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

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 citizenship (LiDA102) micro-course. Please consult the Certify participation page for more information.


True - false questions

Indicate whether the following statements are true or false:

  • Digital literacy is the ability to use a computer for reading and writing.
    • True
      • No. Digital literacy is much broader than this – revisit the resources in this learning pathway to learn more.
    • False
      • Correct.
  • The right to access education, the right to create public knowledge and the right to own one’s personal data have all been proposed as rights of tertiary education learners.
    • True
      • Correct.
    • False
      • No. Look back at the page on ‘Rights and Responsibilities’ in this learning pathway to find resources on the rights and responsibilities associated with digital citizenship.
  • There is a legally binding bill of rights and principles relating to learning in a digital age.
    • True
      • No. There have been proposals for such a bill of rights, but it has not been put into law.
    • False
      • Correct.
  • There is widespread agreement about the meaning of the term ‘digital citizenship’.
    • True
      • No. In the resources suggested in this learning pathway, there are several different definitions of digital citizenship. Go back and review them.
    • False
      • Correct.


Multiple choice questions

  • Which of the following is the best definition of a good digital citizen?
    • Someone who is good at using computers or mobile devices
      • No – although a good digital citizen is likely to be a confident user of technology, there is more to it than this.
    • Someone who limits the amount of time they spend on the internet
      • No – an awareness of the appropriate amount of time to spend on the internet is important, but good digital citizens do more than this.
    • Someone who participates actively and often in social media
      • Not necessarily – some participation in social media may achieve the opposite of good digital citizenship, for example if it is not respectful of others.
    • Someone who recognises that there are rights and responsibilities associated with using the internet and other information technology
      • That’s right – a good digital citizen considers the ethical issues around the use of digital technology and behaves appropriately.
  • Which of the following activities is NOT an example of a “new” literacy?
    • Blogging
      • Incorrect.This is an example of a new literacy. It involves using the internet but also being a responsible digital citizen.
    • Reading a novel on an e-reader
      • That’s right. Reading a book is a traditional form of literacy, even if you are using an electronic device as a tool.
    • Social networking
      • Incorrect.This is an example of a new literacy. It involves using the internet but also being a responsible digital citizen.
    • Photo-sharing
      • Incorrect.This is an example of a new literacy. You need to understand how to upload photos and to make appropriate choices about who you share them with.
  • Which one of the following statements about media literacy is correct?
    • Media literacy provides a framework to access, analyze, evaluate, create and participate with messages in a variety of forms — from print to video to the Internet
      • That’s right. This is the definition used by the Centre for Media Literacy (www.medialit.org).
    • Media literacy education teaches people how to discipline themselves to turn off media to avoid information overload and ‘fake news’
      • That’s not right. Media literacy education starts with the assumption that media have a wide influence, even if we do not view/consume them directly, so it teaches the skills to use them critically and responsibly.
    • Media literacy is the ability to read and understand newspaper articles in print or online
      • No – media literacy refers to all sorts of media, including video, messaging platforms, advertising and images, as well as traditional newspapers.
    • Media literacy means the use of videos, podcasts and newspaper articles in the classroom
      • No – although those things can be resources for media literacy education, the essential element is learning about, and using, media responsibly, including how to evaluate and create media.
  • Which of the following are included in the list of ‘The nine elements of digital citizenship’ in this learning pathway? (Select all that apply – there are three correct answers.)
    • Digital access
      • That’s right.
    • Digital commerce
      • That’s right.
    • Digital identity
      • No – that’s not included in the list. However, it is an important concept, which is covered in the learning pathway for ‘Online identity for learning’.
    • Digital health and wellness
      • That’s right.