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 Digital 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?

Some modules are designed to help students develop their study skills. They include information on:

  • strategies for finding and evaluating information
  • requirements of different types of assignments
  • referencing and citation
  • formatting and submission requirements for different assignments.

Each module has been designed based on student survey feedback, as well as focus groups and user testing. 

Reusing our modules

Digital Essentials and other webpages with a CC statement are licenced using Creative Commons.

Please use the following attribution statement if you reuse the modules or webpages. 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 email the Digital Learning team at


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 using the modules in your course, please contact the Librarian Team