Digital Fluency Learning Outcomes: Discovery, Inquiry, Interaction, Ethical Considerations, Creat...

Digital Fluency Learning Outcomes

The digital fluency program has the following learning outcomes for students. While students can elect to attend co-curricular events that teach these outcomes, most students learn these outcomes in the classroom. Librarians lead class sessions and work with faculty to integrate these outcomes into the curriculum.


  1. Students are introduced to new technologies and information resources.
  2. Students define and follow the research process.
  3. Students seek and find evidence to both support and challenge their opinions and ideas.
  4. Students differentiate between popular and scholarly research.
  5. Students choose reputable and appropriate information and digital resources to use in any given situation.
  6. Students create and adapt their search strategies dependent on the situation.
  7. Students identify when they need to gather additional information or choose a new technology.
  8. Students successfully troubleshoot issues related to technology and information seeking and seek assistance when required.
  9. Students persist, reevaluate, and/or adapt despite frustrations, setbacks, and changes in technology and access.


  1. Students distinguish between reliable and unreliable sources of information and technology.
  2. Students identify areas where they have confirmation bias.
  3. Students assess their own knowledge and abilities.
  4. Students reflect on and analyze their technology use and information sources.
  5. Students actively work towards finding balance in their technology use and information consumption.


  1. Students identify who is available for assistance and seek out and ask for help and advice from professionals when issues arise.
  2. Students engage in responsible communication etiquette and netiquette.
  3. Students communicate effectively and ethically in written and digital platforms.
  4. Students collaborate effectively with others on digital and research projects.
  5. Students can define project management, the stages involved, and the roles that members play within it.


  1. Students make informed decisions about what information to keep private.
  2. Students share information in contextually appropriate and responsible ways.
  3. Students demonstrate a basic understanding of the complexities of issues related to data, privacy, surveillance, and the filter bubble.
  4. Students identify the issues of inclusion, access, and accessibility in the digital world.
  5. Students respect and follow copyright law and academic honesty policies and accurately cite their sources.


  1. Students actively create and manage a professional, responsible digital presence and are accountable for what they share and produce online.
  2. Students create content using a variety of technology and incorporating universal design principles.
  3. Students present information effectively using digital tools.


  1. Students define and identify the benefits of using cloud or server storage systems.
  2. Students use a secure platform to store their files.
  3. Students back up their files frequently.
  4. Students add metadata to digital content to aid in future discovery.
  5. Students create a sustainability plan for long-term digital projects.