Free Online Course on Introduction to Digital Society

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Becoming a Digital Citizen' is a free online course by the University of York available on The notion of digital citizenship is ubiquitous, and this course therefore aims to be useful to a wide variety of online learners.

Through this course, you will become a more informed digital citizen and engage with debate about what is appropriate in the modern world of social media. The course will start on January 23, 2017.

Course At Glance

Length: 3 weeks
Effort: 3 hours/week
Digital Society
University of York and Future learn
Certificate Available:
Course starts on January 23, 2017

Providers' Details

The University of York combines the pursuit of academic excellence with a culture of inclusion, which encourages everyone – from a variety of backgrounds – to achieve their best. University is a high-performing, research-intensive Russell Group university, committed to providing an environment where great minds can thrive.

About This Course

The ‘digital citizen' is a person who has developed the skills and knowledge to effectively use the internet and digital technologies, who uses digital technologies and the internet in a responsible and appropriate way in order to engage and participate in society and politics.

We live in a world where the use of digital technology has become the norm. Effective participation in our society increasingly requires our ability to engage online. This isn't just a question of technical ability – just as with our physical society, there are appropriate and responsible behaviours we need to acquire.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English. Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

In this course, University will investigate and explore the concept of the digital society. They will look at how personal values and ethical judgments shape our online participation, and how new technologies can be applied to solve some of the problems we might face. Through all of this, we will develop your digital capabilities, and your awareness of the cultural and ethical implications of using digital technologies, and we'll seek to establish the skills required to become an effective and successful digital citizen.


The notion of digital citizenship is ubiquitous, and this course therefore aims to be useful to a wide variety of online learners. This course is suitable for anyone who engages with social media platforms, those who use technologies to support their study, as well as graduates looking to maximise the impact of their digital footprint and avoid common mistakes which may make them unattractive to potential employers.


Susan Halfpenny

Alison Kaye

Stephanie Jesper

Heidi Fraser-Krauss

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, students will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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