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Project for digital literacy

The project, "Digital literacy through flexible learning: Information searching and use of information sources in writing thesis", is a joint project of the libraries of the following higher education institutions in Bergen:

In colaboration with:

The project aims to develop learning objects to promote digital literacy for application in web supported courses for higher education institutions. The course is specially designed for distance learning students at postgraduate level.

A pilote scheme will be developed in colaboration with the teaching communities within the faculties of health and social sciences at the University of Bergen (UiB) and Bergen University College (HIB).


About digital literacy in Norway

"Stortingsmelding nr. 30 (2003-2004) Kultur for læring " ("Culture for learning") defines digital literacy as consisting of the two following elements:

  • Basic information and comunnication technology (IKT) skills: use of program applications and search, locate, transform and control of information from different digital sources.
  • Advanced skills to secure a creative and critical use of digital tools and media

Digital literacy thus implies basic IKT skills and information literacy.

About information literacy

An information literate is a person who recognises when and why information is needed, how information is found, and how to evaluate, use and communicate the information according to existing ethical rules. (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, 2004)

About the importance of digital literacy and information literacy in higher education

Digital literacy and information literacy are a prerequisite for successful studies. They are essential to lifelong learning in the knowledge society.

"Stortingsmelding nr. 27 (2000-2001) Kvalitetsreformen av høyere utdanning" ("The quality reform of higher education), emphasizes that students, in order to increase their individual academic activities, are expected to produce more papers at undergraduate level.  Due to the growing availability of  information through internet and other digital media, there is a need to strenghten digital literacy to meet the goals of both the Norwegian quality reform of higher education and the "Program for digital kompetanse 2004-2008 " ("Program for digital literacy 2004-2005") produced by the Norwegian Department of Education and Research.

Digital literacy and information literacy are on the agenda internationally as shown by the UNESCO Information Literacy Programme: ”Information for all” (2005-2006) and the The Prague Declaration: "Towards an information literate society". Both programmes emphasize the importance of information literacy for the promotion of a democratic society. A person who is capable of critical evaluation and dissemination of information is an active participant in society. Information  literacy is the starting point for creating texts, participating in discussions and making individual choices. Further it is important that information should be available to avoid a "digital divide", that is the division between the information rich and information poor.

About the academic libraries' involvement in digital and information literacy

The academic libraries are integrating parts of the total institutional learning environments. One of  the academic libraries' primary goals is to support the students in their learning process. The implementation of the Norwegian quality reform of higher education has had an impact on study programs and consequently, on the demands on library services. The establishment of digital learning resources and digital publishing has become an important part of library services, which in turn, requires higher ICT skills. In order to enable students to retrieve and fully utilize the information sources in their studies, the libraries see it as a major task to develop learning resources to increase students' digital literacy. This is also reflected in the institutions' strategic planning documents.

The project, "Digital Literacy through flexible learning: information searching and use of information sources in writing thesis", is one of the libraries' initiatives to strengthen user education in digital and information literacy.


CILIP- information literaty group: Angela Abell, Chris Armstrong, Debbi Boden, Stephen Town, Sheila Webber, Marcus Woolley. 2005:
Defining information literacy for the UK.
Update magazine, Jan/Feb. Hentet 28.04.05: 












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