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The Brookfield Institute Celebrates Digital Literacy Day

By Jessica Thornton and Nisa Malli
May 31, 2018

By Jessica Thornton and Nisa Malli
May 31, 2018

The Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship is excited to join the City of Toronto and Toronto Public Library in celebrating Digital Literacy Day (May 31, 2018). This event will showcase digital literacy programs across the city, while creating opportunities to engage learners of all ages.

We are pleased to have worked with the City of Toronto in the planning of the event, helping make sense of the landscape of digital literacy programs, in Toronto and across Canada. Our research supported the September 2017 staff report to city council, the adoption of a definition for digital literacy, and outreach to programs and organizations across the city. We are thrilled to see our analysis contributing to these important conversations.

Digital literacy is a fundamental component of 21st-Century literacy and vital for civic and social participation, accessing public services, and succeeding in a digitizing economy. The Brookfield Institute is exploring skills demand and supply in a digitizing economy, access to training and technology, the roles of organizations and educational institutes within the digital literacy sector, and trends in curriculum and pedagogical approaches. Through this research, we aim to provide resources for the digital literacy sector, share successful models, and identify gaps and opportunities for program and policy improvements.

Our Digital Literacy and Coding Pilot, puts these insights into action by working with community partners across the province to test new models for delivering these critical skills to youth aged 12 – 15. This pilot explores the potential of building the capacity of community-based infrastructure (such as libraries, YMCAs, and Boys and Girls Clubs) to engage and deliver programming to youth from backgrounds traditionally underserved by existing digital literacy programs. Learnings from this two-year pilot inform our digital literacy research agenda, as we identify new areas requiring further exploration.

If you are in Toronto on May 31, check out these events hosted by Ryerson University:

    • The Ryerson Library’s Digital Media Experience Lab is hosting demonstrations in virtual and artificial reality, laser cutting, 3D printers, and Wobble Bots as well as hands-on workshops.


    • The DMZ is hosting a digital design workshop exploring how to apply UX to digital content strategy and prototyping for mobile apps and other programs.



A full list of events happening across the city for Digital Literacy Day are available on the City of Toronto’s event calendar.

For media enquiries, please contact Coralie D’Souza, Director of Communications, Events + Community Relations at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship.

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