What does ‘digital’ mean in 21st century?
Digital literacies are those capabilities which fit an individual for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Jisc have been using this definition to describe being digitally literate for some time* Recently the term literacies has been replaced by capabilities. Digital capability looks beyond functional IT skills to describe a richer set of digital behaviours, practices and identities. Jisc suggests what it means to be digitally literate changes over time and across contexts, so digital literacies and capabilities are essentially a set of academic and professional situated practices supported by diverse and changing technologies. This definition can be used as a starting point to explore what it mean to be ‘digital’ within different contexts.
The ‘digital’ section of this blog focuses predominantly on what it means to be digital with regard to learning, teaching and research in UK higher education. Using the lens of digital inclusion, digital research, digital resources and digital pedagogies it brings together in one place the key elements which constitute digital capabilities at the present time.