Can digital literacy be deconstructed into learnable units?
Earlier this week, Sally Pewhairangi got in touch to ask if I’d be willing to answer four questions about digital literacy, grouped around the above question. She’ll be collating answers from a number of people in due course but, in the spirit of working openly, I’m answering her questions here.
1. What are the biggest mistakes novices make when becoming digitally literate?
The three things I stress time and time again in my keynotes, writing, and workshops on this subject are:
- Digital literacies are plural
- Digital literacies are context-dependent
- Digital literacies are socially-negotiated
As such, there is no stance from which you could call someone ‘digitally literate’, because (as Allan Martin has pointed out), it is a condition, not a threshold. There is no test you could devise to say whether someone was ‘digitally literate’, except maybe at a very particular snapshot in
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