News You Can Use
ALA Unit/Subunit: PLA
Meeting Type: News You Can Use
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
The Public Library Association's (PLA) DigitalLearn project (http://www.digitallearn.org) is a collection of self-directed tutorials for end-users to increase their digital literacy. Launched in 2013, the site provides courses on the most basic skills, such as using a computer, creating an email address, navigating a web site, and searching for jobs online. All courses are video-based with narration, approximately 6 to 22 minutes long, and are written at the fourth-grade reading level. Since its launch, the usage of DigitalLearn has notably increased to approximately 20,000 users per year. Join us for an update about the advancements of DigitalLearn in 2018, including how DigitalLearn is being used by organizations like Cox and IBM, the development of new courses related to searching online for credible health information and filling out online job applications, and a discussion about the extensive suite of tools and resources on DigitalLearn for educators and trainers of digital literacy courses. You will also learn how PLA’s DigitalLearn can be personalized for your library, which includes customization of the DigitalLearn platform to include your library’s branding/logo, hands-on assistance from PLA (or our partners) with the development, testing, and management of your personalized site, the ability to create your own courses, customized learning plans and certificates of course completion for the users that register on your personalized site, access to course usage statistics, and integration of PLA’s Project Outcome to assist you with assessment and evaluation on how effective the DigtialLearn courses are in your community.