Digital Literacy for Academic Purposes Training Suite

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Alicia Hughes-White – MLANG in French and Italian, Department of Languages and Cultures

Students attending university today belong to a generation of ‘digital natives’, who naturally use the Internet in many areas of life, from entertainment and communication to their studies. Despite being taught about online safety and reliable sources at school, not many students know how to apply their knowledge to their university studies. This project aims to create a fun, quiz-based module on Moodle that teaches students how to use the Internet in a smart and responsible way, rather than for example, telling them not to use Wikipedia without giving them any other options.

The Department of Languages and Cultures is keen to look at ways that the module can be particularly geared towards Languages students, for example by including sections with specific information on finding reliable sources in different languages and keyboard shortcuts to allow more accurate search terms. By engaging with students on undergraduate and postgraduate degree schemes, we hope to ensure that the module is useful for everyone, despite the main focus being on first year students. This is to make sure that all students have the basic knowledge to help them with all coursework from day one.

This module will result in a digital badge that can be attached to their transcript, showing employers that they have completed useful digital training. The primary benefits for students will be gaining the confidence that they are allowed and encouraged to use the web in a responsible way for their studies, and the ability to avoid inappropriate sources – knowledge that will be useful beyond academia.

This project is now complete – view the case study.


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