Digital literacy refers to the ability to find, evaluate, use, create and communicate information using digital technologies. It encompasses a wide range of skills and competencies, including basic computer and internet use, online safety and security, digital content creation, and critical thinking about digital media. Mastering basic digital skills gives job seekers an advantage in the employment process and opens up many new career opportunities. Employers who hire employees with these skills experience increased efficiency, innovation, and more effective communication.
Why were these skills selected?
The five core skillsets measured by the Digital Literacy Assessment were derived from research into different states’ standards for digital literacy and the most prevalent technology skills and tools as defined by the US Department of Labor’s O*NET occupations database. Employers and workforce stakeholders were consulted for feedback on the most current needs in the field for technology skills improvement.
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