Digital Skills vs. Literacies

In this section, we review an article on the difference between digital skills and digital literacies using, an online social annotation technology.


Saying that any digital tool teaches us digital literacies is like saying a pen or a keyboard teaches us writing.
—Maha Bali @Bali_Maha

Digital literacies are not solely about technical proficiency but about the issues, norms, and habits of mind surrounding technologies used for a particular purpose.
Dough Belshaw, Educational researcher

Meet Maha Bali

Maha Bali is associate professor of practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. She is the author of the next reading, Knowing the Difference Between Digital Skills and Digital Literacies, and Teaching Both and OERu invited her to introduce the reading for our learners.

Share you thoughts on Maha Bali’s reflection on digital skills and digital literacies by posting a reply on the discussion forum. For example:

  • I didn’t realize that …..
  • My take home message from Maha’s video is …

Note: Your comments will be displayed in the course feed.

Mini challenge – Annotation (Digital Skills vs. Digital Literacies)


Read an online article and annotate it using


  1. Read the Quick start guide for students.
  2. Create an account on using the registration link.
    • We recommend you use the Chrome browser (download here) and install the extension. However, you can also annotate web pages directly from the website by pasting the link into the text area after you have logged into the site.
  3. Read the article: Knowing the Difference Between Digital Skills and Digital Literacies, and Teaching Both.
  4. Activate the annotations after logging into and click on the search icon and enter the course code (lida101) to filter posts for this course from the public feed.
  5. Annotate or reply to posts by visiting the annotation page (you must be logged into the site to post.)
  6. Remember to tag your posts using the course code: lida101 (The course tag is required to harvest posts for the course feed.)
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