What is the Fellowship about?
Digital Literacy is the ability to identify and use technology confidently, creatively and critically to effectively meet the demands and challenges of living, learning and working in a digital society.
Despite the widespread use of the term digital literacy, there is no common understanding of what is meant by it or what skills it entails. This fellowship aims to build a shared understanding of digital literacy which will inform the development of a digital literacy benchmark for students entering and graduating from Australian Higher Education institutions, bridging the gap between school skills (as defined by the Australian National Curriculum) and workplace skills (as demanded by employers).
Through an exploration of the digital literacy literature and in consultation with academics and industry, a framework will be developed to scaffold digital competency development within the curriculum. A diagnostic tool will be built which will provide a means to self-assess whether the assumed knowledge benchmark is reached.
The Decoding Digital Literacy Fellowship will lead change by developing a digital literacy benchmark for students entering and graduating from Australian Higher Education, providing the foundation to:
- extend and enhance digital competencies within the context of a discipline;
- align graduate capabilities with government recommendations; and
- improve student employability.
Publications resulting from current work are available on the Outcomes of the research page.