There are many resources available on digital and information literacy and it can be confusing to know the best place to start. Gathered below are a range of links which will be useful to help you understand more; from understanding and assessing your own skills, to research and case studies from other institutions and examples of how to incorporate digital and information literacy skills into the curriculum.
Jisc believe that 90% of new jobs will require excellent digital skills, and that employers value graduates who display such skills as communicating effectively using a range of digital media and critically evaluating the validity and reliability of online information (Jisc, 2013).
Therefore improving digital literacy is essential for enhancing employability. Students may already feel confident that they have these skills, however, technology changes quickly and it is important to continue to develop skills.
Technology is ubiquitous and pervasive in the world we are teaching, learning and working in, and the rate of change is accelerating particularly with technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented and virtual realities (AR and VR); developing confidence in selecting, using, assessing and managing digital tools are key employment skills.
The following resources will help you understand more about digital literacy and how it impacts on both you and your students:
Jisc Webinar: Developing staff digital literacies
Slides from a webinar in March 2013
The Journal of Information Literacy publishes innovative and challenging research articles and project reports which push the boundaries of information literacy thinking in theory, practice and method, and which aim to develop deep and critical understandings of the role, contribution and impact of information literacies in everyday contexts, education and the workplace.
The Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy publishes articles that deal thematically with digital literacy and the use of ICT in educational settings.