About the DDL and Other Technology Initiatives

The Digital Driver’s License is a program of development and certification for faculty who plan to teach in the online environment. It consists of a series of meetings that cover contemporary instructional technologies and the pedagogical considerations that guide their effective use in the classroom. The DDL seeks to develop faculty who are proficient teaching in a traditional setting but who have yet to teach online, and to a new generation of students, sometimes described as digital natives.

The DDL represents the foundation stage for two subsequent initiatives, described below, which are planned for implementation over a three-year period. For additional information, please download the program flyer by clicking here.

The DDL+ Program offers an opportunity for advanced work to those faculty who have completed the DDL and wish to extend both their understanding of teaching with digital media and engage in collaborative research that leads to publication in the area of pedagogy and digital media. It is divided into three areas: first, the peer teaching of new media, second, group research that leads to multi-author publication; and third, the implementation of innovative practices, such as the web-networked classroom.

The Digital Literacy and Proficiency Program for Students is the last of the three initiatives, and it is designed to draw from the programs above to insure students have an understanding not just of the new-media topics that are discipline specific, such as the study of online consumer behavior in marketing, but also to develop a demonstrable proficiency in digital authoring, as students become creators of new media content.