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DIGITAL INFORMATION LITERACY

KEY TOPICS ◾ The nature of online information ◾ Exploring computer hardware and software ◾ Copyright laws in the digital information age. Protecting computer software and electronic data ◾ Digital services, including machine translation, speech to text and audio transcription; ◾ Learning via the Internet (i.e. e-learning) ◾ Digital preservation and digital formats LEARNING OBJECTIVES After completing this unit, teachers should be able to: ◾ Describe digital vs analogue, including the creation, storage, transportation, distribution and preservation phases of digital information ◾ Use the basic capabilities of productivity tools for word processing, file storage, access to remote information sources, and interpersonal communication ◾ Use information technology to re-define many aspects of academic and personal experience ◾ Understand and apply copyright laws including creative commons and copyright licencing ◾ Search online using the relevant techniques (search engines, subject directories and gateways) ◾ Understand the role of information providers (e.g. as libraries, museums and archives in preserving digital information)

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