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University of Wollongong Australia

Library support for teaching & learning

For Subject Coordinators, Tutors and other teaching academics

Digital literacy

What are digital literacies?

Think about the things you do online. They might be things you are just learning to do, or things that are so much a part of your life that you barely stop to think about them. These are your digital literacies.

They help you to live, work, learn and play in your online life and your real life.

Digital literacy for your students

Do your students need to use digital literacy skills in assessment tasks? (E.g. create a blog, a digital poster, a video etc.)

Contact a Liaison Librarian to discuss your students' digital literacy needs.

Student Digital Skills Hub

The Student Digital Skills Hub can be found within subject Moodle sites and from the Useful Links menu in Moodle. It was created in response to student feedback that they want more support in developing their digital skills, in order to be prepared for the digital environments of their lives and future careers.

The Hub contains:

  • Information about digital capabilities and why they're important
  • A self-evaluation tool to improve digital skills
  • Help resources, FAQs, and the opportunity to submit a query for further support

The self-evaluation ‘Discovery Tool’ enables students to rate their levels of confidence across six areas of digital capabilities. The tool also:

  • Delivers a personalised report on students’ digital skills
  • Identifies areas of strength and development
  • Provides access to an extensive resource bank to help students develop their digital capabilities

Digital literacy for staff

The development of strong digital literacy skills is an ongoing process which facilitates the effective and innovative use of technology and digital spaces in teaching, learning and research.

The Library in conjunction with IMTS run a digital literacy program for UOW staff. The program is delivered in a series of five face to face one hour sessions. See the PODs Learning & Development Calendar & Resources for more information