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A path of phases for learning digital literacy and problem solving

Colleagues,

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has funded a Portland State University Learner Web research project (for which I am an advisor) that is beginning to publish and present results. Here's a link to a short IMLS blog article that describes some phases of digital literacy.

http://blog.imls.gov/?p=5541

I wonder if these findings resonate with others in this CoP. If so, please post your thoughts here.

Note that the Learner Web research will be presented in a free webinar on March 5th, and in presentations at the COABE conference in Denver in April.

What interests me in this research is the learners' phases of progression from: 1) basic computer and Internet skills to meet one's own defined interests and needs, to 2) being part of a program that offers other digital literacy skills, to 3) beginning to be an independent learner and problem solver (where possibly new needs emerge that the learner is now better prepared to meet on her/his own, using the skills and experiences acquired.)

I hope members of this CoP will share the link to this blog article with others who may be interested, and that you will attend the webinar and/ or face-to-face sessions at COABE. I believe this research opens some strong opportunities for the advancement of digital literacy and problem solving skills in a wide range of venues including, libraries, job training centers, community colleges, adult basic education and English language learning programs, volunteer tutoring programs and elsewhere.

David J. Rosen
djrosen123@gmail.com