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How to Be Digital in the Canadian Public Service (I601)


Type: Online
Duration: 02:00 hours
Status: Active

In today's digital-by-default work environment, knowing how to apply a digital mindset is a highly sought skill. Developed in partnership with 10 provincial and territorial governments across Canada, this six-week online micro-course explores what digital looks like in the Canadian government context and examines digital concepts such as agile and human-centred design. Through weekly lessons sent by email, participants will learn how to apply the culture and values of the digital workplace in their everyday work.

Topics include:

  • what digital is and is not
  • how to apply the culture and values of the digital workplace
  • what digital looks like in a government context
  • best practices for working better digitally


Each week for six weeks, participants will receive an email on a different digital government topic, including links to:

  • readings or videos (15 minutes)
  • additional optional resources and reflection questions (10 minutes)

At the end of the six weeks, participants who have completed the required readings and videos will receive a certificate of completion.


  • Week 1: Defining digital government
  • Week 2: Digital government in Canada and around the globe
  • Week 3: How digital starts and ends with users
  • Week 4: Shifting to a digital culture
  • Week 5: Learning through failure
  • Week 6: Committing to a digital-first government


This course is open to all levels of government: federal, provincial and municipal. To register, please complete the registration form.

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More about this course
  • Topics: Information management; Information technologies; Leadership; Personal and team development; Policy and regulation
  • Community: Employees
  • Business line: Digital Academy
  • Provider: Canada School of Public Service

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