Digital Literacy: Concept and Definition

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Digital literacy is a widely used concept that has become pluralistic, often avoiding a clear definition of what digital literacy actually means. However, acquiring digital literacy is still a global issue. Given the vast potential of digital technology as it grows and evolves, it is essential to understand what the concept of digital literacy is and how it is applied in today’s context. The aim of the study was twofold: (a) to analyse the recent literature available in the EBSCO database regarding definitions of digital literacy; and (b) to provide an overview of the concept of digital literacy and related skills. Using a systematic literature review, 45 academic papers were selected, of which 17 articles were analysed after further evaluation. Qualitative analyses were carried out to better comprehend the range of digital literacy definitions, as offered by authors.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Smart Education and Urban Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • digital learning
  • digital literacy definition
  • digital literacy skills

Field of Science*

  • 5.3 Educational sciences

Publication Type*

  • 1.4. Reviewed scientific article published in Latvia or abroad in a scientific journal with an editorial board (including university editions)


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