Digital Literacy Project (DLP)

The Digital Literacy Project (DLP) seeks to integrate the development of digital literacy skills within undergraduate and postgraduate curricula across multiple disciplines at UQ and will also seek to identify discipline and/or profession-specific digital literacy needs and requirements.

Project duration: December 2018 – June 2020

Background

Digital technologies are intrinsic to the contemporary world of work. Industries and workplaces demand graduates who are both skilled and critically reflective users of digital technologies.

In 2018 the UQ Library released a range of modules to support academics and students in gearing up for the digital workplace. To make the modules readily accessible, no individual module requires more than 30 minutes to complete. The Digital Literacy Project, funded by a UQ 2018 Teaching Innovation Grant, aims to promote engagement with these modules and to target the development of future modules.

Actions

The project has three phases: 

  1. invitation to academics from multiple disciplines to complete one or more of the digital literacy modules and assess their potential application for the academic’s courses and programs; 
  2. working with academics to integrate digital literacy module/s in their courses and programs; 
  3. review of the uptake of UQ Library’s Digital Essential modules and identify areas for further development.

    We are looking for academics who are willing to participate in this project in Semester 2, 2019 and Semester 1, 2020 by: 

    1. engaging with one or more of the digital literacy modules and completing a pre-survey questionnaire;
    2. integrating a digital literacy module in your course, with support from the project team; and
    3. providing feedback on the digital literacy modules in a 45-60 minute interview.

    Get involved in Semester 1, 2020

    Benefits

    Participation in the project will offer you:

    • support in integrating  digital literacy modules in your courses; 
    • involvement in a community of practice of developing digital literacy at UQ; and
    • opportunities to co-publish in scholarship of teaching and learning literature about digital literacy.

     
      Module name Module content
    1 Accessibility & study hacks Introduces the concepts of accessibility and universal design; shows how to create accessible content; gives examples of study hacks which can help to make your digital life easier.
    2 Communicate & collaborate online Explores the advantages and disadvantages of different methods of online; examines tools for communicating and collaborating online.
    3 Employability Explores how digital footprint can affect professional image; helps to use online networking platforms to develop professional profile; explore platforms to enhance your digital skills.
    4 Internet essentials Helps to understand what the internet is and how it is regulated; explains the basics of online privacy and cyber security.
    5 Social media Explores the digital footprint students leave online; explore different social media platforms and their use.
    6 Working with data Explains what data is; examines how data is used; explores ways to analyse data.
    7 Writing for the web Explains how to write for online audiences; explores different ways to produce online content.
    8 Choosing the right tool Helps to find a tool for a specific task; allows to compare similar tools to find the best match.
    9 Confidentiality & images Explores some of the legal, ethical and organisational constraints to recording and sharing images; helps students to learn how the concept of confidentiality relates to images.
    10 Finding & using media Shows how to source media (including images, video, and audio) for your assignments; help students to understand copyright and licencing obligations so that they can ethically reuse media.
    11 Password management Provide information and guidance on account security; explore the use and benefits of password managers; outline common security issues.
    12 UQ systems Explores the UQ online systems; helps to understand the roles of UQ systems in students’ learning journey.
    13 Digital Citizenship Explains digital citizenship and its importance to students; helps identify and use appropriate behaviour online; explores the ways the digital world affects students’ life.
    14 Working with files Provides guidance and information on managing data and how this can impact/support students’ studies; explores the importance of metadata in the digital world examines tools to improve productivity.
    15 Writing, citing and submitting Cover planning assignment; examine what plagiarism is; provide guidance on referencing assignment; explain how assignments should be submitted.
    16 Types of assignments Explores different assignment types; examines resources and tools to help students produce their assignments.
    17 Study success Introduces students to Library facilities, including IT, spaces and opening hours; explores Library resources that will help with their studies.
    18 Information essentials Introduces students to different kinds of information and where to find them; gives advice on search strategies; helps students to evaluate information.

    Contact

    Vilma Simbag, Project Manager