DigitalLearn.org is a collection of self-directed tutorials for end-users to increase their digital literacy including courses on the most basic skills, such as using a computer, navigating a web site, and searching. Modules are video-based with narration, 6 to 22 minutes long, written in plain language, and often at an elementary to middle school reading level.
- Foundational digital literacy basics including how to use a mouse, create an email address, navigate a website and more!
- Intermediate skills including how to apply for a job, how to write a resume, how to use Microsoft Excel and how to search for health information online.
- Self-directed tutorials
- Taught in plain language
- Captioned for learners with hearing impairments
Print out the tutorial handouts to practice your skills at home.
Evidence of Effectiveness
- Over the lifespan of DigitalLearn.org, there have been over 171,000 users and over 51,000 courses completed. The most popular courses remain to be 1) Getting Started on a Computer; 2) Intro to Email 1; 3) What is a Computer? and 4) Navigating a Website.
- Four key outcomes of digital learning programs including DigitalLearn.org are: knowledge, confidence, skill/application, and awareness. The success of these outcomes have been tracked through nearly 7,000 survey responses from over 100 public libraries.
What They're Saying
Salt Lake City Public Library started using online learning tools to help patrons learn computer skills. They referred patrons to the library database, DigitalLearn.org, and other online resources to assist in self guided learning. There are not many resources available for people with little to no computer experience, and they use DigitalLearn.org for patrons just starting to use computers. They look for platforms that are beginner-friendly and allow people to learn at their own pace. This can be helpful for small classes and one-on-one sessions.
Patrons can watch the video, pause, and rewind as they see fit. This helps with the language barriers facing may learners. The library staff often has patrons watch a module and then ask if there were parts that did not make sense or if they had any questions. This also allows staff and volunteers to assist more than one patron at a time. They can circulate while patrons are between online learning modules to answer questions and help patrons with practical application of the skills they have learned.
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