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Certificate of Digital Literacy

Peter Dwyer
Dr Peter Dwyer
Module Leader
Term 1
10 weeks

Starting week 2

10 workshops
10 hours
Not available to students outside the School for Cross-Faculty Studies

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Principal Aims

A recent JISC study has revealed that “as 90% of new jobs will require excellent digital skills, improving digital literacy is an essential component of developing employable graduates.” These necessary skills include everything from an awareness of different digital media platforms, the ability to manage a professional online identity, and the capacity to effectively utilise online tools for learning. Yet these skills are rarely recognised in undergraduate curricula. This 10-week certificate has been conceived specifically for the Global Sustainable Development suite of degree courses and aims to rectify that deficit by helping you to think through the capabilities you need to live, learn and work in an increasingly digital society.

Principal Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this certificate, you will have acquired the necessary skills that allow you to:

  • interpret the information you find online in a way that takes into account the cultural, political, historical and other backgrounds of the author/site/organisation;
  • identify the rights associated with material found digitally, and understand the best practice in terms of attribution and reuse of this material;
  • describe the issues around cyber security and protecting yourself in the digital world; and
  • describe the philosophy and etiquette of “the digital age”.


Term 1

The certificate is taught in ten one hour workshops, which should be supplemented by independent study. In the workshops you learn about:

  • Online Identity (including social media, personal and professional profiles);
  • Copyright and the Reuse of Digital Information (including rights identification, attribution, etc.);
  • Digital Etiquette (cultural and personal good practice);
  • Digital Forms of Media (e.g. news, blogs, networks, feeds); and
  • Academic Technologies for Research and Collaboration.