File(s) not publicly available

Unpacking 'digital competency': Exploring the pre-existing skills of enabling education students

conference contribution
posted on 21.12.2017, 00:00 by Phillipa Sturgess, Michael Cowling, Michelle Gray
Understanding the pre-existing digital competency of commencing students is an important aspect of designing an effective learning environment for a course teaching foundational computing skills as part of an enabling program for tertiary education. In addition to the interplay of individual skills, experience and attitudes, current trends such as the adoption of mobile devices rather than traditional computers and an increasing variety of applications complicate our understanding of the term ‘digital competency’. This qualitative study of factors such as age, previous experience and transferability of skills investigates assumptions about the existing skills that new students bring to their studies. It is suggested that the use of a broad term to describe digital competence is not useful for these students, and that a more comprehensive indicator that unpacks the term along different digital dimensions would be more beneficial.

Funding

Other

History

Editor

Gedeon T

Parent Title

ACSW '16 Proceedings of the Australasian Computer Science Week Multiconference

Start Page

1

End Page

4

Number of Pages

4

Start Date

02/02/2016

Finish Date

05/02/2016

ISBN-13

9781450340427

Location

Canberra, Australia

Publisher

ACM

Place of Publication

New York, NY.

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

Australasian Computer Science Week Education Multiconference