THE Podcast: Are universities equipped to meet the digital literacy gap?

Two experts in higher education teaching and learning weigh in

February 26, 2019
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Before digital literacy can become the fourth pillar of education – alongside reading, writing and ’rithmetic – educators must first agree on what it means to be digitally literate and where the gaps in understanding lie. And what about digital media platforms themselves – should they be involved in this instruction?

Sara Custer speaks with Jo Coldwell-Neilson, associate dean of teaching and learning at Deakin University, who argues that nobody is actually a digital native, and Joel Breakstone, director of the Stanford History Education Group, who says that the way universities approach the teaching of digital literacy needs to be updated, but there are reasons to be optimistic.

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