Digital Literacy Courses


Coursera offers digital literacy courses and specializations in programming and coding for students and instructors seeking to build their digital skills.

What This Includes

Skills addressed:Visual Communication, Information-Seeking Behavior, Media Literacy, Evaluation


  • Applied digital literacy and specialization courses for college students and businesses
  • Introductory courses, such as Using Gmail
  • Programming courses, such as Python or Java
  • Self-paced learning option with videos, reading, practice quizzes, graded assignments with peer feedback, graded quizzes with feedback, and graded programming assignments
  • Courses are searchable by level, language, topic, and cost

Instructor resources

  • Distance and blended learning courses for instructors include Offering Blended Learning, Using Seesaw Interactive Journal, Ubiquitous Learning and Instructional Technologies, and Getting Started with Google Classroom

Key Takeaways

  • Completing all of the courses in a specialization, such as Applied Digital Literacy, earns a certificate in that specialty.
  • Certificates are shareable on LinkedIn, and on personal documents, such as resumes and curricula vitae.
  • The applied digital literacy courses help students develop digital literacy skills, such as communicating ideas ethically and responsibly, locating information, and producing a digital artifact.
  • Coursera houses courses on a variety of topics, including personal development and interpersonal skill development, which can be seen at Coursera Personal Development and interpersonal courses
  • Many of the fee-based courses are free to audit.
  • Financial aid is available.

Coursera is a massive open online course provider, or MOOC, founded in 2012 by professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng at Stanford University. Coursera houses 4,200 courses, 450 specializations, and 15 certificates, with more than 60 million users. Renowned institutions and universities create the courses, and more than 2,400 companies have used Coursera for Business courses to help employees increase skills. Coursera for Campus allows universities to offer specialized courses and job training to faculty and students. Hundreds of free courses give learners access to on-demand video lectures, homework exercises, and community discussion forums. Most courses provide a certificate upon completion.

Critical & Creative Thinking

Digital Literacy

Navigating & Using Information

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