Larry Britt, RI Family Literacy Initiative
The Northstar Digital Literacy Project defines basic skills needed to perform tasks on computers and online. The ability of adults to perform these tasks can be assessed through online, self-guided modules. When individuals pass the assessments at approved sponsoring sites, they can obtain the Northstar Digital Literacy Certificate. This provides a credential for employment. There is no cost to complete the online assessments. In order to become a sponsoring site for the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment, libraries must complete Proctor Training. Participants will have the opportunity to use a Demo agency website that is identical to the site used by sponsoring sites. After a review of the Proctor/Learner Codes of Conduct and the four different URLs, attendees will review the Assessment Results report and then take a detailed look at each function on what is called the "Digital Literacy Assessment Admin" page. Through the Demo agency web site, participants will have the opportunity to perform all of the Northstar administrative functions that will be required as a Northstar Sponsoring Site.
This is a hands-on workshop; computers will be provided. Prior to attending the workshop, participants will need to watch a twenty minute proctor training video and take and pass one assessment, bringing the results report to the training. Libraries should also sign up to become a sponsoring agency prior to the session. Upon signing up for this workshop, attendees will be emailed information on how to become a sponsoring site and given detailed instructions for the pre-workshop assignment.
The Office of Library and Information Services, in partnership with the RI Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI), Broadband RI (BBRI), and the Adult Education Professional Development Center (PDC),still has some site licenses available to libraries to become approved sites for the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment. Site licenses will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
Registration required. Limited to 15 participants.
Staff from public libraries engaged in digital literacy training; attendees must work at a library that is a sponsoring site for the Northstar Digital Literacy Project.