Digital Skills: Embracing Digital Technology
FutureLearn Online Courses
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Not for credit
Available course dates:
From: 01 September 2023 To: 31 August 2024
Create a plan for using digital tools to learn more about your favourite topics
On this course, you’ll learn about the digital technologies you can use to make your life, work and study easier.
From email and messaging to social media, you’ll discover digital tools for communicating and searching, and explore the creative possibilities offered by digital technology.
You’ll learn why and how to stay safe online, how to find trustworthy content, and the importance of how others perceive you online.
You’ll also learn how to use the internet to search and apply for jobs, and explore how online communities can help you in a variety of situations.
What does this course cover?
The fundamental skills needed to use the internet, including:
Email, social media and research through the effective use of search engines and databases.
Online collaboration with others - for work, to create digital content, and to communicate with friends and family.
Creating advanced digital content by choosing the relevant tools and developing a creative idea.
Developing the judgement and knowledge to stay safe online and protect privacy, while treating others with respect.
Understanding how to use online communities and develop a Personal Learning Network to improve skills and receive support.
How to become a self-directed learner and reflect on one’s learning; gaining the confidence needed to plan how digital skills can be integrated into future study, work and life.
What will I achieve?
- Demonstrate how to register and log in to websites, navigate the web, create social media profiles for well known platforms
- Investigate and search for resources to support your job-seeking, studies and daily life
- Collaborate and work together safely online and use online communities to develop your skills and receive support, as well as understand the importance of a personal learning network
- Produce advanced digital content and post it to appropriate platforms
- Identify and discriminate between trustworthy and untrustworthy communications and content online
- Reflect systematically on your own learning progress
- Develop your own personal plan for learning beyond the course and using your new skills effectively
Who is this for?
This course has been created for refugees, displaced people and the communities supporting them in the MENA (Middle East and Northern Africa) region who wish to take advantage of digital channels and devices to improve their lives, their job prospects and their opportunities to study.
It is aimed particularly at those who want to enter university and study any subject with a digital element, such as STEM, healthcare, social sciences, or arts and humanities.
The course has been created as part of the PADILEIA project, which aims to increase access to higher education and employment.
We recommend learners have a minimum of CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) A2 to get the most from this course.
What is the teaching schedule?
This course runs multiple times each year. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts. Please click the Apply button to find out when the next run will start.