Living in a Digital World: Skills & Tools

Author: Kai Obermüller, TH Lübeck
Offering Institution: Technische Hochschule Lübeck
Course Language: English
Field of Knowledge: Preparation Courses Free of Charge
Average Workload: 30 Hours Free of Charge Enrol

What awaits you in this course?

By now, the use of digital content informs all aspects of everyday life. Thanks to smartphones, laptops and computers, we can be reached at any time. Nevertheless, many functions are only known rudimentarily.
This course wants to teach you, the participants, basic knowledge of current operating systems, of how to work with a file system using the Windows systems as an example, and of how to exchange files and edit them collaboratively.

During this seven-week course, various possibilities for creating and exchanging files will be presented. Different learning techniques will be used:

Through screencasts and screenshots with quizzes, we will present information via interactive content.

You will get the chance to link up with other participants, discuss the content and work up ideas together.

Finally, interactive questions will help you check your learning progress.

What can you learn in this course?

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • reflect upon the scope of digital literacy relevant for successful studies
  • name and describe different operating systems (e.g. MAC vs. Microsoft)
  • name different Internet browsers and choose a browser that best caters your needs
  • use your browsers effectively (organizing bookmarks, saving passwords, adapt settings to your needs)
  • explain the differences between data formats (pdf, jpg, gif, tiff)
  • create a folder and data-system in order to manage and store your data
  • choose from different programs (MS Office, Google Docs) in order to act upon your goals
  • create digital products like emails, documents and slides / presentations
  • select from different ways to transfer data from A to B (Appendix in Email, Dropbox, Wetransfer)


  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Operating Systems
  • File Storage
  • Browser
  • Emails and Web Interfaces
  • Google Tools
  • Clouds

Further authors

Kai Obermüller

Hello, I'm Kai!

I studied mathematics and chemistry as a teacher and currently work as a freelance writer. MOOCs have occupied me for more than five years, at that time mainly as a participant. For two years now I have also been creating courses on oncampus, among others for Kiron University.

I would say that I live very digitally - my smartphone and my computer are almost rooted in me. Even as a teenager I gave computer courses for interested people - at a time when computers had to be connected with coaxial cables. (If you don't know that any more, that was really a long time ago!) Today it's my concern to convey to my students that this world out there also has a digital level.

Confirmation of participation

In this course, you can earn Badges and Training certificate.


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