Define Digital Literacy

The Scottish Government should publish a definition of digital literacy which encompasses the myriad capacities associated with this term.

Why the contribution is important

Digital literacy is a broad term which is often taken to mean different things.

It covers the ability to effectively, and safely, locate, manage, analyse, evaluate and create information using digital technologies. The term can also be used to indicate technical proficiency or computational skills.

In order to maximise the impact of all agencies working to support digital literacy, it is essential that these bodies have a shared understanding of this term and related concepts. This will facilitate a fuller understanding of the challenges or barriers which must be addressed, while enabling stakeholders to identify partnership working opportunities more readily.

Good examples of this already exist elsewhere such as this Canadian example.   

by SLIC on December 02, 2016 at 04:47PM

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  • Posted by ScotGovDigitalFraser December 06, 2016 at 15:30

    Thanks to @SLIC for this useful contribution.
  • Posted by KBG December 14, 2016 at 16:28

    As in education in general I would expect there to be several levels of Digital Literacy and also many specialisations.
    This has also been highlighted by some of the other educational ideas in this consultation.
    Certainly having a common understanding across government, education and business and the public in general would probably be useful.
  • Posted by Carolineb December 14, 2016 at 20:45

    As of Jan 2017 there is an expectation that Digital Literacy will be a specific area of the curriculum in schools; it is important that this is kept under review in a timely way to best meet the needs of children and young people in a changing world.
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