The New Landscape of Digital Literacy: What policymakers and workforce advocates need to know
The Covid-19 pandemic has spotlighted the importance of digital literacy for America's workers and the education, training and workforce programs that serve them. Millions of workers are hurrying to adjust to new remote-work tools, while education and training participants are quickly upskilling to adapt to online learning. Meanwhile, workforce and adult education program staff are working to transform in-person services to virtual formats, all while ensuring that their own digital skills are up-to-speed.
In this webinar State Policy Analyst Molly Bashay and Senior Fellow Amanda Bergson-Shilcock discuss new data analysis illustrating digital skill gaps among workers in major industries such as healthcare and manufacturing. Learn key questions to ask in applying a racial equity lens to digital literacy efforts. And hear about National Skills Coalition's new recommendations for policymakers and advocates seeking to incorporate digital skill-building in their Covid-19 response plans.
More digital literacy resources:
- Fact sheet: Applying a Racial Equity Lens to Digital Literacy
- Fact sheets: Digital literacy by industry
- Medium article & Covid response: Digital fluency for a resilient economy
- Coming soon: Digital literacy "deep dive" webinar June 3rd
- Learn more about Digital US coalition and their forthcoming, practitioner-focused report
- More on the other two legs of the "digital inclusion" stool (broadband internet access and digital devices) from the National Digital Inclusion Alliance
- National Domestic Workers Alliance/Seattle COVID-Ready Caregiver Certification (and background on the certification)
- Building Skills Partnership COVID training for janitors (1-hour video in English or Spanish)
- PIAAC state and local data website (note: this focuses on traditional literacy and numeracy)