Digital Literacy: A Contemporary Approach
Digital literacy initially focused on digital skills and stand-alone computers, but the focus has moved from stand-alone to network devices. Digital literacy is distinct from computer literacy and digital skills. Computer literacy preceded digital literacy, and refers to knowledge and skills in using traditional computers (such as desktop PCs and laptops) with a focus on practical skills in using software application packages. A digital skill is a more contemporary term but is limited to practical abilities in using digital devices (such as laptops and smart phones) Furthermore, the concepts of global-village, globalization, information or knowledge society, pedagogy, students and courses – all are casting increasing pressures on the academicians, HEIs and governments to take digital opportunity initiatives (DOI) for digital-literacy of the masses to generate workforce for the government, ecommerce and e-Learning.
Key words: Digital /computer-literacy, educational technologies, paradigm, instrumental, objectivist, pedagogy, student, course, digital opportunity initiatives, higher education institutions.