Why is digital literacy so important?

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    !Why is Digital Literacy Important? Literacy skills have always been important. In centuries past, people communicated via letters. These letters soon turned into telegraph messages. From there we advanced to the telephone, internet and then text messaging via a phone. Today's options for communication far outweigh the one or two of generations pasts.

    A digitally literate person will possess a range of digital skills, knowledge of the basic principles of computing devices, skills in using computer networks, an ability to engage in online communities and social networks while adhering to behavioural protocols, be able to find, capture and evaluate information, an understanding of the societal issues raised by digital technologies (such as big data), and possess critical thinking skills. (1)

    This paper will list some courses available in lynda.com that can increase your Digital Literacy skills.

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    Our mission

    To help you learn the skills you need to achieve your full potential.

    About lynda.com

    A learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

    With a lynda.com subscription, members receive unlimited access to a vast library with over 3,300 courses in over 138,000 of high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by recognised industry experts.

    lynda.com, Inc. was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Carpinteria, California with offices in San Francisco, London, Sydney, and Graz and is funded by Accel Partners, Spectrum Equity, and Meritech Capital Partners.

    YOU CAN LEARN IT Increase Digital Literacy with lynda.com

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    Courses available at lynda.com

    How to use digital devices!Computer Literacy for Windows - This course walks you through the skills necessary to use computers comfortably, while improving learning, productivity, and performance. This course focuses on the Microsoft Windows operating system and offers a thorough introduction to computers, networks, and computer peripherals such as printers, digital cameras, and more. In addition, basic procedures with software applications, the Internet, and email are covered.

    Computer Literacy for Mac - Topics includes Working with a laptop versus a desktop computer. Understanding the five traits almost all applications share. Printing. Setting up a scanner. Connecting to the Internet. Sending and receiving email. Searching the Internet. Importing and editing images from a digital camera and sharing files.

    iOS 7: iPhone and iPad Essential Training - In this course we will provide in-depth instruction on all aspects of the Apple iPhone and iPad: making and receiving calls, emailing, browsing the web, managing your time, getting around town, taking notes, shooting photos, and listening to music.

    Android Essential Training - Get comfortable with the touch screen and other basics. Discover how to use all the phone features, organise contacts, and send and receive emails, texts, and video calls.

    Up and Running with Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Edge and Note 4 - Learn how to wield the S Pen, toggle between apps, be more productive with Multi Window, extend your phone's battery life, and take spectacular pictures and video with the Note's high-res camera.

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    Why lynda.com?

    Reach Multiple Teams

    Provide training to a wide range of employees in any department.

    Boost Business Acumen

    Promote meeting, interview, leadership, negotiation time management skills, and more.

    Virtual Help Desk

    Reduce calls to your support staff. Help employees quickly find what they need to learn with searchable transcripts.

    Custom Learning Paths

    Create, share, or assign course playlists to promote individualised learning.

    Go Mobile

    Use our cloud-based library from a tablet or smartphone.

    Flexible Integration

    A web-based service, lynda.com integrates with your network for simple access and administration.

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    Digital modes of communication Microsoft Word Tutorials - Learn how to write, edit, and design documents, format text, use spell check, perform mail merges, track changes, and much more.

    Microsoft Excel Tutorials & Training - Our Excel tutorials are designed to help you use Excel to analyse data on any level. Whether you're just learning how to create spreadsheets or need to perform advanced data analysis with functions, formulas, and charts, these courses will help you unlock the maximum potential of this popular data-analysis program.

    Microsoft Outlook - Find out how to manage your time with the Calendar and Tasks features, and connect to a wide variety of email, cloud computing, and social media accounts.

    Microsoft PowerPoint Tutorials - Watch a beginner, intermediate, or advanced PowerPoint how-to on designing compelling slide presentations, editing them, and sharing them with others

    Web Technology Fundamentals - You use it every day, for banking, researching, shopping, and social media, but do you really know how the web works? In this course, we will introduce the technology that makes the web run, the terminology involved, and how it all comes together to power the websites we know and love.

    Up and Running with Skype for Windows - Get up and running with Skype, the tool for calling, video chatting, messaging, and sharing with others - wherever you are.

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    Customer feedback

    Lance Whitworth, organisational development and learning consultant, SBS

    We want our people to instigate and drive their own learning experience, when the need presents itself. I am a big believer in just-in-time learning. People generally value new skills at the time they need to apply them on job.

    We also want employees to view learning as a benefit, enhancing their employability,

    !Mary Clare Healy, manager of training and development, Penton

    I looked at the subjects covered by lynda.com and thought, Oh, my goodness, they have everything we need. So then I began to wonder, Was the quality going to be good? It was. It was cutting-edge content. And the way it was delivered was excellent. lynda.com has great teachers, real experts in their fields.

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    Getting started with Social Networks!Up and Running with Facebook - Get a quick-start introduction to Facebook. Find friends and family and see what they're up to, and share pictures and more - all without compromising your privacy.

    Understanding Facebook Messenger Privacy Settings - In this short course you will learn about what settings you can adjust on the iOS and Android versions of the app, and how they will impact how Messenger runs on your device. Watch and learn if Facebook Messenger is right for you.

    Up and Running with Twitter - Learn how to get up and running on Twitter and start engaging in a new kind of conversation. This course shows you how to set up an account, read and write tweets, add images, links and tags to your tweets.

    Sharing Photos with Instagram - With the Instagram mobile app and photo-sharing service, you can use your Android or iOS device to snap a photo, apply creative filter effects, and then share it with millions of Instagram users - and on Facebook and Twitter , too.

    YouTube Essential Training - Learn how to start an account, build a following, promote videos on Facebook and Twitter, and shoot and edit film specifically for an YouTube audience.

    Up and Running with Pinterest - Pinterest is a social media tool that allows you to bookmark content around the web in a visually pleasing arrangement.

    Up and Running with Tumblr - How to share content quickly and easily using the Tumblr microblogging platform.

    Up and Running with LinkedIn - Whether you're looking for a job or just want to connect with other people in your industry, LinkedIn is the place to be.

    !Source:

    (1) About Digital literacy on Wikipedia

    (2) lynda.com receives $186 Million Investment Led by TPG

    (3) Source: Picture of Lynda Weinman

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    lynda.com in Australia

    Over 575 Australian organisations and over 400,000 members are using lynda.com today to keep up to date on digital literacy, leadership / management and individual professional skills.

    Contact us

    lynda.comLevel 23, Tower 1 520 Oxford StreetBondi Junction NSW 2022 Australia

    Phone: +61 2 9779 1582

    Fax: +61 2 9513 8888

    Contact: Jorn Are LundinLearning Consultant

    D: +61 2 8097 0300Email: jlundin@lynda.com