Digital literacy doesn’t merely mean technical proficiency . It has multiple dimensions including technical proficiency, communication, digital identity and security , creation and innovation. In the current education systems educators and students have to customise their teaching and learning to fit into the current digital world. Digital literacy is an important dimension in this for both students and educators.
Different institutions have their own platforms to assist the learning process while multiple platforms are available online .These interfaces keep on rapidly updating and changing all the time , posing a challenge to the educators and learners. These improvements intend to facilitate learning process better , however it might be exhausting for the learners and educators to adopt to these evolutions.Many institutions have resources that update the institution community on such available programs and facilitate training on such improvements. For educators the best would be to be aware of such institutional support in order to make maximum use of such resources.
Additionally educators should be aware of the relevant online developments which could facilitate or hinder the process of learning.
An example would be ChatGPT.ChatGPT is a large language model developed by open AI , which has a remarkable ability to generate human like response to a problem across a wide array of fields. There has been exponential development in this field with comeptitors trying to do better , getting in newer additions each an every day. Educators initially saw this as a threat , nevertheless this will be integral in lives so educators will have to explore how to incorporate it in the pedagogy as relevant to make learning more effective.
Incorporating technology and online resources should aim at better outcomes.Educators should pay attention in formulating learning objectives , plan the content to be delivered and subsequently select the appropriate online resources, which stimulate learning , rather not hinder the process or divert the focus. Having a good knowledge about the available resources would allow the educators select wisely and make the maximum out of technology.
One assumption we make is the current day students who are ‘digital natives’ are comfortable in the digital world than the educators are, who are mostly ‘digital immigrants’ . However it may not be the case in all instances. Educators should explore what platforms the students are comfortable with and understand the students perspectives before incorporating them into the teaching.
All these components do come into play in developing digital literacy and doesn’t include just knowing the technology…