Weekly outline

  • Introduction

    "By digital literacy we mean those capabilities which fit an individual for living, learning and working in a digital society".

    This course is for students at a transition stage between college and university/employment. It focuses on: identity, behaviour and practice. You can assess your own digital literacy and use this self-awareness to your advantage.

  • 1. Digital literacy introduction

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    The aim of this course is to help you develop the skills you need to succeed in the digital world. This introductory topic gives you an outline of what's ahead and helps you to set targets to improve your own level of digital literacy skills.

  • 2. Digital identity

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    Understand that all your actions online potentially leave a trail. In this topic, you will explore your own digital identity and learn ways to build a positive profile online. Employers and university admissions tutors will probably look at your digital identity when you apply for a job or a university place, so it's important that you learn to manage it from the outset.

  • 3. e-Safety

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    Advice like "Zip it; Block it; Flag it" is easy to give but harder to follow. In this topic, you will explore the complexity surrounding e-safety and be able to exercise sound judgement when faced with safeguarding issues affecting yourself and others. You'll be able to make more informed choices when going online about who to trust and confidently identify inappropriate or criminal behaviour.

  • 4. Digital consumer

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    A detailed study by John Lewis has held a mirror up to our shopping habits in the 21st century, showing we are turning to tablets and mobiles in ever greater numbers to buy online. This topic covers the growing trend of online shopping - including e-safety, online banking, our rights and responsibilities and the role of mobile phones and apps.

  • 5. Social media literacy

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    To be successful these days, you need to be able to send and receive information through a range of modern media, such as well-established social media and media sharing sites, blogs and wikis. This topic takes a look at the range of popular social media available today and highlights the positive and negative impact that disruptive technology can have on us as individuals and as a society.

  • 6. Digital student

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    You can’t google your way to a GCSE, A Level or Diploma – but your ‘google brain’ can help you, if you use it intelligently. This topic will help you to identify the digital technologies you will encounter in the course of academic study and how, in combination with digital literacy skills, this technology can help you to raise achievement.

  • 7. Practical skills

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    Digital literacy requires a combination of cognitive skills and technicial ICT skills. This topic differs in format from the other topics on this course as it includes links to a selection of websites offering you free tutorial help to upgrade your ICT skills.