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

    Abstract image of hands holding smartphone with social media icons "flying" from the screen.

    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.

    • 1.1: Create a Personal Learning Environment

      Blog-clouds.jpgLearning in a Digital Age is about learning on the Internet, rather than via a single application, such as a learning management system (LMS). 

      Upon successful completion of this subunit you will be able to: 

        • explain the difference between an open, component-based learning environment and a traditional learning management system (LMS) or virtual learning environment (VLE);
        • create a personal learning environment (PLE);
        • create a course blog;
        • complete your first daily photograph challenge (a recurrent theme throughout the course);
        • declare yourself to the LiDA learning community; and
        • apply strategies for achieving success in an open online course.
    • 1.2: Introduction to Digital Literacy

      Read book blindfolded.jpgIn this subunit we research and create a personal definition for digital literacy and explain the difference between digital skills and digital literacies. 

      Upon successful completion of this subunit you will be able to: 

        • conduct a search of definitions for digital literacy on the web;
        • explain the differences between digital skills and digital literacies;
        • share links to credible resources you find on the topic on bookmarks.oeru.org (our resource bank for the course);
        • share your personal reflections on why digital literacy matters to you via the discussion forum;
        • publish your personal definition of digital literacy and depict your personal learning network (PLN) online.
    • 1.3: Find and Choose Open Resources

      Needle in a haystack?In this subunit you will choose and discuss a research topic of interest.

      Upon successful completion of this subunit you will be able to:

        • discuss your proposed topic of research interest;
        • apply advanced search skills for more productive online searches;
        • implement advanced database searches on open repositories to source OER and open access research publications;
        • evaluate the reliability and credibility of resources you find online for academic purposes;
        • adopt and use citation management software to support your academic work; and
        • publish an annotated bibliography online using the APA reference format with the help of your citation management tool.
    • 1.4: Learning in a Digital Age

      Photo of a university building.In this subunit we shift our focus to learning the digital, academic, and study skills.

      Upon successful completion of this subunit you will be able to:

        • use an online note-taking tool to summarize video and/or audio presentations for academic purposes;
        • summarize an academic publication to support your research;
        • identify a range of academic and study skills for learning success in higher education and share support resources for improving these skills;
        • discuss the future of higher education in a digital age with particular emphasis on the implications for academic and study skills;
        • prepare a learning reflection; and
        • improve skills and build confidence in using social media to support learning on the Internet.


      The future lies in personal learning networks and paths, learning that blends experiential and digital approaches, and free and open-source educational models."
      Anya Kamenetz, DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education

    • LiDA101 Edubit Assessment

      Assessment Competency: Apply digital tools effectively to demonstrate learning literacies including researching, producing, analysing and presenting information for tertiary education purposes.

    • Course Feed for Unit 1 (LiDA101)

      The course feed harvests learner posts from selected Internet sites. You can post to the feed by logging in to the course resource site.