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Fluency with Information Technology

  1. Lawrence Snyder

Published Online: 15 APR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470050118.ecse959

Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering

Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering

How to Cite

Snyder, L. 2008. Fluency with Information Technology. Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering. 1–4.

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  1. University of Washington—Seattle, Seattle, Washington

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2008


Fluency with Information Technology specifies a degree of competency with computers and information in which users possess the skills, concepts, and capabilities needed to apply Information Technology (IT) confidently and effectively and can acquire new knowledge independently. Fluency with Information Technology transcends computer literacy and prepares students for lifelong learning of IT.

The concept of Fluency with Information Technology derives from a National Research Council (NRC) study initiated in 1997 and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The study focused on defining “what everyone should know about Information Technology.” For the purposes of the study, “everyone” meant the population at large, and IT was defined broadly to include computers, networking, software and applications, as well as information resources—virtually anything one would encounter using a network-connected personal computer.


  • computer literacy;
  • information technology;
  • computer skills;
  • computer fluency