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Description

This course, Digital skills: succeeding in a digital world, will develop your confidence and skills for life online, whether study, work or everyday life.

It explores a range of digital skills and practices, including digital identity, digital well-being, staying safe and legal, finding and using information and online tools, and dealing with information overload. The importance of developing a critical approach to life online is emphasised throughout, whether consuming or creating information. You'll be encouraged to reflect on your own situation and to apply what you learn to real-life scenarios, using a digital skills plan to keep a record of progress.

In this video, the course is introduced by Open University Chancellor and digital literacy champion Martha Lane Fox. Martha discusses the importance of digital skills in all areas of life and how this course will give you a unique opportunity to improve your digital literacy in an ever-changing world.

Enrolling on the course will give you the opportunity to earn an Open University digital badge. Badges are not accredited by The Open University but they're a great way to demonstrate your interest in the subject and commitment to your career, and to provide evidence of continuing professional development.

Once you're signed in, you can manage your digital badges online from My OpenLearn. In addition you can download and print your OpenLearn Statement of Participation - which also displays your Open University badge.

The Open University would really appreciate a few minutes of your time to tell us about yourself and your expectations for the course before you begin, in our optional start-of-course survey . Once you complete the course we would also value your feedback and suggestions for future improvement, in our optional end-of-course survey . Participation will be completely confidential and we will not pass on your details to others.

This course is endorsed by the CPD Standards Office  .  It can be used to provide evidence of continuing professional development but is not accredited learning. We are unable to provide formal learner verification services for participation in our open online courses, which are provided freely by The Open University as self-directed CPD.

Anyone wishing to provide evidence of their enrolment on this course is able to do so by sharing their Activity Record on their OpenLearn Profile, which is available before completion of the course and earning of the Statement of Participation.

Earn this free Open University digital badge if you complete this course! The badge can be displayed, shared and downloaded as a marker of your achievement. The badge is awarded for completing the course and passing the quizzes.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand and be confident in your online identity
  • Choose and use the appropriate online tool for the task in hand
  • Use technology confidently and critically to achieve your study, work and life goals
  • Reflect proactively on your level of digital confidence, and identify steps for further development.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction and guidance 00:15:00
  • What is a badged course? 00:15:00
  • How to get a badge 00:15:00
    • Introduction 00:15:00
    • The importance of being digital 00:20:00
    • How digital are you? 00:10:00
    • Digital skills for everyday life 00:15:00
    • Everyday transactions 00:15:00
    • Using social media 00:15:00
    • Problem-solving 00:15:00
    • Reflection 00:20:00
    • This week’s quiz 00:15:00
    • Summary 00:15:00
    • Introduction 00:15:00
    • Information in a digital age 00:15:00
    • Digital skills and digital literacy 00:20:00
    • A framework for digital skills 00:15:00
    • Understand and engage 00:10:00
    • Find 00:15:00
    • Evaluate 00:10:00
    • Manage and communicate 00:10:00
    • Collaborate and share 00:10:00
    • Digital skills and university study 00:15:00
    • Reflection 00:20:00
    • This week’s quiz 00:15:00
    • Summary 00:15:00
    • Introduction 00:20:00
    • Digital me: starting your digital journey 00:15:00
    • Checking out your digital footprint 00:10:00
    • First steps to a good digital footprint 00:20:00
    • Openness versus privacy 00:20:00
    • On the road 00:20:00
    • Digital citizens 00:20:00
    • Reflection 00:15:00
    • This week’s quiz 00:10:00
    • Summary 00:15:00
    • Introduction 00:15:00
    • E-safety 00:15:00
    • Passwords 00:20:00
    • How to protect yourself 00:15:00
    • Protecting yourself from viruses and malware 00:10:00
    • Avoiding online scams and hoaxes 00:10:00
    • Protecting personal data 00:10:00
    • Agreeing to terms and conditions 00:10:00
    • Digital well-being 00:15:00
    • Connecting and communicating safely 00:15:00
    • Keeping it legal 00:15:00
    • What is copyright law? 00:15:00
    • Copyright responsibilities 00:20:00
    • Creative Commons (CC) licences 00:20:00
    • How do Creative Commons (CC) licences work? 00:15:00
    • Reflection 00:15:00
    • This week’s quiz 00:15:00
    • Summary 00:15:00
    • Introduction 00:20:00
    • Your information landscape 00:20:00
    • Exploring your information landscape 00:20:00
    • Searching 00:15:00
    • Refining your search 00:20:00
    • Dealing with information overload 00:20:00
    • Asking the right questions 00:30:00
    • Useful starting points 00:20:00
    • Developing your ‘trustometer’ 00:25:00
    • Reflection 00:20:00
    • This week’s quiz 00:15:00
    • Summary 00:15:00
    • Introduction 00:15:00
    • Everyday life; everyday tasks 00:20:00
    • ‘There’s an app for that’ 00:15:00
    • What can apps and tools do for you? 00:15:00
    • What are apps doing with your personal data? 00:15:00
    • Which apps might be for me? 00:20:00
    • Finding apps 00:15:00
    • Communicating, creating, collaborating, managing 00:25:00
    • Reflection 00:20:00
    • This week’s quiz 00:10:00
    • Summary 00:10:00
    • Introduction 00:10:00
    • Manuela’s progression through the course 00:10:00
    • Finding the right information 00:20:00
    • John’s progression through the course 00:15:00
    • Using social media 00:20:00
    • Michael’s progression through the course 00:10:00
    • Investigating study 00:15:00
    • Reflection 00:15:00
    • This week’s quiz 00:15:00
    • Summary 00:10:00
    • Introduction 00:15:00
    • Taking stock 00:15:00
    • Skills development 00:15:00
    • Making your mark online 00:15:00
    • Copyright and Creative Commons (CC) 00:15:00
    • Staying safe online 00:15:00
    • Critical consumption 00:15:00
    • The right tool for you 00:15:00
    • Reflection 00:10:00
    • This week’s quiz 00:10:00
    • Summary 00:15:00

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