Digital Literacy

Teaching and Research Resource Fair (2nd annual AIS-palooza)

April 12, 2018, 11:00am
SAVE THE DATE! Join us for our second annual AIS-palooza. Connect with service providers and academic support units from across campus to learn about resources that are available to faculty, researchers, and graduate students. Schedule a consultation to improve your teaching, learn about exciting new tools to engage students and speed grading, secure your research data, find out about funding opportunities and more.

Media-Rich Content: Towards a Purposeful Pedagogy

March 12, 2018, 4:00pm
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Why do we use or create media-rich content in our classes? What are the pros and cons for student learning? How do we obtain or publish these materials ethically, legally, and in ways that protect our students? In this dialogue, we'll explore sources available to Berkeley instructors and talk about privacy, fair use, and issues of access. Come join in the discussion and help us build a resource list that can be shared widely with other faculty.

Dynamic Lecturing: Research-Based Strategies to Enhance Effectiveness

February 26, 2018

head shot of Todd Zakrajsek

Is lecturing a "tainted and antiquated" mode of teaching or a misunderstood and unfairly maligned approach? According to Todd Zakrajsek, it depends. Lecturing is not inherently good or bad and there are many styles and modalities that serve different purposes.

Algorithmic Bias in Search and Research

April 18, 2018, 4:00pm
Algorithms shape our everyday access to information, defining what we can and can not find online. Safiya Umoja Noble's (USC) forthcoming book Algorithms of Oppression explores the algorithms that form the backbone for services like Google and Facebook, and the ways in which these algorithms reinforce racist views and encode gender discrimination. As commercial platforms increasingly control how scholars, as well as the general public, access information, it's critical for our students to consider the ways in which these tools are anything but neutral.

Digital Reading and Writing

February 1, 2018, 4:00pm
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As screen reading becomes more commonplace, how does it affect student learning? As instructors, what cautions or strategies should we be aware of, if any, and what research and resources exist to help us prepare students? What does reading and writing mean in a digital age?

Designing for Digital Literacy

How do we equip ourselves and our students to navigate an increasingly complex information landscape? What are best practices that we can share regarding digital content creation, consumption, and dissemination?

This is a series of monthly informal discussions on the tools, ethics, implications, and effects of our choices in digital pedagogy. All are welcome!

Seven Things Every Instructor Should Know About Fake News!

October 12, 2017, 12:00pm
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Open to: All instructors and academic support staff


#1: Don't fall for click-bait headlines like the one above!

Join us for a lively discussion about strategies and suggestions for helping students better navigate "alternative facts," unreliable sources, and sloppy sharing. In particular, how can students evaluate news sources effectively for veracity and value as sources? How do we address gaps in their media and digital literacy skills? 

Designing for a Digital Age: The Use and Abuse of Digital Platforms

November 16, 2017, 4:00pm
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Open to: All instructors and academic support staff


How do issues of privacy, copyright, and plagiarism in a digital environment intersect with our use of digital tools such as or public sites such as WordPress, LinkedIn, or other social media? How do we remain ethical in our use of digital media and platforms and encourage our students to do so as well?

Photos and Resources from the Teaching and Research Resource Fair

April 24, 2017

We had a great turnout for our first-ever AIS-palooza on April 18, 2017! Thank you to everyone who came, as well as to all of our wonderful presenters.

For those of you who couldn't make it to the event, check out the photos below to see what you missed. You can also view the program guide and download some of the handouts and slides from our presenters.