Digital literacy refers to the skills and knowledge needed to use digital devices, software, and the internet effectively. It means being able to understand and use technology, evaluate information online, and communicate with others online.
Digital literacy also includes knowing how to be safe and respectful online.
Basically, it's about knowing how to use computers, the internet, and other digital tools in a smart and responsible way.
What does it mean to be digitally literate in a post-secondary environment? The BC Government has established eight areas of digital literacy (called thematic competencies) that describes the desired skills, knowledge, and abilities of people participating in a digital society.
To help the post-secondary system navigate the rapidly growing and ever-changing digital landscape of education, the BC Government developed a Digital Learning Strategy with recommendations, actions, guidance, and resources to support digital learning in BC.
As part of the Digital Learning Strategy, a Post-Secondary Digital Literacy Framework was developed to define digital literacy for post-secondary populations. It includes eight thematic competencies that outline the desired skills, knowledge, and abilities of people participating in a digital society.
Each competency explains what it means to be digitally literate within four distinct post-secondary populations:
Learn more about the competencies and the desired skills for each population group in the BC Post-Secondary Digital Literacy Framework.
Short summaries of the BC government's eight thematic competencies. For longer descriptions, review the Post-Secondary Digital Literacy Framework.
The library is available to support both learners and educators when it comes to digital literacy. The list below is not exhaustive. Contact the Library for more information.