Learn essential digital literacy skills

Whether you are new to computing or have some experience, Digital Literacy will help you develop a fundamental understanding of computers. The courses help you learn the essential skills to begin computing with confidence, be more productive at home and at work, stay safe online, use technology to complement your lifestyle, and consider careers where you can put your skills to work.

Features five courses that cover computer basics; using the internet and productivity programs; security and privacy; and digital lifestyles. These five courses use examples and simulations from Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2013.

About the curriculum

The web, social media, spreadsheets, email—it’s a digital world. Don’t let it pass you by.

Computing is an important part of everyday life in the twenty-first century. From music and photos to banking and communicating, computers have changed the way we work and live. This course introduces you to the fundamentals of computing, explains the components of a computer, explores operating system basics, and shows you how to use a mouse and a keyboard.

The Internet can connect you to people, information, and resources around the world. This course shows you how to connect to the Internet, browse Web pages, navigate Web sites, use search engines, and exchange e-mail with others.

Hundreds of software applications are available today. This course explores the most common productivity software applications used in school, at work, and at home. The course teaches you how to choose the right software for your project. You will learn the fundamentals of word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and databases.

This course helps you to identify the various threats to your computer and the data stored on it. You will explore how to protect your computer from these threats by taking some preventive measures. Finally, this course explains the ethical and legal issues related to Internet usage.

From smart phones to digital cameras, computers are changing our everyday lives. This course introduces you to new digital technologies, including digital audio, digital video, and digital photography. It explores how these and other computing technologies are creating new career opportunities and shaping the world we live in.