Capstone/Dissertation Title

Examining students' digital literacies in a hybrid classroom environment

Term

2013

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAT

Abstract

The research questions addressed are, are students struggling in reading comprehension when using a digital format? where are the students' gaps in digital literacy, is it in the comprehension of material, the evaluation of information for validity, or the synthesis of information from several different sources? The motivation for this capstone was the difficulty students experienced completing projects and homework when the resources were provided in a digital format. This capstone details where students' skills may be lacking in regards to the comprehension, evaluation, and synthesis required to develop an independent answer to a problem based inquiry. The author explores the disparate definitions of literacy and fuses differing literacy areas to encompass the skills necessary for students to experience success in a post-secondary realm. A course of action that includes incorporating scaffolded instruction within content areas to develop higher order thinking skills in digital media.

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