Digital Literacy Standard Curriculum Version 4 teaches generic ICT skills and concepts. The curriculum features screen shots and simulations from Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2013 to illustrate and provide hands-on examples. Topics include the Internet, Office suite, computer security and privacy, and digital lifestyles.
Type of Material:
Full featured digital literacy MOOC type course presented by Microsoft.
Intended for self-paced learning.
Broadband speed connectivity required for many of the activities, web browser.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The course has a wide range of basic computing literacy learning goals focused on a beginning computer user.
* How to use email
* Uses of the internet
* Requirements for an internet connection
* Bandwidth concepts
* The World Wide Web and its uses
* How to use Internet Explorer
* How to search for reliable information
* Performing transactions on the web
Target Student Population:
College Lower Division, College Upper Division, High School, College General Ed
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
how to use a mouse and a keyboard are the only prerequisite skills needed.
Very well designed, with targeted hands-on activities and knowledge checks for the student. Each module builds on the previous concepts to enforce the digital literacy concepts.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Would be very effective at teaching fundamental digital literacy to a computing novice. Content focuses on practical use of the internet for email, banking, online shopping and so on.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
It is easy to use once you figure out the layout of the material.
Must spend time understanding how to use the material before you actually get started.
Other Issues and Comments:
Very well designed and fully featured course for teaching basic computer literacy concepts. Many practical activities that would be of immediate use to the student are included so that learning can be reinforced by doing as well as by example.
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