Northstar Digital Literacy offers free online digital literacy assessments, with skill-building resources and mastery certificates and badges available for users at official Northstar testing locations.
Skills addressed: Presenting Skills, Self-motivation, Navigating Systems, Personal Development, E-Safety, Digital Fluency, Versatility
Learner and instructor free resources
Learner resources at Northstar testing locations
Northstar Digital Literacy is a program of Literacy Minnesota. It was initially developed in 2010 in response to a need identified by the Saint Paul Public Library to assess the digital literacy skills and knowledge of displaced workers in the Saint Paul, Minnesota, area and provide certificates of mastery for job seekers with employer input. Over the next few years, Northstar developers designed and extensively piloted the assessments to ensure reliability of results before a wider launch. Northstar Online Learning was released in February, 2020. Today there are more than 1,000 testing locations, including Adult Basic Education programs, community colleges, K–12 schools, libraries, workforce centers, and businesses. Northstar’s digital literacy standards have been adopted statewide in Minnesota for Adult Basic Education. Northstar is an official partner of the EdTech Center at World Education.
Tags: Adaptability & Flexibility, Communication, Critical & Creative Thinking, Digital Literacy, Navigating & Using Information, Self-Management, Assessment Tool, Credentialing & Badging, Instructional Material, Skills Framework, Audio / Video, Download & Print, Online, Free, Free (Registration Required), Payment Required, Adult Education, English Language Learners, Higher Education, Older Youth, Workforce Development
Adaptability & Flexibility
Critical & Creative Thinking
Navigating & Using Information