Digital Literacy: Computer Skills, Netiquette & Internet Safety

Digital literacy across the curriculum [online image] (2010). Futurelab. Retrieved from http://www.maggiehosmcgrane.com

What is Digital Literacy?

Digital Literacy refers to the ability to understand information and perform tasks in digital environments.

It includes knowledge and skills crucial to everyday life within multiple careers and industries in the 21st century, such as:

  • using a computer to find, manipulate, and effectively communicate information
  • identifying information in various types of media and formats (such as library databases, the Internet or films) 
  • critically evaluating media and information sources for truthfulness, credibility, and reliability
  • using digital tools and information ethically and safely

This library guide provides a range of resources and information to support instructors and help students build digital literacy, including:

  • selected instructional videos
  • guidelines for email and social media netiquette, internet safety, and evaluating information
  • recommended books, ebooks and articles 

The World Wide Web is used every day by millions of people for everything from checking the weather to sharing cat videos. But what is it exactly? Twila Camp describes this interconnected information system as a virtual city that everyone owns and explains how it's organized in a way that mimics our brain's natural way of thinking. 

A computer is an electronic device that manipulates information, or "data." It has the ability to store, retrieve, and process data. You can use a computer to type documents, send email, and browse the internet. You can also use it to handle spreadsheets, accounting, database management, presentations, games, and more.

An algorithm is a method of solving problems both big and small. Though computers run algorithms constantly, humans can also solve problems with algorithms. David J. Malan explains how algorithms can be used in seemingly simple situations and also complex ones.

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