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Are you Digitally fluent? What is Digital fluency?

“In the years ahead, digital fluency will become a prerequisite for obtaining jobs, participating meaningfully in society, and learning throughout a lifetime. (Resnick, 2002, p. 33) [via White, 2013]” Are you Digitally fluent?

We have already entered Industrial Revolution 4.0 and are heading towards the time when it will become imperative to mention in our resume whether we are digital – beginner, intermediate or fluent. 

Kutchu has to edit three documents. One is a word document, the other is a video, and the third is a financial accounting document. He uses MS Office to edit the word document, a video editor to edit the video, and Excel for the accounting document. This shows that Kutchue is digitally literate as he knows which digital tool to use for each scenario. 

So, what exactly is Digital Fluency? 

This is the demand of the future, a way of saying it. But if explained, Digital Fluency is acquiring digital skills to be able to understand, choose and use technologies and technical systems. It is acquiring cognitive or intellectual proficiency to read, form, evaluate, make decisions, and apply technical skills. And digital fluency is also the ability to relate to others and communicate effectively with them through digital mediums.

However, if you are digitally literate, it does not mean that you are digitally fluent. Fluency goes beyond literacy. For example, if you are digitally literate it means that you know a certain technical skill set that you use to get the job done. With Fluency, you gain the ability to improvise with these skills and have different paths toward a common solution, plus you can explain the reasoning behind the way they work. Now there are two parts under Digital Fluency: Soft Skills and Hard Skills Fluency. 

Soft Skills Fluency 

Fluency in soft skills is a requirement to become digitally fluent and includes excellent communication skills, new-age media literacy, and cognitive load management, addressing the problems and concerns we face today and in the future.

Gone are the days when we needed a microphone or loudspeaker, a stage, and a plethora of people in the gathering. And the speakers needed just good orating skills to communicate their thoughts and vision to the audience to convince them. Now in the digital era communication skills have become a broader concept and one would need more than good speaking skills to communicate anything across a diverse population. This includes choosing a digital medium that is appropriate and most effective. Additionally, one can use augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).  

In these, and times to come, professionals will be judged on their strong soft skills which also include: creativity, social intelligence, digital literacy, and virtual collaboration. Even, Google conducted an internal survey, and out of eight, the top seven characteristics of success at Google are all soft skills. To name a few are, being a good coach, communicating and listening well, being a good critical thinker, and being able to make connections with complex ideas. 

Hard Skills Fluency  

The 2017 report The Next Era of Human/Machine Partnerships states that 85 percent of the jobs available in 2030 haven’t even been invented yet (you can read the full report here . What will these jobs be? Most countries including India and the US are already facing an employability gap due to a shortage of future skilled professionals. 

To become employable in this era of Industry 4.0, you must equip yourself with the required hard skills. And some of the most in-demand hard skills across industry segments include: 

– UX/UI Design 

– Data Science 

– AIML 

– Blockchain 

– Robotic Process Automation (RPA) 

– Digitalized Supply Chain Management 

– Fintech 

– Digital Marketing 

– Gaming & Animation 

– Data Science 

Conclusion 

Wait for no further and start your journey to become digital fluent today as it is a long way to go. You can start your journey with ImaginXP, a leading high ed-tech organization in Future Skills. To know more about ImaginXP’s degree and certification courses to learn new age hard and soft skills visit imaginxp.com or call 949 949 0949. 

 

ImaginXP is leading the HigherEd revolution offering some of the best future skills certification courses and full time degree programs in Business, design and Technology. We are pioneering the higher educational space with top-notch faculties and industry-led curriculum.

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