Digital Skills Library — Calling All Volunteers and Practitioners
Submitted by Jeff Goumas on January 11, 2019 - 1:15am
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Last week, I posted a blog announcing CrowdED Learning's new, free Digital Skills Library. You may be aware of our Skill Directories (to be updated in the next month or so!), which provide listings of high-quality, free and open resources organized by subject area. The Digital Skills Library is sort of a "one step deeper" effort to get more granular, where we've pulled specific lessons and activities from these resources and organized them by skill within the area of Digital Literacy.
The goal of the library is to provide learners and instructors with a wide range of instructional and learning resource options that are organized around core skills. Right now, the focus is on direct to student instructional resources around "hard skills" and some great practice resources, as well as sets of instructor-led resources teachers can use to teach digital skills.
Over time, we want this to grow into more, but this can't happen in a vacuum. This is where we are looking to explore ways to tap the collective expertise of the community. How do we build out a library of more robust, application-based lessons that incorporate these hard skills? Are these hyperdocs? What's the best way to organize resources so students can easily navigate to skills they want to develop? What type of crowdsourcing activities could we initiate within the community to do things like develop Quizlet vocabulary decks of digital terms? How can we recruit and assign teams of volunteers to take a particular skill and identify 3-5 resources—leveraging different modalities—that align to that skill? What types of questions might we ask students in a Google Form so they can evaluate resources and help us understand what's effective and what's not?
To get this conversation started, we are hosting a webinar next Thursday, January 17 from 4-5 PM Eastern. During the webinar, I'll be sharing the library, how it's been organized, what resources have been included, and more about the direction we'd like to go with the library. I'll also be asking a lot of questions of the audience via polls as we walk through the library to get feedback and direction, and sending out a survey afterward to gather additional feedback as well as gain a sense of people's interest in joining a volunteer group to support both guiding the focus of the library and creating projects that help build out the library.
If you are interested in being a part of that conversation, or if you are simply interested in seeing an overview of the library, please sign up for our webinar.
I'm really hoping this can be a living, breathing resource that evolves over time into something really useful. In the meantime, I hope you can join us next week, and happy exploring! :)