Digital competence among distance or online learners in the age of artificial intelligence
Author(s): Diksha and Abhi Sharma
The path towards a knowledge-based society starts with Information literacy. Distance learning is seen as a practical option to traditional education in promoting accessibility, equality, and education for diverse learners. This study evaluates Digital literacy skills in utilizing digital library resources among University of Jammu's distance learners. The study emphasizes the importance of digital Information literacy in enhancing learning for remote students. Through a survey method, 200 questionnaires are distributed to respondents enrolled in distance education courses. The response rate is 81.00%, with 162 questionnaires received. The collected data is scrutinized through statistical analysis, including MS-Word and MS-Excel. Most respondents have digital information literacy and know basic search tactics. It is found that most prefer online resources for their simplicity, adaptability, and cost-effectiveness. The possession of digital literacy is crucial in the modern society where technology is paramount. It includes essential skills for thriving in the internet age. Therefore, distance learners should receive awareness and training programs integrated into their courses to enhance their digital literacy.