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What is digital literacy? What roles do academic literacies play in the context of digital media, texts and e-learning?

What is digital literacy? What roles do academic literacies play in the context of digital media, texts and e-learning?

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  • Digital literacy has been defined in different ways.Common elements are: being able to use digital tools and applications confidently, being able to understand and use information in multiple formats from a wide range of sources when it is presented via computers (Gilster, 1997). Other definitions (Martin, 2006) talk about the awareness, attitude and ability of individuals to appropriately use digital tools and facilities to identify, access, manage, integrate, evaluate, analyse and synthesise digital resources, construct new knowledge, create media expressions, and communicate with others in the context of specific life situations, in order to enable constructive social action; and to reflect upon this process.Instrumental skills are required in order to deal with the technology. This concerns not only simple actions, such as using a mouse, but also more complex activities, such as searching on the internet und installing new software.Structural skills are what are needed to substantively deal with the presented information. These skills are also linked to the new structure in which information is contained. Whereas in a book we refer to the table of contents or the index, new skills now have to be acquired in order to cope with hyperlinks or dynamic content as well as knowledge in forums.Strategic skills: the emphasis is on the effectiveness, application and use of the information. Strategic skills allow a person to apply informat
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    • 1. Instrumental skills
      Skills to deal with technology
      What is digital literacy?
      Structural skills
      Linked to the new structure in which information is contained
      Strategic skills
      Effectiveness, application and use of information
      Newrly & Veugelers, 2009
    • 2. connect, engage
      collaborate
      Content
      Digital and e- learners use literacies with/to
      People
      Context
      Learning
      access, create, use, analyse, edit, critique, publish
      contribute, change, share
      Authored by Bettina Schwenger
      What roles do academic literacies play in the context of digital media, texts and e-learning?

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