Higher Education: NMC Horizons Project Releases 2017 Digital Literacy Impact Study
The NMC has released the 2017 Digital Literacy Impact Study: An NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief to uncover the learner’s perspective of how digital literacy training influences work life after graduation.
As a complement to the definitions and frameworks outlined in the NMC’s 2017 strategic brief on digital literacy in higher education, this new study examines digital literacy in action as learners enter the workforce. More than 700 recent graduates from 36 institutions responded to an NMC survey that addressed the experiences they gained at colleges and universities, and how their proficiencies or lack thereof have affected their careers.
Emphasis ours: Funding for this independent research endeavor and publication was provided by Adobe.
This study was initiated as a response to evolving in-demand skills and attributes within the workplace.
The results of the NMC survey identified that postgraduates were often instructed to consume information in their exposure to digital literacy, but received minimal or no training in the production of content in digital formats.
Just over a third of postgraduates reported feeling more accomplished in their profession because of exemplary digital literacy training as undergraduates, with four out of ten receiving a promotion within the last year. These findings have the potential to generate a stronger pedagogical movement towards digital creation and ownership.
Level of Undergraduate Training: “Advanced” + “Moderate” Combined Totals
Level of Undergraduate Training: “No Training” + “Minimal Training” Combined Totals
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26 pages; PDF.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.