Find, Parse, Assess: The Demand for Digital Literacy

Sponsored by Modern Language Association

Recorded on 01/06/2020
Posted in The Authority File

Episode 106

MLA Guide to Digital Literacy book cover

Income, religion, region, and party—all of these divide America. But another divide is the one between those who are digitally literate and those who aren’t. Ellen Carillo, associate professor at the University of Connecticut, works to shrink that divide, with her new book the MLA Guide to Digital Literacy. While it’s designed to serve as a textbook—with hands-on activities, writing prompts, and sample lesson plans all included—it also functions as more. It’s a real-life guide to evaluating sources and making sound choices for those struggling to withstand the derecho of information howling around us every day.

In this episode, Carillo breaks down eight guiding principles of digital literacy, clarifying that students are not the only ones who need to learn its lessons. It “plays a huge role in what it means to be a citizen.” Which is why each of us could use fifteen minutes or so of enlightened conversation on the hows and whys of the important and often-overlooked topic of digital literacy.


About the guest:

Ellen Carillo
Associate Professor
University of Connecticut

Ellen C. Carillo is associate professor of English and writing coordinator at the University of Connecticut. She is the author of many articles and books, including, most recently, the MLA Guide to Digital Literacy (2019) as well as Teaching Readers in Post-truth America (2018), A Writer’s Guide to Mindful Reading (2017), and Securing a Place for Reading in Composition: The importance of Teaching for Transfer (2015).