Dear participants

Welcome to Critical media literacies and associated digital skills (lida104), one of four micro courses which constitute the Learning in a digital age course hosted at the OERu.

In short, Learning in a digital age is about learning on the Internet using open resources. In this micro-course you will explore the concept of media literacy and apply this knowledge to access, analyse, evaluate and create digital media.

These instructions are for: Independent study before the course starts.

The OERu is a charitable organisation that envisions a world where all learners will have more affordable access to higher education. This is a pilot offering of this micro-course (see heading below) and we hope that you find it useful.

Introductory Overview

During this introductory session you will familiarise yourself with the lida104 course site and meet the course developers. You will also establish your personal learning environment and introduce yourself using your course blog.

Course site: (bookmark this page).

Please share the gift of knowledge and help us by completing the optional OERu new participant survey. This information will be used to assist the OERu with the future design of our free courses with pathways to achieving credible credentials.

Resources for this session

Important links

Need help?

First consult the OERu support site and the Frequently Asked Questions section on

The support site also provides additional guidelines on how to search the support forum and post questions on

Formal academic credit and micro-credential options

You are free to participate in this course for self-interest and the course materials will remain open.

If you would like to gain formal academic credit, this micro-course forms part of the OERu’s free first year of study with pathways to achieve one of two exit qualifications:

  1. the Certificate Higher Education Business (OERu) at the University of the Highlands and Islands; or
  2. the Undergraduate Certificate in First Year Foundations at Thomas Edison State University.

You will also be able to earn an optional micro-credential for assessed learning from Edubits. Successfully completing the four micro-credentials for the Learning in a digital age course will qualify for transcript credit towards the Certificate of Higher Education in Business (OERu).

Pilot offering

The OERu is a charitable collaboration of international institutions committed to widening access to more affordable education opportunities for all. For more information about the OERu, please view our promotional video on Youtube. Feel free to invite a colleague or friend to join you this learning journey. Learning together is more fun.

This is the pilot offering of the course. We are trialling a few new technologies and you may encounter a few teething problems. We thank you in advance for your understanding and feedback to help us improve our open technologies. Thank you in advance for your understanding and gift of time to help us improve.

Welcome aboard and we look forward to seeing you online!

Your course developers

Wayne Mackintosh, Director and UNESCO / ICDE Chair in OER, OER Foundation
Jim Taylor, Emeritus Professor, University of Southern Queensland.