DL4M Research

The need for this work emerged from our e-Formation Learning Community and our conviction that effective 21st-century church leaders need fluency in new media to navigate digital and hybrid spaces.n.

Toolkit

What do the digital literacies look like in the classroom? The toolkit offers assignments, teaching activities, and how-to guides which highlight the literacies in action. You may use these resources as-is, tailor them to a specific discipline or audience, or simply peruse them to ignite your own imagination.

  • ASSIGNMENTS - Examples of how instructors can provide students the opportunity to demonstrate their learning while at the same time practicing a digital literacy.

  • TEACHING ACTIVITIES - Pedagogical resources and classroom activities (rather than graded assessments) that engage students and model active learning using digital tools.

  • HOW-TO-GUIDES - These offer starting points, reflection questions, guides to creation tools for both novices and experts, and sometimes step-by-step instructions or process guidelines.

How-To Guides

These offer starting points, reflection questions, guides to creation tools for both novices and experts, and sometimes step-by-step instructions or process guidelines.

If there’s one thing theological educators know about our students—and, if we’re honest, ourselves—it’s that it takes them and us time to learn new skills. And we realize your time is tight.

So part of our goal on this page is to save you time. We’ve culled through the best handbooks, how-to videos, and other guides to get your students up and running with new tools and new ways of ministering. Where they don’t exist, we’ve committed to creating them.

There’s a more important reason why this page exists, though. It’s because all of us bring to the work of creating something new a fear that we can’t do it. Our own experience of the inevitability of mistakes and frustration—plus the absolute necessity of a willingness to learn by doing—is why we were so excited that maintaining a posture of experimentation was one of the literacies our study participants identified.