• Course Introduction

        • Time: 160 hours
        • Free Certificate
        In a technology-driven environment, we assume most people are comfortable learning online. The ubiquity of digital communication, automated assistance, and constant connectivity support this assumption, but many of us lack the skills needed to navigate digital resources and technologies in an academic setting. Learning in a Digital Age (LiDA) is a credit-bearing course designed to improve digital learning literacies for higher education and help learners gain more value from open educational resources (OER).

        After familiarizing yourself with the following course syllabus, enroll in this course using the "Enroll me in this course” button. Once enrolled, navigate to Unit 1 of the course to read the Unit introduction and learning outcomes. Links and instructions for unit specific course resources follow.

      • Unit 1: Digital Literacies for Online Learning (LiDA101)

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        In this unit we explore why digital literacies are important for learning online. You will learn how to create a personal course blog, find appropriate open resources, and reflect on your level of digital literacy. Digital Literacies for Online Learning (LiDA101) is the first of four micro-courses in the Learning in a Digital Age course.

        Completing this unit should take approximately 30 hours (excluding time to prepare an optional assessment portfolio for formal credit).

        Image credit: Smartphone by Geralt, public domain.

      • Unit 2: Digital Citizenship (LiDA102)

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        In Unit 2 we engage in academic learning as a digital citizen of the internet. This unit will help you develop a positive online identity to support learning on the Internet, commensurate with good practice for privacy, security and interpersonal communications. Digital citizenship (LiDA102) is the second of four micro-courses for the Learning in a Digital Age course.

        Completing this unit should take approximately 30 hours (excluding time to prepare an optional assessment portfolio for formal credit).

        Image credit: One World–One Web by Paul Downey, cc by 2.0.

      • Unit 3: Open Education, Copyright, and Open Licensing (LiDA103)

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        In Unit 3 we harness the potential of open education in pursuit of learning goals while adhering to the requirements of copyright in a digital world. Open Education, Copyright, and Open Licensing (LiDA103) is the third of four micro-courses for the Learning in a Digital Age course.

        Completing this unit should take you approximately 30 hours (excluding time to prepare an optional assessment portfolio for formal credit).

        Image credit: Is licensing really the most important question for OER? by Caroline Madigan for opensource.com, cc by sa 2.0.

      • Unit 4: Critical Media Literacies and Associated Digital Skills (LiDA104)

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        In Unit 4 we explore the concept of media literacy and apply this knowledge to access, analyze, evaluate, and create digital media. Critical Media Literacies and Associated Digital Skills (LiDA104) is the fourth of four micro-courses for the Learning in a Digital Age course.

        Completing this unit should take you approximately 40 hours.

        Image credit: Broadcast Press by Skratos 1983, public domain