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This 12-hour Digital Literacy series explores the core concepts and essential foundations of using a computer comfortably and well. Many people who use computers only know how to do things that are necessary for their job or immediate hobbies. This series builds on a user’s basic familiarity with computers and teaches helpful and critical skills in three courses: Basic Computing, Living Online and Key Applications.

Hi, We are Dr. Appu Kuttan (Appuji) (NEF) and Dr. Anthony Betrus (SUNY Potsdam)

For over ten years the NEF has had a partnership with the State University of New York at Potsdam, and through this partnership we are proud to offer you this digital literacy course series.

Digital literacy is the language of the 21st century, and we want you to have the best chance for success in our digitally connected world. We both believe in educating the next generation of digitally literate global citizens, and more importantly, we believe in YOU.

This is the next step in your journey to personal empowerment through learning.

This free digital literacy course, including all questions and content, was developed by faculty, staff, and students at the State University of New York at Potsdam under the guidance of Dr. Anthony Betrus, in partnership with Dr. Appu Kuttan, chairman and CEO of the National Education Foundation. 1st Edition (2014), 2nd Edition (2017), 3rd Edition (2020)


Dr. Anthony Betrus, Professor of Educational Technology and Management, SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY (1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions)

Mr. Steven Canning, Instructional Designer, SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY (1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions)

Mr. Jason Snyder, Teacher, Potsdam, NY (3rd edition)

Mr. Marshall Hughes, Upper School Makerspace Facilitator, Cannon School, Concord, NC (1st and 2nd editions)

Mr. Kevin Marcinko, Helpdesk Technician, Capital Region BOCES (2nd edition)

Mrs. Mary Marcinko, Art Teacher, Ogdensburg NY (2nd edition)

Mrs. Claire Kruse, Director of Support Services, eThink Education (1st edition)


With support and financial backing from Dr. Appu Kuttan and the National Education Foundation (1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions)

Hosting support by Open4 Learning (2nd and 3rd editions)