BOne student labors to write essays because they struggle with typing. Another scrambles to complete assignments on time because they don’t know the campus has fast, designated Wi-Fi. Yet another grasps the course material, but doesn’t know how to take notes in their digital textbook.
These are just a few scenarios that administrators and faculty members at California State University at Northridge have found some students face — a reality check that’s informing new digital-literacy projects on the campus. In a spring survey of more than 200 students across grade levels on what tech competencies needed sharpening, 91 percent listed basic computer skills.
Gaps in digital literacy — broadly defined as the ability to navigate and use technology to its fullest extend — are not unique to Cal State at Northridge.