Why universities should acquire – and teach – digital literacy | Education | guardian.co.uk
Sebastian Faulks observed recently that ease of access to the internet is leading to a “net loss of knowledge” in this generation of adults, leaving the modern intellectual world in a “kind of catastrophe”. But is there another side to this gloomy story? Once time and brainpower are freed up from memorising, will other skills come into play, bringing hitherto unimagined benefits?
One such skill is broadly labelled digital literacy. The phrase is used to cover everything from grasping the basic functionality of a computer/tablet/smartphone, to mastering the sophisticated techniques and attitudes needed for online collaboration and communication through social media. Widely understood to be essential to success in the workplace and modern life, it is a subject that is beginning to emerge as key in the world of higher education.