GSU Conference on Digital Literacy: Connecting College and Community

The GSU Conference on Digital Literacy is a faculty-organized event for Georgia State University faculty, students, staff, and administrators from any discipline or department who want to learn more about using and implementing digital tools to enhance teaching and learning. This open conference will provide an opportunity for professional development, community building, and experiential learning related to digital pedagogy and scholarship. This year’s theme is Connecting College and Community.

Registration Information
Thursday, February 8, 2018, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Centennial Hall
Georgia State University, Downtown Campus
100 Auburn Ave.  Atlanta, GA 30303
Registration Opens November 5, 2017

Call for Proposals

This Year’s Theme: Connecting College and Community

It is a pleasure to invite you to submit proposals for Georgia State University’s third annual Conference on Digital Literacy. Are you a faculty member, graduate teaching assistant, or student interested in exploring how technology can connect GSU classrooms with local, regional, or national communities to address 21st-century challenges and problems?

We are seeking teams to provide a focus for and to lead working groups during the conference. Working groups will develop ideas for curriculum and programs that connect the classroom with community stakeholders and partners in order to prepare students to be successful in a world that places increasing value on digital and information literacies. According to a brief authored by the New Media Consortium, digital and information literacy includes being familiar with basic tools (such as office productivity software, web content management systems, and image manipulation applications), the acquisition of more challenging technical skills required to produce multimedia content, and the ethics and politics of social network interaction and computer-mediated human interaction.

Proposal Requirements
The deadline to submit abstracts is October 22, 2017.

  • Teams should be comprised of three to five members, and will ideally include faculty, students, and community partners or stakeholders from outside GSU.
  • Proposals should be 300-500 words and include the names and affiliations of participating collaborators.
  • We welcome proposals that address the following or related topics:
    • Social and economic justice
    • Equity and access to opportunities and resources
    • Urban problems and challenges
    • Political activism and agency
    • Climate change, the environment, and conservation
    • Public health and health education
    • Historic preservation and cultural awareness

On the day of the conference, teams leading the working groups and the other conference participants will convene for a morning keynote. We will then break out into working groups organized around the selected proposals, with a break for lunch. During the final session of the afternoon, working groups will present their ideas and plans.

Proposal Submission (Due Sunday, October 22, 2017)

Conference Schedule

Tentative Schedule (subject to change)

9:30 a.m. | Plenary 

10:00 a.m. | Problem Solutions Strategy 

10:30 a.m. | Solution Formation 

11:00 a.m. | Presentation Preparation  

1:30 p.m. | Solution Formation 

2:45 p.m. | Team Presentations 

4:00 p.m. | Closing Remarks and Conference Networking

Important Dates & Contact

  • October 22, 2017: Deadline for proposal submissions
  • November 1, 2017: Notification of proposal acceptance
  • November 5, 2017: General conference registration opens
  • February 8, 2018: The 2018, Digital Literacy Conference!

Organizing committee: Dr. Robin Wharton, Dr. Mary Helen O’Connor, Tracy Burge and Charnae Knight

Contact Us
For inquiries regarding conference proposals, please contact:
Robin Wharton at

For inquiries regarding registration, please contact:
Charnae Knight,