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Digital Gardener Initiative

The Digital Gardener Initiative brings together members of the IU community working together to support students through digital literacy programs.
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The Digital Gardener Initiative

The Digital Gardener Initiative is a faculty-driven commitment to connect members of the IU community working in digital literacy. The initiative aims to share best practices and grow successful programs across the university to prepare students for an increasingly digital world.

For more information about the initiative, email dgi@iu.edu

Digital Literacy at IU

Across the university, several programs are emphasizing elements of advancing digital literacy.
  • Canvas course created by IU Bloomington Libraries to help students improve critical thinking skills
  • Resources for building basic tech skills relating to personal interests and capabilities, offered by IU’s Center of Excellence for Women & Technology
  • IUPUI’s thinker space, where students create, explore, and collaborate using emerging technologies
  • An IU Expand course teaching skills for navigating the post-truth era, created by IU Kokomo faculty
  • Annual celebration of digital storytelling and podcasting, created by IU Kokomo faculty and open for submissions from the entire IU community.

Pilot Programs

Members of the initiative are also working to create more programs to educate faculty and support students.

Digital Gardener Faculty Fellowship

A program, funded by an Adobe faculty development grant, to use and incorporate digital ways of knowing, doing, and making into curriculum. Applications will be accepted starting in late October for a pilot in spring 2022. Check back soon for more information.

Idea Garden Digital Gardener program

A pilot badging program at IUPUI to encourage digital literacy for students through experimentation with emerging technologies

Digital Gardener Lite

A weekend commuter program at IUB to provide an introductory college experience for high school students that helps develop digital skills and abilities (fall 2021)

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Past Events

Digital Gardener Summit

This inaugural, hybrid summit brought together individuals at IU interested in digital literacy.
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