One of our favorite topics here on the TechSoup for Libraries blog is digital literacy. We love to share best practices, tips and techniques, and resources that can help libraries with the digitial literacy efforts in their communities. One great new resource that we would like to highlight is DigitalLearn.org.
DigitalLearn.org is a hub for digital literacy, with training resources for those who teach and support digital learners. There are two main sections of DigitalLearn.org. One section is for learners and the other section is for trainers.
- Learn: Self-directed, interactive trainings, which can be used independently by learners or can complement in-person classes. Current topics include: Getting started on a computer, Using a PC, Using a Mac, Internet searching, Navigating a Website, and Intro to Email. Each session ranges from 6 minutes to 15 minutes long. This is a great place to direct those who are new to computers and want to learn more.
- Teach: Virtual space for trainers to share resources and best practices, work collaboratively, seek input from others in the field and more. This is a great place to connect with others to share ideas and ask questions.
DigitalLearn.org is managed by the Public Library Association (PLA) and funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. It receives ongoing support from the ALA Office of Information Technology and Policy, the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies and the input of committee members from a diverse array of organizations.