Digital Literacy vs Computer Literacy

There is often a misconception between Digital Literacy and Computer Literacy. Computer Literacy is one among the many literacy under the umbrella of Digital Literacy.

Digital literacy is considered as a new literacy that can be decomposed in to many sub-literacy. Some of them are,

  1. Computer Literacy
  2. Information Literacy
  3. Social media Literacy and
  4. Network Literacy


Earlier conceptualization of Digital Literacy focused on skills needs to operate computers. Contemporary conceptualization, added focus to skills, behavior and knowledge particularly with respected to network devices – mobile phones, computers, smart phones, etc..,

Digital Literacy vs Computer Literacy

Digital Literacy embraces the practical skills that computer literacy incorporates. In addition, Digital Literacy adds great focus to,

  1. Sociology
  2. Political
  3. Cultural
  4. Economic and
  5. Behavioral

aspects of Digital technology.

Pedagogical Approach

Internet is a source of both information and communication.

In terms of Pedagogical use, Digital Literacy provides great advantage in curriculum design as it expose students to multi-literacies which can broaden their views, knowledge and information – which are highly constructive.

Digital Literacy also embrace “Constructivist theory of learning” – learners draw from their existing knowledge to construct new learning.


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