Digital Literacy

Succeeding in a digital world

Content & learning objectives

This is an online course provided by the UK’s Open University and is available under an open license, so that you can take it at any time or pace that suits you. The OU recommends, though, that you might spend up to 3 hours per week for 8 weeks if you want to cover everything in detail. Successful completion results in the issue of a digital badge.

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • understand and be confident in your online identity
  • choose and use the appropriate online tool for the task in hand
  • use technology confidently and critically to achieve your study, work and life goals
  • reflect proactively on your level of digital confidence, and identify steps for further development.

This course was written by Katharine Reedy, Natasha Huckle and Wendy Mears and is released under a CC BY-NC-SA licence by the Open University.

Excellent free course provided by the Open University (UK). ‘All Aboard’ is about sharing and connecting, and we are delighted to identify high quality resources made open by others. This course also provides a digital badge which can complement those you may acquire via ‘All Aboard.’

Resources for learners, trainers, and developers

Are there badges available for this topic?

Yes.  The Open University provides a digital badge for those who satisfactorily complete this mini-course.


How can we run a workshop or classroom session on this topic?

This is a broad ranging set of themes and topics, each of which has considerable scope for workshops, discussions, and reflection on practice. One potential approach is to work through the online course in a group, sharing blogs and reflections and creating a ‘community of inquiry’.

Are there resources and materials available?

Yes. The materials on which the course is based are shared openly (see below) but there is also a ‘My Digital Plan’ document which you can use to explore all the topics raised. This is available here.

Can I download a copy of these materials?

Yes. The Open University has released this content under a CC BY-NC-SA licence.  We will shortly be making downloadable SCORM versions available here.

Further information & useful links:

The European Digital Competence Framework for Citizens (2.1) :

OpenLearn – open learning courses at the OU: