What happens outside classroom: Young learners are surviving and thriving in digital age



Traditionally, Flemish students have always performed high scores in PISA test which is an international student assessment by OECD mainly focus on academic skills. They continue to excel in traditional literacy such as reading literacy, mathematical literacy and scientific literacy since 2000, and also the Flemish higher education enjoys a good reputation globally. Recently, Flemish public policy promoting and implementing new technologies into formal learning settings, which encourage the educational innovation within institutional system. But what about youth learners’ digital literacy and how do they learn with digital media outside classroom settings? A research program has been conducted to investigate this issue. A group of first year university students were interviewed and a survey was administered to young learners mainly from college freshmen students in Flanders.