Achieve your personal goals online with improved digital skills and confidence.

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Digital Discovery
  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    4 hours

Develop your digital literacy skills and improve your confidence

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

This will help you to better connect with people online, access services you need and be more comfortable living and working in our increasingly digital world.

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

The course will allow you to 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.

The course will outline 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 explore various online communities to see how they can add value and meaning in your life. This will include social media channels, so you’ll learn how to make your way through the social media landscape.

By completing this course, you’ll work out how the internet can make your life easier by supporting everyday tasks, and develop your digital skills so that you can confidently keep problem solving, exploring and learning online.

Learn from experts at Deakin University

Throughout the duration of the course, you’ll be guided by experts in education and digital literacy from 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?

  • Date to be announced

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. 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...

  • Apply digital literacy skills to navigate the internet safely
  • Develop your digital literacy skills to be aware of the potential threats and scams online
  • Collaborate with your peers to gain a deeper understanding of the online space

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 to navigate in the digital world, as well as those learners that speak English as a second language.

What software or tools do you need?

To take part in this course, you’ll need a computer and/or smart device (smart phone or tablet) and internet access.

Who will you learn with?

Director, Cloud Learning Futures at Deakin. He has worked in the media & health industries, & his research includes digital learning, contemplative pedagogies, & student resilience.

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

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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Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • 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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