What is Digital Literacy?
Posted by andrewey on February 18, 2011
For our PEDL project we have used the term Digital Literacy to represent a broad range of skills – specifically basic ICT skills, information skills and e-safety. This offers a potentially broader remit than Information Literacy. Furthermore, Digital Literacy is probably a more widely understood term outside the library community (particularly with the link to Digital Inclusion).
With regard to basic ICT skills we are focussing on the skills needed to make the most effective of the college ICT network (eg e-mail, file handling, basic applications software) and our Moodle VLE.
The Information skills strand will cover making effective use of internet searching, accessing e-resouces and referencing/plagiarism.
We will also have a cross cutting strand on the use of Web 2.0 tools in a teaching and learning context.
We found the following documents useful when defining Digital Literacy:
Digital Britain (DCMS and BIS, 2009), The Heart of Digital Wales (WAG, 2009), Digital Inclusion in Wales (Welsh Affairs Committee, 2009), Delivering Digital Inclusion – A strategic framework for Wales (WAG, 2010) and Thriving in the 21st century: learning literacies for the Digital Age (JISC, 2009).