Digital Information and Data Literacy (Post Primary) (online)

This course will help you to use effective search techniques online, to evaluate online content and to use web tools to organise online information. You will also learn how to enable your students to develop these skills in the context of your own subject area/s. This course addresses the competences of the DigComp 2.0 framework in the area of Digital Information and Data Literacy.

Duration1.5 hours
Skill LevelBasic
Target AudienceAll (post primary) teachers
PrerequisitesBasic ICT skills. Participants should have experience of carrying out basic ICT tasks (opening, editing, saving, closing files) and be proficient in using an Internet browser. Prior experience of participating in an online course will be an advantage.

Online course availability, requirements and access

The course is delivered via Please go to/return to the Course Schedule for information on available dates. Enrolment links appear on once the course is open for enrolment (login first, then see the link labelled “Find links to enrol, here”).

Technical Requirements: A good broadband internet connection and a laptop, desktop pc or tablet (with the latest version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari installed).

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be enabled to:

  • Use effective web search techniques
  • Use filters to ensure ethical and legal use of information sourced online
  • Critically evaluate and judge validity of online content
  • Use web tools to archive, organise and share resources
  • Apply the skills and strategies covered within their subject area.

Course Content

This course consists of 2 modules, with an additional optional 3rd module, as follows

Module 1 – Browsing, Searching and Filtering

In this module, participants will look at different search techniques and how to effectively search for and find information online, as well as dealing with copyright considerations. Participants will also demonstrate how they would use the skills in their own subject area.

Module 2 – Evaluating, Organising, Retrieving and Storing Online Content

In Module 2, participants will explore different ways to evaluate and validate information found online and be introduced to a number of online tools which enable the organisation and sharing of online resources. Again in module 2, participants will apply these skills to their own context.

Module 3 (optional) – Using Digital Tools to Cite, Reference and Validate Information

This additional optional module provides participants with information on how to cite, reference and validate online information using digital tools. While it is of relevance to all teachers, it may be of particular interest to teachers of subject areas which involve project work for assessment, such as the citizenship project in the new Politics and Society syllabus.