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Digital Literacy: A research series

Seeking to understand what digital literacy is, who has access to it, and why it’s important for civic, social, and economic participation
Digital Literacy: A research series

Project Team

Andrew Do
Policy Analyst
Annalise Huynh
Policy Analyst + Designer
Nisa Malli
Senior Policy Analyst

Why we’re doing this project

The way that we engage and work with one another is changing. Digital literacy, and the skills and capabilities that it comprises, are continuing to evolve as technology advances and becomes more pervasive. People are under pressure to remain up to date for civic and social participation, to access public services, and to succeed in a digitizing economy.

While Canada is making exciting strides in the area of digital literacy, we still have some way to go. To be able to keep pace with changing digital capabilities and applications, we need an inclusive, dynamic, and connected landscape of programs and policies that support all learners in their quest for digital literacy, no matter where they start or what their end goals are.

To get there, it’s more important than ever that we have an accurate picture of digital literacy: what it is, what the demand for and supply of digital skills are, who is offering digital literacy education, and who is falling through the cracks when it comes to access. To answer these questions, we are working on a series of research projects that explore the the state of digital literacy in Canada. This includes a collaborative action-research project testing a model for delivering accessible digital literacy education across Ontario, and a series of qualitative and quantitative projects examining the state of digital literacy in Canada, the education and training landscape, and barriers faced by learners at all levels and ages.

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Andrew Do
Policy Analyst
Annalise Huynh
Policy Analyst + Designer
Nisa Malli
Senior Policy Analyst

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Sep 21, 2018

Opinion: Community initiatives are still needed to bridge the digital literacy divide. This op-ed was originally posted on Apolitical.
Canada’s coding classes prepare kids for the future — but many are left behind

Jun 19, 2018

A map of the digital literacy education and training landscape in Canada, including the existing gaps and potential opportunities to improve the development and supply of digital literacy skills
Levelling Up: The quest for digital literacy

Apr 10, 2018

Our response to a growing recognition worldwide about the importance of digital literacy for students, workers, and citizens in an increasingly digital economy
The State of Digital Literacy: A literature review

Aug 15, 2017

The first in a series of research papers aiming to help policymakers and other stakeholders understand the growing need for digital literacy in Canada’s workforce
Digital Literacy in a Digital Age
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