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RMIT Creds: Digital Literacy Stack

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 staff members with information about the Creds and how they can be embedded within curriculum. 

Academic Integrity Awareness

The Academic Integrity Awareness 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.

While there is a relationship between digital literacy and academic integrity, Academic Integrity Awareness is a separate Cred, and not a formal part of the Digital Literacy Stack.

For more information refer to the Academic Integrity Awareness page.

Digital Literacy Stack

The Digital Literacy stack is a set of 10 microcredentials (Creds). While each Cred can be completed separately, the badges build upon each other. Completion of the whole stack results in a Level 2 badge called Digital Literacy. For more information about each Cred, use the links provided in the side menu.

What is in the Digital Literacy Stack?

This Digital Literacy stack focuses on all aspects and skills associated with digital literacy. The structure is based on the JISC Digital Capability Framework which defines digital literacies as the capabilities which prepare someone for living, learning and working in a digital society. The Creds cover all areas of and expand beyond the JISC framework to meet skill gaps identified by RMIT’s industry partners. 

All Stacks align with eleven capabilities to "ensure students and graduates are prepared for life and work" (RMIT 2019). The Digital Literacy stack is aligned with the Communication cabability, though the contents cross over into other capabilities. See the 21CC Capabilities page for more information.

The content has been developed so it can be embedded in a course or program. Scaffolded skills development offers the ability to embed Creds across different levels of a program.

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Embedding Creds from the Digital Literacy Stack

You can choose to embed an individual Cred within a course, or to embed the Digital Literacy Stack, scaffolding it across a program. For information about each Cred, click on the links in the side menu.

Completing a stack is equal to 100 skill points or 30 hours of learning.  It's 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 

 

At least sixty (60) points of the Digital Literacy Stack must come from the core Creds which are 15 to 20 points value.  Elective non-core Creds (which are 5 and 10 points), can constitute up to 40 points.  Other non-core and elective Creds from other Stacks can make up the 40 points, for example Creds from the Workplace Essentials Stack or Industry 4.0 stack.

The following Creds are considered core if you want to embed the Digital Literacy Stack:

  • Creating a Digital Artefact (20 skill points)
  • Planning a Digital Communication Strategy (20 skill points)
  • Writing for Digital Environments (20 skill points)
  • Repurposing and Sharing Digital Content (10 skill points)

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. 

Information Literary, Collaborating Online and Lifelong Digital Learning are foundational skills, and it is recommended that these be undertaken before progressing to other Creds. 

If being done as part of the stack, Planning a Digital Communications Strategy should be completed before starting Writing for Digital Environments.

 

 

 

Contacts

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

For more information about the Digital Literacy Stack 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. 

Library contacts:

Jo Gillespie: joanna.gillespie@rmit.edu.au
Frank Ponte: frank.ponte@rmit.edu.au

For advice on incorporating Creds in your course design contact the Learning and Teaching Advisors in the Academic Development Group for your School or College. For technical details contact 21ccproject@rmit.edu.au

Why embed this Stack?

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/>.