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Digital competence and digital literacy in higher education research: Systematic review of concept use
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics. (LINA)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3203-7062
Göteborgs universitet, Göteborg, Sverige.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5248-771X
Göteborgs universitet, Göteborg, Sverige.
Göteborgs universitet, Göteborg, Sverige.
2018 (English)In: Cogent Education, E-ISSN 2331-186X, Vol. 5, no 1, article id 1519143Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Digital competence and digital literacy are concepts that are increasingly used in public discourse. However, how the concepts are used and how they are defined remains unclear. This paper presents a systematic review of research where these concepts are used in higher education research. The aim is to establish an understanding of referencing strategy to digital literacy and digital competence over time, disciplines, countries, methods and level of analysis. Three databases were used in the systematic literature review: Web of Science, Scopus and Education Resources Information Centre. We delimited the search to title, abstract and keywords in the databases. Inclusion criteria were peer-reviewed publications written in English. Initially 107 publications between 1997 and 2017 were found, with 28 addressing digital competence and 79 digital literacy. Our review demonstrates that there is a range of definitions used in higher education research. They vary depending on if the concepts are defined by policy, research or both and whether they focus on technical skills or social practices. This review indicates directions for further research in higher education i) do more research based on critical perspectives to avoid commonsensical use of the concepts, ii) take the development of definitions of these concepts seriously iii) avoid cross-referencing incompatibilities and finally iv) engage in critical investigations regarding the legitimacy of policy over research in the domain of higher education research.

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2018. Vol. 5, no 1, article id 1519143
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digital literacy, digital competence, higher education, systematic literature review
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Information Systems, Social aspects
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SOCIAL SCIENCE, Informatics; Work Integrated Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-13033DOI: 10.1080/2331186X.2018.1519143ISI: 000448153500001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85060932273OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-13033DiVA, id: diva2:1258150
Available from: 2018-10-24 Created: 2018-10-24 Last updated: 2019-05-29Bibliographically approved

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