Digital Literacy at Work



Release Date

March 24, 2014


Dragana Martinovic and Viktor Freiman discuss their knowledge synthesis on digital literacy skills in the Canadian labour market. They investigated existing research into the development and type of digital literacy skills that are needed to be successful in today’s labour market. They also looked at how technology is changing educational and workplace practices, and how to best attract a qualified, diverse workforce. Their research has led to proposed curriculum changes that emphasize transdisciplinary and transferable skills, communication, collaboration and digital literacies.

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Dragana Martinovic
Assisstant professor
University of Windsor

Viktor Freiman
Université de Moncton

Dragana Martinovic: We really hope that our study will help shake up education on all levels.

Digital literacy is—there are a lot of assumptions around digital literacy. For example, that students are digitally literate just because they are born in digital era. Another assumption is that, for example, by getting digital literacy skills, all workers will be equally well paid and find good jobs, which is something that we find in research is not really happening.

So we really think that our study will help policy-makers understand those gaps that we found in the research and that we will start up a conversation around changes in pedagogies, in ways how we teach our youth and how we provide digital literacy skills.

Viktor Freiman: Is the question of digital divide that merits to be investigated more in full because we have an access divide, the problem of the access. We have the problem of the use of the tool, meaningful use, but also how to turn it into a learning tool which it joins what Dragana says about the pedagogy.

So those kind of e-inclusion policies are still to be developed in Canada.

Dragana Martinovic: We see it as the beginning of a conversation with policy-makers and different organizations in our community to have a real impact.