Northstar Digital Literacy Assessments

This open-access version of the Northstar Digital Literacy Project assessments can be used for assessing digital literacy skills to inform instruction.

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Northstar Digital Literacy Project
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Informational Material

The Northstar Digital Literacy Project offers online learning modules and assessments in ten categories:

  • Basic computer skills
  • Internet
  • Windows OS
  • Mac OS
  • Email
  • Social media
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Information literacy 
What the experts say

Learners must be digitally literate in order to find and succeed in a career with family-sustaining wages. The Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment is a group of standards-based interactive assessment modules that measure adult digital literacy skills at a basic level. Each assessment moves the learner up a level in their digital literacy skills. The lessons are simple and easy to understand and navigate.

Many adult education teachers are seeking introductory courses in computer/digital literacy for themselves and their students. The Northstar Assessments are widely used in the fields of adult basic skills education and digital literacy skills. Designed specifically for adult basic skills (including ESL/ESOL) learners, the project began with designing a set of digital literacy standards that are acceptable to public libraries, adult basic skills educators and employers in Minnesota. The standards are based on the needs of low-literate adults as perceived by adult educators, librarians, and employment and training services specialists.


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