Digital literacies for engagement in emerging online cultures

Steve Wheeler


We are living in a period of technological advancement that is both unprecedented and widely disruptive. Rapid transitions from the previous ages of centralised traditional publication and broadcast media to the present day digital participatory media has been surprising for many especially those working in education. Many things have changed, including the design of computer interfaces, the processing speed and portability of devices, the accessibility of information and knowledge, our methods of communication, the maintenance of our relationships, commerce, the protection of personal privacy, creative processes, publication of content, and the emergence of new digital tribes and virtual clans. In schools, colleges and universities, change is being promoted that is profound and wide reaching. This paper discusses these changes and exposes some of the issues, challenges and opportunities we now need to meet as professional educators.


digital literacies, disruptive technology, social networking, transliteracy, online learning

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