Books, articles, and reports published by Digital Life Institute members.

What AI? Making a case for AI Literacies for Educators

What AI? Making a case for AI Literacies for Educators

Lesley Wilton, Stephen Ip, Meera Sharma, & Frank Fan

Conference Paper: presented at 11th Annual SALTISE Conference, June 2022.

Student APProval: Building a dynamic reading comprehension program for struggling middle school readers

Student APProval: Building a dynamic reading comprehension program for struggling middle school readers

Lesley Wilton & Sarah Bernholtz

Conference Paper: Paper presented at Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) Annual Conference (Online).

AI Agents, Humans and Untangling the Marketing of Artificial Intelligence in Learning Environments

Isabel Pedersen, Ann Hill Duin

Conference Paper: This exploratory study identifies the tangling of proposed relationships between human and non-human agents by providing an analysis on how AI technologies are marketed for learning subjects through a critical discourse analysis of corporate advertisements.

From the 55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences | 2022

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Not Busy Work! The benefits of new literacies and social practices in online discussion

Lesley Wilton

Book Chapter: In Designing for Meaningful Synchronous and Asynchronous Discussion in Online Courses.

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Building Digital Literacy Through Exploration and Curation of Emerging Technologies: A Networked Learning Collaborative

Ann Hill Duin, Isabel Pedersen, Jason Tham

Book Chapter: This exploratory study examines instructor discussion, instructional development, and study of student building of digital literacy as a result of the use and/or curation of Fabric of Digital Life collections on emerging technologies.

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Developing Digital Literacy

Kenyan Burnham, Jason Tham

Journal Article: Digital literacy is an ongoing area of inquiry and research in technical and professional communication (TPC) pedagogy. This article reports the findings from an analysis of assignment designs and deployments, complemented by student and instructor reflections on the use of a digital archive in digital literacy development. Programmatic Perspectives, vol 12 issue 2.

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Interrogating Alexa: Holding voice assistants accountable for their answers

Daniel L. Hocutt

Conference Paper: This paper reports on a preliminary comparative study of Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant voice assistants (VA) that explores the origins of answers provided on each platform in an attempt to determine the extent that these origins influence responses.  From Proceedings of the 39th ACM International Conference on the Design of Communication.

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Learning About Metadata and Machines: Teaching Students Using a Novel Structured Database Activity

Andrew Iliadis , Tony Liao , Isabel Pedersen , and Jing Han

Journal Article: Machines produce and operate using complex systems of metadata that need to be cata- logued, sorted, and processed. Many students lack the experience with metadata and sufficient knowl- edge about it to understand it as part of their data literacy skills. This paper describes an educational and interactive database activity designed for teaching undergraduate communication students about the creation, value, and logic of structured data. Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2021, Vol. 4, 152-165

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Fostering student digital literacy through The Fabric of Digital Life

Davis, K., Stambler, D., Veeramoothoo, S., Ranade, N., Hocutt, D., Tham, J., Misak, J., Duin, A. H., & Pedersen, I.

Journal Article: Defining literacy in the writing classroom is a difficult project. Pedagogical scholarship voices a need to understand literacy as literacies, or as plural, multidimensional, or multilayered. Multidimensional literacies present a need for multidimensional instructional models, yet there is no innovative model for building digital literacy. In this article we provide assignments implemented in several writing courses as part of the BDL project. We hope to highlight how instructors can develop assignments that engage students with the multiple literacies needed to be successful critical thinkers in their personal and professional digital lives. Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy.

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Design Thinking in Technical Communication

Jason C.K. Tham

Book: This book explicates the relationships between design thinking, critical making, and socially responsive technical communication. It leverages the recent technology-powered DIY culture called “the Maker Movement” to identify how citizen innovation can inform cutting-edge social innovation that advocates for equitable change and progress on today’s “wicked” problems.

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Writing Futures: Collaborative, Algorithmic, Autonomous

Ann Hill Duin and Isabel Pedersen

Book: This collection explores the future of writing. As non-human agents and artificial intelligences (AI) disrupt all writing fields and professions, human writers have to adapt.

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Connectivism for writing pedagogy: Strategic networked approaches to promote international collaborations and intercultural learning

JasonTham, Ann HillDuin, Saveena (Chakrika)Veeramoothoo, Brandi J.Fuglsby

Journal Article: Global learning promotes intercultural understanding among learners and their nodes. Students use networked technologies to connect with other students located in various parts of the world. Students interact to co-construct knowledge and respond to unique situations collaboratively. Connectivism is a strategic theory that leverages the availability of distributed knowledge.

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