Northstar Digital Literacy

Learn It. Know It. Show It.

Northstar Digital Literacy is an assessment and learning tool designed to assess the skills needed to perform tasks on computers and online. Online, self-guided modules assess the ability of individuals to perform tasks based on these skills. Included are basic computer digital literacy standards and modules in three main areas: Essential Computer Skills, Essential Software Skills, and Using Technology to Accomplish Tasks.

Getting Started

Use Northstar Digital Literacy to assess your digital literacy skills in multiple key areas. Start by requesting your Northstar Learner Account to unlock your access! Requests will be completed within 3 days of receipt.

Logging into Northstar

You will be able to log in to your learner account at the www.digitalliteracyassessment.org website from anywhere. A complete list of skills assessments can be found in the “Available Assessments” section below.

Note: You can assess your digital literacy skills in each skillset only once per day from the NorthStar homepage. 

Scheduling a Proctored Assessment

(Available beginning 3/1/2021)

Once you feel you have mastered a particular skill set, you may sign up for a Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library virtual proctored assessment session. During this session you can present your ID online to formally take the assessment and obtain your official Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment (NDLA) Certification! This is a GREAT way to demonstrate your skill level on your resume!

You can take each skill set assessment only once during a scheduled proctored session. If you score 85% or better, you will be awarded the NDLA Certificate. The number of certificates you earn during the one-hour session will depend on the pace at which you complete each assessment and reaching a score of 85% or better on each assessment.

Available Assessments

Essential Computer Skills:

  • Basic Computer Skills (Practice Lessons also available)
  • Internet Basics (Practice Lessons also available)
  • Using Email (Practice Lessons also available)
  • Windows
  • Mac OS

Essential Software Skills:

  • Microsoft Word (Practice Lessons also available)
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Google Docs

Using Technology in Daily Life:

  • Social Media
  • Information Literacy
  • Supporting K-12 Distance Learning (Practice Lessons also available)
  • Career Search Skills (Practice Lessons also available)
  • Your Digital Footprint
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