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The LITS Digital Learning Framework provides a gateway to co-curricular and extracurricular learning opportunities across campus for students interested in developing their digital capabilities. When fully implemented, the framework will connect students to hands-on, digital  learning experiences across twenty topic areas organized around three primary elements—mindsets, learning experiences, and foundations.


MINDSETS
Mindsets are approaches to problem solving and knowledge creation based on a shared set of assumptions and methods. The framework is organized around five “ways of thinking” with and about digital technology. Associated with each mindset are digital capabilities (knowledge, skills, and experience that can be applied to a professional or creative endeavor) and tools (hardware, software, and applications employed in developing these capabilities).
 
Algorithmic Thinking Analytic Thinking Design Thinking Inventive Thinking Network Thinking

Algorithmic thinking is about automating. It employs step-by-step instructions informed by conditional statements, loops, and logic to complete and combine discrete tasks.

Analytic thinking is about analyzing. It derives knowledge through collecting, organizing, evaluating, querying, and interpreting data and information.

Design thinking is about collaborating. It re-frames complex or ill-defined problems in user-centric ways through collaborative brainstorming, rapid prototyping and testing, and iterative development.

Alternate definition:
Innovative thinking is about reimagining. It employs the design process and new digital technologies to reconceive how we go about our work and reimagine what is possible.

Inventive thinking is about creating. It uses digital technologies to design new things, communicate ideas or experiences, and imagine alternative representations of reality.

Alternate definition:
Expressive thinking is about communicating. It uses digital technologies to share ideas or experiences, convey information in engaging ways, and imagine alternative representations of reality.

Network thinking is about contextualizing. It explores the interplay between technologies, social structures, and individuals.

Capabilities
• artificial intelligence
• coding
• computational thinking
• human computer interaction
 
Capabilities
• data analysis
• digital curation
• information literacy
• spatial analysis
 
Capabilities
• design thinking
• diversity, equity & inclusion
• entrepreneurship
• project management
 
Capabilities
• 3D modeling
• audio & video production
• extended reality (XR)
• graphic design & visualization
Capabilities
• cybersecurity
• digital self-determination
• information ecologies
• technology & culture
 
 
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
Acquiring Understanding
   
    Engage
Developing Capabilities
   
    Extend
Demonstrating Fluency
   
 
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
Digital Media - Information and Computing - Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
  Hamilton
Educational
Goals
Intellectual Curiosity & Flexibility Analytic Discernment Aesthetic Discernment Disciplinary Practice Creativity Communication & Expression Understanding of Cultural Diversity Ethical, Informed & Engaged Citizenship

Mindsets

Mindsets are approaches to problem solving and knowledge creation based on a shared set of assumptions and methods. The framework is organized around five “ways of thinking” with and about digital technology. Associated with each mindset are digital capabilities (knowledge, skills, and experience that can be applied to a professional or creative endeavor) and tools (hardware, software, and applications employed in developing these capabilities).

Algorithmic Thinking

Algorithmic thinking is about automating. It employs step-by-step instructions informed by conditional statements, loops, and logic to complete and combine discrete tasks.

 

Capability

Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence leverages computers and machines to mimic the problem-solving and decision-making capabilities of the human mind. (IBM)

Capability

Coding
Coding uses programming languages for communicating instructions to computers on what actions to perform and commands to carry out. (Techslang)

Capability

Computational Thinking
Computational thinking is the thought processes involved in formulating a problem and expressing its solution(s) in such a way that a computer—human or machine—can effectively carry it out. (Wing, quoted in Computational Thinking)

Capability

Human Computer Interaction
Human-computer interaction is a multidisciplinary field of study focusing on the interface between human users and computer technology. (Interaction Design Foundation)

Tools
• Bibliographic Databases
• Library Discovery Systems

Analytic Thinking

Analytic thinking is about analyzing. It derives knowledge through collecting, organizing, evaluating, querying, and interpreting data and information.

