August 17, 2017, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CDT (UTC -5:00)

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Learners as Creators: Release of the 2nd Digital Literacy Brief

What does digital literacy look like around the world? A host of frameworks, tools, and exemplars are increasingly placing college students in the driver’s seat as content and media creators. In a discussion moderated by lead author Bryan Alexander, join the NMC for the official release of our followup NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief focused on digital literacy. In addition to expanding upon the preliminary definitions outlined in the first report, the brief includes more global and discipline-specific information and context. The aim is for this deep exploration of frameworks and initiatives to contribute to the body of knowledge used by the higher education community to inform strategic planning around digital literacy.

Support for this independent research endeavor and publication was provided by Adobe.

Bryan Alexander (Bryan Alexander Consulting)
Bryan Alexander is a futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher, working in the field of how technology transforms education. He completed his English language and literature PhD at the University of Michigan in 1997, with a dissertation on doppelgangers in Romantic-era fiction and poetry. Then Bryan taught literature, writing, multimedia, and information technology studies at Centenary College of Louisiana. There he also pioneered multi-campus interdisciplinary classes, while organizing an information literacy initiative. From 2002 to 2014 Bryan worked with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), a non-profit working to help small colleges and universities best integrate digital technologies. With NITLE he held several roles, including co-director of a regional education and technology center, director of emerging technologies, and senior fellow. Over those years Bryan helped develop and support the nonprofit, grew peer networks, consulted, and conducted a sustained research agenda. In 2013 Bryan launched a business, Bryan Alexander Consulting, LLC. Through BAC he consults throughout higher education in the United States and abroad. Bryan also speaks widely and publishes frequently. His two most recent books are Gearing Up For Learning Beyond K-12 and The New Digital Storytelling.
Johan Bergström (Umeå University)
Johan is an International Business Developer working in the Higher Education IT domain. He is employed at the University of Umeå working predominantly with business development and coordination. Johan is the founder of both Eunis Research and Analysis Initiative and the European Journal of Higher Education IT. Current projects and engagements include: Initiator and project manager - ERAI @EUNIS (www.eunis.org/erai/), creator of the Eunis Journal of Higher Education IT (www.ejheit.org), Board member of CHEITA (www.cheita.org) , programme committee member TNC2017, co-founder of the Trans-National Benchmarking platform (tnbm.eu).
Cheryl Brown (University of Cape Town)
Dr Cheryl Brown is a Senior Lecturer and member of the Learning Technologies Team at the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at the University of Cape Town. She co-convenes the Masters and Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Technology and teaches courses in research and evaluation of emerging technology and emerging technologies and educational practices. he supervises MEd and PhD students from across Africa. Cheryl is Principal Investigator for a Carnegie funded "Developing Educational Technology Professionals in Africa" project, and Commonwealth of Learning Digital Educational Leadership project . She is co-chair of the Apereo Teaching and Learning Innovation Awards (ATLAS) which recognise innovation in learning and teaching in the Apereo community. Cheryl is an NRF rated researcher and her interests centre around access to ICTs and how they facilitate or inhibit students’ participation in learning. In the past few years she has looked more closely at the role of personal devices (for example cellphones, tablets and laptops) play in students learning in a developing context and the development of students' digital literacy practices.
Karen McCavitt (Adobe Systems, Inc.)
Karen McCavitt joined Adobe in the fall of 2012 to manage worldwide marketing and programs for Higher Education Institutions. McCavitt brings years of experience in all facets of marketing, helping various technology companies successfully promote their products and solutions. During her career, Karen McCavitt spent 11 years working for Apple, five of which included driving the growth of Apple’s market share among college students. Before joining Adobe, Karen McCavitt consulted for companies such as Cisco, Sun, and Microsoft. Karen holds a B.S.B.A. in Marketing and is a graduate of the Marketing Management Executive Program from Columbia University.