The world out there needs graduates who are capable of:
using digital tools for networking, collaborating and solving real-life problems;
finding and evaluating online resources; and
producing and effectively sharing knowledge
Without these 21st century digital literacy competencies, graduates struggle to thrive in the knowledge-based economies and technology-driven world. The vast amount of information, for instance on the Internet, and the rapid development of information and communication technology (ICT) that is used for information and knowledge communication, make it compelling for higher education students to be digital literate.
As part of the UCT First Year Experience (FYE), we work with lecturers across faculties to embed digital literacy into the first year courses’ curriculum. The purpose of this initiative is to capacitate students with the appropriate skills as early as from their first year of study.