Digital literacies for online learning

Apply digital and academic learning literacies to support learning on the internet in tertiary education.


What’s it about?

Learning in a Digital Age (LiDA) is about learning on the Internet and we recommend that any learner embarking on tertiary study in today’s world should take this free course. Digital literacies for online learning is the first of four LiDA micro-courses, where you will learn and apply the digital and academic literacies necessary for successful learning in the 21st century in a higher education context.

What will I learn?

In this micro-course you will:

  • Gain insights into what digital and academic literacies mean for learning in a digital age.
  • Develop digital skills to establish and maintain an online personal learning environment.
  • Apply advanced online search strategies to locate open access resources in support of your learning.
  • Learn how to evaluate the legitimacy, credibility and reliability of online resources for academic study.
  • Learn how to use a range of digital tools and corresponding literacies to support tertiary learning in a digital age.
  • Apply your digital and academic literacies to publish an academic essay on a topic of your choice.
What’s involved?

There are 4 learning pathways each containing numerous resources and learning challenges designed to help you achieve success for networked learning in a digital age. The learning pathways are:

  • Establish a personal learning environment
  • Introduction to digital literacies
  • Find and select open resources
  • Digital and academic skills for learning in a digital age.

Anyone is free to participate in this course. An internet connection and basic web browsing skills are required with the ability to create a blog, and use a number of online applications (instructions and self-study tutorials provided).

The course and assessments are conducted in English. This is a university level course and you should be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English.

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Course Code: LIDA101
Available: 14 March 2018
Duration: 2 weeks,10 hours per week
Type: Micro course
Assessments: 20 hours

Credentialing: Microcredential Official course credit
Course Credit: Requirement for Learning in a Digital Age
Credential: Certificate Higher Education Business (OERu)
Level: 1st year Bachelor’s

Who are the developers:
Dr Wayne Mackintosh, is the founding director of the OER Foundation and is the designated UNESCO and ICDE Chair in OER at Otago Polytechnic. He is Read More
Emeritus Professor Jim Taylor AM, In 2009, Professor Taylor received the Australian Higher Education Quality Award from the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) for his “national and international Read More
Simonne Wood, is an Educational Technology Specialist within Otago Polytechnic's Learning and Teaching Development Team. She has many years' experience in tertiary institutions in the Read More
Claire Goode, is a member of the Learning and Teaching Development team at Otago Polytechnic, and a Senior Fellow of the UK's Higher Education Academy. Read More