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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

The Digital Tools for the Future cred is one of 10 Digital Literacy Creds that are designed as a tool to support lifelong learning; to prepare students for living, learning and working in a digital society. 

Our workplace, study and daily lives continue to be shaped by digital tools - existing, new and emerging - and our habits and practices shift with the development of new platforms, applications and communication tools.  Digital technologies contribute to progress and improvements across industry and business, as well as in our daily lives.  Digital technology is pervasive and dominant in our lives and it is important to apply a critical lens to which technologies can most benefit us. 

This cred demonstrates that technologies will continue to proliferate and change the way we work, and asks students to reflect on what the future will look like, how they can apply the best tools, and update their skills to not only adapt but thrive.

Effort: 4 hours

Mode: Online

Skill points: 10

Access the Digital Tools for the Future cred.

Learning outcomes

This badge demonstrates to future employers that students can:

  • explore new and emerging technologies
  • identify new technologies and recommend suggested use
  • identify how technologies might be applied to improve work outcomes


Final assessment for this cred consists of two multiple-choice quizzes (MCQ).   The first quiz is based on the content of the cred, while the second uses a scenario to test students' understanding of technologies in the workplace.  

Students have two attempts for each each assessment and 60 minutes (45 minutes and 15 minutes) per attempt to complete this final assessments and reach the 80% pass mark.

These assessments are auto-marked, with no facilitation involved.

There are short formative activities designed to develop skills in reflection on the impact of digital technologies, selecting appropriate tools, evaluating technologies for the workplace, and matching tools to their purpose. 

Who should do this cred?

While this cred will benefit anyone who undertakes it, the content is designed to follow on from Lifelong Digital Learning and is most suited to:

  • any student about to graduate from RMIT University
  • third year undergraduates
  • Vocational Education students
  • postgraduate students
  • students wanting to stay current in today's digital environment

Student benefits

Students use digital tools for research, communication, collaboration, time management and more. The ability to use these tools effectively can support academic study and beyond. Students will enter workplaces and industry with a range of skills, but they need to keep up-to-date in an ever-changing environment as digital technologies continue to impact how businesses operate and the roles of individuals. This cred provides students with the ability to assess online tools and emerging technologies for appropriateness and value, for particular tasks or projects, or more broadly for a workplace or business. The ability to evaluate and apply new tools is crucial where multiple products and systems compete in an increasingly complex and expanding digital ecosystem. 

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 Digital Tools for the Future cred in your Course Guide information.