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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

From Learning About to Learning to Be: Digital literacy as Emancipatory Action for the Next Generation in the Digital Time

Prof. Yeong-Mahn You, Juyun Kim.

The paradigm shift from analog to digital has opened new doors for not only the way of thinking but also the way of learning. With the advent of digital times, digital literacy, which is the ability to understand and to use information in multiple formats from a wide range of sources when it is presented via computers, become a critical skill that everybody should learn in order to enjoy the benefits of digital life. However, little research has been conducted to identify what the critical components of digital literacy are, beyond technical abilities such as using computers. I propose that three different components of digital literacy, such as TECHNICAL LITERACY, BIT LITERACY for individual’s ability to create knowledge, and COMMUNITY LITERACY for sharing individual’s knowledge in the on-line community be constructed, especially based upon AnaDigi(Analog + Digital) ways of thinking. In this study, the meaning of digital literacy will be reconceptualized from Harbermas’ three different human interests, and its relation to other forms of literacy (functional literacy, computer literacy, information literacy etc.) will be discussed. Finally, using the digital ethnography of online courses for digital literacy, I will examine how this approach and the content of digital literacy are culturally appropriate for Korean university settings.


Prof. Yeong-Mahn You  (Republic of Korea)
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Educational Technology, College of Education
Hanyang University

Yeong-Mahn You is an assistant professor at Hanyang University, Seoul. Previously, as a director of the Digital Learning Institute and performance consultant, he worked on a range of training courses and learning system development projects. His research interests include digital learning and ecological approach in knowledge creation process.

Juyun Kim  (Canada)

The University of British Columbia

  • Digital Literacy

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)