Course name: Digital citizenship (LiDA102)

Digital citizenship (LiDA102) is one of four micro-courses for the Learning in a Digital age course. In this microcourse you will engage in academic learning as a digital citizen of the internet.

Course metrics

Metric Details
Notional learning hours 40 hours
Duration 2 weeks, 10 – 15 hours per week (depending on prior knowledge in using digital and online technologies)
Assessment 20 hours
Micro credential option Yes, digital certificate for assessed learning from Edubits
Formal credit options
  • Yes, 4 OERu credits towards 16 OERu transcript credits for the Learning in a Digital Age course at Otago Polytechnic
  • Yes, complete three micro-courses and the TECEP examination for 12 OERu credits (i.e. the equivalent of 3 US credits) for the Learning in a Digital Age at Thomas Edison State University.
Course One of four micro-courses for the Learning in a Digital Age course.
Qualification The following articulation pathways are available:

Level 1st year Bachelor Degree Level

What’s it about

Learning in a Digital Age is about learning on the Internet and we recommend that any learner embarking on tertiary study in today’s world should take this free course. In this micro-course, you will develop a positive online identity in support of learning on the Internet commensurate with good practice for privacy, security and interpersonal communications.

What will I learn?

In this micro-course you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the dimensions of digital citizenship for work and learning in the 21st century and how these differ from the off-line environment.
  • Outline the rights and responsibilities of a digital citizen.
  • Expand your online learning network by adopting a proactive approach to improving your web presence to support and engage in learning in a digital age.
  • Apply good online hygiene practices to ensure your privacy and security in digital environments.
  • Evaluate a range of digital media, technologies and communities appropriate for supporting learning.
  • Gain an understanding of the implications of digital technology for your future career.
  • Describe societal issues and problematic online behaviours which have emerged in the digital world and how to deal with these challenges in an ethical manner.
  • Develop a positive digital identity and digital footprint for learning.

What’s involved?

There are 5 learning pathways, each containing numerous resources and learning challenges, designed to help you achieve success for networked learning in a digital age. The learning pathways are:

  • Digital citizenship
  • Online identity for learning
  • Digital environments
  • Digital practices in the workplace
  • Societal issues and the internet.

The micro-course can be completed in 40 hours, including preparation for the assessment.

What prerequisites should I have, if any?

Anyone is free to participate in this course. An internet connection and basic web browsing skills are required with the ability to create a blog and microblog account (instructions and self-study tutorials provided.)

Learners aiming to submit assessments for formal credit towards an academic qualification will need to meet the normal university admission requirements of the conferring institution (e.g. language proficiency and school leaving certificates etc.).

Each micro-course can be studied independently but may rely on some knowledge and skills gained in related micro courses which can be accessed and consulted freely online. The following table summarises prerequisite relationships.

Course Prerequisite
LiDA101 None
LiDA102 LiDA101 (to establish personal learning environment)
LiDA103 LiDA101 (to establish personal learning environment)
LiDA104 LiDA101 (to establish personal learning environment)
LiDA103 (knowledge of copyright and open licensing)