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The questions which follow provide a basic knowledge test of selected concepts covered in this learning pathway: Introduction to digital literacies.

The questions published at the end of each learning pathway are re-used for the knowledge test for learners interested in earning a digital badge or certificate of participation for the Digital skills for online learning (LiDA101) micro-course. Please consult the Certify participation page for more information.


True - false questions

Indicate whether the following statements are true or false:

  • Mastodon is an open source software alternative to Twitter.
    • True
      • Correct. Mastodon is a federated open source social media platform similar to Twitter
    • False
  • A hashtag is a word preceded by the pound sign (“#”) used for searching social media posts containing the hashtag.
    • True
      • Correct. A hashtag is preceded with the pound sign and posted within the body text of the message and can be used to search for posts containing the tag, for example: #lida101.
    • False
      • Incorrect.
  • Digital literacy replaces traditional forms of literacy.
    • True
      • No. Traditional forms of literacy including the integration of listening, speaking, reading, writing and critical thinking are still important today and not replaced by digital literacy.
    • False
      • Correct.
  • Digital fluency has a broader meaning than being “digitally literate”.
    • True
      • Correct.
    • False
      • Incorrect. In the context of LiDA101, the concept of digital fluency has a broader meaning the being digitally literate.


Multiple choice questions

  • Indicate which ONE of the following statements about Hypothes.is is TRUE:
    • A website used for discussing the results of scientific experiments.
      • No, Hypothes.is which contains a full stop (“.”) in the word refers to a software tool.
    • An online tool used to annotate web pages.
      • Yes, Hypothes.is is an open source service used to annotate and discuss web pages.
    • A social media site dedicated to the topic of digital skills and digital literacies.
      • No, this statement is false.
    • An explanation for something that is based on known facts but has not yet been proved.
      • No, this is the definition used for the word “hypothesis” without the full stop in-between.
  • Indicate which ONE of the following statements about the concept of digital literacies is FALSE:
    • Digital literacies refer primarily to the technical skills for using digital tools.
      • Correct, this statement is false. Digital literacy is generally understood to be more than technical proficiency.
    • Digital literacies incorporate issues, norms and habits of mind surrounding technologies used for a particular purpose.
      • This statement is true. Digital literacies incorporate societal norms and habits.
    • Knowing how to deal with abuse (for example, racism) in an online environment is a digital literacy.
      • This statement is true. Digital literacies also incorporate the ability to deal with inappropriate online behaviour.
    • Digital literacy includes the ability to find, evaluate, create and communicate information using information and communication technologies.
      • This statement is true. Digital literacies encompass the full range of activities from searching to creation of digital artefacts.
  • Which ONE of the following best describes “Information literacy” (one of the seven elements of digital literacies described by JISC):
    • Critically read and produce communications in a range of different media.
      • No, this refers to media literacy
    • Adopt and use digital devices, applications and services.
      • No, this refers to ICT literacy
    • The ability to learn effectively in technology rich environments.
      • No, this refers to learning skills.
    • Find, interpret, evaluate, manage and share information.
      • Yes, this describes the components of information literacy.
  • The participation in digital networks for learning refers to the following element of JISC’s seven elements of digital literacy:
    • Digital scholarship
      • No, this element refers to the participation in academic and professional research practices dependant on digital systems.
    • Career and identity management
      • No, this refers to managing your digital reputation and online identity.
    • Communications and collaboration.
      • Yes, this is the element referring to participation in digital networks to support learning and research.
    • Media literacy
      • No, this refers to the ability to critically evaluate and creatively produce communications in a range of different digital media.