Modern society requires a new perspective on what it means to be literate. Since the advent of the internet and digital communications, new behaviors for communication and collaboration stretched our former definitions of literacy. In the wake of the digital age, the concept of transliteracy has emerged. Transliteracy is the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from speaking and signing to handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, and extending to digital social networks. The concept extends meaning and relevance to include cultural components of history, philosophy, and literature, along with associated issues such as the use of technology and economic considerations to more far ranging global issues. Libraries have taken up the cause of transliteracy as part of their mission to promote communication and information technologies in the digital age. In this 8 week program, you will explore aspects of transliteracy that will help increase your ability to effectively communicate and share information through different media. The program will consist of weekly face to face sessions. Ongoing online activities will provide content and context between the group meetings. Online access is necessary for participation. The program will consist of online readings and activities, face to face discussions and tutorials, and follow up activities both online and face to face.
Although you do not have a computer or internet access at your home, you will need the ability to access the online portions of the program through the library or some other means.
The program will meet face to face on Fridays from 5:30 - 7:00 PM between October 18 and December 13. There will be online activities between face to face meetings that should take no more than an hour and a half to complete. But you can spend as much time as you want exploring the resources.
The program will meet on the following Fridays:
10/18 Introduction to Transliteracy
10/25 Google Apps Introduction
11/1 Reading, Writing, Interacting
11/8 Platforms, Tools, and Media
11/15 Cultural Technology Economic and Social
11/22 Media and Digital Literacy
Note: 11/29 we will not meet due to Thanksgiving holiday.
12/6 Project & Implementation
12/13 Evaluating and Assessing the Experience
Seating is limited, so please register to participate.
Basic computer navigation skills are required. This will not be a computer training program. If you need computer training, we do offer that at the Goodwin Library. Spaces are limited and by appointment. Please contact Theo at the library for details or to sign up.