ICT for Language Learning

Edition 10

Accepted Abstracts

Digital Literacy In Higher Education: Obstacles And Recommendations

Meriem Ouahidi, Faculty of Arts and Humanities / Sultan Moulay Slimane University (Morocco)

Fouzia Lamkhanter, Faculty of Arts and Humanities/ Hassan II University (Morocco)

Abstract

The term ‘literacy’ has been traditionally associated with the ability to use the skills of reading and writing. Nowadays and with the progress of technology, this term has been broadened to refer to other skills and abilities.  One of these is digital literacy which is no longer restricted to the ability to handle computers. It includes a number of basic skills that the teacher and the student should master so that effective learning/teaching can take place in the classroom. Not only does the importance of digital literacy lie in providing and making information more accessible but it does mainly aim at respecting the tendencies of the young learners. That is why, it should be part and parcel of the curriculum since it contributes to lifelong learning and is a highly required competence for employment. This article can be regarded as a review of the literature on the beneficial impact of digital literacy and its associated learning outcome in higher education.  It tries to answer the following questions: What does digital literacy, a powerful technological tool, add to the teaching learning process in higher education? And what are the obstacles that are likely to hinder the implementation of different digital related skills.

 

Keywords

digital literacy, higher education,  problems and recommendations. 

 

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