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Our description of being Digitally Literate

The confident and critical use of information and digital technologies to enhance academic, personal, and professional development.

● Computer literacy: the ability to identify, adopt and use digital devices, applications and services in the fulfilment of activities and tasks whether study, employment or leisure related.

● Information literacy: the ability to find, access, evaluate, manipulate, re-use, synthesise and record information whilst understanding issues of authority, reliability, provenance, citation and relevance in digitised resources.

● Media literacy: including, for example, visual literacy, multimedia literacy - the ability to critically read and creatively produce professional communications in the most appropriate media.

● Communication and collaboration: the ability to develop and engage in digital networks appropriate to the needs of the participants and context, using a range of digital communication tools and showing awareness of identity and reputation management.

● Digital scholarship: the ability to participate in academic and professional practices that depend on digital systems, including the use of virtual learning environments, open access repositories, resource discovery tools and emergent technologies whilst demonstrating an awareness of the issues around content discovery, authority, reliability, provenance, licence restrictions, adaption and re purposing of sources.

● Academic practice: the ability to study and learn effectively in formal and informal technology-rich environments which may include the use of digital tools to support critical thinking, academic writing, note taking, reference management, time and task management, being assessed, attending to feedback in digital/digitised formats and independent study using digital resources and learning materials. 

● Professional development planning: the ability to make informed decisions and achieve goals, through the effective use of digital tools and media, which may include e-portfolios, professional online communication and collaboration tools, and networking facilities, demonstrating an awareness of identity and reputation management. The above definitions have been developed with reference to Sterigoulas, L.K. (2006).  

 Sterigoulas, L.K. (2006) The pursuit of digital literacy and e-inclusion in schools: curriculum development and teacher education. E-start presentation. 

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