If your teachers and students (and friends and family) are always asking you how to do something on the computer, even though you know you showed them at least three times already, you won't be alone - statistics from a recent ICM survey carried out on our behalf show that almost half of all adults in the UK feel that their basic computer skills need improving. dlc blog

The same survey revealed that 21% of parents don't feel their computer skills are effective enough to help their children with their homework, and even more worryingly, 18% don't feel confident in their ability to protect themselves and their family online - 12% had never heard of online safety tools or best practices. With the kind of threats and issues there are online today, as well as the opportunities open to those with good digital skills, this is obviously something that needs to be addressed quickly, and something that the Government is taking seriously, with David Lammy MP, the Minister for Skills, attending today's launch of the Digital Literacy Curriculum to discuss these issues and more.

We're hoping that the latest version of our Digital Literacy curriculum can help to improve these statistics and provide people with the skills they need to succeed in today's digital world, while also giving you back hours of time not spent answering the same basic questions! This course is designed to help out those 47% who feel that their basic computer skills need improving and to give them the confidence to use computers in their everyday life.

The curriculum is split into the following 5 modules:

  • Computer basics - covers the fundamentals of computing and explores how to use basic operating systems
  • The Internet - reveals the ins and outs of life online - how to browse web pages, navigate web sites, use search engines and send emails
  • Productivity programmes - teaches the basics of word processing, using spreadsheets, creating presentations and managing databases to use in school and at home
  • Digital lifestyles - this is the fun bit that shows how to use digital technologies to manage music, photos and videos
  • Computer security and privacy - explains the risks and threats associated with the digital world and shows how to protect yourself and prevent them

The course can be completed online, and for those with a computer at home it's simple enough to work thorough with some help from friends and family. Otherwise tutor support is available at learndirect or UK online centres, as well as Microsoft IT Academies. So for those teachers, parents, students and colleagues that you know that need to improve their digital skills, point them in the direction of the Digital Literacy curriculum web site. You can also add a link to it from your intranet and parent portal to ensure that those that need it most can access it, and need never ask you how to attach a document to an email again.

The partnership with OCR also means that you could offer a certification for parents/students/staff at the end!