 

Capability

Data Analysis
Data analysis is a process of inspecting, cleansing, transforming, and modelling data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions, and supporting decision-making. (Brown, In Big Data, Mining, and Analytics)

Capability

Digital Curation
Digital curation is the active management and enhancement of digital information assets for current and future use. (National Research Council)

Capability

Information Literacy
Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning. (Association of College and Research Libraries)

Capability

Spatial Analysis
Spatial analysis is the process of examining the locations, attributes, and relationships of features in spatial data through overlay and other analytic techniques to address a question or gain useful knowledge. (ArcGIS)

Tools

• ArcGIS Online
• ArcGIS Story Maps
• Bibliographic Databases
• Google Apps for Education
• Library Discovery Systems
• Mathematica
• Microsoft Excel
• Omeka
• R
• RefWorks
• SPSS
• STATA

 

Expressive Thinking

Expressive thinking is about communicating. It uses digital technologies to share ideas or experiences, convey information in engaging ways, and imagine alternative representations of reality.

 

Capability

3D Modeling
Three dimensional modeling is the process of creating representations of any surface or object by manipulating polygons, edges, and vertices in simulated 3D space. (Slick, Lifewire)

Capability

Audio & Video Production
Audio and video production is the process of planning, recording, and editing sound and images to create a unified work.

Capability

Extended Reality (XR)
Extended reality (XR) is an umbrella term used to describe immersive technologies employed in augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality to merge the physical and virtual worlds.

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Capability

Graphic Design & Visualization
Graphic design and visualization communicate information through the arrangement of lines, shapes, colors, text, and images. (Dictionary of Publishing; Encyclopedia of Aesthetics)

Tools

• Adobe Audition, Bridge, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Photoshop, Premiere
• Apple iMovie, Logic Pro
• ArcGIS Story Maps
• Audacity
• Google Apps
• HP 3D Automatic Turntable Pro
• HP 3D Structured Light Scanner ProS3
• HP Sprout G2
• Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint
• Oculus Quest
• Oculus Rift S
• Omeka
• Panopto
• Scalar
• SketchUp
• TimelineJS
• Tinkercad
• Ultimaker 2
• Ultimaker 3
• Unity
• WordPress

Innovative Thinking

Innovative thinking is about reimagining. It employs the design process and new digital technologies to reconceive how we go about our work and reimagine what is possible.

 

Capability

Design Thinking
Design thinking re-frames complex or ill-defined problems in user-centric ways through collaborative brainstorming, rapid prototyping and testing, and iterative development. (Interaction Design Foundation)

Capability

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Diversity, equity, and inclusion help drive innovation in workplaces that value different perspectives and empower a wide range of people to participate fully and equally in the design process. (eXtension Foundation Impact CollaborativeLorenzo et al., BCG)

Capability

Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of novel opportunities that relies on inventiveness, creativity, and persuasiveness in the face of scarce resources. (Eisenmann, Harvard Business Review)

Capability

Project Managment
Project management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques toward the successful completion of a particular endeavor. (ASQ)

Tools

Network Thinking

Network thinking is about contextualizing. It explores the interplay between technologies, social structures, and individuals.

 

Capability

Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity involves preventing, detecting, and responding to digital threats to critical systems and sensitive information in order to combat potentially damaging attacks on individuals, organizations, and governments. (Ready.gov)

Capability

Digital Self-Determination
Digital self-determination is concerned with the power of individuals to define their identities, control and make meaningful choices about their data, and engage with others in governing the quality and ethical use of communal data. (Findlay and Remolina, SMU Centre for AI and Data Governance)

Capability

Information Ecologies
Information ecologies are systems of people, practices, technologies, and values in local environments. (Nardi and O'Day, Information Ecologies)

Capability

Technology & Culture
Technology and culture draws on scholarship from diverse disciplines to explore the dynamic relationship between technology (the application of knowledge, methods, techniques and instruments to practical purposes) and other aspects of culture (the learned complex of knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, and custom). (NAL Agricultural ThesaurusDictionary of SociologyScience, Technology and Society)

Tools
• Bibliographic Databases
• Library Discovery Systems
• RefWorks

Learning Experiences

Learning experiences occupy the center of the framework with three progressively immersive learning levels providing a means for organizing student interaction with the digital. LITS is committed to working with our partners across campus to provide students with learning opportunities for all mindsets that allow them to develop their digital capabilities in support of their educational goals.

