Teaching Digital Literacy

This section provides links to digital literacy courses and programs for tutors and learners interested in improving their digital literacy skills. Resources are grouped in the following sections:

These programs and courses are designed for learners with low literacy in English.

For additional resources, including quick guides to using new devices, platforms and Apps, go to our online resources for Digital Literacy page.


Digital Literacy Skills Programs and Tutor Guides


  • ABC Life Literacy – Internet Matters Workbook

    Online Resource ABC Life Literacy – Internet Matters Workbook

    This downloadable workbook takes you and your learner through the basics of the internet. Each section outlines what your learner needs to know and do to use the internet. The 35-page workbook contains pictures and spaces for notes.

    To download a copy of the workbook, go to: https://abclifeliteracy.ca/internet-matters-workbook/


  • LU Basic Computer Skills Course – A Tutor’s Guide

    LU Basic Computer Skills Course – A Tutor’s Guide

    This tutors guide was developed by LU in 2012. The guide provides a series of lesson plans for tutors who want to work with their learner on basic computer skills. In Module 1, learners are introduced to parts of the computer, keyboard, screen and mouse. Subsequent modules introduce email, internet and basic word processing (formatting) skills. Each lesson plan has accompanying handouts and worksheets.

    Tutors using this program with their learner are advised to review the module to ensure the information is current and up-to-date.

    Click HERE to access the LU Basic Computer Skills Course


  • LU Basic Digital Skills Self Assessment Checklist

    LU Basic Digital Skills Self Assessment Checklist

    Before you start working on digital skills, it is always a good idea to list the skills you already have. Use this checklist to get a clear picture of the skills you already have. Use it to help you to identify and prioritize the skills you want to acquire or improve.

    Click HERE to access the LU Basic Digital Skills Self Assessment Checklist


  • NorthStar – Basic Computer Course Online

    Online Resource NorthStar – Basic Computer Course Online

    Level 2 - Early to intermediate reader

    NorthStar is part of Literacy Minnesota. They have developed an online basic computer skills course for adults with low literacy skills. In this free online course, participants learn about different devices. They learn their way around each device, basic mouse and keyboard navigation skills, and some of the settings and organization features on a device (e.g., files, screen brightness)

    The course features a set of interactive slides with an audio option. Participants can take a short assessment before and after. At the end of the course they can print off a record of their score. A great way to introduce a learner to computer basics.

    To access the course, go to: https://assessment.digitalliteracyassessment.org/basic-computer-skills/practice/getting-started-with-computers


How To Tutorials: New Devices, Platforms, Apps


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