Teach digital literacy, make students more critical readers

Jessica Reyman
Jessica Reyman

Students engage in online communication on a daily basis, whether for school, work or social reasons.

With that in mind, it’s critical to help students understand the key role digital literacy plays in everyday life.

Jessica Reyman, associate professor of in the NIU Department of English, will present “Fostering Digital Literacy in the Writing Classroom” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 27, in the Capitol Room South of the Holmes Student Center.

Reyman, winner of the 2015 David Raymond Technology in Teaching grant, says that while many of today’s students are “digital natives” who frequently use digital technologies and the Internet for a variety of purposes, most don’t fully understand the complexities of communicating within and across the online spaces they visit daily.

“In this digital age, literacy requires more than the ability to work with the printed word,” Reyman says. “Students need experience with a wider range of digital and multimodal texts.”

By teaching digital literacy, she says, educators can help students to become more critical readers of online texts and contexts. In addition, they can help students become more successful participants in the networked environments where so much of their learning, socializing and public discourse takes place each day.

The event is free and does not require a reservation. For more information, contact jreyman@niu.edu.

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