We heard this week that too many young people lack the social skills needed to get their first job. The report by the Work Foundation doesn’t explicitly mention digital literacy, but perhaps it should. With an estimated 90% of UK jobs requiring some level of IT competency, the notion of digital literacy - those capabilities that equip an individual for living, learning and working in a digital society – is becoming a key requirement for employability.
But will they really make graduates more employable? Why are digital literacies important to institutions and students? Is this something new or the same old skills agenda just repackaged again?
These issues and more are explored in a two part series of Jisc on Air radio programmes that looks at how institutions have recognised the strategic importance of digital literacies of all staff and students working in a digital world.
In the sixth episode we are exploring how universities and colleges can help teaching staff, researchers, support and administrative staff to develop their digital literacies - those capabilities which prepare an individual for living, learning and working in a digital society.
One trend I’ve noticed is that when it comes to ‘keeping up’ with their tech-savvy students, institutions are realising that this is no longer a race they can win. Instead they are looking for approaches that allow them to continue to meet the needs and expectations of learners in the 21st century.
These issues are explored in a two part series of the Jisc on Air radio programme that looks at how institutions have recognised the strategic importance of digital literacies for staff and students working in a digital world.
Find out more about how Jisc is investing in the area on our website.
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To follow the ongoing developments of the Jisc funded Developing Digital Literacies projects visit the Netvibes page which collates all the project blog postings and subscribe to the Developing Digital Literacies programme blog for up to date information about the developments in the programme
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