Digital Literacy

Digital Literacy

What does it mean to be digitally literate?

Has anyone ever thought about digital literacy? I’m sure at one point or time in your life you have been asked about your computing skills (and no I’m not talking about math skills). People in the working world expect you to be able to go out into the business corporate world and understand the language of technology and computers. Yet unless you are in the field of computer science, or maybe are fortunate to be in a business program that talks about websites and coding and “computing,” I doubt you have much of a background in the basics of computing. We are currently in a technology revolution, where tech is changing each day and becoming far more advanced each year. Can you even remember an age without computers, or even smart phones? One of the biggest qualities looked at in new people companies are hiring is digital literacy.

“Can you operate the Microsoft Word suite?”

“How are your Adobe skills?”

“Are you active on social media?”

“Can you edit a website?”

All of these skills are important for landing that all important first internship, first job, first try in the big adult world that us young college graduates are being tossed into right after graduation (maybe even during if your trying to get into a graduate program). We are told that grad schools look at our grades, our degree, examples of our coursework, our involvement on campus, but most importantly, they look at real world experience.

“What kind of jobs have you worked?”

Well, without some digital literacy, probably few, or at least none that are particularly impressive, maybe a job my parents or friends of parents scored for me.

So why do colleges not include a digital literacy component to their degree requirements? It could be an easy semester long class that teaches the important basic computing skills that everyone could benefit from and use in daily life.

In a world where everything is advancing so quickly, doesn’t it make sense to teach this skills to young adults? Wouldn’t it help them make their way out into the workforce and make this scary leap seem….less scary?

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