To be successful in learning digitally, it is important for students to have good digital literacies and competencies (ability to understand information and perform tasks in digital environments to someone living, learning and working in a digital society).
Digital literacies include digital identity and well-being; digital creation, problem solving and innovation; information, data and media literacies; digital learning and development and proficiencies with computer technologies. Website (AdvanceHE): Digital Literacies.
Digital competencies include hardware and software use, technology troubleshooting, knowing how to storage, back up and organize files and file folders, ensuring passwords and use of technologies is done in a private and safe way etc.
The list below outlines key student digital literacies and competencies NIC feels will assist students in being successful in their studies.
Each item has been shared with a resource for further learning and exploration.
Internet Search Abilities
Do you know how to do a proper internet search using search terms and operators?
- Video (Socratica): How to Get Great Search Results – Study Tips
Office Suite Skills
Do you know how to create, edit and modify documents, presentations, and spreadsheets?
- Web Page (NIC): Get Microsoft Office 365 Free as a NIC student
- Video (GCFLearnFree.org): What is Office 365?
File Management and Organization
Can you create, label, file, find, open, save, back up and organize files?
- Video (GCFLearnFree.org): Working with Files and File Folders
Basic Hardware and Troubleshooting
Mac or PC: Do you know what different technology parts and pieces are called, how to plug in peripheral devices, make minor fixes and do basic troubleshooting (e.g., connecting to your wi-fi, updating your operating system, connecting monitors etc.)?
- Web Page (iShape Technologies): Top 10 PC Problems and Solutions
- YouTube Video (GCFLearnFree.Org): Computer Basics: Understanding Operating Systems
- YouTube Video (GCFLearnFree.Org): Computer Basics: Understanding Applications
- YouTube Video (TedEd): What is the world wide web?
Self-Learning of Technology
Are you able to learn about technology on your own? This is often one of the best ways to learn new skills and brush up on old ones.
- Lots of tutorials, videos and self-help sites for any level all over internet
- Website (Microsoft): Microsoft 365 Training
Social Media and Privacy
Do you have strong awareness of using social media for school, personal and work, along with how to protect yourself and ensure privacy of personal information?
- Website (UBC): Digital Tattoo: Your digital identity matters. Let’s discuss
- Website (UBC): Digital Tattoo: Privacy and Surveillance
- Website (Norton): Tips for protecting your social media privacy
- YouTube Video (Internet Society): Four reasons to care about your digital footprint
Do you have good awareness and ability to use the internet, communicate professionally and respectfully with others via digital means, and use social media appropriately?
- PDF Handout (NIC): Student Guidelines for Communicating in Digital Courses
Security and Safety Skills
Do you know how to protect you and your technologies from viruses, spam, phishing and information being shared without your permission?
- Website (National CyberSecurity Alliance): How to Stay Safe Online
- PDF (Canadian Centre for Cyber Security): Cyber Hygiene for Covid-19
- Website (Government of Canada): Cyber Security
Copyright and Citation Skills
Do you understand Canadian Copyright laws and rules, how to properly cite a resource, how to use Creative Commons licensing, know what you can use and what you can’t use in terms of content while acting with academic honesty?
- Website (NIC): Copyright Guide
- Website (Creative Commons): About the Licenses
- Website (BCcampus): What are Open Educational Resources?
Evaluating Applications and Software Tools
Are you able to evaluate and make decisions about web tools/e-learning tools for use and applications, including free alternatives vs paid versions, where data is stored for privacy and security, and which tools are in compliance with BC’s Freedom of Information and Privacy of Protection Act (FIPPA)?
- Webpage (Educause/Western University): A Rubric for evaluating e-learning tools in higher education
- PDF (Office of Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia): Guide to Access and Privacy Protection under FIPPA