Growing numbers of people in Myanmar have the ability to use the internet. But there is still a considerable way to go to include those who are still without the skills or the access which is necessary for Myanmar to be a fairer society. If the digital skills gap isn’t plugged, Myanmar’s economy will not grow as quickly as it could.
Learning digital skills is about more than being able to use a particular device, because these things change as technology moves on. Developing your digital skills is about developing your digital understanding, your critical thought processes and interacting with others respectfully while managing your digital identities. While we want to be able to shop, bank and call a Grab taxi online, we need to be mindful of what information we share about ourselves and with whom we share it.
This free course, Digital skills: succeeding in a digital world, will develop your confidence and skills for life online, whether this is for study, work or everyday life. It explores a range of digital skills and practices, including your digital identity, digital well-being, staying safe and legal, finding and using information, and dealing with information overload. The importance of developing a critical approach to life online is emphasised throughout, whether consuming or creating information. You'll be encouraged to reflect on your own situation and to apply what you learn to real-life scenarios, using a reflective journal to keep a record of progress.The course lasts 8 weeks, with approximately 3 hours’ study time each week. You can work through the course at your own pace, so if you have more time one week there is no problem with going ahead to complete another week’s study. There are also weekly interactive quizzes which allow you to gauge your learning.
The Open University would really appreciate a few minutes of your time to tell us about yourself before you begin, in our start-of-course survey.