As the vast web of global and local information networks grow, several skills and forms of literacy are becoming essential for anyone who wants to obtain the full benefits of the Communications Age. An individual's ability to capitalize on the opportunities offered by interactive communications requires mastery of these information and communication proveniences:
· Navigational skills - The ability to move smoothly among arrays of autonomous and globally interconnected information, contacts, forums, and discussion groups in order to locate and connect to information and expertise from relevant sources.
· Information literacy - An understanding of which information is most useful, relevant, and reliable, as well as the ability to analyze, distill, integrate, compose, and classify information to create knowledge.
· Distribution skills - Frameworks for rethinking methods of packaging, presenting, providing access, and disseminating information and knowledge in this new medium.
· Commmunications literacy - Integrating new forms of information, knowledge, and message development into evolving patterns of organizational and interpersonal communication.
This certificate offers preparation skills for the above areas of emphasis involving the Internet.