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Northstar Digital Literacy


Learn It. Know It. Show It.

Northstar Digital Literacy is a tool to figure out what computer skills you have and what skills you need to improve.
You can learn online with self-guided modules to find out your basic skills and ability to do certain tasks.
There are modules in three main areas: 
  • Essential Computer Skills
  • Essential Software Skills
  • Using Technology to Accomplish Tasks

How do I get started?
Start by requesting your Northstar Learner Account to unlock your access! 
Requests will be completed within 5 days of receipt.
Logging into Northstar
You will be able to log in to your learner account at the 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. 
Schedule a Proctored Assessment
(Available beginning 2/1/2022)
Once you feel you have mastered a particular skill set,
you can make an appointment to take a proctored test to earn certificates to show employers . 
Email: or call 719-553-0206
During this session you can present your ID 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 reach a score of 85% or better.
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
  • Career Search Skills (Practice Lessons also available)
  • Your Digital Footprint
For more information contact:
Rebecca McGhee