There are so many ways to define digital literacies. I like this one from Jisc: "those capabilities which support living, learning, and working in a digital society". Doug Belshaw presented us a list of definitions for digital literacy in this slide presentation. He asks whether it is possible to have "one definition to rule them all" - hence the term "digitial literacies."
Digital literacy is...
- the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet.
- important in education, the workforce and generally for every internet user.
- one component of Digital Citizenship.
- when students can manipulate and evaluate data to construct their own meaning.
- using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.
- the ability to effectively and critically navigate, evaluate and create information using a range of digital technologies.
- a process, not a tool.
- critical to the development of UK further and higher education as digital technologies provide new opportunities to enhance teaching, learning, research and the management of organizations.
- essential reading for students, researchers, writers, investors, and anyone who intends to use the bountiful resources available on-line to bolster their work.
- the means by which our students can access and gain fluency in the core skills we already teach: comprehension, synthesis, rhetoric, and argument.
- about many things, not just digitization projects.
- an essential part of job-readiness, socialization and independence.
- the ability to understand and use information in multiple formats from a wide range of sources when it is presented via computers.
You can read more of Doug Belshaw's work at digitalliteraci.es.