Dr. Susan Ruckdeschel has over twenty years of teaching literacy to K-12 students, conducting teacher professional development, teaching literacy to adult learners, and directing instructional design. Her most recent work focuses on blended learning, with a doctoral study completed in 2017 titled, “The Efficacy of Blended Learning Models of Teacher Professional Development”. Her research continues to further best practices for instructional design with a focus on digital literacy. Dr. Ruckdeschel is founder and former CEO of Literacy Solutions and more, Inc., an online blended learning provider of teacher professional development with over 400 courses licensed throughout the United States. Dr. Ruckdeschel continues to research, publish and direct digital instructional design effort on behalf of organizations seeking to move real-time instruction into digital and blended learning modules, both in the US and abroad.
Developing Digital Literacies Among Children and Adults
The presentation and literature review will explore strategy variances in reading digital versus traditional print and its affect on functional literacy. Writing for social and multi-media will be included. The presentation will culminate with a discussion of what strategies work best to effectively read and write in digital venues, along with the value of digital literacy from a teaching and learning perspective along a literacy spectrum that includes speed, comprehension, and how information is stored and managed visually and cognitively. An overview of evidence-based literacy strategies will culminate the session, along with a number of blended learning resources to support instructional design.