Why we exist?
We exist not just to guide professionals through digital development, we exist because we believe that everyone deserves the right to engage with society in a meaningful way. With technology becoming more and more part of how our society interacts, works and structures itself, we want ALL individuals to be part of this. DigiUnite wants people to be employable, not locked out because of lack of knowledge or access to technology. We want meaningful connections for people using technology and the ability for diverse individuals to have a voice. We also want a robust workforce within education and the social sector that knows how to keep themselves employable in a demanding technological age.
Most of all, we want those who do not have the means to afford or access technology to be able to do so through opportunities that DigiUnite will make happen.
How we do this
DigiUnite arms teachers, social workers, community professionals and psychologists with skills and knowledge. These are necessary for both themselves and people they work with for the future economy. This is achieved by providing useful ways to engage diverse individuals through technology. DigiUnite does this through a series of interactive digital social and knowledge courses specifically tailored towards the engagement of professionals, clients, parents and students. These courses give knowledge and resources for use in any professional workplace.
Why do professionals need digital upskilling?
As our world becomes increasingly digitally integrated, there will be a higher demand for digital knowledge; the ability to digest new technology at a level that sustains or creates employment and provides satisfying social connection. DigiUnite provides the opportunity for engaging and teaching individuals skills that will be life-long in a fast paced digital economy.
'Under the digital literacy umbrella are numerous interrelated skills that range from basic awareness and training to foster informed citizens and to build consumer and user confidence, to highly sophisticated and more complex creative and critical literacies and outcomes. Given the constantly evolving nature of technology, acquisition of digital literacy skill represents a process of life long learning.' (MNet, 2010).
Our big Mission on a small crew
Our mission at Digiunite is to be a leading educator in the field of digital literacy and differentiation. We strive to add value to professionals undertaking our online modules through emphasising the crucial importance of engagement and communication. The primary goal of Digiunite is for professionals to be highly effective in their workplace, be in high demand for employment and achieve engagement and digital literacy from all their students and clients for the duration of their careers. DigiUnite compels equal opportunities within the digital world for all individuals.
What is digital literacy?
"Digital literacy is the ability to understand information and - more important - to evaluate and integrate information in multiple formats that the computer can deliver. Being unable to evaluate and interpret information is critical [...] you can't understand information you find on the Internet without evaluating its sources and placing it in context." Paul Gilster.
What is Digital Social Equity?
Here is Amanda Third of the University of Western Sydney is discussing one of the areas that social equity addresses. Her topic is cyber safety for children, however our DigiUnite Social Digital Wave modules span a number of social areas.
Taking a look at digital literacies and the areas that human services and educators have to work on.