Module 1 – Information and data literacy

Short description

Learning goals

In this module you will:

  • Develop an ability to analyse, compare and critically evaluate sources and types of data, information and digital content.
  • Develop an ability to know and use digital terminology.
  • Develop an ability to organise, store, and retrieve data, information and content in digital environment.
  • Develop an ability to search for and access data, information and digital content. 

Learning outcomes

Knowledge

At the end of this module you will:

  • Know the importance of data privacy in handling data and information, and become familiar with concepts such as data ethics or data security.
  • Know that online environments contain all types of information and content including misinformation and disinformation.
  • Know the difference between disinformation (false information with the intent to deceive people) and misinformation (false information regardless of intent to deceive or mislead people).
  • Know that digital content, goods and services might be protected under intellectual property rights (IPR), e.g. copyright, trademarks, designs, patents.
  • Know how to navigate safely between online sources and how to select information effectively.

Skills

At the end of this module you will:

  • Be able to manage basic keyboard skills (shortcuts).
  • Be able to effectively search, find, retrieve, process and communicate information from a variety of digital sources and in a variety of formats.
  • Be able to assess the trustworthiness and usefulness of data sources.
  • Be able to review, revise and evaluate information presented in a range of digital media.
  • Be able to carefully consider the top first search results in both text-based and audio searches.
  • Be able to find the author or the source of the information, and to verify its credibility.
  • Be able to identify if copyright-protected digital content fall under the scope of a copyright exception so that no prior consent is needed.

Attitudes

At the end of this module you will:

  • Embrace a positive approach to consider the possible outcome before clicking a link.
  • Embrace a positive approach to intentionally avoid distractions and information overload when accessing and navigating information, data and content.
  • Embrace a positive approach to fact-check a piece of information and assess its accuracy, reliability and authority, while preferring primary sources over secondary sources of information where possible.
  • Embrace a positive approach to consider transparency when manipulating and presenting data to ensure reliability. 

Prerequisites

No specific prior knowledge required. However, basic knowledge of computer and internet use is recommended.

Glossary

Data: Raw facts and figures that lack context and meaning. Data can be in various formats, such as numbers, text, images, or multimedia.

Information: Data that has been processed, organised, and given context to make it meaningful and useful. Information provides knowledge and insight.

Literacy: The ability to read, understand, evaluate, and use a particular set of skills or knowledge effectively.

Information literacy: The ability to access, evaluate, critically analyse, and ethically use information from various sources. It includes skills for effective research and information management.

Data literacy: The ability to understand, interpret, and work with data. It involves skills related to data collection, analysis, visualisation, and interpretation.

Digital identity: A person's online presence and the collection of personal information, activities, and interactions associated with them on the internet. It includes elements such as usernames, profiles, and online behavior.

Browser: A software application that allows users to access and view websites on the internet. Popular web browsers include Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge.

Netiquette: A combination of "internet" and "etiquette," it refers to the rules and guidelines for polite and respectful behavior when interacting with others online. Netiquette encourages civil communication and respect for online communities.

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Module Includes

  • 4 Lessons
  • 34 Topics
  • 1 Quiz
  • Module Certificate