EDU520: Week I

Digital Identity and Literacy

This is the first week of EDU520. This week our class discussed the materials needed to understand what digital literacy was and what our proficiency level was. It also allowed us to determine our digital identities.

Cornell University defines digital literacy as:

Digital literacy is the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet. As a Cornell student, activities including writing papers, creating multimedia presentations, and posting information about yourself or others online are all a part of your day-to-day life, and all of these activities require varying degrees of digital literacy. Is simply knowing how to do these things enough? No—there’s more to it than that.


Here are some additional definitions of digital lliteracy and identity from Techopedia:

Definition – What does Digital Identity mean?

A digital identity is an online or networked identity adopted or claimed in cyberspace by an individual, organization or electronic device. These users may also project more than one digital identity through multiple communities. In terms of digital identity management, key areas of concern are security and privacy.

Techopedia explains Digital Identity

Like its human counterpart, a digital identity is comprised of characteristics, or data attributes, such as the following:

Username and password
Online search activities, like electronic transactions
Date of birth
Social security number
Medical history
Purchasing history or behavior
A digital identity is linked to one or more digital identifiers, like an email address, URL or domain name. Because identity theft is rampant on the Web, digital identity authentication and validation measures are critical to ensuring Web and network infrastructure security in the public and private sectors.