The University of Queensland Student Strategy 2016-2020 aims to create ‘game-changing graduates’ with the skills to succeed in the 21st century workplace. The strategy acknowledges the disruptions that have occurred in education and the workplace due to the increased use of digital technologies.

Information and digital literacy

To respond to the changing needs of students as they learn, work and live in the digital environment the University of Queensland Library developed the Information and Digital Literacy Strategic Framework, 2016 - 2020 (PDF, 3.8 MB). The framework defines digital literacy as the core capabilities which fit an individual for living, learning and working in contemporary society.

The framework has been used to develop two online learning suites: Digital Essentials and Assignment Essentials.

Digital Essentials

Digital Essentials is a suite of modules designed to help students develop their digital skills. The modules cover such digital fundamentals as:

  • What are the different online systems at UQ?
  • How should you effectively communicate and collaborate in an online environment?
  • What should you do to protect your privacy online?
  • How can you effectively name and backup your work?
  • What is the best digital tool or app for your assignment?
  • How do you build and maintain your professional online identity?

Each module has been designed based on student responses to the UQ Technology Survey, as well as focus groups and user testing. 

Assignment Essentials

Assignment Essentials is a suite of modules designed to help students develop their study skills. The four modules include information on:

  • Library collections, services and spaces
  • information requirements of different types of assignments
  • strategies for finding and evaluating information
  • referencing and citation
  • formatting and submission requirements for different assignments.

Reusing the modules

Digital Essentials and Assignment Essentials are licenced using Creative Commons.

Please use the following attribution statement if you reuse the modules. Indicate alterations or adaptations of the original work in your attribution statement.

If you are intending to reuse the modules and would like more information please contact Kathleen Smeaton 


If you would like to learn more about how the Library can assist you to develop and deliver information and digital literacy programs and resources, including by embedding the modules in your course, please contact your Librarian