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Digital Literacy Course
The Digital Literacy Curriculum was developed by Microsoft to teach and assess basic computer concepts and skills, enabling participants to use computer technology to develop new social and economic opportunities for themselves, their families, and their communities. The Curriculum enjoys great popularity around the world and has been translated into more than 30 languages.

By 2009, Digital Literacy was introduced to more than 15 million people. In 2008 the Curriculum was adapted to the requirements of the Russian system of education by experts at the National Foundation for Personnel Training.

The Digital Literacy Curriculum is an integrated multimedia product with a user-friendly interface that includes video lectures, animation, simulations and testing programs. It gives an easy and accessible introduction to basic computing, explains ICT-related terms and concepts, teaches fundamentals of computer security and privacy, and gives users practice in using basic productivity software applications used in business, in education, and at home.

Who is Digital Literacy for?

Digital Literacy was developed for general use, ranging from secondary school students to senior citizens. It has special value for adults seeking to develop the essential skills to use computers with confidence, to improve their employability or job security. It's useful both to those entirely new to computing and those who already have some experience and seek to expand their knowledge and skills. Participants learn to use ICTs for everyday practical needs and to explore how computing technologies are creating new career opportunities and shaping the world we live in.

What modules does Digital Literacy contain? How much time does it require?

The Digital Literacy Curriculum consists of five courses of approximately two to three hours:

  • Computer Basics

  • The Internet and the World Wide Web

  • Computer Security and Privacy

  • Productivity Programs

  • Digital Lifestyles

  • Digital Literacy courses are self-paced and taken individually, in the environment and manner optimal for each learner. A student can play back video lectures, repeat assignments, and review past topics as many times as s/he wishes. Each module of the curriculum also includes step-by-step exercises that encourage students to complete independent assignments, creating and formatting various types of documents on their PCs. Each course has an e-learning module and an assessment. Learners can also take the Certificate Test, which covers topics from all five courses; if they pass the Certificate Test, they can print out a personalized Digital Literacy Certificate.

    Where and how can one take this curriculum?

    The online curriculum is available free of charge at: http://www.microsoft.com/DigitalLiteracy/.

    Project Centers invite all users to take Digital Literacy courses during their free Internet access hours. For details please contact  Center coordinators in your city.

    Digital Literacy courses can be self-paced or adapted for classroom use with formal instruction. According to its developers, Digital Literacy courses are most effective when studied individually in a computer lab or e-center with the assistance of a competent instructor, available to answer questions and help getting started.

    The optimal format for taking the course is e-learning, on a high-speed Internet connection; this format includes audio and video lectures, illustrated texts, practicums and self-assessment tests.

    If the e-learning format is in appropriate or unavailable, Digital Literacy courses are also offered in Microsoft Word format.
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