Teaching digital skills in your course

Why teach digital 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, 60% of students told us that they did not have time to develop their digital skills by themselves.

The Digital Essentials modules are designed to embed digital capabilities throughout UQ courses and are one of the ways UQ Library is developing students information and digital literacy. Developing students digital literacy supports 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.

Using the modules with students

Students told us they want "just-in-time" learning resources. The Digital Essentials modules are designed to be embedded into courses so that students can find the information they need, when they need it.

Digital Essentials is linked to from the Library Links folder of your Learn.UQ site, however, you can direct your students to a particular module so they can develop the skills that are relevant to 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.

While you are welcome to link directly to any of the individual modules, we are also developing a self-assessment tool you can embed in your course site. This Learn.UQ question pool includes a series of questions students can attempt in order to check their digital skills and knowledge. If the student submits an incorrect answer they will be directed to the relevant module. These pools can be easily imported to your Learn.UQ course site. 

Assessing students' learning

At the end of each module is a short quiz that students can use to check their learning. Each end-of-module quiz contains between six and ten questions. Students need to correctly answer all of the questions in order to receive a certificate. This certificate can be uploaded to their ePortfolio or Learn.UQ site. 

Contact us

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