Making Connections: An overview of Literacy and Technology

I have found this course to be both challengning and interesting. I think that at this time in our technological development as a society, this course is incredibly relevant.

Some major learnings from my research, course readings and projects or postings from other students (I have made comments in the brackets to demonstrate how I felt that this learning was acquired or shown):

  • There are a variety of tools that can support online learning and literacy skills. Some of these are new, but many of them are just reworked ways of communicating (demonstrated through our  Rip.Mix.Feed activity and readings/posts).
  • There have always been changes in literacy when new technologies are introduced, many people will fear and question these changes, but we may not know the impacts of them until after they have changed us (demonstrated through our research projects posted on the Weblog and through our readings).
  • Certain technologies will necessarily promote certain types of literacy (demonstrated through our various projects and readings, particularly Ong).
  • Image and text have always shared a place with respect to literacy, recent history has given authority to text, but this may be shifting (demonstrated through our readings and the choices of representation for our projects).

In the spirit of collaboration, I’d be interested to see if others would add anything to this list? What things did you learn? What stands out the most? What parts of the course were the most meaningful to you?



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2 Responses to Making Connections: An overview of Literacy and Technology

  1. Kim Wagner says:

    I would add the following (which does somewhat overlap):

    The remediation between text and visual is complicated and ongoing. Visual forms have exploded in number and combination with text, and they are assuming a greater importance in the dynamic with text–being no longer controlled by the text.

    It’s difficult to predict where we will be going next as new technologies are developing as a more rapid pace than in the past.

  2. rebeccaharrison says:


    I agree, and I think it would be interesting, as this class looks at those changes specifically, to see what kinds of responses there are in the future, as new technologies emerge.


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