Today I had the opportunity to speak to colleagues at the UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences during their kick off retreat for the new academic year. What a privilege to be asked to go into another University and speak to individuals who are doing a wide range of amazing work in their disciplines. I truly enjoyed the experience and realized in the time I had to share with these faculty at a research institution that we all share many of the same concerns about engaging and working meaningfully with our students.
My topic was about navigation. Most specifically about getting grounded in the reality of digital communication technologies and how they are having an impact on higher education and the work we do on a daily basis as professors.
I utilized data from the Pew Internet and America Life Project (a go to resource), Socialnomics by Erik Qualman, and the most recent Horizon Report from Educause (pdf) to deliver a presentation and discussion about the myths of “digital natives” and what are some of the big things we as faculty need to be considering when we are in the classroom. Perhaps the most important one for me is the finding that Digital Literacy, regardless of discipline, has become one of the most important aspects of the work we do.
If you’d like to see the presentation I gave, here it is in Prezi form.
Many thanks to the Dean of CALS, Thomas Vogelmann and the faculty and staff who attended the presentation today. I truly enjoyed having the opportunity to interact with colleagues up the hill.