ITE 111: Digital Literacy in the 21st Century

Course Description

Digital Literacy for the 21st Century: Navigating the Digital Landscape is an 8-week course designed to equip students with essential knowledge and skills to thrive in the digital age. This course covers various aspects of digital literacy, including digital tools and online communications technology, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and generative artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and ethical considerations involved with cutting edge digital tools. Students will gain a general understanding of these topics and obtain the ability to explain the key concepts and apply them to an examination of how such technology may impact their field of study (3 credits)

Prerequisite

  • None

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Apply current, relevant technologies to identify and solve problems, make informed decisions, communicate, create information/data, and protect information/data.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in digital media and environments to communicate and work effectively in person, hybrid format, and/or at a distance.
  3. Explore and evaluate various digital tools for communication, productivity, and collaboration.
  4. Define the high-level principles of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Generative AI.
  5. Identify and explain the key components of AI/ML and Generative AI and explain key features, positive and negatives associated with each.
  6. Identify the importance of cybersecurity, the key terminology, and the risks associated with data privacy.
  7. Identify ethical considerations in the use of digital technologies and articulate the importance and risks of digital accessibility and AI/ML equity issues.
  8. Investigate generative AI’s use to improve writing samples, ideate, and look up key information, and look up key information.
  9. Remember key data terms and explore basic data analysis concepts.

Course Activities and Grading

AssignmentsWeight
Discussions (10 Pts per, Wks 1-8)

16%

Weekly Exams (5 Pts per, Wks 1-8)

4%

Exercises/Short (60 Pts per, Wks 1, 4, 5, 8)

24%

Group Exercises (20 Pts per, Wks 1, 4, 6)

6%

Mid Length Essay (125 Pts per, Wks 2, 3)

25%

Final Presentation (250 Pts per, Wk 7)

25%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

  • This course uses Open Educational Resources (OER). OER are openly licensed, educational resources that can be used for teaching, learning and research. OER may consist of a variety of resources such as textbooks, videos and software that are at little or no cost for students.

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,2,3,9

Topic: Digital Communication tools

  • Working in Virtual Teams – Week 7
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Information System for Business and Beyond, Chapter 5
  • Teams exercise
  • 1 page essay
  • Quiz
  • Review Getting Started information
  • Review course syllabus
  • Read assigned materials
  • Watch Lecture
  • Introduce yourself in discussion forum
  • Participate in discussion forum
  • Complete activities and submit
  • Take quiz

2

1,9

Topic: Role of Data

  • Understanding Data – video course series
  • Statistical Thinking – written section
  • Paper 1
  • Quiz
  • Review project assignment information
  • View and read assigned materials
  • Watch lecture
  • Participate in discussions
  • Research for paper 1
  • Submit paper
  • Take quiz

3

1,4,5

Topic: Artificial Intelligence (AI)

  • The People’s Guide to AI/ML sections 1-3
  • Paper 2
  • Quiz
  • Read assigned materials
  • Watch lecture
  • Participate in discussions
  • Research for paper 2
  • Submit paper
  • Take quiz

4

1,2,3,4,5,8

Topic: Generative AI

  • Information System for Business and Beyond, Chapter 13
  • Generative AI exercise
  • Group Teams Exercise
  • Quiz
  • Read assigned materials
  • Watch lecture
  • Participate in discussions
  • Gen AI Exercise
  • Group Exercise
  • Submit Project Topic
  • Take Quiz

5

1,3,9

Topic: Data Analysis & Productivity tools

  • Information System for Business and Beyond, Chapter 12
  • Watch Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Systems and IMC
  • Exercise/Short Essay
  • Quiz
  • Review Project assignment information and contact the professor if you have questions
  • Read assigned materials
  • Watch CRM Systems
  • Watch Lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Short Essay
  • Quiz

6

1,2,3,4,5,6

Topic: Cybersecurity

  • Information System for Business and Beyond, Chapter 8
  • The Growing Role of AI/ML in Data Security
  • What is Cybercrime Video
  • Group Teams Exercise (full draft of presentation should be done)
  • Quiz
  • Read assigned materials
  • Watch CRM Systems
  • Watch Lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Teams Exercise
  • Quiz

7

1-7,9

Topic: Data Ethics & Legal

  • Information System for Business and Beyond, Chapter 9
  • Group Teams Final Presentation
  • Quiz
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Watch lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Final Teams Presentation Recording
  • Quiz

8

1,5,7,9

Topic: Bias & The Digital Divide

  • People’s guide to AI, Section 4
  • Facial Recognition – A Primer
  • Short Essay
  • Quiz
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Watch the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Short Essay
  • Quiz
  • Complete Course Evaluation

Final Presentation

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COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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