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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.

Adding creds to a course

You can easily embed a Library micro-credential in a course using a curated Canvas landing page. Pages are available for all Library creds exept peer-mentoring. They can be downloaded from Canvas Commons as a complete page and added to a course in Canvas. The video below is a step-by-step guide to the process.

Adding a Library Cred landing page to your Canvas course (5:42 mins), RMIT University Library, Microsoft Stream (RMIT login required)

Most library creds are auto-assessed, with no staff marking required. The largest creds, however, are library-assessed. They form the bottom row in the diagram above. Teachers that wish to embed one of the library-assessed creds should do so in consultation with the Library and their college L&T Team. Once the Library has the date of the assessment, the course involved, and the number of students enrolled, the Library micro-credentials team will work to resource the marking staff needed.

Why add Library creds to your course?

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 a report by the Foundation for Young Australians in the past three years the demand for digital skills has increased by more than 200% (Foundation for Young Australians, 2017).

Many skills learnt from the Digital Literacy Collection 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

The Foundation for Young Australians. (2017). The New basics: Big data reveals the skills young people need for the new work order https://www.fya.org.au/resource/new-work-order-research/

Building multiple creds into a course or program

You can choose to embed an individual Cred within a course, or to scaffold a number of Creds across a program.

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.  See the diagram on the Library Creds section showing the different types of Library Creds. The table below indicates the academic level where each cred is most appropriate.

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.

 

Cred Name Foundational First Year Experience
Mid Program
Engage
Final Year
Postgrad
Academic Integrity Awareness X     X
Collaborating Online X X   X
Creating Digital Artefacts X X X X
Data Literacy   X X X
Digital Health and Wellbeing X X   X
Digital Tools for the Future     X X
Information Literacy X     X
Lifelong Digital Learning X X   X
Planning your Digital Communication Strategy   X X X
Repurposing and Sharing Digital Objects X X X X
Writing for Digital Environments   X X X