Are Digital Literacies Generic or Context-specific?

I was recently asked by Sally Pewhairangi whether I thought digital literacies could be taught as generic skills, out of any particular context, and whether they would then transfer. When I was asked this question, examples of cooking and learning languages were offered (citing chef Tim Ferris). For example, could we learn the rules of cooking, then apply them to different ingredients and cuisines? Does “content” matter that much?

There are three broad dimensions in my answer to this with respect to digital literacies being generic vs. context-specific:

Cognitive skills aren’t like physical skills, but share common characteristics; What we know about transfer of learning in general; and In what ways are digital literacies generic/abstract and in what ways contextual?

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