Video debate: Digital literacy

November 2013

Following the launch of BCS's Digital Literacy for Life Programme, a panel of industry experts met to discuss the importance of digital literacy. The event was part of a series of activities aimed at furthering and informing the debate on the subject.

Digital literacy debate part 1

Digital literacy debate part 2

Digital literacy debate part 3

Digital literacy debate part 4

Digital literacy debate part 5

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    Geoff Walton wrote on 8th Nov 2013

    I've just listened to part one of the debate and first of all I would like to say that I am delighted to hear that the panel very quickly made a distinction between the two separate but linked 'issues' within digital literacy - the technical and the intellectual. I was heartened to hear that the panel did not buy into the 'digital native' notion - which is, it appears to me, based on an assumption and nil research. Most of the research I've come across shows that though that young people are comfortable inhabiting the digital world (digital residents if you like) they aren't that good at making sound judgements about the content they encounter online (what I think of as digital discernment). Much of the information literacy (a similar idea to digital literacy) research out there seems to indicate that what we need to be concentrating on are critical thinking skills and things like self-efficacy and self-esteem. I'd also like to endorse the comment regarding citizenship - I agree that digital literacy is essential in fostering engaged citizens. My question for the panel is , what kind of learning and teching would they advocate to enable digitally disadvantaged people to become more digitally literate?

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    Richard French wrote on 16th Dec 2013

    Geoff makes a good point and 'digital residents' is a perfect phrase for the current situation with youngsters. I made similar points at the Digital Frontiers conference last week.
    I think to create the 'rounded and complete' digital literate citizen we need to first understand everyones individual requirements for digital literacy. I think there are basics that all citizens need but we should as a nation be enabling our citizens to develop an expectation (entitlement) to digital skills in order to ensure we all have at least the basic digital literacy skills. We grow up expecting to have at least a basic understanding of literacy and numeracy, we should demand the same for digital literacy.

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    Carm Cachia wrote on 22nd Apr 2016

    This digital literacy problem is being felt all round EU countries. The debate is great however no mention at all is done to the EU and its initiatives. In UK you carry out loads of very god work. How nice it would be to share these in Europe in the right fora.

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