Learning at Portsmouth

Digital Literacy

The importance of digital literacy

The Oxford Dictionary of English defines literacy as “the ability to read and write”. In order to succeed with your studies you will of course need to have a good standard of literacy. In recent years, however, developments in computing and internet technology have led to the emergence of a new form of literacy: digital literacy.

If you want to make the most of the study opportunities available to you at university you’ll need to be able to:

  • Use digital technologies to find, evaluate or create information
  • Communicate effectively using online technologies
  • Select the right tool, whether online or offline, to accomplish a task
  • Perform tasks efficiently in a variety of digital environments

These pages give you the chance to reflect on what digital literacy means to you, to assess what sort of digital learner you are, and to point you to sources of guidance and support. They also ask you to think about the elements of digital literacy that might be particularly important for your course of study – the digital skills required to study Mathematics, say, might be different to the skills required to study History.

Whatever your course of study, however, you will need to know how to work appropriately with digital technologies. And for your future career you will need to understand how to stay safe online and how to build a positive online presence. The pages here are just a start.

Check out this useful digital literacy playlist on Lynda.com.

Computer basics

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Digital security

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Your digital footprint

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Creating and sharing digital content

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Digital tools for your student career

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Communication and collaboration

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