Welcome to the Digital Literacy course. It was designed as part of the self-paced online Customized Learning Series-Guru! [Register Here if you have not done so already.] The current facilitator is Julie Erickson, For any additional questions, please contact Graduate Credit Coordinator, Kim Coronado at  

This course uses Who Owns the Learning?: Preparing Students for Success in the Digital Age by Alan November and the Common Sense Education K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum as our main text, as well as some articles and videos.

The course incorporates five phases to help you implement Digital Literacy in your classroom. As education evolves toward customized learning, digital literacy skills become absolutely critical--unfortunately, most students and educators “don’t know what they don’t know.”  Even the best problem solving skills can be hampered without a deep understanding of the processes for digging past surface level information often found on the web. Examine the importance of students acquiring vital digital literacy skills for better problem solving as well as implications for using these tools in a customized environment.

This class will cover:

  • Search and navigation

  • Drawing conclusions and evaluation

  • Copyright and plagiarism

  • Digital footprint

  • Collaboration and sharing

Needed for the Course

  • eBook - Who Owns the Learning?: Preparing Students for Success in the Digital Age by Alan November [TIE members, borrow Who Owns the Learning? from TIE Reads, TIE's professional development eLibrary. Sign-up for a TIE Reads card here.]

  • Syllabus - Complete requirements are here - please download and save

  • A Google account; your school district may have a Google Apps account already set up for you. In South Dakota, the South Dakota K12 system set up a Google Apps area for any district who participates by switching on the service. If your district has Google Apps and you have an account, you are all set. If you do not have a Google Apps account with your school, then you will need to create a personal account here.

  • A free Common Sense Media account to download free lesson plans.

  • A free ISTE account to access class reading. This will also enable you to download additional free resources from the ISTE site.


  • All pages for the course are listed in the left column

  • The Unit pages contain:

    • The readings and videos

    • The activities to do for the course

    • The assignments to be turned in to the instructor

  • The Activity pages contain:

    • The specific activity for the unit it is under

    • Can also be found within the Unit page

Digital literacy Course Outcomes:

  • Develop and refine your understanding of what aspects of digital literacy are important for independent learners.

  • Develop skills for locating information found on the internet.

  • Develop skills for evaluating information found on the internet.

  • Utilize online tools for collaboration and sharing.

  • Identify resources whose copyright permissions allow reuse in a variety of settings.

  • Develop an awareness of the importance of building an online reputation with a digital footprint.


TIE's online professional learning courses are intended for use by districts that join TIE Membership. The content is intentionally open so that TIE members can freely peruse the materials. If you are using this for professional purposes, please contact TIE to join Membership. Thank you.