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Don’t Leave College Without These 10 Digital Skills

Graduation season is upon us, and that means college graduates everywhere are preparing to enter “the real world.” But chances are your liberal arts degree, as hard-earned and valuable as it is, doesn’t equip you with every digital skill you need.

We’ve put together a short list of fundamental skills that every college graduate should possess, from simply branding yourself online to learning basic coding. They’re guaranteed to increase your overall digital know-how, and you can learn them all on your own.

Did you graduate college a long time ago, or never attended? Don’t worry — it’s never too late to learn these skills. They’re useful to anyone.

1. Setting Up a Wi-Fi Network

These days, most students are lucky enough to go to colleges that already have wireless Internet set up in the dorms. By simply typing in a password on the provided network, the web magically appears on your laptop. But once you graduate, that’s no longer the case. To save yourself from this harsh reality, learn what it takes to get working Wi-Fi: setting up the modem, launching a new network and researching local companies and pricing.

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Addressing Interdisciplinary Digital Literacy | The Cengage Learning Blog

February 25th, 2013

What does “digital literacy” mean to students as it applies to your courses? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below, or e-mail us at thinktank@cengage.com.

As we’ve discussed previously on the blog, digital literacy is an essential tool for preparing students for their future workplaces. When you teach students how to be digitally literate, you’re not only instilling important technical skills, but also an understanding of appropriate use of that technology. But being digitally literate doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. Depending on a student’s field of study, his or her needs in understanding certain technology skills could vary greatly.

In this video, Cengage Learning author Ken Baldauf discusses his work in evaluating what digital literacy means for students in various fields of study. He talks about how he studies the ways in which computers are used in each discipline to uncover what computer skills are needed in various areas of study, thereby equipping students with the technology skills needed to prepare them for careers in their degree program fields. Read more…

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