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Honors Digital
Literacy Initiative

From easier access to information to establishing connections between what students learn and the work they’ll do after graduation, technology can powerfully affect learning. The Digital Literacy initiative will prepare students for professional and post-graduate success by teaching them how to “think digitally” across a spectrum of Honors courses while providing the technology to support digital learning.

Digital Literacy Publications – (TAG Application: Also submitted as attachment)
1. From Written to Digital: The New Literacy
Educause Review
2. Georgia State University invests in digital literacy – Dell Case Study
3. GPS Conference Poster Presentation on IRB Approved Study of Pilot
What is the Honors Digital Literacy Initiative?
The Honors Digital Literacy Initiative is intended to prepare students for professional and post-graduate success by teaching them how to “think digitally” across a variety of fields. Through Digital Literacy courses, students will develop work that demonstrates digital experiences and learning. Students will explore digital solutions in course such as English, Math, History and Political Science. Through courses in the Digital Literacy Initiative, students will develop a portfolio of work that demonstrates experiential digital learning and will be supported with the technical tools needed to enable academic success.
More on the Digital Literacy Initiative from GSU’s Chief Innovation Officer >

Who will receive a device?
Students enrolled in Digital Literacy Initiative courses will received the devices. Once those devices are distributed to enrolled participants devices will be open to all Honor College students on a first come, first serve basis.

What are the specifications for the laptops / tablets students will be provided?

The device that will be provided is a Dell Inspiron 13. The 2-in-1 computer functions both as a laptop and tablet, with a touchscreen that accepts touch and stylus input. Device specifications include Windows 8.1 operating system, an Intel Core i7-5500U Processor, 8GB Single Channel DDR3L1600MHz Memory, a 256 GB Solid State Drive, and a 13.3-inch HD (1920 x 1080) Touch Display.

How long will students be provided the devices?
Students will have full use of the devices for the one semester only, unless they are enrolled in Digital Literacy classes Spring 2017 semester. Students will need to return the devices by December 15, unless an extension has been granted based on approval.

What software will be provided?
We’ll provide more information on what software will be provided as we move forward. For now, please take a moment to review the software available to all GSU students, including the Microsoft Office Suite.

What other digital tools will be available in addition to the devices and software?
Several digital literacy courses will take advantage of free digital texts and portfolio creation tools.

Does it cost anything to enroll in the digital literacy initiative?
There is no cost to participate in the digital literacy initiative. All students enrolled in digital Literacy courses will receive a device for that semester to checkout without cost.

Will I own the device and can it be used outside of classes?
Students will not own the device, but students will have full use of the device during the academic year (Fall 2015 and Spring 2016) and can use it for academic and personal needs. Students will have administrative rights while using the device and can treat the device as their own. At the end of the academic school year, students must return the device. Students who do not turn the device in at the end of the school year will be charged for the device.

Do I have to register for a digital literacy class to receive the device?
Students enrolled in the digital literacy classes will have the option to use the device during the semester they are enrolled in a digital literacy class. All Honors College Freshman will also have the opportunity to check out a device after students enrolled in DLI classes.

Why are only Honors College Freshman being supplied the devices?
Honors College students were selected to for this initiative at this time.

What kind of technology support will GSU provide?
GSU will provide extensive technology support for the devices, including best-effort support with applications, assistance troubleshooting device issues, and help escalate issues to the device’s manufacturer if hardware issues arise.

What about theft of or damage to the device?
The devices are covered by a one-year damage protection that will assist with many repairs that might arise. If the device is stolen, students will need to provide a police report.

When are the tablets going to be distributed to students?
Devices will be available for Digital Literacy students Monday, August 22 through Friday, August 26 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Honors College Computer Lab (Located on the 2nd floor in Centennial Hall). After August 26, any Honors College Student as well as Digital Literacy Initiative enrolled students may pick up a device from Monday, August 29 – Friday, September 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Are the students responsible for backing up their personal data?
Yes. GSU cannot guarantee any data that students save on their local drives. In addition, any time the tablet is brought to the technical support team for repair; all data might be deleted if we need to reinstall the entire computer’s image. Students should backup all files on One Drive. Students will be instructed on how to back up their files during their training session once the device is picked up.

Can I buy the device at the end of the school year rather than return it?
No, you cannot buy the device but students will have full use of the devices for the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters. Students will need to return the devices after each semester. Providing the devices for this time period gives students a set of computing resources for the semester they are enrolled in a digital literacy course, after which they’ll have more of a sense of what resources they might need going forward.

Are students allowed to use their own laptops and tablets?
Yes, students are allowed to use their own laptops and tablets for the digital literacy courses. The benefit of having this digital literacy initiative device is that it has customized features and software to support Honors courses, in particularly those course that indicate a digital literacy component. The device is also supported by the university and any issues that arise will be handled by the university IT support team. You are more than welcome to use your device if it provides all the features necessary for your courses, but please note that the university cannot support personal devices in the same manner as the university-issued devices.

Are there additional capabilities available that can be added to this device by a student, such as a docking station keyboard, mouse or dual screen monitors?
The laptop includes the following ports: Full Size HDMITM 1.4a, (2) USB 3.0 (One USB 3.0 w/Power Share), (1) USB 2.0, Noble lock slot, combo headphone / microphone Jack. While the Digital Literacy Project will not provide docking peripherals, you are welcome to purchase peripherals. Keep in mind that the laptop is on loan for only a year so it is best to buy peripherals that are universal and will work with other devices. The HDMI port allows connectivity to many models of monitors and there are a variety of Universal USB 3.0 docking solutions on the market that allow connectivity of multiple USB input devices, such as keyboards and mice as well as monitors.

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Digital Literacy Device Post Survey > (To Be Taken During Pick Drop Off)