Digital Literacy in a 2.0 World Created by Kyle Jones of Elmhurst Col!ege (2007) Edited and Modified by: Victor Castilla
Deﬁning literacy and digital literacy
Why we are refocusing on digital literacy
Ask yourself these questions
How might “this” work or not work? Why?
How might “this” beneﬁt me?
How might “this” add to my instruction?
What is literacy?
What do we consider to be the main characteristics of literacy?
How do doctors obtain these skills?
Able to read and write
Literacy is deliberately taught and consciously and deliberately learned.
Then, what is digital literacy?
What are its deﬁning characteristics?
How do they diﬀer from the traditional views of literacy?
Digital literacy is "the ability to understand and use information in multiple formats from a wide range of sources when it is presented via computers" ( 1 )
1. Gilster, Paul. Digital Literacy . New York: Wiley and Computer Publishing, 1997. p. 1.
But are doctors tech-savvy?
Tech savvy versus digitally literate
We need to reconsider our wording, our deﬁnitions.
What’s the diﬀerence here?
What if we don’t adapt?
“ If doctors are prepared only for the foundational literacies of book, paper, and pencil technologies, they will be unprepared for a future in which the new literacies are required by new information and communication technologies.”
(1, Karchmer et al. pg. 1)
What is the reason for a new or revised focus on digital literacy?
The changing digital environment
Technology has shifted from the personal experience to the community experience.
To share our lives, our knowledge, our experiences.