Context

The Digital Society and Information Literacy in New Zealand

In August 2008 the New Zealand Government released its Digital Strategy 2.0.

The strategy emphasised the importance of connection, confidence, capability and content in today's society. Information literacy skills are an essential component of the confidence and capability required to access and use digital information.

"The Digital Strategy 2.0 is a response to the changes and challenges of a rapidly evolving digital world. Its purpose is to:

  • provide a national vision, supported by outcomes and goals for New Zealand’s digital development
  • highlight opportunities and challenges in the digital world
  • provide a call to action for all stakeholders to rise to the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital world
  • clearly articulate the government’s role in digital development
  • outline the key actions through which government will fulfil its role in supporting digital development"

The Tertiary Sector

Tertiary Education Commission

The Tertiary Education Strategy 2014-2019 outlines the Government's long-term strategic direction for tertiary education. There is a strong focus on "improving the economic outcomes from tertiary education and research. The improved economic outcomes for New Zealand will also support society to achieve broader benefits and individuals to develop as confident, creative, and culturally enriched good citizens." (p. 7).

Massey University

The University outlines its commitment to lifelong learning in its Charter (2003):

Massey University is committed to meeting the needs of New Zealand and New Zealanders, enhancing access to university study for diverse populations, preparing students for life-long learning, and meeting international standards of excellence in research and teaching. Massey University is an integrated multi-campus institution of higher learning that creates new knowledge and understanding; synthesises, applies and disseminates knowledge; develops advanced learning and scholarly abilities for a national and international student body; and promotes free and rational inquiry. We offer high-quality learning experiences that empower people and their communities to prosper in an increasingly knowledge-dependent and technologically advanced world.

The Road to 2025 (PDF) planning document emphasises the importance of lifelong learning as one of the six defining elements of teaching and learning at Massey University (p.15):

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