Digital literacy

Why teach digital literacy? It’s all about employability.

According to a 2017 EDUCAUSE report, digital literacy is a top priority for higher education because it helps students become active content creators who are prepared for success in the modern workplace. Find out how to build this required competency at your school.

Clemson University


“We’re in the process at Clemson of rethinking our General Education program, and I believe that digital literacy is one of those pillars that we must incorporate into General Ed for the next 10 to 15 years.” 


Dr. Jan Holmevik, Associate professor of English, Co-Director for the Center of Excellence in Next-Generation Computing and Creativity, Clemson University


See how students benefit from digital literacy.

By learning to use digital tools like Adobe Creative Cloud, students develop creative and persuasive communication skills that help them succeed in school and in their careers.

Classroom engagement

Integrate digital skills across disciplines and throughout your curriculum to help your students master their subject matter, stay immersed in their learning, and improve their learning outcomes.


Soft-skills development

Develop your students’ essential soft skills like creativity, critical-thinking, creative problem-solving, and collaboration.


Employment advantages

Ensure that your students learn skills that attract the attention of hiring managers and remain relevant well beyond graduation.

Cultivating Digital Literacy


Teach digital skills in the classroom to enhance communication skills for life.  

Adobe Creative Cloud is no longer just for media and fine-art classes — it’s essential in all classes. Whether your students are making brochures to present historical research, animations to demonstrate scientific concepts, or videos to deliver critical responses to literature, they’ll become digital storytellers and persuasive communicators.

Here are just a few examples of student work from across the curricula:

The Role of Digital Literacy in STEM Education


The Role of Digital Literacy in STEM Education


Made with Adobe After Effects, Illustrator, Audition, Character Animator, Premiere Pro, and Photoshop by Valentina Arismendi, journalism student UNC Chapel Hill, and Hillary Diane Andales, physics student MIT

Social Justice podcast


Social Justice podcast


Made with Adobe Audition by Annette Schwob, 
social studies student at UNC Chapel Hill

Scientific Tar Heel magazine


Scientific Tar Heel magazine


Made with Adobe InDesign
by the students in English 105, UNC Chapel Hill

The University of Arizona

Educator perspectives on teaching digital literacy with Adobe.

“At the University of Arizona we had a digital literacy strategic initiative. It was important that everyone had access to the Adobe products” 


Melody Buckner
Director of Digital Learning and Online Education, University of Arizona

University of Arizona

Learn how university leaders are fostering digital literacy with Creative Cloud.


Adobe can help your faculty incorporate digital assignments into any discipline.

No need for faculty to master Creative Cloud. We’ve made it easy for them to incorporate digital assignments into lesson plans with step-by-step guides designed by their peers.

Adobe for Academics offers teaching modules, rubrics, examples of student work, teaching and learning resources, and inspiring peer stories to help faculty incorporate Creative Cloud into their curricula across disciplines.

Adobe for academics
Resource spotlight

Adobe Creative Cloud Across the Curriculum: A Guide for Students and Teachers 
By Dr. Todd Taylor, UNC-Chapel Hill

California State University Fullerton
CSU Fullerton


“By embedding Adobe Creative Cloud in three [high-impact] courses… we’re increasing digital literacy and making progress toward our goals of improving retention, closing the achievement gap, enhancing learning, and raising the graduation rate.”


Amir Dabirian
Vice President for Information Technology and CIO, CSU Fullerton

The Adobe Creative Campus program supports institutions committed to digital literacy.

Adobe Creative Campuses are institutions that have committed to helping their students develop relevant skills to get ahead in a competitive job market. They’re incorporating digital literacy into their strategic goals and student outcomes, integrating Adobe Creative Cloud into their cross-disciplinary curricula, and sharing and collaborating with peer institutions via content, events, and other engagements. Become a part of the Adobe Creative Campus program with institutions like Boston University, Penn State University, University of Arizona, and others.


Let’s talk about how you can empower your students and faculty with digital literacy throughout your curricula.


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