Digital Knowledge Center
Students can schedule one-one-one or small group tutorials with a trained peer tutor on a variety of subjects relating to common systems, technologies, and tools used in courses at UMW. Students interested in sitting down with a tutor to discuss an extra-curricular project are also welcome to schedule appointments. When a tutor is available, the Center also provides walk-in assistance.
The DKC offers visits to FSEM classes to introduce students to the Domain of One’s Own project.The session usually takes about 45 minutes and covers:
- What does “digital identity” mean and what do students know about their own digital identity?
- What is Domain of One’s Own and what does it provide students with?
- How might students use Domain of One’s Own throughout their career at UMW, for both course activities and extra- or co-curricular purposes?
- Where can students go to get started or to get help?
The Digital Knowledge Center (DKC), located in HCC 408, provides UMW students with peer tutoring on digital projects and assignments. Any student at the University can take advantage of the Center’s services by scheduling an appointment to work one-on-one or in a group with a student tutor. You can schedule a tutorial at http://dkc.umw.edu; while appointments are not required, they are recommended. Tutorials cover a wide-range of topics related to common digital systems, technologies, new media, and tools used in courses at UMW. DKC tutors adhere to the UMW Honor Code during all appointments. They are available to provide guidance and advice, but they cannot create, produce, or edit work on a student’s behalf. You can find out more about what to expect at tutorial at http://dkc.umw.edu/what-to-expect/.
Generally, for a topic or technology to be offered as a tutorial type it must meet the following criteria:
- It should be able to be used broadly across several departments and programs at the University.
- It should not be a piece of software or a type of technology that’s use is restricted to a single department or program.
- The assistance that students require shouldn’t be disciplinarily-specific; a tutor shouldn’t need to be a major in a particular department or trained by a particular faculty member in order to successfully assist other students.
Finally, the DKC doesn’t generally offer tutorials types on broadly-used office productivity software (word processing, spreadsheets, email, etc.) as so many students are already proficient in their use and there are so many useful, online resources available for learning them. Our focus instead has been on staying abreast of tools and technologies that are likely to be new or unfamiliar to students so that they can quickly adapt and adjust to their introduction and usage.
We recognize that defining and developing new tutorial types can involve a tricky balance between what we can support and sustain and what faculty and students may wish to see. To that end, we invite you to contact us if you’d like to discuss a tutorial type and you’re not sure how it fits within the guidelines above.