A Holistic Understanding of Digital Skills: DRAW Detailed Findings and Discussion

With the urgent need for adult digital skill development as a backdrop, the Digital Resilience in the American Workforce (DRAW) initiative, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), conducted a wide-ranging landscape scan to identify effective approaches and existing resources supporting digital skills development. The scan also identified current efforts to advance digital access and digital equity; useful skill definitions, frameworks, and assessments; and practitioner professional development opportunities. Learnings from the scan are summarized in the report Digital Resilience in the American Workforce: Findings From a National Scan on Adult Digital Literacy Instruction. This deep dive explores two themes in more detail: lifelong and life-wide learning and digital skills for employment.