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RMIT Creds: Digital Literacy

The RMIT Library Creds guide explains the content of the Library's Creds and how teachers and lecturers can embed these creds in courses and programs.

Introducing RMIT Library Creds

This page will introduce the RMIT Library suite of microcredentials (Creds) and provide teaching staff with information about the Creds and how they can be embedded within curriculum. 

For more information about digital micro-credentials across RMIT University, see RMIT Creds.

Academic Integrity Awareness

This cred explains the concept of academic integrity and its significance within and beyond university. As part of this Cred, students explore the importance of doing one's own work while also acknowledging how other people's ideas have influenced their thinking and writing.

For more information refer to the Academic Integrity Awareness page.

Digital Literacy Creds

There are 10 Digital Literacy microcredentials (Creds). While each Cred can be completed separately, they are designed to complement and build on each other. For more information about each Cred, and how the Creds relate to each other, use the links provided in the side menu. 

What are the Digital Literacy Creds?

The Digital Literacy Creds focus on all aspects and skills associated with digital literacy and are based on the JISC Digital Capability Framework. This framework defines digital literacies as the capabilities which prepare someone for living, learning and working in a digital society. The Creds have also expanded on the JISC framework to meet further skill gaps identified by RMIT’s industry partners.  

All RMIT Creds align with eleven capabilities to "ensure students and graduates are prepared for life and work" (RMIT 2019). See the 21CC Capabilities page for more information.  

The Digital Literacy Creds are aligned with the Communication, Innovation and Work Ready capabilities. 

Embedding Creds

You can choose to embed an individual Cred within a course, or to scaffold a number of Creds across a program. For information about each Cred, click on the links in the side menu. 

The following Creds are foundation to Digital Literacy. It is recommended that they be undertaken first before progressing to the others.

  • Information Literacy
  • Collaborating Online
  • Lifelong Digital Learning

If you wish to embed further Digital Literacy Creds across a program it is recommended that learning is sequenced by working from lower level points Creds through to the core, higher point Creds (from 5, 10, 15 to 20 skill points Creds). Assessment for lower point Creds is by auto-assessed multiple choice questions. 15 and 20 point Creds take more time and the assessment is moderated.  

Points  Assessment
5, 10 Auto-assessed 
15, 20 Moderated 

 

There are many ways to scaffold the student's digital literacy learning experience through their program. Suggestions regarding what to embed next are listed on the page for each Cred. Often more than one Cred is listed, and a preferred order of progression indicated where appropriate. For each Cred listed on this guide look for the 'What Cred should I Embed next?' information.  

 

 

 

Contacts

For observer access to student facing Creds, fill in the RMIT Credential Demo Access Request form.

For more information and to discuss the content of a Cred course, contact the Library. If you are planning on embedding a moderated Cred, contact 21CC AND the product owners (Library) to discuss how and when you plan to use this in your course. This will facilitate smoother and timely marking and feedback on assessments. Further information is available on the Teaching with Credentials page.

Library Creds team: library.creds@rmit.edu.au

For advice on incorporating Creds in your course design contact your College Cred specialist:

For technical details contact 21ccproject@rmit.edu.au

Why embed these creds?

Being digital literate is now crucial for study, employment and everyday life. Students entering the workforce must be digitally literate in order to navigate and adapt to changing roles and demands of technology.  According to the Foundation for Young Australians, "the demand for digital skills has already gone up by more than 200 % in the past three years" (FYA, 2017).

Digital literacy encompasses a range of skills that facilitate learning, communication, collaboration, research and online participation.  Students need to learn not only proficiency with digital tools and platforms, but also how to use digital technologies to effectively support their study and learning, to interact ethically and productively, and to forge a positive and dynamic online identity. 

Many skills learnt from the Digital Literacy Stack can be applied directly to students' learning, whether when engaging with specific course-work, or when developing more general, transferable capabilities. Creds enhance student learning through improving their ability to navigate online, to work with others, to interpret content and data, and in creating online objects.  These Creds also assist students beyond university, providing skills that boost employability as well as their ability to adapt to new roles, occupations and industries. 

Reference List

Foundation for Young Australians 2017, The new basics: Big data reveals the skills young people need for the New Work Order, report, Foundation for Young Australians, viewed 11 March 2019, <https://www.fya.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/The-New-Basics_Update_Web.pdf.

RMIT University 2019, 21CC capabilities, RMIT University, viewed 19 March 2019, <https://sites.rmit.edu.au/21ccproject/about-us/capabilities/>.