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Course Date:

Jun 12 - Jul 23, 2017


6 weeks


2 hrs/week



Course Type:



Badge, Certificate (free)


This course is an exploration of the meaning and application of digital literacy. It will help you to develop relevant skills and knowledge to understand and analyse the quality of your digital footprint, to harvest the “power of the web” to your advantage, and to increase your ability to use technology to improve your professional and personal life.

Throughout this course we will look at literacy from a learning and work, home and citizenship perspective and explore what it means in these circumstances. Being digitally savvy is not always the same as being digitally literate and literacy is now a critical part of being successful in all these areas as technology and all it offers comes to bear on every aspect of our lives.

The course will build as a narrative through six modules, each one using what has been taken from the previous modules. Each will be badged separately and an E-Certificate for successful completion to a standard will be awarded. If you are looking to create a positive digital reputation or improve your existing one through a new job or higher education, then this course is for you.

The course is presented by University of Derby Online Learning, which is the thriving distance learning division of the University of Derby. Since 2001, the University of Derby has offered online distance learning to students who required more flexible study options. As demand for these popular online distance learning courses increased, the University learned to tailor course content specifically for online delivery and in 2011, based on the increasing success of their distance learning courses, the University launched the University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL).

Today, their online distance learning degrees continue to match the high academic standards you would expect in any British university. They also continue to exploit the latest research into online study to refine course delivery and increase the success of online distance learning students. UDOL’s vocational online distance learning courses are particularly suited to busy, working professionals. Many of the courses are accredited by a professional body, so you can be sure that course content is relevant, and your qualification will be recognised and valued by your industry. Furthermore all our free online courses undergo a thorough quality validation process allowing us to offer you a taste of higher education online.

This has resulted in the University’s MOOCs receiving the OpenupEd Quality Label which means it is is recognised as operating in a continuous process of improving their MOOC offerings. By achieving this label the University of Derby demonstrates that it offers quality controlled MOOCs in compliance with benchmarks tailored to both e-learning and open education and keeps up to date with the latest developments. Furthermore, that it uses the OpenupEd quality instrument for benchmarked self-assessment on MOOCs and takes measures of improvement accordingly.

With all the above in mind you can expect to receive an outstanding higher education experience by simply completing this six weeks free course.

Course Program:
Week 1: Collaborative living
Week 2: New meanings of the idea of a class
Week 3: Encouraging diverse thinking and proactive learning
Week 4: Life management and online communities
Week 5: Maturity in managing technology
Week 6: Fostering a positive digital reputation

Want to explore other options? Visit University of Derby Online Learning for the full list of our online courses at www.derby.ac.uk/online

Target Audience: This course is suitable for anybody who is interested in considering their digital literacy and its impact on their private and professional life.

Course is offered by the University of Derby.

Course Instructors

Alastair Clark

Alastair Clark

Academic Lead – Digital.Me University of Derby Online Learning

Alastair Clark has a career in formal and non-formal learning and was previously the Senior Programme Director for the Digital Learning Team at the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education. His post-graduate study has been in the area of lifelong learning and in addition to work for the University of Derby he has undertaken consultancy work for the British Council (in Tunisia), ICT Qatar and the International Telecoms Union. He is a Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology (CMALT) and played a leading role in establishing the Open Education Special Interest Group for the Association. Alastair teaches adult classes in French and map reading and enjoys spending his time outdoors on foot, on a bike or in a canoe.

Paula Shaw

Paula Shaw

Academic Manager – Digital.Me University of Derby Online Learning

Paula Shaw, a specialist in online pedagogy, has worked as an educator for three decades in Further and Higher Education. She was a founding member of the University of Derby Online Learning and works as Academic Manager for the Education and Health portfolios. She has engaged in and brought to life many innovative initiatives and was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Outstanding Individual Impact in 2014.

Geoff Rebbeck

Geoff Rebbeck

eLearning Expert – Digital.Me University of Derby Online Learning

Geoff has been a teacher in further education and higher education for the last 20 years. He won a National Teacher Award in 2008 and a Future Learning award the following year. He is an acknowledged expert in e-learning nationally and has done much to promote digital literacy amongst teachers. He has explored and still experiments with new ways of delivering learning and changing the pattern of the way students take part in courses. He continues to work on national projects on this and other learning technology related subjects. He is an enthusiast for the power of the web, in education and in life generally.