sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension Service have several initiatives related to information technology. The full description of 4-H's technology programs can be found on their website. Currently, their website has information from a few years back. When I get an update on their programs, I'll post it here.

Posted by chri1010 at 1:41 PM | Information Literacy | Technology Literacy | University of Minnesota

Category "Resources"

Category "University of Minnesota"

UThink: Blogs at the University Libraries

An important technology initiative at the University of Minnesota is UThink, the blog portal for all students, faculty, and staff at the university. Developed by Shane Nackerud, UThink currently boasts 1383 blogs! UThink has 2382 blog authors, which include 180 Faculty and/or P/A; 146 staff, 406 undergraduates, and 382 graduate students. Get up-to-the-minute blog stats here.

Blogs at the University of Minnesota are used in a number of ways: classroom blogs, research (both individual and team), and personal narratives, among other uses. For updates on blogs at the University of Minnesota, please see UThink's homepage.

Posted by chri1010 at 9:28 AM | Resources | University of Minnesota

Category "Competencies"

Category "Technology Literacy"

Category "University of Minnesota"

June 24, 2005

University of Minnesota Extension Service Technology Competencies

As of June 2004, the University of Minnesota Extension Service has developed a set of technology competencies to be used for employee self-assessment and professional development purposes. These competencies reflect the Extension Information and Learning Technology Unit's Training Philosophy, which supports shared training responsiblity, emphasis on transferable skills, "self learning," application of technology to improve the quality of Extension programming, and training county technology contacts.

Extension competencies are divided into two areas: technology competencies for all employees and additional competencies for those who design trainings. The basic technology competencies for all staff include the following:


1. General computing knowlege (including network logon, sharing files, managing passwords, using a data projector, etc)

2. Windows operating system (install/remove software, burn a CD, create folders, etc)

3. Microsoft Word (including format text, create/format tables, insert graphics, find and replace, etc)

4. Microsoft Powerpoint (create, edit, and deliver a Powerpoint)

5. Microsoft Excel (understand the purpose of spreadsheets and be able to create and work with them)

6. E-mail (Send/receive email and manage email account)

7. Use of Internet (Use an internet browser, find Extension information and order publications, etc)

8. Graphics (Edit photos, know differences in graphic formats and use them appropriately)

9. Calendar (view calendars and schedule meetings)

10. County websites (manage content: publications, calendars, and other files)

11. Workshops database (add/manage workshop registrations, edit information, run reports)

12. Accomplishments and results (create and run reports)

13. 4-H Plus! and Fair Plus! Software

14. Media for Educational Programming--Extension Educators, Directors, Area Program Leaders, Capacity Area Leaders, and Campus Faculty (understand one's own role as a subject expert and also the role of the technology/media expert; know how to select appropriate media; understand the cost/benefit of educational technology; evaluation educational products)

Posted by chri1010 at 11:26 AM | Competencies | Technology Literacy | University of Minnesota

Category "Information Literacy"

Category "Resources"

Category "University of Minnesota"

Undergraduate Virtual Library

In an effort to help undergraduates better manage information, the University of Minnesota Libraries have developed the Undergraduate Virtual Library, currently in beta. This task-based library interface offers a Search function that searches across multiple library databases, much like a Google search. Other features of note include the full-text finder, which locates a full-text journal article with citation information; the assignment calculator; and the research quickstart, which helps locate appropriate databases for a wide range of content areas.

Posted by chri1010 at 10:59 AM | Information Literacy | Resources | University of Minnesota

Category "Technology Literacy"

Category "University of Minnesota"

My AHC Portal

Similar to the My U Portal, the Academic Health Center offers a My AHC Portal. The My AHC Portal is similar to My U; the significant difference is that the front page news on My AHC is more oriented toward health care.

My AHC Portal is only available to students, faculty, and staff affiliated with the Academic Health Center; however, the link to the Portal can be found on the Academic Health Center's main page.

Posted by chri1010 at 10:42 AM | Technology Literacy | University of Minnesota

Category "Competencies"

Category "Resources"

Category "Standards"

Category "Technology Literacy"

Category "University of Minnesota"

School Technology Leadership Initiative

The School Technology Leadership Initiative is true to its name--this program is designed to build technology leadership capacity for educational professionals, both K-12 and in higher education.

Co-directed by Dr. Scott McLeod and Dr. Joan Hughes, the STLI offers a certificate program based on the National Educational Technology Standards for Administrators.

STLI also supports a blog that serves as a technology resource for K-12 educators. The blog is an excellent source of current technology issues of relevance to the K-12 setting, although much of this information is applicable to other educational contexts.

Posted by chri1010 at 9:37 AM | Competencies | Resources | Standards | Technology Literacy | University of Minnesota

Category "Competencies"

Category "Teaching Resources"

Category "Technology Literacy"

Category "University of Minnesota"

June 22, 2005

Next Generation of the Professorate Program

This technology literacy initiative is designed for new faculty to develop their technology literacy in order to develop TEL competencies. The key feature of this program is that new faculty are paired with more experienced faculty, who serve as mentors. More information on this program is available here.

Posted by chri1010 at 12:19 PM | Competencies | Teaching Resources | Technology Literacy | University of Minnesota

Category "University of Minnesota"

TA Web Certification Program

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities has a TA web certification program. According to the program's website, the program is "an introductory course that offers 30 hours of TEL strategies and Web design instruction to all teaching assistants who are involved in some aspect of planning, designing, constructing, maintaining, or evaluating the effective use of a course Web site, either prior to or upon completion of this training, during the academic school year. "

Posted by chri1010 at 12:15 PM | University of Minnesota

Category "Academic publications"

Category "Media Literacy"

Category "University of Minnesota"

June 21, 2005

Speaking the Lower Frequencies: Students and Media Literacy

University of Minnesota professor Walter R. Jacobs has recently published a qualitative study of students and media literacy: Speaking the Lower Frequencies: Students and Media Literacy. Available from State University of New York Press, Jacobs' book ultimately addresses issues of teaching, race, class, and the position of the teacher as he describes how students in his class explore and critique pop culture texts.

Posted by chri1010 at 4:18 PM | Academic publications | Media Literacy | University of Minnesota

Category "Information Literacy"

Category "University of Minnesota"

Course Description: Information Literacy

Here's a description of a course offered at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus, designed to promote information literacy. Be sure to check out the Course Schedule at OneStop to find out when it is offered.

ABus 4031—Accessing and Using Information Effectively
Information resources available to businesses and how to use these resources. The course begins with conceptualization of the role of information in business operations including information systems and data management. A typology of information is represented and applied in short case studies and exercises including data-based, text-based, verbal, written, and multimedia forms of information. Accessing external information for the firm is reviewed through experiences with library resources such as information search services, CD-ROM, and periodicals. Accessing internal information for the firm is reviewed through experiences with a desktop database system and electronic mail or computer conferencing.

Posted by chri1010 at 3:09 PM | Information Literacy | University of Minnesota