Assumptions and Philosophies

21st Century Literacies

  • 21st Century Literacies (NCTE)
    • Develop proficiency with the tools of technology
    • Build relationships with others to pose and solve problems collaboratively and cross-culturally
    • Design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes
    • Manage, analyze and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information 
    • Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multi-media texts  
    • Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments
  • Partnership for 21st Century Skills Framework
    1. Core Subjects and 21st Century Themes
    2. Learning and Innovation Skills 
      1. Creativity and Innovation 
      2. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 
      3. Communication and Collaboration 
    3. Information, Media and Technology Skills 
      1. Information Literacy
      2. Media Literacy 
      3. ICT Literacy 
    4. Life and Career Skills

Information Literacies & Critical Thinking

ACRL Information Literacy Standards for Higher Education

  1. ...determines the nature & extent of the information needed.
  2. ...accesses needed information effectively & efficiently.
  3. ...evaluates information & its sources critically & incorporates selected information into his/her knowledge base & value system. 
  4. ...uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.
  5. understands the economic, legal, & social issues surrounding the use of information & accesses & uses information ethically & legally.

Constructivist Learning Theories

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