The New Media Consortium (NMC) has released Digital Literacy in Higher Education, Part II: An NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief, a follow-up to its 2016 strategic brief on digital literacy. Commissioned by Adobe, this independent research builds upon the established baseline definitions of digital literacy from the 2016 brief, examining digital literacy through a global and discipline-specific lens to reveal new contexts that are shaping the way learners create, discover, and critically assess digital content.
"But what does it really mean to be digitally literate, and which standards do we use?” said Dr. Eden Dahlstrom, NMC Executive Director. “This report sheds light on the meaning and impact of digital literacy using cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary approaches, highlighting frameworks and exemplars in practice.”
Examples of successful digital literacy programs in the report detail how institutions across the globe are facilitating open spaces for adaptable technology use and providing both student and faculty support for implementing digital tools and 21st century skills into courses. The role of faculty in rethinking pedagogy to include student input and student-faculty co-creation is best highlighted in the brief essays from eleven digital literacy thought leaders hailing from higher education institutions across the US, Egypt, Australia, South Africa, and Sweden. The hope is that this strategic brief will serve as a springboard for critical discussions around how to authentically integrate digital literacies into a wide range of disciplines while empowering learners to engage in content creation and cultivate lifelong learning.