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Digital Discovery

Improve your practical digital literacy skills and enhance your confidence online with this practical course.

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Digital Discovery

1,037 enrolled on this course

  • 4 weeks

  • 2 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Develop your digital literacy skills and improve your confidence

This practical four-week course from Australia’s Deakin University is designed to help develop your digital skills and improve your overall confidence online.

This in turn will help you to better connect with people across the digital sphere, access a multitude of services, manage your finances and make you more comfortable in living and working in our increasingly digital and globalised world.

Identify your digital literacy goals and learn how to stay safe online

Firstly, you’ll examine and collate your personal goals for improving digital literacy using a quiz, a discussion and a reflection, and will share your experiences with other people on a similar journey.

You’ll then decipher specific digital techniques to help you overcome your fears and barriers in order to help you stay safe online.

Explore how to navigate the social media landscape

You’ll then explore various different online communities and see how they can add value and meaning into your life. This will include social media channels, and you’ll get to grips with how to maneuver your way through the social media landscape.

Ultimately, through completion of this course, you’ll establish how the internet can make your life easier by supporting everyday tasks, and will help to develop your digital confidence in order to keep problem solving, exploring and learning online.

Learn from digital experts at Deakin University

Throughout the duration of the course, you’ll be guided by digital experts from Melbourne’s Deakin University, a world leader in digital technology, research and innovation.


  • Week 1

    Increase your confidence online

    • Welcome to the course

      Welcome to week 1 of Digital Discovery. This course is the beginning of your journey to upskill in the online space.

    • Build your digital skills

      Discover 'need-to-know' skills to increase your digital confidence.

    • Build your digital confidence

      Learn techniques to overcome blocks, learn and solve problems online.

    • Weekly wrap

      Recap on your learnings from the week and reflect on how far you've come.

  • Week 2

    Stay safe online

    • Introduction

      Explore online safety considerations to be mindful of when participating online.

    • Protect your identity and information online

      Explore considerations and strategies to protect your identity and information online.

    • Protect yourself against scams

      Learn how to identify and protect yourself against scams.

    • Check your understanding

      Put your new skills into practice by identifying real or fake digital information.

  • Week 3

    Expand your world online

    • Welcome

      Welcome to week 3 of the course. Here you will explore online communities and the basics of social media.

    • A connected world

      Discover the world of online communities and forums.

    • Social media, simplified

      Learn the essentials you need to navigate different social media platforms.

    • Check your understanding

      Discuss how online communities influence relationship building and communication.

    • Weekly wrap

      Recap on your lessons from the week and reflect on how far you've come.

  • Week 4

    Improve your life online

    • Introduction

      Hear from people like you that have improved their lives by going digital.

    • Health online, simplified

      Explore some online sites and functions you can use to manage your health.

    • Finances online, simplified

      Explore how going digital can simplify how you manage your finances.

    • Check your understanding

      Put your new skills into practice by exploring a scenario.

    • Weekly wrap

      Recap on your lessons from the course and reflect on where you'll take your digital skills next.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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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...

  • Conduct detailed internet searches and research
  • Apply basic security principles for web security
  • Understand social media navigation and basic networking
  • Manage health, finances and education online

Who is the course for?

This course is primarily aimed at adult learners who are new to, or lack confidence in, using digital devices and the internet to fulfil personal goals such as accessing services, finding information or connecting with others.

It may also be suitable for community groups and services such as libraries looking to help assist their members within the digital sphere, as well as those learners that speak English as a second language.

Who will you learn with?

Is a PhD Candidate with the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE), Deakin University. You can contact me at tegan.miller@deakin.edu.au

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

Australia Post

Australia Post helps people, communities and businesses connect physically and digitally. Our aim is to help everyone build the skills and confidence to participate and connect in the digital world.

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  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

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  • 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
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  • 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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