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Digital and Information Literacy

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Digital and information literacies support students’ transition through higher education and into the workplace, enabling them to find, organise, analyse, evaluate, communicate, present and share information effectively.

There are a range of definitions and frameworks of information and digital literacy which help us to understand the knowledge, skills and practices students need to develop to become information and digitally literate.  These include the Association of College and Research Libraries Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education, A New Curriculum for Information Literacy, JISC’s Digital Capability Framework and the Digidol Learning Literacies Framework.

Our library service has drawn from some of these to develop a bespoke information literacy framework which guides subject librarians’ thinking and teaching around the concept.

Information and digital literacies are important to employability, and they underpin critical thinking and research-led learning and teaching. (See our careers advice pages for further details). They enable us to:

  • meet the challenges arising from the proliferation of information.
  • reap the benefits of technology in our everyday working life.
  • understand how information is produced, shared and communicated and to make appropriate selections to suit the context in which it is to be used
  • use information in a way which gives due recognition to its owner through appropriate acknowledgement and respect of copyright.

Information and digital literacy are important in all disciplines and at all levels of study. This topic explores how they might be developed within the context of the academic curriculum, affiliated with their own subject, and included in assessment.

For example, subject librarians in our library service collaborate with academic colleagues in the Schools to integrate information literacy into programmes of study and tailor methods of delivery to suit the requirements of each discipline. They also provide instruction embedded within courses such as hands-on workshops for large and small groups, demonstrations, lectures and tutorials.


Case Studies

Integrating information literacy into Year 1 Maths

Dr Vincent Knight and Cathy Parker

Published 12 May 2017

In this case study, Vince and Cathy describe how they developed a successful model for integrating information literacy into a core module on programming.


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Digital & Information Literacy

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School of Social Sciences Online Essentials: Bespoke digital and information literacy support

Christopher John, Geraint Evans and Sarah Puzey

Published 11 May 2017 • 12 mins read

This case study focuses on the resources created and put in place for staff and students to access bilingual guidance and training materials on the technologies and information resources they most need to use for their learning and teaching from a


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Digital & Information Literacy

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Cardiff Resources

Information Literacy Resource Bank

Cardiff University Library Service

Published 19 Apr 2017

A collection of ‘bite-size’ online learning activities, diagrams, cartoons, tutorials and videos, which focus on aspects of information literacy.


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Digital & Information Literacy

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Integrating learning literacies in the curriculum

Dr Joe Nicholls

Published 19 Apr 2017 • 17 mins read

This video presentation from Dr Joe Nicholls, (Lecturer, PGMDE and former member of the DIGIDOL project team which developed the Learning Literacies Framework), explains the importance of integrating the development of learning literacies such as


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Digital & Information Literacy

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Embedding learning technology into practice: the how, why, and where to use digital tools effectively

Rebecca Ferriday

Published 25 Sep 2017 • 13 mins read

Rebecca Ferriday of Cardiff University's School of Healthcare Sciences presents at the Centre for Education Innovation's 2017 Learning & Teaching Conference on the subject of 'Embedding learning technology into practice: the how, why, and where to


Topics

Ways of learning | Learning journeys | Digital & Information Literacy | Designing for distance learners | Delivering blended programmes |

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External Resources

A new curriculum for information literacy

Dr Jane Secker and Dr Emma Coonan

Published 20 Apr 2017 • 30 mins read

The curriculum outlines what the authors believe to be a continuum of skills, competencies, behaviours and attitudes that comprise the spectrum of information literacy.


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Digital & Information Literacy

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Association of College and Research Libraries Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education

Association of College and Research Libraries

Published 19 Apr 2017 • 30 mins read

This external resource from the Association of College and Research Libraries provides a Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.


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Digital & Information Literacy

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