Digital Literacy: What it is
As Glynda Hull points out in her definition of “digital literacy,” now, more than ever, there is a critical need for linguistic, technological, and communicative skills. She states, “In these new times, I want to suggest, a familiarity with the full range of communicative tools, modes, and media… “ Even further, I think it is important to maintain a sense of resilience within the technological setting considering the birth, evolution, and death of the various platforms. For example, mediums such as Facebook, which are becoming less prevalent for millennials, are still booming for older generations. Not only would a digitally literate individual begin honing their voice on predominant and rising platforms, but also maintain an appropriate relationship with Facebook to avoid limiting their demographic and audience.
DIGITAL LITERACY: How ITs accomplished
Successful digital literacy also appears up-lifting. Meaning, that one who has such skills (regardless of proficiency), puts in the effort to aid those around them in the virtual community. This was accomplished on my blog, for example, through contextual and substantive links, and the embedment of all my multimedia projects. I also maintained an encouraging tone throughout the blog centered on women empowerment. I wanted it to feel like advice from a friend: helpful but not pushy; informative but not all-knowing or belittling. This was evident in my multimedia projects, as well:
- My group podcast and video were both informative on the past, present, and future of the Furman football team with the arrival of a new coaching staff—creating a one-stop-shop to gain all the facts regardless of your sports-knowledge.
- My video, images, and slideshow were all strategically placed to help guide my reader through the various subjects in discussion.
These were all embedded with the intent of helping to boost the digital literacy of my audience, regardless of their proficiency when they first visited my site.
DIGITAL LITERACY: How it will continue
If there is only one thing I have learned from this course, it is that digital literacy is a skill you cannot practice for a semester, slap on your resume, and throw up on a dusty shelf like a trophy. Because of the rapid growth and metamorphosis of the technological sphere, it’s critical that one consistently practices these skills (and checking Instagram between classes doesn’t count). During my time in this course, I’ve been given the tools and skills necessary to maintain proficiency in digital communications; now, its up to me to keep them sharp. With an interest in public relations and marketing, I am fortunate that the maintenance of my digital abilities will ultimately benefit my career path. I intend, therefore, to continue updating my portfolio; pursuing opportunities that put my podcast and video creating abilities to the test; and practice digital literacy through blogging.