01 November 2010

Digital Literacy Expanding Borders: A Final Project Proposal

Do you think about the digital renaissance as a worldwide event?  Do you know that advanced technology is transforming developing nations like India as well as developed nations like the United States?  

It's not quite the same--Tibetan teenagers in Dharamsala, India don't have laptops like we do.  In fact, they have significantly limited access by comparison. 

So, what?  Why is Tibetan digital literacy important?

It has much to do with God's children, who live not only in America but in New Zealand, Bolivia, and Japan.  Their lives matter.  Their experiences matter.  

That is what cross cultural communication is all about.

I propose a final project in which we explore the presence and effects of digital literacy for Tibetans living in India.  We can communicate with my contacts via email, Facebook, and Skype.  We can conduct a live interview for our final presentation.  We can help to fill the gap in scholarship concerning digital literacy in developing countries, specifically the Tibetan's unique situation.  We can expand the walls of our classroom all the way to India.

What do you think?


  1. So, just to clarify - the overall purpose of this project is to evaluate and describe the current digital literacy of Indian Tibetans?

  2. I believe your question and project go beyond just Tibetan digital literacy. A core concept is cross cultural communication. There is a book called Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers. In it, Kwame Anthony Appiah discusses how mass and digital media has shaped the rising generations in Ghana and the world as a whole. He also asks how we should approach other cultures.

  3. Love it! I pitched the idea to be covered in Insight Magazine, and the editors loved it. We can talk about this as a group if you guys are interested.

  4. Jaky, my purpose is to assess the degree to which Tibetans living in exile in India are digitally literate, the ways in which their culture manifests the effects of digital literacy, and the potential for increased digital literacy to improve their situation. You've got a good point, Mike, and ideally what we discover about Tibetans in India will be applicable to many other cultures. However, for the scope of a final project and for the scope of my research, I think it appropriate to focus on one specific community. Sean, that's fantastic!! Thanks so much! We'll definitely talk about that when our group gets together next.