Teaching digital skills in your course

Why teach digital and information skills? 

The UQ Student Technology Survey showed that students value the role of technology in learning and recognise that possessing digital capabilities is critical to their future employment. However, responses also indicated that not all UQ students believe their course prepares them for the digital workplace. While the majority of students want to develop their digital capabilities, 40% of students told us that they did not have time to develop their digital skills by themselves.  

The Library seeks to develop student's information and digital literacy by offering two suites of learning modules: Digital Essentials and Assignment Essentials. The Digital Essentials modules develop students' digital capabilities and knowledge, while Assignment Essentials focuses on helping students find, use and evaluate information effectively for learning. Developing students' digital and information literacy is critical to UQ's strategic plan to create game-changing graduates, who are able to thrive in the digital workplace.   

  Digital Essentials (YouTube, 2m22s)

What do the modules cover? 

Digital Essentials is a suite of online modules that aim to develop key digital skills. The modules are designed to cover skills from across Jisc's six elements of digital literacy: 

  • ICT proficiency 
  • Information, data and media literacy 
  • Digital learning and development 
  • Digital communication, collaboration and participation 
  • Digital creation, problem solving and innovation  
  • Digital identity and wellbeing. 

The modules have been co-developed with students, with participation by a range of University stakeholders, including: 

  • Information Technology Service (ITS) 
  • Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI) 
  • Careers and Employability 
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Communication and Arts. 

Assignment Essentials were also co-developed with students and include information on: 

  • Types of information
  • Finding information 
  • Evaluating information including print and online resources and fake news
  • Types of assignments including written, video and presentations
  • Referencing 
  • Submitting assessment 


Using the modules in your course

Students told us they want "just-in-time" learning resources. Both suites of modules are designed to be used in courses so that students can find the information they need, when they need it. The modules cover different topics so it may be beneficial to direct students to a particular module that links to a learning activity or assessment within your course.  

Example use cases:   

  • UQ Systems is designed to help students learn about the online systems they will use during their studies. This module is ideal for students that are new to UQ, or for foundation courses. 
  • Communicate and collaborate online explores online communication etiquette and communication tools. Students could be directed to this module prior to commencing group work or assessment.  
  • Finding and using media explores how to find copyright-compliant sound and images. Students creating presentations, videos or other multimedia-based assessment items could benefit from completing the module. 
  • Types of assignments discusses the different types of assignments students may have to complete, from written assessment through to coding and creating videos. This module will help students use effective strategies for different formats and find the tools they need to complete their assessment. 

Your librarian can also discuss which modules may be appropriate for use in your course.   

Linking to modules and using the self-assessment quiz

You can either link directly to the module from Learn.UQ, your reading lists or use our self-assessment quiz to direct students that need assistance to the module.  

Direct links 

Linking directly is useful if module completion is mandatory for all students, or if the module is being used for general information. For example:  

  • For Assessment 1: Learning blog it is important that you create accessible content. To ensure that you are familiar with accessibility principles please complete the Accessibility and study hacks module and include the certificate of completion with your cover sheet 
  • In this week’s tutorial we will be discussing whether internet access should be a human right. If you are not familiar with topics such as the surface/dark web, net neutrality and phishing you may like to complete the Internet essentials module.  
  • Referencing your work is a key part of academic integrity. To ensure you understand why we reference, and how to do it please complete the Writing, citing and submitting module and upload your certificate to Learn.UQ. 

Library links   

A link to both suites of modules is automatically included in the Library Links folder of your Learn.UQ site. 

Self-assessment quiz 

The self-assessment quiz allows students to test their study and digital knowledge and capabilities before completing a module. The quiz, which can be embedded in your Learn.UQ course site, directs students to specific modules. This is useful if some students have covered concepts that others are unfamiliar with. 

For example, your third-year course requires students to create a presentation, incorporating images or other material that may be under copyright. The self-assessment quiz could be used to check your students’ knowledge of copyright. Students who do not answer the questions correctly are then directed to the relevant modules. The following question is an example of a quiz question that could be embedded into your Learn.UQ site, to assess student's knowledge of the type of material they could use for this assignment:


A Creative Commons licence is an example of what type of licence?



Public copyright licence 

Exclusive licence 

Attribution licence 

Confidential licence

Correct Feedback

That is correct. See the Finding and using media module for further information on Creative Commons licences.

Incorrect Feedback

That is incorrect. A Creative Commons licence is an example of a public copyright licence. See the Finding and using media module for further information.

In other units, some students may not be familiar with how they should name their assessment files, prior to submission. The self-assessment quiz may also be useful if you would like to highlight specific issues around file formats or file names, as in the following example: 


You are saving a copy of your essay before submitting it.  Select the best file name for your document:




Education essay.doc 


Correct feedback

Very good! 


You can save yourself a lot of time by getting into the habit of file naming using descriptive names that give context.  There may also be specific naming requirements for certain assignments.   


For useful tips on file naming go to Naming Conventions in the Working with Files module

Incorrect feedback

Not quite! 


It helps to provide enough information in the name to be able to identify the file correctly later on. There may also be specific naming requirements for certain assignments. 


For useful tips on file naming go to Naming Conventions in the Working with Files module

We have created question pools that relate to each module. See example questions and how to import the pools directly into your Learn.UQ site. If you require assistance, please contact your librarian.   

Assessing student learning

You can track your student’s completion of the modules using the online quiz at the end of each module. This is a short quiz that students can use to check their learning and contains between six and ten questions. Students need to correctly answer all questions in order to pass and receive a certificate. 

Student’s use their UQ login to access the quiz and this captures their username on the certificate so that you can verify completion. This certificate can then be saved as a PDF and may form part of learning activity or assessment requirements. The certificate can also be uploaded to ePortfolio or Learn.UQ sites.

If you would prefer, you can import the post-quiz questions from the modules into your Learn.UQ course. Contact your liaison librarian if you have any questions.

Other assessment ideas

The UQ Assessment Ideas Factory is a searchable database of assessment techniques.  You can use the database to find assessment techniques that promote active learning. You can also contribute your assessment techniques to the database.

Contact us

For UQ2U courses, please contact your learning designer to see how you can use or link to the modules. Otherwise, please contact your liaison librarian