Readings 2 – Digital Literacies

  • Maha Bali: Knowing the Difference Between Digital Skills and Digital Literacies, and Teaching Both
  • Unfortunately, many focus on skills rather than literacies.
  • Teaching digital literacy does not mean teaching digital skills in a vacuum, but doing so in an authentic context that makes sense to students. It means teaching progressively rather than sequentially, which helps learners understand better and more clearly over time.
  • Doug Belshaw: Essential Elements of Digital Literacy (chapters 2, 4, 5, 7)
  • Literacy is very closely aligned with the knowledge and use of tools. I shall call this tool-knowledge
  • Copyright and attribution are related by importantly different. The Web is problematic for copyright holders meaning there is a shift towards attribution.
  • Digital literacies can be developed by remixing other people’s work.

Digital Literacy is the ability to understand, find, and use information from multiple digital platforms. There are many different aspects of digital literacy and just like literacy it is much more complex then just being able to read information on the web. We focus so much on skills which include things like downloading an image, how to post, and the tools the web provides us. We also need to focus on literacy which includes choosing the appropriate images, posting appropriately, and using the tools legally and appropriately. Both concepts need to be taught together so that students understand them clearly.

Doug Belshaw has come up with the eight essential elements of digital literacies and I have created a mind map connecting them and what they entail.

All of these elements are vital in digital literacies. Belshaw describes them as the ingredients for digital literacy. If you want to develop digital literacies then you need to develop skills in all eight areas.

Copyright issues for me seem to be one of the trickiest things to deal with on the web. Copyright laws don’t work the same on the web as they do with written text. Belshaw talks about the shift to attribution from copyright holders. Even in writing this post I am referencing through a link to Belshaws and Bali’s pages and I attribute my thoughts to them. A clear example on the shift from citing a text to just attributing to it. He also emphasizes how digital literacies is the remixing of peoples works. We have endless amounts of information on every subject and we can now create a piece of work that quotes and links to others instantly. (However this bring about a whole new question of making sure what you link attribute to is legit information.)

One Comment

  1. Hi Maureen,
    Great post! I really enjoyed the mind map you made. It summarized the ideas in Belshaws book very well. I also thought your last idea about copyright was interesting. I think that the example you gave really shows how much citing has changed in the digital age. I think that it is something important we need to think about and discuss especially in the education setting.

    June 14, 2019

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