Encounter

Aquiring understanding

Encounter level learning experiences are about acquiring understanding. At this level, students will be introduced to the framework’s digital focus areas through public lectures and general workshops. Students will gain a basic knowledge of the focus areas, develop an awareness of their underlying mindsets, and discover how algorithmic thinking, analytic thinking, design thinking, inventive thinking, and/or network thinking can relate to their educational goals and career objectives. Upon completing an encounter level learning experience, students will be able to explain in their own words how a digital mindset and its associated skill sets are being applied to challenges common to global societies in the 21st century.

Engage

Developing capabilities

Engage level learning experiences are about developing capabilities. At this level, students will expand their digital abilities through practice-oriented exercises integrated into courses and LITS online learning modules. Students will build their digital proficiencies using concepts and tools from the framework’s digital focus areas, employ methods of problem solving and discovery associated with individual mindsets, and undertake projects incorporating algorithmic thinking, analytic thinking, design thinking, inventive thinking, and/or network thinking that relate to their educational goals or career objectives. Upon completing an engage level learning experience, students will be able to apply a digital mindset and its associated skill sets to a challenge common to global societies in the 21st century.

Extend

Demonstrating fluency

Extend level learning experiences are about demonstrating fluency. At this level, students will apply advanced digital capabilities to summer research fellowships, independent studies, and senior capstone projects. Students will achieve a mastery of concepts and tools from the framework’s digital focus areas, display fluency in their choice and use of the digital mindsets informing their work, and exemplify the College motto, “know thyself,” by articulating how algorithmic thinking, analytic thinking, design thinking, inventive thinking, and/or network thinking inform their educational goals or career objectives. Upon completing an extend level learning experience, students will be able to share a completed project that creatively draws upon digital technologies to address a challenge common to global societies in the 21st century.

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

New digital capabilities bring with them ethical and policy implications requiring more than technical proficiency. The digital learning framework offers students opportunities to develop the background knowledge necessary for understanding the ethical dilemmas that accompany these emerging technologies.

The current scholarly and professional literature focusing on digital ethics and policy may be grouped into three overlapping areas of inquiry: digital media ethics, information and computing ethics, and artificial intelligence and robotics ethics. Topics include autonomy, bias, fairness, freedom of expression, inclusion, intellectual property, privacy, responsibility, and security.

Hamilton Educational Goals

Hamilton College's educational goals were adopted by the faculty in 2011 to provide students and their advisors with a framework to help students define and shape their individual programs. The digital learning framework’s incorporation of these goals provides a way for students to integrate digital learning into their overall plans.

Intellectual Curiosity and Flexibility
examining facts, phenomena and issues in depth, and from a variety of perspectives, and having the courage to revise beliefs and outlooks in light of new evidence

Analytic Discernment
analyzing information, patterns, connections, arguments, ideas, and views quantitatively and symbolically

Aesthetic Discernment
evaluating quality and value in a variety of artistic and other intellectual domains

Disciplinary Practice
engaging in the focused and sustained practice of disciplinary techniques and methodologies in order to acquire mastery of a specific ability or craft

Creativity
imagining and developing original ideas, approaches, works and interpretations, and solving problems resourcefully

Communication and Expression
expressing oneself with clarity and eloquence, in both traditional and contemporary media, through writing and speaking, and through visual, aural, gestural and other modalities

Understanding of Cultural Diversity
critically engaging with multiple cultural traditions and perspectives, and with interpersonal situations that enhance understanding of different identities and foster the ability to work and live productively and harmoniously with others

Ethical, Informed and Engaged Citizenship
developing an awareness of the challenges and responsibilities of local, national and global citizenship, and the ability to meet such challenges and fulfill such responsibilities by exercising sound and informed judgment in accordance with just principles

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