Formal skills is defined as the abiility to handle the special structures of digital media. These structures are often referred to as hypermedia, meaning a nonlinear medium of information that includes graphics, audio, video, plain text and hyperlinks. Unlike conventional media, on digital environemts and especially the Internet, users cannot only move forward, but also backward and to unknown locations. For instance, using hyperlinks, maintaining a sense of location when accessing websites, surfing the Internet and opening search results.
Open Education: Information / Digital Literacy & Research Skills – Virginia Tec