Digital Literacy

Author: A. Wittke, G. Kwast, Dr. A. Petersheim
Offering Institution: Technische Hochschule Lübeck
Course Language: English
Field of Knowledge: Preparation Courses Free of Charge
Average Workload: 15 Hours Free of Charge Enrol

What awaits you in this course?

You probably can not imagine our everyday life without digital media. We google for information and look at Wikipedia, if we do not know anything. We do our holiday bookings online, skype with our friends and find communities in social networks. Almost daily, we learn about new possibilities that bring us closer to the world and make our everyday life easier. But then we hear of computer viruses, identity theft and internet crime and we feel insecure and threatened.

Am I really competent in dealing with digital media? What information from the Internet can I trust? What do I have to consider when I post my own texts, photos or videos in a wiki or blog? How do I act correctly in a social network? How do Twitter, Facebook and Co. work? How useful are free software (open source) and free content (open content) for me personally, or for my work? You can answer all these questions after completing our course "Digital Literacy".

What can you learn in this course?

Digital media is changing our world. People are changing the world using digital media. Internet competency is a prerequisite for reviewing and shaping this change process.

  • How do we define media competency and how has the Internet developed?
  • What is Web 2.0 and which companies are behind it?
  • What is Open Source, Open Content and Copyright about?
  • What is the potential of online media?
  • How can you protect yourself against viruses, trojans, spyware or spam?


Technische Hochschule Lübeck

Supported by

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung - BMBF


  • Introduction: Definition of media competency, mass media, history of the Internet
  • Knowledge society: Organization and access to knowledge as a driver of economic development, mass media in the knowledge society
  • Market leader or monopolist?: A look at the major vendors such as Microsoft, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook and more.
  • Web 2.0: Definition of Web 2.0, wikis, blogs, social networks etc., interesting tools, cloud computing, mobile internet
  • Open source: Definition and history, licenses, examples of open source
  • Open Content versus Digital Rights Management: Insight into the copyright law, rights of the author, exploitation of works, open content and digital rights management
  • Safety: How can I protect myself from viruses, trojans, spyware, phishing, spam, etc.?

Further authors

A. Wittke, G. Kwast, Dr. A. Petersheim

Confirmation of participation

In this course, you can earn Training certificate.