Cyber Fluency

According to S.K. Webster and T. Kelliher
Computer Literacy:  Knowing how computers work.
Cyber Fluency:  Knowing how to work with computers on the internet.

 
 
Cyber Fluency in Psychology
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Page 2 of Technology Integration: Hitting a Moving Target, Sandra K. Webster in the Symposium:  Toward a Well-Integrated Research-Rich Undergraduate Psychology Curriculum- One Department's Journey, at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Boston, Massachusetts, August 20, 1999.
     Our goals for information technology have moved from computer literacy to cyberfluency (Kelliher & Webster, 1993).  We are no longer satisfied by knowing about how computers work in a societal context (computer literacy) but expect students and faculty to know how to work effectively with networked electronic information resources (cyberfluency). To us, “cyberfluency” represents understanding how to work with computers in a networked society.  This term flows from language fluency, implying that one can produce something, not merely digest what others have produced. Westminster psychology students develop fluency with the use of computer networks through repeated application across many psychology classes and through their research projects. 
     One example involves the use of computers in the Lab Preschool. Undergraduates and staff are collaborating on a research program aimed at determining the best applications of computers in preschools to aid in children's social skills acquisition.  Technology is integrated into the Preschool Curriculum.  This integration is observed by undergraduate students in the Child Development classes.  It is implemented and assessed by student researchers in collaboration with a faculty research program.  In conducting research on children's use of technology the undergraduates also use a variety of technology applications (e.g., computerized observational coding system.)  This is just one example that demonstrates the integration of technology across teaching, learning and research.

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