There is No Set of Skills for Transliteracy

One of the questions I am repeatedly asked about transliteracy is – what are the set of skills for transliteracy?  I understand where the asker is coming from – in a world where we base so much on standardized tests, having a list you can check off and mark complete is something we have been trained to expect. We need it for validation.

You don’t need me to tell you that the world is rapidly changing around us. That approaches to teaching and learning are changing and that the “old” way of doing things is no longer working.

There is no defined set of skills for transliteracy. That is not because Sue Thomas, or others researching, reading, writing and talking about transliteracy have not bothered to create one, it is because transliteracy is a moving target. It is fluid. As the world around us changes so must we change with it.  We must continually learn, unlearn and relearn. Transliteracy is more than a set of skills, it is a process and journey.

This is an older slideshow that attempts to illustrated all of the dimensions of transliteracy.

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  5. Colleen Greene Says:

    Still an excellent set of slides, Bobbi.

    Do you make the same argument for digital literacy? That’s the buzzword floating around the higher ed circles of the California State University system right now, who feel a mission to tackle digital literacy education. Yet, those of us who teach and advocate digital literacy skills in the CSU can’t even seem to agree upon a definition and core set of skills — and our definition and list of related core skills are completely different from of say, campus IT. Like it’s parent topic, transliteracy, digital literacy is also still a moving target.

    • Bobbi Newman Says:

      Hi Colleen,
      No I would not say the same thing about digital literacy. In fact I have been working with the ALA OITP Digital Literacy Task Force to agree upon a universal definition. You can see the brief version here http://www.districtdispatch.org/2012/04/defining-digital-literacy/ and there will be a six page primer released soon with more details.

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