Developing students’ digital literacies

There is a nice JISC report out on ‘Developing students’ digital literacy’. They define digital literacies as ‘the capabilities, which fit someone for living, learning and working in a digital society’. They list the follow seven elements:

  • Media literacy – critically read and creatively produce academic and professional communications in a range of media.
  • Information literacy – find, interpret, evaluate, manage and share information.
  • Digital scholarship – participate in emerging academic, professional and research practices that depend on digital systems.
  • Learning skills – study and learn effectively in technology-rich environments, formal and informal.
  • Communications and collaborations – participate in digital networks for learning and research.
  • Career and identity management – manage digital reputation and online identity.
  • ICT literacy – adopt, adapt and use digital devices, applications and services.



They put forward a series of guidelines for improving students’ digital literacies:

  • Reviewing what support is available for digital literacies
  • Link digital literacies in with other priorities
  • Create a buzz
  • Get people talking
  • Provide support in the curriculum
  • Encourage students as change agents