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Library micro-credentials

A guide to the content of the Library's micro-credentials and how teachers and lecturers can embed these creds in courses and programs.

About this cred

Collaborating Online is one of 10 Digital Literacy creds that are are designed as a tool to support lifelong learning; to prepare students for living, learning and working in a digital society.

The way people present themselves in online platforms is just as important as their face-to-face interactions. This includes participating online to connect with communities that share, build and sustain meaningful content.

To be fully digitally literate, students will not only be capable, confident consumers of information and technology, but will also become active participants as producers of content.

Effort: 2-4 hours

Mode: Online

Skill points: 5

Access the Collaborating Online cred.

Learning Outcomes

This badge demonstrates to future employers that students can:

  • identify the importance of digital citizenship
  • identify accepted norms of online interaction
  • evaluate online communication practices
  • apply appropriate codes of conduct to online interactions
  • identify and apply good online collaboration practices
  • select appropriate feedback comments and responses


Final Assessment for this cred is a multiple-choice quiz (MCQ). This is auto-marked, with no facilitation involved.

Students will have 60 minutes and two attempts to reach the 80% pass mark.

Short formative exercises including quizzes and interactive activities are designed to develop good netiquette, including sharing skills, giving and receiving feedback practices, and best practice when participating in online meetings. 

Who should do this cred?

While this cred will benefit anyone who undertakes it, the content is introductory and is most suited to:

  • any student new to RMIT University
  • first-year undergraduates
  • masters students new to RMIT University
  • Vocational Education students
  • international students new to the Australian academic environment.
  • students who need to participate in group work as part of their assessment

Student benefits

With today's workplace harnessing technology as a powerful tool for collaboration and communication, employees who are effective with this fundamental digital literacy skill are valued by employers.

By undertaking this cred, students will learn to connect with online communities using a range of online tools; practising codes of conduct while participating in online forums, engaging professionally and respectfully and applying netiquette during all communications.

Embedding this cred

Embedding this cred will be useful if you are: 

  • encouraging online discussion in Canvas
  • teaching online and wanting to build online communication between students
  • have students working on group assessments

It is foundational in differentiating between online social interactions and communication in more formal, structured environments with expectations of professional conduct.

How to embed the cred

You can add a link to the cred in Canvas using an existing assignment page or creating a dedicated page.

When embedding a cred in Canvas the following is recommended:

  • Make clear the pass requirements and how many attempts your students can make.
  • Include information on how your students can claim their badge by including the link to this help document.
  • Explain that students can send you their badge to confirm their completion of the cred.

To align this cred with course outcomes you might:

  • use it in conjunction with another piece of assessment where students need to communicate and collaborate online as a part of their assignment
  • set the cred up as an introductory assessment
  • use it as a standalone assessment

Note: Make sure you include your use of the Collaborating Online cred in your Course Guide information.