No matter which field your students plan to enter, their careers will require skills that enable them to communicate in an effective manner. And, because technology facilitates so much of the communication that takes place in today’s professional settings, digital literacy remains an important factor in students’ ability to perform their future roles in a competent manner.

In this video, authors Susie H. VanHuss and Vicki Robertson highlight the importance of teaching students practical skills, such as keyboarding, that they can transfer from the classroom to their careers. As they discuss some of the real-world applications that such instruction can provide, you may wish to consider other ways that you, as an educator, can help prepare students for success in the modern professional environment.

How do you incorporate communication and technology skills into your course? Share your ideas below, or submit them to thinktank@cengage.com.