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Digital Learning Framework


The LITS Digital Learning Framework provides a common language and structure to support our college community’s engagement with the Digital Hamilton initiative.

MINDSETS
Algorithmic
Thinking
Analytic
Thinking
Design
Thinking
Inventive
Thinking
Network
Thinking

LEARNING EXPERIENCES
    Encounter    
    Engage    
    Extend    

FOUNDATIONS
Ethics & Policy
Hamilton Educational Goals

The framework serves as a tool for:

  • fostering discussions about digital learning across disciplines and administrative units;
  • developing digitally-focused learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom;
  • integrating digital capabilities into student learning plans; and
  • evaluating progress toward building a campus-wide digital learning community.

Scroll down to learn more, or visit the Digital Learning Framework Snapshot for  a brief overview.

Framework Elements

The framework is organized around three primary elements—mindsets, learning experiences, and foundations—which are outlined below and include links to further information.

Judy Zhou ’19

Mindsets

Mindsets are approaches to knowledge creation and problem solving based on a shared set of assumptions and methods. The framework is organized around five “ways of thinking” with and about digital technology:

  • Algorithmic Thinking
  • Analytic Thinking
  • Design Thinking
  • InventiveThinking
  • Network Thinking

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Learning Experiences

Learning experiences occupy the center of the framework. LITS is committed to working with campus partners to provide students with learning opportunities for each digital mindset at three levels of immersion.

  • Encounter
  • Engage
  • Extend

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Foundations

Digital learning in a liberal arts environment aims at more than technical competence in pursuit of functional goals. The framework’s foundations embrace Hamilton’s broader mission of preparing students for ethical decision-making and civic responsibility in an ever-changing world.

  • Ethics & Policy
  • Hamilton Educational Goals

“Digital literacy is an ongoing and dynamic process – it is [a condition,] not a threshold which, once achieved, guarantees familiarity with the digital for ever.”

Allan Martin — “A European Framework for Digital Literacy,” 2006

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Digital Hamilton


Hamilton enables students to understand, communicate, and work effectively in an increasingly digital world.

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