Microsoft Digital Literacy courses


Microsoft offers Digital Literacy courses that cover using devices, software, and the internet to collaborate with others and to create and use information.

What This Includes

Skills addressed: Information Literacy, Computer Literacy, E-safety, Technology Use, Collaboration

Learner resources

  • Working with Computers course covers computer and device basics, applications, security and updates, getting online, Microsoft Office, and getting started with Word and Excel
  • Working and Collaborating Online covers accessing information, safety and responsibilities, collaboration,
  • OneDrive, chat, video calls, and video meetings
  • Quiz after each chapter
  • Closed captioning in many languages, including French, Spanish, Chinese, and Turkish
  • Courses available in English, Spanish, German, French, and Japanese
  • Course certificates for each sub-course

Instructor resources

  • Lesson plan guide overview, instructor’s manual, and classroom lesson presentations in Microsoft Powerpoint, along with individual lesson plans, including videos with transcripts and glossary
  • Learner course completion certificates in Microsoft Word
  • SCORM ((Shareable Content Object Reference Model) packages for putting the course on your Learning Management System
  • Course resources, including videos and closed captioning in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese

Key Takeaways

  • Microsoft offers these free courses on LinkedIn Learning.
  • Adult educators can offer these courses to learners with intermediate reading skills who want to learn basic computing concepts and Microsoft Office Suite skills in Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.
  • Educators can teach the courses in an in-person or remote classroom using the Powerpoint class presentations, lesson plans, and online learning videos.
  • Because the courses are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike License, programs could share and adapt this material for their own non-commercial uses with attribution to the original product to Microsoft.
  • The courses use Microsoft 10 and require an up-to-date browser and a good internet connection to run the video courses.

Microsoft develops and markets software, services, and hardware devices worldwide and has offices in more than 100 countries. The Digital Literacy courses are offered by Microsoft on its main website, which also includes links to other educational resources, such as Microsoft 365 Education and Learning Accelerators geared to K–12 students. Microsoft has a statement about expanding opportunity for everyone through learning digital literacy skills. The courses are used by individuals, nonprofits, schools, and governments all over the world.

Digital Literacy

Navigating & Using Information

Teamwork & Collaboration

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