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Digital Literacy Landscape

There are plenty of resources out there to help you brush up on your digital skills. Below are some examples that address common gaps in adults' digital skills. These are also resources that will help you when you start out studying for on an online course.

Wherever you might be based, your local library is always a good place to start, particularly if you have very litte experience of using computers. For those in Scotland, introductory computing courses can be found by searching Digital Scotland's "Let's Get On" database. You can search based on your postcode to find courses near you. UK-wide, there is a network of UK Online Centres offering free or low-cost computing classes.

For those who are starting from basics, or who want to brush up on their basic IT knowledge (e.g. the parts of a computer, navigating a website, introduction to using email), DigitalLearn.org, an American Public Library Association resource, has some excellent short online tutorials.

Open University (OU) students face many of the same challenges as RBGE students when embarking on online studies for the first time. The OU's resources on learning computing skills are a helpful starting place.

Effective online searching is an important skill when learning online. The BBC's Webwise site has some very good introductory tutorials on getting to grips with web browsers and search engines. The Scottish Government Library have produced an excellent resource on making the most of your online searching skills: Go Google!. Click the link and scroll down to "Go Google! (PDF)".

Take our Digital Skills Check, and find out if you need to brush up on your digital skills before you begin learning online.

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