Digital Literacy is Essential For All Australians
This course will help address two key inter-related issues currently faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at the University of Western Australia, namely lower education completion rates and lower digital literacy levels than non-Indigenous students.
While there have been higher Year 12 completion rates for Indigenous Australians and improvements in Indigenous university enrolment numbers over the past 10 years, Indigenous students remain underrepresented in higher education.
Indigenous Australians are also amongst the groups of Australians who have lower than average levels of digital literacy which, in turns, results in a lower than average ability to use digital technology. This impacts upon all areas of life, from the ability to use the Internet, to bank online, to communicate with others, to receive a quality education, and to gain and hold employment.
These problems are compounded by the current rate of technological advances and the impact this is having on the economy and the nature of work. Digital literacy is essential for all Australians and it is crucial to ensure that Indigenous Australians have equal opportunities to participate in education, employment, and economic and social life.
Furthermore, the ICT industry, which offers many opportunities for success, is not generally seen as a career of choice for young Indigenous people or a pathway to achievement in other sectors of the economy.
As well as developing an understanding of Microsoft Office and Microsoft Windows, students will learn how to use Outlook Online, Skype for Business, OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online, and OneNote.
The course is designed with real world scenarios in mind and is delivered by industry experts provided by illuminance Solutions, a Microsoft Gold Partner. To maximise each student’s learning potential, the training is delivered through hands-on learning sessions and the number of participants is limited to 10.
At the end of this one-day course, participants will be able to effectively navigate Office 365 and make use of all of its features. Upon completion of the course, every participant receives a personalised certificate of participation.
Benefits of the Office 365 Training
This Office 365 training initiative aims to equip Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student with essential job-readiness skills in current technology. It is designed to assist in organising information, collaborating and communicating, thus creating better personal and professional opportunities.
Participants also receive a certificate of participation, which can be used to develop the skills section of their resumé.
Universities participating in the initiative may offer a value-added opportunity to Indigenous students.
To be eligible for the one-day Office 365 training initiative, candidates need to:
- be between 17 and 35 years of age;
- identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; and
- be studying or intending to study at university.
The course is held at either a University campus or at illuminance Solutions’ HQ in Perth. This depends on the availability of Office 365 on campus and on the participants’ personal devices.
The course has run successfully with several sessions since 2018 and has been developed in collaboration with UniHall, The University of Western Australia.