In the 21st century, digital tools enable information to be
generated faster and in greater profusion than ever before, to the
point where its extent and value are literally beyond imagining.
Such quantities can only be meaningfully addressed using more
digital tools, and thus our relationship to information is
fundamentally changed. This situation presents a particular
challenge to processes of learning and teaching, and demands a
response from both information professionals and educators.
Enabling education in a digital environment means not only changing
the form in which learning opportunities are offered, but also
enabling students to survive and prosper in digitally based
learning environments. This collection brings together a global
community of educators, educational researchers, librarians and IT
strategists, to consider how learners need to be equipped in an
educational environment that is increasingly suffused with digital
technology. Traditional notions of literacy need to be challenged,
and new literacies, including information literacy and IT literacy,
need to be considered as foundation elements for digitally involved
learners. Leading international experts from the USA, Canada,
Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Mexico and throughout Europe
contribute to the debate, and Hannelore Rader, Librarian and Dean
of the University Libraries, University of Louisville, Kentucky,
provides the foreword. The book is in two parts: * In Part 1,
Literacies in the Digital Age, the contributors analyse how digital
technologies have enabled transformative change in the ways in
which learning can be constructed, and discuss the nature of the
new literacies that have emerged in this new virtual and e-learning
environment. * In Part 2, Enabling and Supporting Digital
Literacies, the contributors go on to consider the ways in which
digital literacies can be made available to learners, and how these
literacies are being relocated in a more student-centred
environment within the broader perspective of learning. Readership:
This book takes the issues raised in the successful Information and
IT Literacy, also co-edited by Allan Martin, into a broader
context. It is essential reading for all information professionals
and educators involved in developing strategies and practices for
learning in a digital age.
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