• Deakin University

Career Credentials: Evidence Your Expertise in Digital Literacy

Discover what digital literacy is and why your ability to evidence skills in this area is critical for career success.

1,071 enrolled on this course

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  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Digital literacy is more than knowing how to use a smartphone or a computer

In an increasingly digitised world, digital literacy is now just as important as traditional literacy. So, it’s no surprise that employer demand for skills in this area has surged.

Digital literacy is about using technology to find, use and share information. It’s also about understanding the importance of privacy, security and assessing the credibility of information.

This course explores skills, trends and issues in digital literacy. You’ll also discover how to benchmark and evidence your digital literacy skills, which can help you to advance in your career.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds NICK PATTERSON: Sharing holiday snaps with your family, or travelling overseas. Keeping up to date with world events during your commute to work. Collaborating on group projects in real time with colleagues located around the world. What makes all of these things possible? Digital technology.

Skip to 0 minutes and 27 seconds Hi. I’m Dr. Nick Patterson and a director of professional practise degrees at Deakin university. Digital technologies have made their way into all aspects of contemporary life, and we require digital literacy to navigate a world that’s more connected than ever before. When it comes to employability, digital literacy is as critical as traditional literacy and numeracy. Research shows that demand for digital skills increased between 200% between 2012 and 2015 alone. And jobs requiring digital literacy pay significantly more than jobs that don’t. The question is, how digitally literate are you? And how can you prove it? Deakin University is a leader in work-integrated learning, provides internationally recognised credentials, and workplace capabilities.

Skip to 1 minute and 15 seconds By taking this course, you learn how to identify, improve, and evidence your digital literacy by– hearing from industry leaders about what skills they are looking for and why, learning more about digital literacy from Deakin academic and professional staff, benchmarking digital skills against international qualifications frameworks and Deakin professional practise criteria. You’ll also find out how to apply for an internationally recognised university level credential in digital literacy. So whether you’re a professional looking to advance your career, rejoin the workforce, or change track completely, this short course will provide you with new insights, practical strategies, and pathways to demonstrate your digital literacy to the world.

Skip to 1 minute and 56 seconds The digital revolution is already here, so why not enrol now, to find out how you can stay ahead of the curve in this rapidly changing environment?

What topics will you cover?

  • The role of digital literacy in jobs of today and the future
  • What digital literacy skills employers are looking for and why
  • Trends, issues and opportunities related to the use of digital technologies in the workplace
  • Practical strategies for improving digital literacy
  • How to benchmark your digital literacy skills against international qualifications frameworks
  • Methods for evidencing your expertise in digital literacy using Deakin’s Professional Practice credential criteria.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe digital literacy and what skills it entails
  • Identify trends, issues and opportunities related to the use of digital technologies in the workplace
  • Assess your level of digital literacy against international qualifications frameworks
  • Collect evidence to demonstrate your capability and/or apply for a digital literacy credential.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for professionals with three or more years of experience looking to advance in their current career path, change industry entirely, or re-join the workforce after time away from work. It will also be of interest to new job seekers looking to demonstrate their problem-solving skills to employers.

Who will you learn with?

Dr Nicholas Patterson (Ph.D) is an Associate Director of Future Technologies at RMIT and an Alfred Deakin Medalist in Information Technology.

Dr Colin Higgins is an Associate Professor in Management at Deakin University and also leads Deakin's Global Courses. He teaches strategy and researches how companies engage with sustainability

Dr Trina Jorre de St Jorre is a Lecturer in Graduate Employability at Deakin University. Her focus is on assuring graduate capabilities and improving employment outcomes.

Who developed the course?

Deakin University

Deakin University is one of Australia’s largest universities with more than 61,000 students and over 15,000 online.

  • Established

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 280Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

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Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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