Beyond Learning Management Systems: Teaching Digital Fluency

Danvy Le, Antoinette Pole

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Employers increasingly seek employees with more sophisticated technical skills to meet the changing global marketplace. A significant portion of political science graduates do not pursue advanced degrees, instead entering the job market and holding an array of occupations in organizations using social media, websites, and digital political marketing. While political science instructors are adept at fostering oral and written communication, emphasis on cultivating digital skills appears somewhat less common. This shortcoming may be a disservice to our graduates. Based on reflections from instructors teaching political science at two public universities, this paper describes pedagogical approaches to building digital fluency skills among Generation Z learners using platforms beyond learning management systems to align with learning outcomes that emphasize new and emerging technologies. This pedagogical approach facilitates content retention through higher order learning while building practical skills. Through innovative course assignments students learn new platforms thereby improving their digital fluency. To mitigate potential obstacles to implementation, we offer reflections on these assignments along with advice to facilitate student success.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-153
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Political Science Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2023


  • Technology
  • Web 2.0
  • learning management systems
  • reflection
  • undergraduate education


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