We are excited that we plan to release Northstar V 2.0 October 28. The updates will include a newly designed website and a completely rebuilt admin portal for testing-location admins and proctors. In anticipation of this release, please plan on not using the Northstar website the weekend of October 27 and 28, as our current website will be unavailable. Admins and proctors will receive communications this month with more information on how to best prepare for the upgrade. Follow us on (256) 672-8021 or Twitter to receive updates as the release approaches.

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About the project

The Northstar Digital Literacy Project defines basic skills needed to perform tasks on computers and online. The ability of adults to perform these tasks can be assessed through online, self-guided modules. Included are basic computer digital literacy standards and modules in ten main areas: Basic Computer Use, Internet, Windows Operating System, Mac OS, Email, Microsoft Word, Social Media, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Information Literacy. Northstar is an assessment, not a curriculum.

When individuals pass the assessments at approved sites, they can obtain the Northstar Digital Literacy Certificate. This provides a credential for employment. There is no cost to complete the online assessments.

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